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Canadian Dollar Helping The NHL

from Ken Belson and Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,

Over the past two decades, the Canadian teams in the N.H.L. were considered poor cousins of their wealthier colleagues in the United States. Some floundered financially, others packed up and moved south. The league even created the Canadian Assistance Program to subsidize the country’s struggling teams.

But the landscape in Canada has changed drastically, thanks to a rise of more than 50 percent in the Canadian dollar since 2002. A stronger currency has made it cheaper for the six Canadian teams to pay their players in United States dollars and to reduce debts.

It has also inflated the revenues of the six Canadian franchises and, in turn, the league’s revenues. That has hurt some of the weaker teams in the United States by pushing up the minimum amount teams must spend on payroll.

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Bettman Talks Teams And Money

from Reuters,

The head of the National Hockey League dismissed suggestions that it needs to shrink or move any of its financially troubled teams to other cities, possibly in Canada.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, speaking at the Reuters Global Media Summit in New York on Tuesday, said that all of the North American sports league’s current 30 teams should survive in their present cities.

“I believe that all 30 markets can sustain their clubs,” he said.

continued including Bettman says revenue will be flat or up 1 percent this season…

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Thinking Out Loud

At my NHL.com blog today, I get a few things off my chest.

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A Little Give And Take

from Justin Bourne at USA TODAY,

Alright, old school coaches. Maybe Gordie Howe was the greatest hockey player to ever live. I’ll make the concession that it’s at least a possibility (though I highly doubt it), but you’ve got to come together with me on a few things:

I’ll admit that Gordie Howe was one of the greatest to play the game if you admit that the new sticks are better than the old ones — because they are.

Today’s sticks don’t break more frequently than wood ones; in fact, they break less often. NHL players used to go through 100 of the wood ones per year. People see that newer sticks are made of a composite material and then somehow think that means they should last for all eternity. They’re made to be better, not indestructible. You do know they’re better, right?


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Since The Team Pays For The Equipment, They Should Have Input On What To Buy

from the Vancouver Province,

When last the NHL general managers met, they discussed the issue of player equipment and one of the points on the agenda was suggested by Sharks general manager Doug Wilson.

When first it was learned the league was discussing Wilson’s suggestion, the media were claiming the NHL initiative was moving toward players buying their own equipment, and it came off as though the owners were somehow cheaping out, looking to offload an expense.

Anyone who knows Wilson knew that couldn’t be the case unless his owners had gotten to him, as he has always been one of the chief advocates for the players both as a GM and earlier when he worked for the NHLPA after his retirement as a player.

What Wilson was trying to suggest is that if the NHL teams are going to be paying for the player’s equipment, they should have some input in what they were wearing.


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Lighting The Torch In Vancouver

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• Why not Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Orr?

Why not have the two greatest Canadian hockey players in history, representing our favourite sport, representing our country, lighting the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Olympic Games next February?...

• The Maple Leafs do lead the NHL in one category: Unnecessary pre-game ceremonies. The more they honour the insignificant, the less significant their ceremonies become.


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Always Looking For Ways To Protect The Players

from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,

Kris King, the NHL’s senior director of hockey operations, had what at first appears to be an odd looking piece of equipment on his desk in Toronto this week.

It’s a clear, plastic shield, shaped like a skate boot, complete with lace holes and Velcro fasteners. The function is obvious: To help prevent foot injuries.

The shield is one of several new innovations surfacing as the pro game deals with a rash of injuries that are claiming star players.

King, as he always does with new equipment developments, will give the shield careful consideration. He’s not out to endorse it, just clear it so players and executives can be assured the shield is functional, but won’t radically alter the game.


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It Started 92 Years Ago

from John McGourty of NHL.com,

Here’s another reason to give thanks this Thanksgiving: The National Hockey League was founded 92 years ago today.

Its predecessor, the National Hockey Association, was on its last legs due to players joining the Canadian Forces in World War I, decreased attendance and warring owners. One of the teams, the Toronto 228th Battalion, had been inducted en masse.

A group that included S.E. Lichtenhein of the Montreal Wanderers, G.W. Kendall of the Montreal Canadiens, T.P. Gorman of the Ottawa Senators and M.J. Quinn of the Quebec Bulldogs, along with NHA secretary-treasurer Frank Calder, met at Montreal’s Windsor Hotel. The NHA owners had had repeated problems with Eddie Livingstone the owner of the Toronto Blueshirts, and decided to exclude him from the NHL.


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Call Of The Week Plus A History Lesson

John Kelly & Darren Pang, the Blues TV broadcast team, with the call of the week plus a look at the formation of the NHL.

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Time To Eliminate The ‘Push’ Hits

from Darren Pang at HockeyChats,

Here’s where I would again like the NHL to look at, and conclude that a player cannot “extend his arms” and “Push” a player in an act that should only be a hit, contact with a shoulder,or side of body to another player.

When you have played the game and go into the corner, or are playing a puck along the boards, and an opposing player is coming at you, you know you are going to get hit. You are braced to “take a hit, to make a play” as they say.

The problem happens when there is no hit, no shoulder, but he is there. You release the puck, still no hit….and then there is the “push”. The unsuspecting extension of the arms, that catches almost every player off guard and more cases than not, ends up in injury.

It is more prevalent than ever. Young players grow up knowing now that it is a “good hockey hit”. It has more football-style hitting in it than it does hockey-style. It has been accepted. It has to be eliminated.


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