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Afternoon Line

My view is that it is difficult for some of those teams, particularly in the American sunbelt, where they don’t have the establishment of hockey at a youth level. I grew up in Boston and there were youth hockey leagues everywhere. Every town had two or three rinks in it, and the game was and is part of our upbringing there.

But if you’re in Phoenix or you’re in Florida, it’s really tough for those teams to put people in the seats and sell the game. We understand that and maybe the revenue-sharing system is part of the answer. But our view is that if teams in any region suffer (financial) losses three or four years in a row, then stop complaining about it in a (business) system you created and imposed here, and start asking the question whether you’re in the right place.

-Paul Kelly in a continued interview with Adam Proteau of the Hockey News.

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East vs West = Star Power vs Defense

From Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated:

But in looking at the two conferences, certain trends have become distinct over the last five years as the league moved to a heavier inter-divisional format. In general, the East boasts more young, dynamic offensive players, while the West is more about size, defense and proven veterans. Of course, there are exceptions to those stereotypes, but take this simple test:

When you think of the Pittsburgh Penguins or the Washington Capitals what is each team’s identity?

read on

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Afternoon Line

Interesting news tidbit from the LPGA, which announced this week it will require its players to have at least a cursory grasp of the English language by 2009 if they wish to play for that organization.

I wouldn’t demand a similar regulation be imposed on NHLers that forces them to change. But it would behoove the league and NHLPA to stress to its European players the importance of getting a firm handle on the primary language in which the game’s business is conducted.

-Adam Proteau of the Hockey News where you can read a little more and a warning- some Sundin talk too.

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Saskin Takes The Stand & Gomez Talk Is False

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Disgraced former NHLPA executive director Ted Saskin is scheduled to testify tomorrow on behalf of the NHL and against the interests of the union he once represented, in an arbitration hearing that has critical implications for the Rangers, The Post has learned.

The issue at hand concerns the status of drafted European players who do not sign before June 2 of the second calendar year following their selections. Article 8.6 of the CBA states that clubs lose their rights to such players if they are not signed on or by that date.

continued and I thought I would also point this out from Brooks in the same story…

Contrary to falsehoods circulating on the Internet, the Rangers have never considered trading Scott Gomez to clear cap space for Sundin. Nor will they.

added 11:38am, from Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports,

Follow the bouncing B.S. ...

A hockey rumor “blogger,” whose hit-to-miss ratio rivals that of a visually impaired Imperial stormtrooper, reported that the New York Rangers are going to trade center Scott Gomez in order to open up cap space to sign free agent Mats Sundin. The Vancouver Canucks were named as the likely destination.

This naturally sent places like the HF Boards into a speculative tizzy, because really why else would they exist?

continued

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Too Much Complaining

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com,

You get the feeling these people will never be happy. They will always find a fault with the game and truthfully, I am a bit worried they will never experience the true passion of the game. Too much criticism is not good for the soul, it doesn’t allow you to see the great parts of our game and enjoy the pure athleticism of the NHL players.

Look how much the NHL has improved over the last three seasons. The game is being played the way it was meant to be played.

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No Shock Here

from Evan Weiner at MCN Sports,

The e-mail from Szymon Szemberg from the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) that came last Thursday was very simple and very to the point. The planned IIHF get together in New York on September 4 dissolved or in Szemberg’s words. “That meeting is cancelled or possibly postponed.”

continued

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Stay In Or Opt Out

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

If it decides to terminate the deal, the NHLPA must notify the league of that intention by May 18, 2009. According to Kelly, he plans to wrap up his 30-team tour by late November and then promptly hand over the voting results to the board for review in December. On or about Jan. 1, some 4 1/2 months prior to the deadline, the NHLPA plans to inform the league whether it will opt out.

“We’ll notify the league as soon as possible,” said Kelly. “We don’t want to drag this out.”

Unlike the contentious days leading up to the 2004 lockout, and the many months of vitriol and rancor that followed, union members have voiced little opposition to the salary cap system in place now for three seasons.

read on and some NHL bits too…

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Greatest Photos In Hockey History

Check out Greatest Hockey Legends for some of the great hockey pictures.

Joe Pelletier is doing a countdown and is now on #12 and I have yet to see the below picture.  I wonder if it will make Joe’s list?

image

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The Risk Of Playing

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,

Deciding what’s an acceptable risk of danger when suiting up for an NHL contest will be the key should the case proceed to trial, says a source with a legal background and knowledge of the situation. The source, who requested anonymity, told the Herald any trial will likely come down to the issue of what level of risk Moore assumed that night by simply suiting up against the Canucks in Vancouver.

The source feels Bertuzzi and the NHL will try to make the case that, by playing despite the threats of violence, Moore accepted a higher level of risk.

more

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Hockey Jargon

From Ryan Dixon at The Hockey News:

I got to wondering if there are any new and/or occasional hockey fans out there who could use a little glossary to help translate some of the game’s potentially befuddling terms.  Let’s clarify a few…

Puck Distribution is the term employed to describe the action of one player using his stick to transfer possession of the puck to a teammate. It was once known as “passing.” In recent years, confused fans had assumed that because hockey was forged in Canada, a country proud of its social welfare traditions, puck distribution referred to some obscure law entitling every Canadian citizen to a minimum of 0.04 ounces of frozen rubber to call their own.

read on to brush up on some more terminology

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