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Attention Made-Up Rumor Guys

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

In a high-tech world in which fans have endless outlets to turn to for sports news, how is it someone hasn’t started a website to track all those who start trade rumours?

Given that 99% of all swap scuttlebutt is little more than baseless bunk, why not hold the source that starts each fabrication accountable?

It would be a great way to separate the real insiders from the pretenders who often float manufactured material to gain attention for themselves, their media outlets or their makeshift websites.


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Do You Want The NHL To Expand Into Europe?

from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

Many in hockey believe there is a way for the NHL to escape the black hole dug by the ailing teams in the south. However, it would require decision making that was creative and bold.

  Here’s what the NHL would do. It would begin the process of expanding to Europe. And it would move quickly, because the Kontinental Hockey League is pushing ahead with its plans to establish a pan-European league. Once that happens, the door to Europe will close on the NHL.

  “It will be too late for the NHL very shortly,” a source with close ties to European hockey said this week.

  A pan-European league is likely to be announced in 12 to 24 months. The KHL’s billionaire founder Alexander Medvedev has hired a consultant in Sweden to advise him on expanding into Western Europe, and a recommendation has already been made.

  “The consultant has told Medvedev that the best way to expand hockey in Europe is not to conquer Europe but to bring partnerships together,” the source said.

read on

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Sunday Hockey Observations

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

• Here’s what we get to find out about Brian Burke as he runs the Maple Leafs: Can he succeed taking over as GM of a club that doesn’t have a brother of a pending Hall of Fame free agent defenseman on it?

• Rick DiPietro’s return is a personal success that should be applauded and respected. It speaks well to the young man’s dedication, desire and professionalism.

But it’s now up to the Islanders’ ownership, management and coaching staff to ensure that first-half MVP Dwayne Roloson isn’t shifted into the background in order to accommodate the “franchise” goaltender.

• There’s conflict in Calgary, we’re told by a fellow who has never steered us in the wrong direction, between Jarome Iginla and Brent Sutter, with the captain apparently believing the coach has brought too many junior hockey-type tactics back home with him.

more notes from Brooks…

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Watch Your Language

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

It’s fair to say New York Rangers coach John Tortorella is as passionate a coach as you will find, perhaps, in any sport.

It’s also fair to say that Tortorella’s passion gets the better of him every now and again and manifests into an occasional rant with the odd profanity dropped in to emphasize his point.

Whether the salty language comes from Tortorella, another NHL coach, or team personnel, the National Hockey League has had enough and today issued the following memo, acquired by TSN, to remind teams and club representatives there may be consequences.


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Why Not A Luxury Tax/Revenue Sharing System?

from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,

The NHL chose the wrong cost-containment mechanism. It should have emerged from the lockout with a luxury-tax/revenue-sharing system like the one in baseball because hockey’s structure is much more like baseball’s than it is other sports’.

“Absolutely,” said Chris Pronger. The newest well-paid Flyer then nodded toward Comcast-Spectacor chairman Ed Snider. “But I’m not going to tell him that.”

NHL teams carry 18 players and use every one of them. Baseball teams carry 25 and do likewise. Each team makes its own local television deal, and those deals vary as wildly as they do in baseball. The Yankees may spend way more on salaries than the Royals do, but they collect hundreds of millions more in television revenue, too. High-revenue teams like the Yankees, Mets and Red Sox have been underwriting the smaller-market teams since baseball’s 1994 strike.

Teams that sell out their stadiums and have healthy television contracts can afford to spend more, do spend more, and can attempt to fix their ills quickly. It doesn’t guarantee success for all. But far more often than not, it provides baseball’s postseason with at least one of its more storied franchises.


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Report- Yankee Stadium Appears Out As Winter Classic Destination

from Andrew Gross of NorthJersey.com,

The window of opportunity to bring the NHL’s Winter Classic to Yankee Stadium in 2011 has been closed.

In September, the Yankees announced a new college football bowl to be played between Christmas and New Year’s Day. But there was a slim hope that until a television deal was reached, the game could be moved for one year to allow Yankee Stadium to host the annual outdoor NHL game.

But two industry sources said Wednesday that ESPN soon will announce a deal to televise the bowl game, with one source pinpointing the game would be played Dec. 30 with a 2 p.m. kickoff.

“The Yankees are still telling people it can happen but the NHL knows it can’t happen,” one source said.

However, that source indicated there still was interest on the part of the NHL and NBC to have the game in New York.


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Say No To Winter Classic In Dallas

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN answers some emails…

I’m sorry, but a Winter Classic in Dallas just doesn’t sound right. ... Isn’t the point of the Winter Classic to bring hockey back to its outdoor roots? Cold, snow, a biting wind—that is where hockey started; not in the 60-70 degree heat of a Dallas winter. Not to mention that the Cowboys’ stadium is practically indoors so that kind of puts a damper on the outdoor game thing as well….

LeBrun:  I’m with you, I’d rather play the Winter Classic in northern climates, where outdoor hockey actually has a history. But the fact is, this thing is getting so huge, every NHL owner wants a piece of it now. And because of the amazing abilities of the ice plant machine the NHL bought two years ago, it’s believed you can pretty much hold the game anywhere. Eventually, after we’ve had games in New York and Denver and Minnesota and other northern NHL markets, we’re going to have to eventually accept that the Winter Classic will go to more southern markets

more topics…

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30 Hockey Points

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

• Miro Satan’s agent – Allan Walsh – took offence to my critique of his client’s work ethic this week. (The suggestion I should go back to “Hockey Scouting 101” was pretty funny.) It is true that he showed an excellent attitude as a cap casualty in Pittsburgh last season, having to go to the minors. Maybe he’s matured as an older player, but there’s no doubt he wasn’t an “every night guy” for much of his career.

• I rarely, if ever, get nervous anymore, but certainly was to interview Bobby Orr live for the first time ever. I called him “Mr. Orr.” He looked at me and said, “It’s Bobby.” We are coming up to the 40th anniversary of his famous 1970 Cup-winner. Geez, I’m getting old.


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At The Halfway Point Of The NHL Regular Season

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,


NHL leading scorer Joe Thornton, Jonathan Quick, John Tavares, the Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings, Ryan Miller, Marian Gaborik, Tomas Plekanec, Steve Sullivan’s comeback, Steve Yzerman’s Hall of Fame induction speech.


The Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers, Alexei Kovalev (his four goals yesterday aside), Tim Thomas, Olli Jokinen, Phil Kessel, the KHL and the NHLPA executive.

more (link not working, trying to find the story again)

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Hockey Talk On A Sunday Morning

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via Faceoff.com,

• People who have watched Jiri Hudler with Moscow Dynamo say his heart’s not in it, but as one NHL executive says, “How do you turn your back on $10 million?” I’m sure he’ll be back in Detroit in two years. I know one thing: If the Red Wings knew Hudler was bolting for Russia, they would have moved to keep winger Mikael Samuelsson. Instead, they saved money for Hudler, who is seven years younger.

- - The Wings don’t feel Johan Franzen (knee) will be back until mid-February, so the Olympics are out, but if he somehow makes a quicker recovery, they have no objection to the Swedes adding him.

• The NHL is taking bids for next year’s Icemen Cometh outdoor game, but come on, if Alex Ovechkin, the best player in the game, isn’t on the bill at Yankee Stadium for the Washington Capitals against the New York Rangers, they’re missing the boat.


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