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from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
Head coach Mike Keenan’s stick was up high in the post-game presser, though. He was calm, but obviously upset about the lopsided calls.
“The question is, ‘Are they warranted,’ and then the next question is, ‘Are they penalty free for 40 minutes, the opposition, because that’s how the assessment was made,” said Keenan.
“I look down here,” he added, looking down at the game sheet, “and we’ve got four hooking penalties and they have none. I would say you would be hard-pressed to say they never took a hooking penalty tonight.”
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from P.J. Stock at the CBC Hockey Blog,
But you’d figure that when a rule book is written, it is written with rules for everyone to abide by. You would think that everyone on your team and all your peers in the league are judged on the same slate. Every individual in the NHL is equal and have to follow all these rules in this book….
It’s just that as the season goes on you discover that some players are more equal than others.
Here’s how I know. If you haven’t read the small print in the little National Hockey League Official Rules Book, at the bottom of each page it reads:
- Players on the fourth and fifth lines, fifth, sixth and seventh defencemen and players with a limited skill set like PJ Stock aren’t included in this booklet. Referees are free to call anything they want against these players, ignore anything that happens to them and of course laugh at them between whistles.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
The time-honored tradition of bestowing NHLers with nicknames by adding a ‘y’ or an ‘er’ to their surnames means rookie Predators winger Patric Hornqvist will be referred to as:
(d) Mr. Qvister.
more multiple choice questions…
From Mark Herrmann at Newsday:
[The New York Rangers] trip seems to have more than compensated in team chemistry what it had cost in practice time during a rushed training camp. That’s more tangible than the cool million dollars they earned by beating Metallurg Magnitogorsk for the preseason Victoria Cup in Switzerland.
American professional leagues do not release figures on exactly how much real compensation they receive for these trips, but the fact that they keep doing it tells you it is worth their while.
“Playing overseas is a marketing investment—for the league and the team,” said Stefan Szymanski, professor of economics and head of the MBA program at Cass Business School in London. “The long-term benefit is that the league will develop a new fan base.”
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
The NHL’s skills competition could have a new flavour to it when the Montreal Canadiens host All-Star Weekend in January….
The event celebrates the Canadiens’ 100th anniversary and pending commissioner Gary Bettman’s approval, there will be changes. Most notably, the effort to include some of hockey’s greats of the past.
A goaltending showdown between Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur has been discussed, but a more likely scenario would see Guy Lafleur or any number of former stars take part in either a head to head with Brodeur - or Roberto Luongo - or a competition against the NHL’s young guns.
read on and how about a Probert/Domi re-match?
(Gary Bettman) talk(ed) about the state of the league during the current worldwide economic crisis, the possibility of NHL teams north of the border in the near future, the falling Canadian loonie’s effect on Canada’s team revenues and the NHL’s look into expanding into Europe.
listen to the interview from this morning…
from the Detroit Free Press,
Here’s today’s conspiracy theory, courtesy of Chris Chelios’ appearance with JJ & Lynne on WCSX-FM.
Remember when Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott set the Stanley Cup upside down on the stage during last week’s “NHL Face-Off Rocks” show at the Fox Theatre?
“Someone should have drove that guy, he did that on purpose,” Cheli said Wednesday.
J.J.: “You think he did it on purpose?”
“No, we know he did ... we talked to people at the show and the guy was being real rude to everybody,” Chelios said.
The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced the return of NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman. The second season of the weekly, hour-long, live radio show will debut Thursday, October 16 at 4 p.m., ET, on NHL Home Ice (XM Channel 204 and Sirius Channel 208) and NHL.com. The show, co-hosted by former NHL player Bill Clement, will air every Thursday throughout the NHL season.
Whoopi Goldberg, the award-winning actress, moderator of ABC’s “The View” and a long-time NHL fan, will be the guest on Thursday’s season-debut show. She will join Commissioner Bettman in the NHL Radio/Sirius XM Radio studio located in the NHL Store Powered by Reebok store.
From Lyle Richardson at FoxSports,
The season is only a week old, but already some teams have raised eyebrows with their poor performances after only three games.
After reaching the Eastern Conference finals last season, expectations were high for the Philadelphia Flyers. Instead, they’ve gone winless their first three games, including blowing a 2-1 lead to the Montreal Canadiens — who they eliminated from last spring’s playoffs — to lose 5-3.
The Tampa Bay Lightning generated excitement in the offseason with their roster overhaul and promises from their new ownership of a fresh start, but after going winless in their first three games — giving up an average of 40 shots per game — it appears little has changed since last season.
continued… with a look at a few other teams off to a bad start, and some reasons why
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