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Trying To Make Things Right With Gretzky

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Wayne Gretzky remains in radio silence, but both the NHL and the Canadian Olympic Team are making attempts to reach him.

Commissioner Gary Bettman emailed Gretzky last Thursday, hoping for the opportunity to meet with him face-to-face. According to NHL sources, the Great One said he is “not yet ready”, preferring to lay low, as he has done since stepping down as Coyotes head coach.

The league badly wants to repair the relationship with its greatest player and ambassador, realizing that no matter what happened in Phoenix, it’s not good for the sport to have him feeling alienated and unwanted. As both a player and a coach, he’s dealt with his share of criticism, but this particular situation has hurt him the most.

Considering how he stood up for Phoenix as a market – despite ample evidence to the contrary – and the beating taken from Canadian fans as a result, he was stunned to find out that he may not be paid even if he started the season as coach.

continued plus more NHL notes…

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Brent Sutter Saw No Discrimination Against French Canadian Players

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Go ahead, tell Brent Sutter there is discrimination against French Canadian players in the NHL and Hockey Canada’s programs.

We dare you.

Just be braced for a very terse reply.

“There’s no truth to that, whatsoever,” stated Sutter, the Calgary Flames head coach who spent 17 seasons in the NHL and is in his third year as a head coach.

“There’s no merit to that going on in the sport. Not that I’ve ever seen.”


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How Should The Game Finish?

from Stu Hackel of SlapShot at the NY Times,

t has divided fans, some of whom love the spectacle (particularly younger fans and those in newer markets), others who think that a hockey game should be decided by playing hockey. There is always rumbling during the playoffs, especially after long overtime games, that the skills competition be employed to settle Stanley Cup games. That happened last spring. The outcry against that is usually quite loud.

It also messed up lots of statistical categories, producing absurdities (no one is credited with a winning goal, for example, but a game is won nonetheless; a goalie can get both a shutout and a loss, as happened this past week to San Jose’s Evegni Nabokov) which are inevitable with pragmatic ideas not fully thought through.


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Bettman Talks Canada

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

“I’m sure there are people in Quebec City who would say if a team is moving to Canada, why should it be southern Ontario? Why shouldn’t we get a team back?” Bettman says. “I’m sure there are people in Winnipeg who are saying the same thing. If the Coyotes move, I’m sure they say, “Why aren’t the Coyotes coming back here now that we have a new arena?” And so, there will always be a debate as to where the right fit is.

“But to the extent people think I have this master list hanging on my office wall in terms of where we are going next, that is not the case.

“If the opportunity presents itself, then we will look at all the situations and try to make the best judgment.

“You can confirm for yourself ... there is no list on my wall. Search away, You can look in all the drawers also.”


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Hockey Bloggers And Their Stats

from Jamie Fitzpatrick of Jamie’s Hockey Blog at About.com,

With a few exceptions, mainstream hockey reporters no longer dismiss the Internet as a wasteland of inarticulate fanboy rants and lame trade rumors.

There’s a growing acceptance of hockey blogs as part of the essential reading in today’s NHL.

A gulf remains between bloggers and traditional hockey media. The best newspaper reporters and broadcasters remain the best sources for news and perspective.

But the bloggers have their strengths as well. One field where they are well ahead of the guys in the press box is in the use of hockey statistics.

continued & as an added feature, if you click the first link in Jamie’s blog, you get to see IwoCPO of A2Y in action from a feature HNIC did on bloggers a few seasons ago.  Also The Puck Stops Here gets a mention along with numerous other blogs.

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On-Ice Officials Get Injured Too

from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,

Much is written about toughness in the NHL; the players who fearlessly drop in front of pucks, speed into corners to negate icings and drive to a well-guarded net to earn a scoring opportunity.

But it doesn’t end with just the players. Referees are also in harm’s way and there have been a few freak injuries that would make even the most courageous skater cringe.

“I got a puck in the face in 2002,” said linesman Steve Miller. “It broke my orbital bone and the nose at the top. That was my biggest injury; I spent three nights in a New Jersey hospital. The first night they got me stabilized; I was in a trauma unit. Then they did the surgery the next day and they put a plate with seven screws in my face – they put my face back together.”

continued with more unfortunate incidents…

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Independence In Reporting

via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

Question: My situation is one in which the Kings have hired me to provide unfiltered coverage of the team, just as I would have for the newspaper. Knowing that there will be some stories and issues that won’t put the team or the league in the best light, do you have any thoughts about a job such as this one?

(Bill) DALY: “I think there’s been an evolution of thought on that. Obviously, as a league, we’re interested in having people cover our sport and being able to communicate and offer content, around our sport, to our fans, both existing fans and new fans. I think we recognize, and have come to recognize over time, that an important element of that is independence in reporting. I think it builds to the credibility of coverage and, as a league, I think we’re generally supportive of independence in reporting.”

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Another Look For The Standings

from Jeff Z. Klein of SlapShot,

The N.H.L.’s cockeyed system of awarding standings points has led to all sorts of problems: players not trying that hard at the end of regulation, confusion over what constitutes a “.500 record,” the theft of a playoff spot from deserving teams, and just generally wrecking things.

Most fans hate the 2-2-1-0 system — either they think teams that lose in overtime or shootouts shouldn’t get any points at all, or teams should get 3 points for a regulation win and just 2 for an OT/shootout win, or they think games should just be allowed to end in ties again — yet the league sees nothing wrong with it.

Well, if the N.H.L. is going to persist in stubbornly ignoring the complaints of fans, the least we can do is try to reform the misleading way league standings are listed.


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After Two Weeks

from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star,

Only two weeks? The NHL season is only two weeks old?

So much, it seems, has happened already. And the next round of NHL Players’ Association bloodletting is just around the corner.

So, after two weeks, here’s some of what we know:

• It’s too early to count the Red Wings out, even after two losses in Europe to start the season and the loss of super-scorer Johan Franzen. As long as they have the combination of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg up front, and a fellow named Lidstrom on the blue line, they’re not going to turn into an also-ran any time soon.

• Funny how the Boston Bruins are a little slow out of the gate, huh? Losing Phil Kessel from their attack doesn’t seem to have helped the B’s.

• Somebody named Davis Drewiske is yet another promising blue-line face on a Kings defence that already boasts Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson.


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Two Hot Topics In Quebec City - Hockey & Politics

from CBC,

Some of Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume’s opponents are accusing him of overplaying the possibility of resurrecting the Quebec Nordiques, saying it’s a ploy to win more votes in the upcoming municipal election.

Quebec hockey fans are still buzzing after a meeting between Labeaume and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Friday over the potential return of a professional hockey franchise to the provincial capital.

Labeaume’s NHL ambitions are running offside with opponents such as Langis Harvey, who is running for mayor as an independent.


added 12:21pm, from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

The NHL has just spent the better part of the past year propping up the Coyotes and spending all sorts of time and resources in a bid to keep the team from being moved and just last May, Bettman proclaimed that when it came to the league’s struggling franchises, “We fix the problems. We don’t run out on cities.”

So let’s get this straight. The league essentially puts its credibility on the line for a franchise that has been bleeding red ink for years and has almost no hope for long-term success and it’s suddenly going to start moving franchises or expanding to places such as Quebec City and Winnipeg?


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