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Minnesota Wild founding owner Bob Naegele, Jr., Anaheim Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Burke, 21-year NHL defenseman Phil Housley and Hockey Hall of Fame left wing Ted Lindsay have been named recipients of the 2008 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.
The award, one of the most prestigious in hockey, was presented to the National Hockey League by the New York Rangers in 1966. It honors the memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach, and general manager, and was a pioneer in the sport’s development.
The recipients will be honored at the 2008 Lester Patrick Awards Luncheon Oct. 22 in Minnesota. Further details on the event, including ticket information, will be announced at a later date.
The full story on this year’s award can be read at NHL.com.
from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
● Peace between the NHL and the new Russian-based Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) is possible but a high NHL team official tells us that it requires an understanding of the thought process in Moscow. “The Russians are not simple,” the man tells us. “They do things differently and can make life complicated.” In candid conversations between NHL bigs and their Russian counterparts, the latter were told straight out: “We can work together and respect each other’s contracts and, down the road, we could possibly have a joint union of leagues. Or, we can go to war!”
● Speaking of war, if there’s to be major NHL-NHLPA friction it will not be caused by union boss Paul Kelly. But those who’ve watched his belligerent style believe that Glenn Healy will be the prime anti-league spokesman within the Association.
from Rick Nothrop of the Prince Albert Daily Herald,
Baseball has Bill James. Football has draft guru, Mel Kiper Jr. and Aaron Schatz, who started Footballoutsiders.com dedicated to statistical analysis of the National Football League.
But where do hockey fans look for insightful, investigative musings on the National Hockey League?...
Thankfully, there is a place hockey fans can turn: Hockeyanalytics.com. Allan Ryder maintains Hockeyanalytics.com, a website with reams of information that just might one day do for hockey what Bill James did for baseball.
Ryder’s regular columns in the Globe and Mail expound on the virtues of new statistics — called metrics — that shed new light on the game of hockey.
From Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy,
So was there a glimmer of hope today for New York Rangers fans tired of their ownership situation? Cablevision said it was “considering several options to boost its stock price including spinning off some of its diverse holdings,” according to the Associated Press. Andrew Zimbalist, a sports economist with Smith College, told the AP that if the contracts between the two teams, cable television and MSG could be sussed out, the Knicks would be worth about $500 million and the Rangers $300.
Are the Rangers a “spinoff” candidate? The Dolans aren’t saying. John Moag, chairman of the sports investment bank Moag & Co., tells Bloomberg that the Dolans’ sports teams and MSG itself could bring in almost $2 billion if Cablevision does decide to sell.
Craig Custance of the Sporting News Today (daily online newspaper with free subscription) conducted an interview with NHLPA Executve Director Paul Kelly. Topics discussed are European expansion, the CBA, ESPN and the Winter Classic.
Hopefully this link will take you there, if not, registration is painless and you get a daily email notification when the paper is available to view.
Update 5:36pm ET: Bonus material at Custance’s Sporting News blog—
[But] we covered a lot of ground that wasn’t printed. Some will be in an upcoming story I’m working on. But here are two bonus questions with Kelly that I couldn’t squeeze in the SNT Q and A:
Q: What’s the biggest issue in getting a transfer agreement with European federations?
A: It’s an economic issue first and foremost ...
from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,
I am worried for Bettman’s future. My understanding is he didn’t have the full support of the owners prior to the lockout, but he bought himself some more time by kicking the players’ butts in collective bargaining agreement negotiations.
Now, with the Nashville ownership fiasco unfolding, I think Bettman’s support of William Del Biaggio and his shady dealings concerning Canadian bazillionaire Jim Balsillie could be the beginning of the end for the commish. They provide jumping-off points for anybody hoping to see him take a hike.
But I hope things don’t unfold like that.
So what can Bettman do to get back into people’s good books? Well, if I am his P.R. guy, I say:
• Do away with this phrase: In keeping with club policy, terms of the agreement will not be made public. Gary, tell your dopey GMs we live in a salary cap world and contract information must be made public.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
On June 11, the Goalie Equipment Working Group,- ... convened in Toronto to address what could be done to shrink goaltenders, without resorting to hunger strikes.
The result? Knee pads and clavicle protectors will be trimmed for the 2008-09 season.
Because most goalies play the butterfly style, shooters would see the following: a netminder standing tall with his legs spread, inviting them to go five-hole.
read on plus numerous NHL topics.
On August 9, 1988, a day that changed the game, Wayne Gretzky was traded from the Stanley Cup champion Edmonton Oilers to the lowly Los Angeles Kings. The trade changed the fortunes of the Kings, was a driving force for National Hockey League expansion into the ‘Sun Belt’, and generated extensive growth of the game at the grassroots level in “non-traditional” hockey markets.
To commemorate the anniversary, The NHL Network will highlight its “Wayne Gretzky Week” programming by presenting a one-hour special that features exclusive interviews with Gretzky, former Oilers owner Peter Pocklington and former Kings’ owner Bruce McNall, among others, at 9 p.m., ET, on Wednesday, August 6. A VNR of the interview with Gretzky will be provided Tuesday.
Here is the complete NHL Network schedule of Gretzky-related programming for next week:
From Rory Boylen at The Hockey News:
Here are a few generalizations I take exception to and write off as storytelling myth.
1. The Detroit Red Wings win with the neutral zone trap
Bogus. There is a rather large difference between the trap and a puck possession style of game, but it’s really easy to explain: For one you don’t have the puck; the other, you do.
read on for more myth-busting from Boylen
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
To say John Tavares’ star has fallen would be a stretch, but it seems he’s no longer the consensus No. 1 pick.
A little more than a year ago, there was a push to change the NHL entry draft rules to accommodate Tavares as a 17-year-old, while the Leafs were examining whether they could fast-track him on a minor-league contract, amid talk that an all-out rebuild could see a last-place Toronto team pick him first overall.
Now, some NHL scouts contacted by Sun Media are wondering if his No. 1 ranking will be challenged in the coming season.
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