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From Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated,
And that is probably the most miraculous thing about the Cup: It has the unique ability to turn men into little boys.
Like the 6-year-olds they once were, NHLers really are playing for the trophy at the end of the season. Their salaries stop when the regular season does. There is, of course, a monetary prize, a playoff payout, that goes to all teams, but if you break it down per hour for the intense, all-consuming work the finalists will put in over eight weeks, they would probably make out just as well if they had been manning the deep fryer at a burger joint.
The game is distilled to its purest form during the playoffs. Stanley of Preston, whose farsighted vision was as long as his title, really did reward the top amateur team because in the spring, hockey is about the love of the game.
more… about what makes the Stanley Cup Playoffs special
from Allan Hougaard at the Hockey News,
The Czech Ice Hockey Association has decided not to sign the IIHF’s player transfer deal with the NHL after the 14 hockey clubs in the Czech Extraliga voted in favor of ending the current deal immediately. This likely means there will be no regulations surrounding the transfer of players between the European teams and the NHL next season.
The existing NHL-IIHF player transfer agreement was originally supposed to last until 2011, but the Euro nations in the agreement demanded it be reopened in December 2007. In order to gain time to negotiate a new, long-term agreement, the IIHF and NHL have been working to arrive at a one-year extension of the existing agreement.
From Paul Kukla at Hockey.com,
Early favorite to replace Ron MacLean as the HNIC host when or if he ever leaves - Elliotte Friedman
Speaking of TV guys, Ed Olczyk continues to impress with his analytical work. Breaking down a play moments after it has happened is hard to do, but ‘Eddie O’ is always pointing out key plays during the game.
This coming from a Detroit Red Wings fan, but you almost feel sorry for all the injuries the Colorado Avalanche have had in the recent past. OK, that was long enough to sympathize for the Avs!
more stray thoughts from the boss…
from Rich Hammond of the LA Daily News,
The Kings declined to release specific numbers, but said they’re losing more money per year now than before the lockout. At the start of the lockout, the Kings claimed to be losing $8 to $10 million a year.
“We’re building our organization differently, to meet the reality that we’re losing even more than we did before the lockout,” chief marketing officer Chris McGowan said. “We have to run a better business.”
Thus, the ticket-price increases, even coming off a season in which the Kings tied for the fewest points in the NHL. The Kings believe the increases are necessary, in part, to help stabilize their bottom line.
from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
Video review works. With the HD cameras it has in every building now, the NHL has virtually eliminated those “Was it a goal or not?” controversies. They usually get it right. So why not take it to the final frontier? Allow reviews of early whistles.
Please refrain from eye-rolling. And don’t give me that old line about once the whistle blows, nothing else matters. We’re not talking about things that occur two or three or five seconds after the whistle. All these goals happen within a fraction of a second. It’s simple: if the puck is on its way in when the whistle blows, and the folks in the video review room in Toronto decide the whistle should not have blown, the goal should count.
April 30, 1972 • The New York Rangers made their first appearance in a Stanley Cup Final series game since 1950, losing to the Boston Bruins 6-5 in the opening contest. The 1972 championship clash between New York and Boston marked the first time in 43 years that the two had met in the Final. Boston won the best-of-seven series in six games.
Video below features highlights from the series.
The Czech site iDNES has reported the following:
Some unnamed player from Omsk was told by the boss of the club that Jagr is gonna play there next year. “We dont know anything about length of contract or about money but they told us Jagr will play here. Thats fantastic news!”
Thanks to a KK reader for the pointer and the translation.
From Adam Proteau’s Tuesday mailbag at The Hockey News:
Considering the gazillions of dollars he has made over his career, do you think there’s a chance that Jaromir Jagr would go back to Pittsburgh at a deep discount just for a chance to play with Malkin & Crosby? [...]
Jaromir Jagr? Accept the minimum salary? If he was being held at gunpoint, maybe.
more thoughts on Jagr and others
From David Littman at The Hockey News,
I joined the Oyster Bay youth hockey organization and went to summer hockey camps where I was coached by the likes of Resch, Smith, Lou Lamoriello and Brian Burke.
When I wasn’t playing on the ice, I was playing street hockey. When I wasn’t playing street hockey, I was in my basement throwing tennis balls against the stairs and making glove saves that would win my team the Stanley Cup.
Hockey was all I thought about and there was no doubt in my mind I would play in the NHL.
But not everyone else thought so.
Littman was originally drafted by the Buffalo Sabres and played for both the Sabres and Tampa Bay, as well as in the AHL, ECHL and IHL. Currently he’s the producer of EA Sports NHL series and now a blogger with THN, promising a lot of great stories.
From On the Forecheck,
Yes, it’s time for the 2008 Alternative NHL Awards, recognizing the best of the best (or is it the worst of the worst?) when it comes to on-ice illicit activity…
Boarding: Usually the haven of lumbering, slack-jawed knuckle-draggers who aim to intimidate opponents, this year’s crop of bellicose boarders included a number of smaller, workaday checking forwards like Todd Marchant (3) and Kris Draper (4), who tied for the league lead alongside defenseman Andrej Meszaros of Ottawa. Based on the fact that he’s obviously working through some “issues” since being so viciously boarded by Claude Lemieux in the 1996 Western Conference finals, the award goes to Draper for 2008.
and lots more...
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