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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.
It’s being broadcast live online at CBC Sports. This link should open the player in your browser.
It seems to work in both the United States and Canada, though Americans will probably prefer the television broadcast on Versus (*in Canada, there is a tape delay for TV coverage.)
A few updates and the list of winners—with links to stories on their wins—can all be found below:
The best performers in the NHL this past season will be honoured at the league’s annual awards show Thursday night in Toronto, with host Ron MacLean also announcing the 2009 location for the ninth annual presentation of Hockey Day in Canada.
The show will feature a performance by Canadian folk legend and hockey lover Stompin’ Tom Connors, and presenters will include Hockey Hall of Fame members Mike Bossy, Bob Gainey, Billy Smith and Red Kelly.
The event will be broadcast by CBC and Versus. There may be a live feed available online of the red carpet interviews, in which case that will be posted on KK. Also, Bill and the 19 will be liveblogging their way through the evening, and I’ll be adding updates here on the main hockey page of KK.
Out of curiosity, how popular is the NHL’s big award show with hockey fans?
From Ted Kulfan at the Detroit News,
Holland said he expects veteran forward Dallas Drake to decide about retirement in the next two weeks.
plus more notes on the Wings future
*hat-tip to Spector who summarizes all the latest rumors & news on Brian Rolston, Darcy Tucker, Jose Theodore, Brendan Morrison, Derek Roy and others today.
From Rick Westhead at the Toronto Star,
A prominent hockey memorabilia dealer faces a bizarre $3 million lawsuit several years after police raided a store in Vaughan and seized photos and hockey cards that featured allegedly forged signatures of NHL star Steve Yzerman.
The lawsuit is the second to surface in the past week involving Derrick Luck, who runs Mississauga’s Lucky Sports Management Inc. Luck is one of the top sellers in the hockey memorabilia industry and has had contracts with players including Yzerman, former Leaf Doug Gilmour and Ottawa Senators star Dany Heatley.
The case is certain to increase scrutiny of the multimillion-dollar memorabilia business, one that several leading dealers say is rife with fake signatures and misrepresented hockey jerseys.
From Joe Starkey at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
“If people are going to chastise professional athletes who are making a lot of money, they need to look at the deal we are probably going to end up signing,” [Jeremy] Roenick said.
As if the players would be forced to subsist on food stamps and ramen noodles.
Now look: Thomas Vanek makes $10 million, and the average salary has officially cracked $1.9 million, passing the pre-lockout figure of $1.83 million.
A crushing loss for the players?
“If there were those who viewed it in the words you use,” says player agent Don Meehan, “I don’t know how they could view it that way now.”
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