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from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
This coming week, there are no fewer than four pivotal events on the docket, each one of them with the potential for far-reaching impact:
• Monday and Tuesday, the NHL Players’ Association will meet in Colorado Springs and each player who shows up gets a free laptop. The usual procedural things will be on the agenda, but sources say a rather interesting situation is forming between the league and its union.
First of all, the players will address the possibility of terminating the collective bargaining agreement in September 2009. Not a chance this will happen because a CBA in which the players were supposedly taking a kick to the groin is turning out to be another huge win for them.
from Alan Adams of AOL Canada,
This is one of those read the book, seen the movie scenarios that has become all too common in NHL folklore.
The price of doing business is about to go up again, for a third straight year.
The average NHL salary this season was $1.9 million US, a hike of 11 per cent over last season and a whopping 28 per cent higher than it was when the NHL resumed business following the 2004-05 lockout.
from the CP via TSN,
ZURICH, Switzerland - The NHL’s transfer agreement with the International Ice Hockey Federation expired Monday, ushering in a new era for the movement of players between Europe and North America.
For over a decade, the transfer deal set a framework for how NHL teams could bring players across the Atlantic, with deadlines for transfers, limits on how many players could leave each season, rules for players returning to their IIHF clubs, and a transfer fee for each player.
from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,
It was nice to see the NHL borrow an idea from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science people – among other organizations – in coming up with a Lifetime Achievement Award….
Going forward, there are many worthy candidates for this award as the NHL closes in on its 100th year. Selecting anyone other than Mr. Hockey in Year 1 would have been a mistake. But in future seasons, Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky, Scotty Bowman and Jean Beliveau are just a few names we’ll be seeing win this award.
It’ll be interesting to see how the NHL handles the legacy of Ted Lindsay. Not only was ‘Terrible Ted’ one of the best players of all-time – he ranked No. 21 on The Hockey News’ 1997 list of the top 100 players – he was also the instigator of the grossly underpaid players’ attempt to form an association/union back in 1957.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
The waiting list also includes Doug Gilmour, Steve Larmer, Bobby Smith, Rick Middleton, Adam Oates and Dale Hunter, Russians led by Igor Larionov and Pavel Bure, pre-expansion NHLers who no longer have a veterans’ category and those dogged lobbyists for Paul Henderson, still fighting for him 36 years post-Summit Series.
The current selection committee, infused with some new blood this year, meets Tuesday to vote on up to four 2008 player inductees. After a few recent no-brainers, Ray Bourque, Patrick Roy, Scott Stevens, Al MacInnis, Mark Messier, this is what some call a “light” year, or a chance to address oversights.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Here are five reasons you should have enjoyed the NHL in 2007-08:
• The right team won it all. Detroit became the first team since the 2001-02 Red Wings to win the Presidents’ Trophy and the Stanley Cup. If it happened every year, it would become tiresome. But every now and again, it’s nice to see the best team in the league confirm as much in the playoffs. The Red Wings for years have had the best organization. Their players earned the Cup in the end.
• Sid the Kid. The NHL couldn’t have asked for much more than Sidney Crosby and the Penguins reaching the finals. Crosby is the face of the new NHL, and he was brilliant in the postseason while showcasing the league.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Hart Trophy winner is a Russian who plays for Washington, the Norris winner is a Swede who plays for Detroit, the Calder winner is an American who plays for Chicago, the Byng and Selke double-winner is a Russian who plays for Detroit, the Vezina winner is a Canadian who plays for New Jersey.
And yet Thursday’s awards show in Toronto was conducted as if the NHL were a Canadian six-team league. Couldn’t the league have recognized youth hockey players from around the globe rather than just those from Canada?
Wouldn’t you think the NHL might once host the awards show at Radio City ... just once?
more and other NHL topics too…
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail (Sat. edition),
The five players on the NHL competition committee are in agreement that there is room to further reduce the size of goaltending equipment and also suggested a couple of intriguing faceoff regulations that could be adopted.
The competition committee assembled at the NHL offices in Toronto for about six hours yesterday in an attempt to hash out several issues that will continue to be debated in the summer….
One of the faceoff rules that could change is when an offensive player rings a shot off the opposition’s crossbar and the puck flies out of play. Currently, when this action transpires in a game, the ensuing faceoff comes outside the blueline. But there is a movement to have the faceoff stay in the opposition’s zone, so the team that shoots the puck is not penalized for a bad bounce.
From Adam Proteau at The Hockey News,
So bust out the popcorn, get your shoes all sticky and have a gander at this season’s Oscar-caliber hockey franchises, and those more in line for a Razzie Award:
Movie: The Departed
Plot Summary: The early-season absences of Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne digs a hole even the talented Ducks can’t waddle out of.
Real Review: “Where once the bodies pulsated with life in all its vainglorious furor, here they drop like wooden ducks in an artificial pond.” – Rick Groen, The Globe and Mail
A complete summary from the NHL:
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin capped an award-filled season by winning his first career Hart Trophy as the National Hockey League’s Most Valuable Player and Nicklas Lidstrom of the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings captured his sixth Norris Trophy as the League’s top defenseman at the 2008 NHL Awards Show.
Ovechkin was a runaway choice for the Hart, receiving 128 of 134 first-place votes for 1,313 points in voting by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who tallied one first-place vote and was the second choice on 66 ballots, was runner-up with 659 points.
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