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Blame The NHL Owners & League For The Kelly Mess

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

People have got this whole story wrong – and I’ve had it up to here (picture me with my hand stretched high above my satellite-sized noggin) with the outrageous amount of player bashing that’s followed Kelly’s dismissal.

I’ve got nothing against Kelly, by far the most humble, progressive and thoroughly decent man ever to hold the PA’s top post. The players may yet come to rue the day they cut him loose.

But how team owners and league brass have evaded any sort of blame for the environment that led to Kelly’s firing is beyond me.

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This Could Be Only The Beginning For The Battle In Phoenix

from Don McGowan at the National Post,

The next step in the Phoenix Coyotes saga could be determined in the next 48 hours, when U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Redfield T. Baum is expected to rule on just who can take part in an auction for the flagging National Hockey league team….

“It’s unlikely this is the last step,” said Gabriel Feldman, an associate professor of law and director of the sports law program at Tulane University in New Orleans. “We might be just at the introduction to this case.”

If Baum sides with Balsillie, the league has vowed to appeal.

If Balsillie - who’s making a third try at landing an NHL franchise with the intent to move it to Southern Ontario - is barred from taking part in the auction, it would likely prompt an antitrust lawsuit that some observers believe would be tied up in the courts for years.

“This is just a nightmare for the professional leagues if this goes they wrong way for them,” said Jeffrey Standen, a professor of sports law at Willamette University in Oregon.

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Way Over My Head

from DrugMonkey at ScienceBlogs,

Getting back to my discomfort with the lack of completeness in the vignettes provided by Gladwell, the comment thread at FSP’s blog points to the fact that Gladwell might have been wrong, slightly. This comment points to a hockey blog that objects to the Gladwell implications. Specifically:

If we only look at former Canadian junior players who were in the top sixth in NHL scoring, which was anyone with 42 points or more last year, the ratio of early-to-late birthday players over the last decade is about 1.20:1….. It turns out that the group where players with early birthdays are most over-represented is the league leaders in penalty minutes per game, and I can’t see anyone getting up in arms about whether some kid’s December birthday kept him from becoming the next Ogie Ogilthorpe.

My first thought is that it does not necessarily falsify the general point. If this analysis is true (and there are complications having to do with age cohorts, definitions of good performance, etc) it may simply point to the fact that NHL players are the outliers of the outliers of the outliers.

more, but it only confuses me…

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Gregson Your New Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating

from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

Terry Gregson, who spent 25 years as an NHL referee, was named the League’s Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating Tuesday. In his new position, Gregson, who officiated 1,427 regular-season and 158 Stanley Cup Playoff games, will assume overall management of the officiating staff.

“I’ve watched and been a part of the direction the game has taken in the last four years and have been excited to be a part of it,” Gregson told NHL.com. “We’re going to stay the course. It is a great opportunity to continue on and keep things going in the right direction.”

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Finally, The Game Is Back On The Ice

Enough bids, bankruptcies and other off-ice topics.  The game is close to being back on the ice.

more at my NHL.com submission today…

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Evening Line

I’m just not convinced another lockout three years down the road – or any other time – would automatically spell the doom and gloom others predict.

-Ken Campbell of The Hockey News.  More from Ken…

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Travel Between Canada & The US Just Got Harder

from Don Martin of CamWest Services via the National Post,

Canada’s six NHLteams are scrambling to find alternative travel arrangements south of the border after the U.S. Department of Transportation banned Air Canada’s charter fleet from flying between U.S. cities.

In a furious exchange with the Obama administration over the mid-August ruling, Canada has launched its own investigation and will soon close its skies to U.S. sports team charters in retaliation, warns Transport Minister John Baird.

The sticking point is an eight-year-old exemption that had allowed sports and celebrity charters to make several pit stops in American cities. Under existing open skies agreements, regular Canadian airline flights can only visit one U.S. city before returning.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly warns the charter ban will create a complicated “patchwork” of travel that could “wreck havoc” with the oncoming hockey schedule, including early league games in Europe, as teams scramble to book flights under the new rules.

“It’s potentially a very significant impact,” Daly said Friday. “It’s crazy and very destabilizing to our business. We’re operating on a long-standing interpretation and for it to change overnight on the eve of our season is creating a huge problem for us.”

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Wondering Out Loud

• Instead of denying the claims of Paul Kelly and Glenn Healy, should the new regime of the NHLPA tell us what really was behind their decision to fire Paul Kelly?

• Why was Darren Dreger the only NHL media member in Chicago covering the NHLPA?  Did the Chicago media even know what was going on?

• “Invited to camp” may be in store for numerous NHL players who still do not have a contract for the upcoming season.

• Without the numerous hockey bloggers who continued to work during the summer, this period of downtime would have gone by much slower.

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NHL Stars Will Appear At NHL Store Next Week

NEW YORK (September 3, 2009) - NHL stars Chris Pronger of the Philadelphia Flyers, Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals will appear at the NHL Powered By Reebok store in New York City next week in anticipation of the upcoming NHL® season. Both events are open to the public and media.

On Tuesday, September 8, Pronger and Thomas will sit down with ESPN the Magazine’s EJ Hradek for a Q&A session discussing the upcoming NHL season and their thoughts on playing in the 2010 Bridgestone/NHL Winter Classic® on New Year’s Day at Fenway Park.

On Wednesday, September 9, Ovechkin will celebrate the launch ofthe highly-anticipated hockey title, NHL 2K10,by offering fans an exclusive opportunity to be among a select group to pre-order the video game directly from the cover athlete. The Capitals star will personally ring up a limited number of fans who pre-order NHL 2K10 and play against a number of pre-determined contest winners in the Nintendo Wii version of the game. Please visit store for Official Rules. More details on each event are below.

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Morning Line

At its best, hockey is speed and skill and intense rivalry where you can barely sit in your seat if you’re in the arena or dare to sneak to the bathroom when you’re at home watching on TV.

You dare not miss a thing.

At its worst, hockey is played by lawyers in backrooms far away from the ice bickering about salary caps and entry-level compensation or, horror of horrors, restricted free-agency regulations.

There’s way too much talk about the NHLPA in the news these days. Sadly, that spells stormy weather on hockey’s horizon.

-Scott Russell of CBC Sports.  More from Scott…

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