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Dreger Talks BOG Meeting

The BOG meets next Tuesday and Wednesday and Darren discusses the agenda.

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Refs Try To Stay On The Same Page

from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,

We’ve touched on the importance of communication between referee and player and referee and coach, but perhaps the most important part of the communication game comes between the on-ice officials themselves.

Like the two foes they are out there to moderate, the four officials in a game are their own team. They’ve got each other’s backs, they constantly try to stay on the same page in terms of positioning and interpreting the flow of the game, and part of that is the preparation that comes in the dressing room before the puck drops.

Before each game, the officials have an informal meeting to discuss trends of the two teams, tendencies of some of the players and even their own positioning to make sure all areas of the ice are covered off.

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Put An End To The Violence In Our Game

from Jeff Maguire of EMC,

This is an issue which, as a sports fan, has troubled me for a long time. It’s a situation which needs to be addressed and fixed once and for all.

I am talking about violence in hockey and particularly in professional leagues such as the National Hockey League (NHL), the so-called ‘No. 1 hockey league in the world.’

The number of incidents related to fighting and other acts of violent conduct in the sport are repetitive and frankly, disgraceful. It is hard to take the sport seriously, especially when leagues such as the NHL do so little to police such pointless on-ice behaviour by their own athletes.

Like most Canadian kids I played the sport when I was younger and it is hard not to have a soft spot for our winter national sport. It’s a great game. But it could be so much better if the powers-that-be, especially NHL management, would finally do the right thing and end fighting and other violent conduct in the game.

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thanks to a KK member for the pointer

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A New Idea For UFA Day

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

I suggest we gather all 30 NHL front office staffs, player agents and media in a hotel June 29-July 3 and let the fireworks go off baby. Buzz city!

“I think it’s a great idea,” veteran Don Meehan of Newport Sports told ESPN.com on Wednesday. “Anything to provide exposure for our game is beneficial. It’s progressive. Lord knows we need everything we can to generate interest in our game.”

The start of NHL free agency is July 1, but there is a lot of chatter on June 29-30 as teams try to re-sign players before the market opens.

Somebody please tell me how this is isn’t a great idea?

“I think anything that puts some buzz in our sport, I’m all for it,” Wings GM Ken Holland told ESPN.com on Wednesday when asked about the concept.

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Encouraging Talk For Quebec City

from Michel Hebert of QMI Agency at the Toronto Sun,

After a long discussion with National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman last Friday, Quebec premier Jean Charest says he believes the NHL will return to Quebec City.

According to the premier, Bettman is “sincere” and wants to see a franchise return to the former home of the Nordiques. Charest noted that the “planets are aligned” in such a way that the profitability of a new professional team is no longer a question for him

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Winter Classic Truck Stops By ESPN

Basically Barry Melrose talking about the Winter Classic.

The truck is there to shoot a spot with ESPN.

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Afternoon Line

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.”

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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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