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When All is Said And Done, Bettman Will Get A Deal Done For Sochi Winter Olympics

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail at CTVOlympics,

A modest prediction now that the 2010 Winter Olympic men’s hockey tournament is in the books: Four years from now, in Sochi, the NHL will be back with full participation - even if commissioner Gary Bettman is publicly dragging his heels over making a commitment now.

It isn’t just because the NHL got its preferred final either. Canada against the United States for the gold medal guaranteed fabulous television ratings and garnered interest in the sport across North America. (NBC even televised it live on the West Coast. That’s progress.)

Remember, Bettman is two things primarily: a lawyer and a skilled negotiator. It was his ability to craft deals that ultimately got him the job in the first place.

As a negotiator, Bettman is not about to give anything away he could potentially use as a chip - not with new collective bargaining agreement talks coming in 2012.

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added 6:14am on 3/2/10, A few comments about a misleading headline and I agree, sorry for the confusion.  I changed the headline to stop the confusion.

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Poor Hockey

from Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel,

Sadly, hockey, which was once considered part of the Big Four of American sports, is now so far removed from our national consciousness that it might as well be cribbage. It used to be football, baseball, basketball and hockey. Now it’s football, baseball, basketball, golf, NASCAR, boxing, mixed martial arts, beach volleyball, badminton, rock-paper-scissors and then hockey….

Poor hockey.

Poor, poor hockey.

For one magical Sunday afternoon, the sport basked in the golden glow of the Winter Olympics.

Now, forlornly, it crawls back into the black hole that is the NHL season.

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Your Trade Deadline Coverage

NEW YORK (March 1, 2010) –The countdown to Wednesday’s NHL Trade Deadline (Mar. 3 at 3:00 p.m. ET) is on as NHL teams position themselves for the six-week push to the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Wall-to-wall coverage on NHL.com begins today with a team of correspondents in every NHL city to cover player transactions, draft pick exchanges and all the latest trade news. A panel of writers, analysts and guests will provide up-to-the-minute reports, break down trades and delve into historical Trade Deadline moves that lead to great stretch runs and eventual Stanley Cup victories.

Digital coverage includes a trade ticker and mobile tracker, official confirmation of trades from NHL’s Central Registry office and analysis with special guests including a pair of former NHL general managers—Hall of Famer Scotty Bowman and Craig Button. Trade deadline coverage on NHL.com is sponsored by Hungry Man in Canada.

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Will The NHL Gain More Fans Due To The Gold Medal Game?

from Darren Rovell at CNBC,

Having this game certainly gave the NHL a greater chance to grow out of its niche audience. People sampled the game that hadn’t previously done so. But people did the same with soccer when the US women won the World Cup in 1999. That didn’t help the Women’s United Soccer League from going under after three seasons and losing $100 million.

Some will say that this will help the league. That new fans might want to watch the names they learned — Sidney Crosby, Ryan Miller and Zach Parise — more regularly. But in order for that to happen, it will mean that people, who previously haven’t considered hockey, fell in love with the game on Sunday. They also would have had to fall in love with the players. That’s a lot to ask for and I’m not sure that any fewer would have watched if it were just amateurs out there.

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There Is A Difference

from Dave Davis of Inside Hockey,

Welcome to hockey journalism in the post-web 2.0 world, where any half-literate dreamer, armed with only a keyboard and a seventh grade knowledge of spelling and sentence structure, can piggyback public updates from Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger and broadcast them as scoops from “inside sources” to thousands of information-starved hockey fans.

One can only imagine what rumor reporting will be like leading up to the first NHL trade deadline of the Twitter Age after all of the unprofessional, uncorroborated and even comedic material that we’ve witnessed these past few years throughout much of the blogosphere.

more and I recommend you read it…

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Making A Trade

How is a trade made?

After two clubs have come to an agreement on a trade, the clubs must advise the League office, either by telephone or by FAX, of the terms of the trade. The League office then schedules a conference call with the two teams to review the transaction and give final approval for the deal.  Prior to the trade call, the League office will ensure that the team has the appropriate salary cap space to make the deal; if draft choices are involved, that the club has the available choices; and that the team has available space on its reserve list to add the player (s). It should be noted that the 23-man roster restriction is no longer in force from March 3 on.

On the trade call, the League will a) review the terms of the player contracts and ensure that teams are aware of their respective obligations to the player (s) involved; b) ensure that, should a player have a no-trade clause, that the player has waived that right; and c) ensure that any conditions to consummation of the transaction have been clearly defined and agreed upon.

The trade becomes official after the trade call has taken place.

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Hey, At Least Hockey Wins

from Deadspin,

It hurts because you care. And maybe you’re already a huge hockey fan, and you understood every nuance of the game. But there are a ton of people out there who are only hurt because they supported their country by tuning in. They just happened to see one of the most exciting hockey games ever. Before Vancouver, maybe they never saw a hockey game. Now, hockey made them care.

Someone made the decision to watch their NHL team’s next game. Some kid just made the choice to play hockey. Someone just learned the names Crosby, Miller, Luongo for the first time. Hockey has some new fans.

People are going to be talking about hockey tomorrow. So while Canada takes home the gold medal — and all due congratulations to them — it’s hockey as a whole that wins.

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thanks to a KK reader for the pointer

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Evening Line

“I’ve been in the room when owners have said, ‘We’re not going to the Olympics,.  Some of our markets are challenged, attendance-wise. To close our doors and say, thanks for your patronage, come back in two-and-a-half weeks. ... If any other business did that, people would be giving them the award for imbecility.”

-Team USA General Manager Brian Burke.  More from Burke on this topic from Mark Whicker of the OC Register.

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The NHL Needs To Commit To The 2014 Olympics

from Michael Rosenberg at Sports Illustrated,

The NHL is supposedly thinking about skipping the 2014 Olympics. Now, this is a brilliant idea. On Wednesday night, as I watched Canada’s Dan Boyle thread a gorgeous backhanded pass to Ryan Getzlaf for a goal, kick-starting a 7-3 victory over Russia and making Viagra unnecessary in Canada, I thought, “Dammit, I should be watching Predators-Blue Jackets right now.”

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman cannot be serious about this. These Olympics are the best show hockey has put on in years. Why would he want to stop that?

The NHL should not just commit to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia—Bettman should offer to grab two hockey sticks and paddle his way across the Atlantic.

This is a no-brainer. And to really understand why, you have to understand the internal squabble in this sport for the last few decades between two groups: purists and marketers.

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The Gold Club

from Risto Pakarinen at IIHF.com,

The 22 winners of the three major championships - the Stanley Cup, a World Championship, and an Olympic gold medal – were inducted into the Triple Gold Club in a ceremony held in Vancouver on Monday. All 22 members of the exclusive club were present, as they were introduced to the stage and handed a national team sweater with special TGC patches….

Their careers span over four decades, and over four different countries, but on Monday night, the only thing that mattered was that exclusive membership in the Triple Gold Club, as the players reconnected with old teammates – like Peter Forsberg and Valeri Kamensky, and Nicklas Lidström and Igor Larionov – or exchanged a few words with their former idols – like Niklas Kronwall and the former Soviet stars, over some.

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Check out some interviiews from the players involved in the ceremony at NHL.com.

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