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Stop The Party In Prague & Stockholm

from Darren Dreger at TSN,

The NHL put the cart before the horse.

That’s how NHLPA Executive Director Paul Kelly responded mere minutes after the National Hockey League announced the Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers will open the 2008 regular season in Prague and Stockholm.

The Players Association hasn’t approved the agreement and Kelly was surprised by the announcement the New York Rangers will also participate in the Victoria Cup. Although unlikely, Kelly says the players may not agree to play, “There is a chance we wouldn’t consent,” Kelly added….

“If they want us to be a true business partner, then they need to include us from the beginning,” Kelly concluded.

more

Update 4:09pm ET: And more from Scott Burnside at ESPN
Update 5:23pm ET: More from the Globe & Mail, with comments from both Paul Kelly the NHL’s Bill Daly.

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84 Game Schedule

Gary Bettman during his press conference from Atlanta said the BOG talked in general terms on the 84 game schedule, but it is way to pre-mature to vote on it.  Many issues still need to be discussed and/or resolved.

Update 2:14pm ET—
More from the press conference, from the Vancouver Sun:

“It’s not ready for prime-time consideration,” he said. “Whether or not it works, it’s way too early to say. We have lots of issues to talk about.”

Despite the ratings success of this season’s Winter Classic game outdoors between the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins - it was the most-watched hockey game in the United States this decade - Bettman said there are no immediate plans for a sequel.

“My anticipation is we’ll do another one, but I can’t tell you where or when,” he said. “I can assure you we will not do too many; we want to keep it special.”

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Skating With The Stars

from Brad Holland of NHL.com,

Standing out there on the blue line with the rest of my fellow All-Stars, Dion Phaneuf, Alex Ovechkin and Marion Gaborik, I finally realized that I had made it. I had paid my dues, and earned my reward, and it felt good.

That’s right. Brad Holland, an All-Star for a day.

Let me explain.

Thursday evening, I was part of a crew that put on a mock-up of the NHL Dodge SuperSkills competition.

continued

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Old Schoolers In Atlanta

from Blueland Blog,

On Tuesday afternoon some of the all-time greats from the hockey world converged on TJ’s in Alpharetta. They were there to launch the Alumni Wine Series but but the hundreds of fans that came through the doors just wanted to see their heroes from the days of their youth. Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Bobby Hull, Tony Esposito, Rob Ray, Bobby Clarke, Dave Schultz, Clark Gillies, Frank Mahovlich, Johnny Bower, Pat Quinn, Scott Mellanby, Willi Plett, Eric Vail and host and former Atlanta Flames captain Tim Ecclestone.

The chatter in the bar and outside was the same no matter who was talking.

“Can you believe his many people are here?”

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Since we are on the old school topic, well, Gordie How gets a well deserved Detroit greeting at the 1980 All Star game…

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Attracting The African-American Fan

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Intelligent, young and motivated, urban and hip.

An African-American living and going to school south of the Mason-Dixon line.

At 21 years of age, Jonathan Davis is the kind of sports fan the NHL covets. There’s just one problem.

“I love basketball, I grew up playing basketball, that’s part of my culture,” says Davis, a Clark Atlanta University student originally from New York City. “If you can show me how the NHL is like the NBA, I will definitely be there.”

In what might sound like an odd twist, the NHL is asking Davis, and marketing students from predominantly black Atlanta-area colleges and universities, to come up with a plan to sell the NHL to African-Americans.

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Going From College Hockey to the NHL

From George Bazos—a player agent with Sports Professional Management that represents college-turned-pro players including Martin St. Louis, Craig Conroy and others—an article in College Hockey News:

It seems that every off-season (and sometimes even during the season), more and more college hockey players are deciding to sign professional contracts and leave school early.

I have been representing professional hockey players for over 17 years, the majority of whom have come from the collegiate ranks. I have represented players that have stayed in college for four years, as well as some who have chosen to turn professional before their collegiate eligibility has expired. Every player’s situation is unique, and a number of factors must be considered when determining the best time for a particular player to become a professional.

continued… considering the issues a college player needs to evaluate before turning pro

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It Used To Be Hockey

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

But the evolution of the all-star game — from a legitimate competition to the sort of shinny extravaganza it is today — happened in a short period of time and the changes were book-ended by Mike Keenan’s three appearances as the Eastern (or Wales) Conference coach.

Keenan coached in back-to-back games — 1986 in Hartford and 1988 in St. Louis (the 1987 game was replaced by Rendez-Vous, a two-game exhibition between the NHL and Soviets in Quebec City).

This week, Keenan recalled: “The first time I coached, it was a real hockey game. That was when Mike Ramsey caught Wayne Gretzky with his head down and the only way you caught Wayne Gretzky with his head down was because he didn’t expect anybody to hit him. But he flattened him and after that, there was a real edge….”

read on plus some Wings/Ducks game talk…

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Trade Primer

from Spector at his Fox Sports Blog,

3. General managers are not on the phone every day trying to swing trades, ok? I keep hearing that nonsense and it’s simply not true. If it was, they’d have no time to devote to other aspects of running a team, like scouting, managing payroll, and player development. Yes, they have assistants but GMs must stay involved in day-to-day activities….

6. Correctly predicting one rumored trade doesn’t make you a genius prognosticator if you’re wrong most of the time. One rumor out of one hundred coming true is nothing to crow about. If you were a weather forecaster with that kind of prediction rate you’d be unemployed in no time!...

read on

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IPE > NHL ASG

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

The NHL All-Star Game will fill Philips Arena on Sunday, will be covered by media from across the United States and Canada, and will be yet another source of bragging rights for Atlanta’s sports boosters.

But in a city of major events, sports and otherwise, hockey’s All-Star game and accompanying festivities will not even be this week’s largest attraction.

That would be the International Poultry Expo, which wraps up a three-day run at the Georgia World Congress Center today.

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Long Time Listener, First Time Caller

from the CP,

All was warm and friendly as NHL commissioner Gary Bettman interviewed NHL Players Association executive director Paul Kelly on his weekly radio show on Thursday.

“Paul has been really good to deal with,” Bettman said after the 15-minute interview ended on the NHL Hour show on XM Radio from New York.

The two men represent opposing sides in a league that had the entire 2004-05 season wiped out by a lockout, but Kelly is the new man, taking over three months ago after the house-cleaning that swept former boss Ted Saskin out of the NHLPA.

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added 6:45pm, from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly surprised some earlier this season when he suggested the players would be in favor of adding a couple of games to the NHL regular season, to make it 84 instead of 82.

Sources say the NHL board of governors will get its chance to vote on that concept this weekend in Atlanta at the NHL All-Star Game.

The governors have previously been lukewarm or even opposed to bumping up the schedule to 84 games, but that proposal was often in the context of going to the Detroit Red Wing-sponsored schedule matrix, where there would be a home-and-home (30 games) series with all teams in the opposite conference.

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