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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
The war of words between the Calgary Flames and the Chicago Blackhawks has caught plenty of attention around the NHL.
But not to the point the league has fired off a memo to all parties involved to cease and desist.
A published report stated the NHL’s senior executive vice-president of hockey operations, Colin Campbell, sent a letter to both teams to curb the on-ice chirping and post-whistle scrums.
Only problem, it didn’t happen.
“I did NOT send one,” Campbell replied yesterday in an e-mail.
from David Shoalts of the Globe an Mail,
A group of business people wants to bring a second team to the Greater Toronto Area, and the National Hockey League took the group seriously enough to grant it an audience.
The unidentified group met with NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly in downtown Toronto last week, according to sources. The group proposes to build an arena at the intersection of Highways 427 and 7 in Vaughan, Ont., on land north of Pearson International Airport that’s owned by businessman Victor De Zen.
The meeting was scheduled to last one hour but stretched to approximately 21/2 hours. The unidentified group also discussed its proposal with Paul Kelly, the executive director of the NHL Players’ Association. Mr. Kelly and Mr. Daly declined to comment.
added 11:40am, via the National Post,
But in an e-mail to Canwest News Service on Thursday, Daly, while admitting the meeting took place, denied there are any serious talks in the works.
“No, the NHL is not giving any consideration to putting a second team in the Toronto area,” he said in the e-mail.
from Randy Youngman of the OC Register,
During my quarter-century of invading smelly locker rooms in Southern California under the auspices of The Orange County Register, I have covered a lot more NBA playoff series than NHL Stanley Cup playoff series.
The “Showtime” Lakers of the 1980s were a must-see dynasty, with Kareem and Magic and Big Game James and Byron the stars in a decade of dominance that netted five NBA championships. The Shaq-and-Kobe Lakers that three-peated in 2000, 2001 and 2002 also were memorable title teams.
But the NBA playoffs usually are a showcase for individual stars: Magic, Bird, Michael, Shaq, Kobe and, perhaps someday soon, LeBron.
The NBA postseason is entertaining, but the NHL postseason is absolutely riveting. It’s my favorite playoff sport, a feeling driven home again in the span of three days this week after covering Game 1 of the Lakers-Jazz series at Staples Center and Game 3 of the Ducks-Sharks series at Honda Center.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
A gap in the NHL’s drug-testing policy may not be closed because the league and the National Hockey League Players’ Association cannot agree on how to deal with it.
According to the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, players are not tested during the playoffs and the off-season, which leaves five months — April through August — during which the players do not have to worry about passing a drug test. The league says it is in favour of year-round testing, but the union has reservations due to privacy concerns.
from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,
Is there a bias in the way the National Hockey League hands out supplementary discipline?
It’s hard to say and even harder to prove. But recent events in the early rounds of the playoffs and even the stretch run to the playoffs causes one to wonder, especially when it comes to Canadian-based teams.
It was by no means a scientific search but in using the words suspension, suspended and disciplinary action in browsing the press releases at NHLMedia.com I had to go back to Feb. 12, 2009, to find an intance when a player on a Canadian-based team was suspended for his actions regarding another player on the ice.
from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,
No one likes someone who blows the whistle, but it was pretty difficult not to like former NHL referee Art Skov.
The genial Skov, 80, died Sunday after suffering through declining health in recent years.
“He was a real players’ referee,” said retired NHL linesman Matt Pavelich, who worked many a game with his fellow Windsorite.
“He did his job well and he was well respected by everyone in the game. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard someone saw anything bad about Art.”
NEW YORK/TORONTO (April 20, 2009) – The lists of the three finalists for each of the NHL’s most prestigious regular-season awards will be announced beginning Wednesday. The 2009 NHL Awards, to be broadcast live from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas on June 18, 2009 on VERSUS in the United States and CBC in Canada, will bring together the League’s best players, celebrities and other NHL VIPs in celebration of the season’s brightest stars.
from John Ourand of SportsBusiness Journal,
MSG Network is the country’s first regional sports network to run virtual advertising during its live NHL games, a potentially important application to attract advertisers during the economic recession.
The New York-area RSN successfully tested the virtual advertising by superimposing Subway’s logo on the glass above the dasherboards during the final week of the NHL’s regular season. MSG Network was set to expand on the application during the Rangers’ first-round playoff series with the Washington Capitals.
continued and thanks to SBJ for releasing the paid link to KK readers…
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
When the regular season ended Sunday, some 350 NHL players completed the final year of their contract, an average of just under 12 free-agents-to-be per team.
What does this portend for the days leading up to and including the June draft, as well as the start of free agency July 1?
Three general managers (two off the record) provided mixed opinions. Locally, Boston boss Peter Chiarelli noted that there was a lot of talk about trades prior to last June’s draft, but talk did not turn into much action.
many more NHL topics discussed…
The Hotstove on HNIC last night touched on numerous subjects including John Tavares, the next Edmonton coach. the Minnesota Wild, Jim Nill & Steve Yzerman.
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