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from Dan Peterson of Live Science,
Big hits have always been part of hockey, but the price paid in injuries is on the rise.
A total of 759 NHL players have been diagnosed with a concussion since 1997, according to data released last month at the National Academy of Neuropsychology’s Sports Concussion Symposium in New York. For the 10 seasons studied, that works out to about 76 players per season and 31 concussions per 1,000 hockey games. During the 2006–07 season, that resulted in 760 games missed by those injured players, an increase of 41 percent from 2005–06.
Researchers have found two reasons for the jump in severity — the physics of motion and the ever-expanding hockey player.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The value of a second NHL team in Toronto would range between $400-million and $600-million, and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment would be entitled to a one-time territorial payment of up to $250-million for allowing the relocation of an existing team, according to sports economists.
The second team in Toronto would instantly become the third most valuable franchise in the league behind the Maple Leafs and New York Rangers and on par with the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens, sports finance expert Marc Ganis said.
Ganis, the president of SportsCorp Ltd. of Chicago and a consultant to professional sports clubs and leagues, said the size and strength of the Greater Toronto Area market would drive the new franchise’s value.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
This probably isn’t what’s meant by giving the finger, but the Maple Leafs are already attempting to deal Jeff Finger, the defenseman whom they signed to a four-year, $14M free agent contract this July, we’re told.
Finally, for those people who say, “Lou would never do that,” when the possibility is raised of Lamoriello trading for Nikolai Khabibulin in the wake of the potentially shattering elbow injury to Martin Brodeur, they should never forget this:
Lou would do anything.
more for some CBA talk and other hockey notes…
From Phil Coffey at NHL.com
Truth be told, Hall of Fame Weekend is one of my favorite parts of a season that has a lot of favorite parts.
As an addicted history buff in all things, not just hockey, I’ll never turn away from the chance to read any hockey history that comes my way. That’s a strong thread here at NHL.com. This week alone, we dug into some pretty important historical stories that actually weren’t related to the Hall of Fame. Most fans know Red Berenson as the hockey coach at Michigan, but you may not realize he was a pretty fair NHL player in his own right. John Kreiser looked at one of the NHL’s unforgettable nights when Berenson scored 6 goals against the Flyers at the Spectrum. No easy road there.
read on for links to more HHOF stories at NHL.com
From David Yasvinski at the National Post:
It was just over a month ago the TV talking heads, the newspaper scribes and the radio hosts started offering predictions for the 2008-09 NHL season. Would Alexander Ovechkin win the scoring a title? Would the Leafs be so bad, that even Leafs Nation would begin to turn away? There are other questions out there, and a lot of surprises — so far — in this season. And here are five things nobody saw coming.
1. Martin Brodeur meets Kryptonite.
read on for the full list
The Maven explains why…
from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,
Now I don’t expect a goalie will slip some netting between his pads or anything like Tony Esposito was alleged to have done way back when, but is it outside the realm of consideration to think a netminder might have an equipment guy go back and get that “favourite” glove or blocker, the one that wasn’t quite up to stuff at the start of the season when measurements were made?
Who’s to determine whether the incoming goalie’s stick is extra long or has a paddle that is just a shade wider than the league allows (after all, poke checking is less of an art and more of an advantage if the stick is longer than the rules allow)?
from Elliotte Friedman of Blogs and Columns at CBC,
No offence to Dr. David Hart or Marie Evelyn Moreton (aka Lady Byng), but, when we vote for - and honour - the game’s best, shouldn’t we also recognize those who were the game’s best?
Hart to Howe: Wayne Gretzky won it more than anyone, but I have something else in mind for him. This one goes to Howe, as Mr. Hockey held the record - six - before Gretzky smashed it. He was the pre-eminent player during the Original Six, and deserves this.
Art Ross to Gretzky/Norris to Orr: These two are easy. Seriously, does anyone really need an explanation?
from Jay Feaster at ESPN,
While we realize fans and media may want to know about injuries, we also recognize there are lots of things they would like to know, from our trade deadline strategy to whether we intend to make a coaching change. Nonetheless, we do not give the public access to this information (except, perhaps, in very general terms) for a host of competitive and business reasons.
The bottom line: the extent and severity of a player’s injury is proprietary business information and most GMs would like to keep it “club confidential,” even if nondisclosure gives members of the press and some fans an upper-body ache.
added 11:47am, from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Because there is proof of targeting, we can buy the players’ safety issue. But our argument would be that the policy should be amended so full disclosure still exists from mid-September (the start of training camps) through March 1 (the beginning of the stretch run). From then through the playoffs, teams can hide injury details all they want.
Holland didn’t shoot down our idea.
“I mean, listen, we’ve disclosed Johan Franzen has a Grade 2 ACL sprain and that he’s out 3-4 weeks,” said Holland. “We disclosed the Andreas Lilja injury. For me personally, I just think over 82 games you’re probably going to play your player when they’re healthy. But the playoffs are different.”
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
To hear Ray Scapinello tell it, his path to this week’s induction in the Hockey Hall of Fame was a case of being in the right place at the right time.
To hear his fellow NHL officials, coaches and players tell it, “Scampy’ was always in the right place at the right time.
Scapinello, 62, is being honored because he set all the records for NHL linesmen: 33 seasons, 2,500 consecutive games and 426 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He was chosen for the playoffs in only his second season, 1972, and continued every year until he retired in 2004. He never missed an assignment in his career.
One of my first interviews on KK was with Ray, a little over two years ago. What a great guy and I am so glad to see him go into the HHOF.
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