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Call us old-fashioned, but we thought the game was better when each team had its own salary cap: it was called a budget.

-Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated.  More from Michael plus additional hockey topics…

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A Star Is Created

from Justin Bourne at The Hockey News,

So the mesmerizing mini-Malkin moves up the minor levels quick. He starts playing with older kids and he’s still good. Simple as that. He can’t explain it. But he ends up playing at the highest level a kid of his age and size is allowed.

He starts to get the free gear, the praise and the type of coaching that comes with the best teams. And he gets even better.

At some point, he starts to actually believe he’s the second coming of Sidney Crosby and he gets to turn off the rest of the real world and enjoy the ride that is his blessed little life. Bantam draft, selected, boom. Junior hockey, recruited, boom. And maybe, if he’s extra special, he gets to miss a class or two that other kids have to attend.

Before he knows it, his name is included in the NHL draft…not as high as he’d like, though. He played against one guy who was drafted in the first round and that guy was brutal. Pfft. What a joke.

And just like that, management’s little nightmare is born.


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Player Agent Allan Walsh Talks Twitter

from the Globe and Mail,

Outspoken Octagon Sports agent Allan Walsh believes the National Hockey League has always failed to properly market its players, so he’s encouraging his clients to lead the NHL’s social-networking movement.

“What the NHL has never really understood and will never understand is what the fans want is to interact with the players,” said Mr. Walsh in James Mirtle’s Saturday story. “The league’s philosophy over the years has always been: Fans buy tickets to see the team, to cheer for their team and that they’re more concerned about the logo than the name and the number on the back on the sweater. But as many times as they say it, it’s not going to make it true.

“What really drives numbers, attendance, TV ratings, are the personalities.”


I do hope Mr. Walsh addresses deleting his ‘Halak’ tweets from a few weeks ago.

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The Maven With A Gretzky Tease

via Stan Fischler of Game On,

Wayne Gretzky’s recent comments on MSG Network clearly indicate that The Great One is in no rush to return to an ice job.

In an interview with MSG’s Al Trautwig, Gretzky admits he’s content watching his kids grow as athletes. Wayne took in a Penguins-Rangers game last week from an MSG ice-side seat alongside his still gorgeous wife Janet.

Who knows, maybe there’s a job for Wayne at the NHL alongside Brendan Shanahan? Wayne and Janet reportedly are shopping for a luxury apartment within a mile or two of the NHL headquarters. Coincidence, or what?

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Empty Seats Not A Good Sign For The Players

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

If I’m an NHL player, I’m not counting on getting any escrow payments back this season. In fact, the way things are looking, they might even need to sock away some more for when the nasty escrow man comes calling after this season.

When the NHL set this year’s escrow payments at 18 percent, it must have been looking at its own dismal attendance figures. Last year, players paid 12.9 percent of their salaries in escrow, which meant they gave more than $207 million back to their employers.

But if bums in the seats are any indication, things aren’t about to get better anytime soon, either for the league or the players. That’s because attendance, which is by far the league’s most prominent cash cow, is trending downward in almost every way imaginable.


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HNIC Hotstove

Ron MacLean, Pierre LeBrun, Glenn Healy and Mike Milbury discuss numerous topics including Savard’s contract, Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin contract talk, changing some of the names of the NHL Trophies and Brendan Shanahan’s job with the NHL

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Working The Games

from NHL.com,

Seven National Hockey League referees and six NHL linesmen were named on Thursday to work at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver next February.

The referees are Paul Devorski, Mark Joannette, Dennis LaRue, Bill McCreary, Dan O’Halloran, Chris Rooney and Brad Watson. The linesmen include Shane Heyer, Jean Morin, Brian Murphy, Thor Nelson, Tim Nowak and Jay Sharrers.

“We had to look at experience and every other element to come up with the numbers we were told we could utilize,” NHL Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating Terry Gregson told NHL.com.

Gregson said the selection process involved more than just determining who was doing the best job this season.


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Delivering The Game To The Fans

from Jon Brodkin of NetworkWorld,

Sports fans demand a lot more than game tickets and newspaper box scores these days – they want constantly updated game information and access to high-quality video no matter where they are. That’s why the National Hockey League’s technology team is on a quest to upgrade its Web and mobile video capabilities.

“We know that we have a very tech-savvy group of fans, and we want to leverage technology to enhance the game,” says Peter DelGiacco, the CTO of the National Hockey League….

“In prior years we weren’t able to deliver the same quality of video,” DelGiacco said. For this season the NHL enhanced the service with high-definition video, DVR functionality, and adaptive streaming, which adjusts video quality to each user’s bandwidth. As part of the same project, the NHL and its franchises redesigned all 30 team Web sites.

“When you start watching a game, the quality starts at 400 [kilobits per second] for a few seconds, then it jumps to 800, then 1600, and it keeps going up until you say ‘now that’s good,’” DelGiacco said.

read on

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Official Release Of The Shanahan Hiring

NEW YORK (December 3, 2009)—Brendan Shanahan, one of the most prolific goal scorers in National Hockey League history, a three-time Stanley Cup champion and an Olympic Gold Medal winner, has joined the League as Vice President of Hockey and Business Development, Commissioner Gary Bettman announced today.

  On the game side, Shanahan—an original member of the NHL Competition Committee—will work with Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell and his staff, providing insights from a player’s standpoint into trends that have emerged; he also will help anticipate trends that might develop. On the business side, he will work with Chief Operating Officer John Collins and his staff to ensure that the League’s marketing efforts fully integrate and maximize the interests of the game and the players. Shanahan, who additionally will handle special projects as determined by Commissioner Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, will be based in the League’s New York office.

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You Have Choices

Watch the Chicago press conference below which is scheduled to begin around 3:00pm ET.

Or catch the NHL Hour (3-4p ET) with Gary Bettman and guest Brendan Shanahan, also below.

added 3:04pm, from the Chicago Blackhawks,

The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed today to a five-year contract extension with captain Jonathan Toews, a 13-year contract extension with alternate captain Duncan Keith and a five-year contact extension with right wing Patrick Kane.


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