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Globe & Mail writers Matthew Sekeres, Eric Duhatschek, Allan Maki and Tim Wharnsby have put to together an assessment of the draft situation for all six Canadian teams. They take a look at each team’s available picks, specific needs, salary cap space and the progress of their top picks from last year.
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From Neil Best at Newsday.com:
The Sports Business Journal reported this morning that the NHL is taking legal action against the Rangers that could result in an attempt to take ownership of the franchise away from MSG.
No, really. Or so it says here:
“The NHL has proposed disciplinary proceedings against MSG that could result in the suspension or termination of their ownership of the NHL Rangers, according to a draft letter written by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman that was filed in New York district court late yesterday. The letter, part of the league’s ongoing legal fight against MSG, alleges that MSG – by suing the NHL – has violated the league constitution.”
Update 12:29pm ET: The complete text of the SBJ story has been reprinted at the Sporting News today.
Update 2:22pm ET: Press release from the NHL (below)
Update 2:39pm ET: Eric Duhatschek in the Globe & Mail’s hockey blog:
The war between the Rangers and the NHL started over who controls the rights to new media and the potentially lucrative revenue streams that it produces now and down the road. Three times, the Rangers’ lawsuits have gone to court; three times the NHL won its case. Instead of understanding the old maxim that three strikes and you’re out, the Rangers have challenged the NHL on an anti-trust basis – essentially arguing that everything the league does is unlawful.
In effect, Wednesday’s filing by the NHL is a counter-attack – what a source with knowledge of the situation described as “trying to put the Rangers at risk” after failing to abide by previous court rulings. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, passing through the lobby of a downtown hotel, declined comment. However, sources said the league was asking the court for permission to fine, suspend or in a worst-case scenario, forfeit the franchise, if it MSG persists in its action.
Update 3:45pm ET: NYR respond to the lawsuit. (noted below)
from Ian Mendes of Sportsnet,
On the surface, a day-trip to Manhattan to rub elbows with the most powerful men in hockey sounds like a glamorous job.
I’ll let you be the judge, as I chronicle my trip from Ottawa to New York and back within 19 hours….
10:22am - I notice Cam Neely is one of the attendees at the meeting. I wonder how many of the old guard NHL guys know they are sitting at a table with a guy who was in Dumb and Dumber.
11:45am - The lunch carts roll outside the meeting room. I can’t tell what they are having for lunch, but until I see the board of governors eating flatbread sammies from Quizno’s, I’m going to just assume the league is on solid financial ground and the cap is going up next year.
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,
After the first pick, it gets interesting. First, there is still some intrigue about which defenceman the Los Angeles Kings would select second overall - Drew Doughty of the OHL’s Guelph Storm or Zach Bogosian of the OHL’s Peterborough Petes.
“I’d say we’re fairly close,” Kings GM Dean Lombardi said when asked which prospect they had settled on. “But part of it is that we’re still looking at all the deals.”
And that’s the wild card. They might move the pick.
The “deals,” as Lombardi put it, are two-fold.
Replay their chat here to follow the discussion.
Mike Brophy at The Hockey News once tried to interview Tom Barrasso:
“Who is this?”
“Mike Brophy from The Hockey News.”
“How did you get my phone number?”
“You gave it to me.”
“No I didn’t.”
“Yes you did.”
“I did not and I am going to spend the rest of my life trying to find out how you got it. Goodbye.”
My thoughts afterwards? What an ass!
And yet I sit here today thinking he should be in the Hall of Fame.
from Pierrre LeBrun at Sportsnet,
Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, Brian Leetch and Luc Robitaille are all in their first year of eligibility in 2009. Yzerman and Hull are obviously total no-brainer selections and Leetch and Robitaille are pretty darn close to that.
All of which means players such as Doug Gilmour, Pavel Bure, Dino Ciccarelli, Adam Oates and Steve Larmer, just to name a few, will have to wait even longer for possible induction.
I can’t figure out why one of those players didn’t get the needed support from the committee to join Larionov and Anderson given what’s ahead next year.
Perhaps the selection committee is getting tired of hearing how “easy” it is to get into the Hall.
The annual meeting of the Selection Committee was held this past Tuesday to select this year’s inductees to the HHOF, in the Player, Builder and Referee/Linesman categories. “Players eligible are those that retired prior to the 2004-2005 season.”
via Legends of Hockey:
Bill Hay, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors and Jim Gregory, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee, announced today that Glenn Anderson and Igor Larionov have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Player Category. In the Builder Category, Ed Chynoweth was posthumously elected. In the Referee/Linesman Category, Ray Scapinello was elected. The vote took place today at the annual meeting of the Selection Committee in Toronto.
Update 4:47pm ET: Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail has more on today’s inductees.
A note from the league—
NHL Network’s special Draft programming begins Friday, June 20, with the NHL Draft Preview Show live from Scotiabank Place at 6 p.m. ET. After all 30 first-round selections are made, NHL Network will be the place to be for the live NHL Draft First Round Recap Show. Fans can tune-in for instant analysis of how their favorite team fared as NHL Network breaks down all of the Round 1 action.
The first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft on Friday will start at 7 p.m., ET. In Canada, NHL Network will simulcast TSN’s live coverage of Round 1, which begins at 7 p.m., ET. RDS in Canada also provides live coverage of Round 1. In the U.S., VERSUS will air TSN’s live feed of Round 1 in its entirety. NHL Radio’s live audio coverage of Round 1 can be heard on radio stations across North America, on XM 204 and on NHL.com.
Update 2:16pm ET: George Malik at Snapshots has rounded up a nice selection of online Draft coverage out there today.
In preparation for the NHL Entry Draft this weekend, I threw together a short Q&A for both Erin Nicks and Patrick Williams, who are covering the event for Kukla’s Korner.
First, meet Erin Nicks. (Even Gary Bettman has learned to stay out of her way…)
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