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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
Among the things I don’t like about covering the NHL are the minimal standards for vetting trade rumors before they’re tossed out into print, on the air or into cyberspace.
It has been like that since I can remember, and relatively speaking seems worse compared to other sports, even in reputable journalism circles.
For some reason, “sources” in hockey newspaper coverage range from agents, general managers and other team officials (even if they had axes to grind) to the assistant trainer, a player’s wife’s hairdresser, a Ouija board or a dartboard.
And in this age, thanks to the Internet and, in some cases, to reputable print and broadcast journalism’s unfortunate willingness to abdicate its position of higher-standard authority, the standards have gotten even lower.
Hey, toss anything out and see what sticks!
from Dave Caldwell of the New York Times,
Game No. 793 of the 1,230-game N.H.L. schedule included a first-period fight between Devils right wing David Clarkson and Rangers defenseman Erik Reitz, who shed their helmets and wrestled each other before finding the leverage to throw several hard punches. Clarkson fell atop Reitz, ending the fight.
Two officials, Tony Sericolo and Derek Nansen, swooped in to separate Clarkson and Reitz, and just as important, keep them apart. Each player received a five-minute penalty for fighting, and the fans of both teams at the Prudential Center in Newark cheered the fighters. Sericolo and Nansen later had to break up another fight, between the Devils’ Mike Rupp and the Rangers’ Colton Orr. Their job went almost entirely unnoticed.
That is the way it goes with linesmen, the most anonymous men on the ice.
New York/Toronto/Stockholm/Helsinki (February 19, 2008) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), in cooperation with Live Nation Sweden, IMG Sweden and Harry Harkimo/Jokerit HC Oy in Finland, announced today that the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers will open the 2009-2010 NHL regular season in Europe. The Blackhawks and Panthers will play home-and-home games Friday, Oct. 2, and Saturday, Oct. 3, in Helsinki, Finland, at Hartwall Areena. On those same dates, the Red Wings and Blues will play a home-and-home series at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. Finland and Sweden are the top ranked countries in terms of overseas visitors to NHL.com.
Supplied by the NHL…
TRADE DEADLINE DAY STATISTICS SINCE 1980
Number of trades: 374
Number of players traded: 676
Number of draft picks traded: 225
MOST-TRADED PLAYERS ON DEADLINE DAY SINCE 1980
4 - Alan May (1988, 1989, 1994, 1995)
3 - Dan McGillis (1996, 1998, 2003)
3 - Mark Janssens (1992, 1997, 1998)
3 - Mike Gartner (1989, 1990, 1994)
3 - Steve Konroyd (1986, 1993, 1994)
As the trade deadline of 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 4 approaches, the National Hockey League has prepared the following:
How is a trade made?
After two clubs have come to an agreement on a trade, the clubs must advise the League office, either by telephone or by FAX, of the terms of the trade. The League office then schedules a conference call with the two teams to review the transaction and give final approval for the deal. Prior to the trade call, the League office will ensure that the team has the appropriate salary cap space to make the deal; if draft choices are involved, that the club has the available choices; and that the team has available space on its reserve list to add the player (s). It should be noted that the 23-man roster restriction is no longer in force from February 27 on.
Today on the Inside Hockey Radio Show with hosts James Murphy and Todd Carroll, their guests today are: Asst. GM and NHL Hall of Famer Michel Goulet; Dave Bidini of the Rheostatics and author of “Five Hole: Tales of Hockey Erotica”; Michael Whalen of TSN; Pat Kelleher of USA Hockey to discuss “Hockey Weekend In America” taking place this weekend; Bob Snow of NHL.com who will give us the Campus Buzz, presented by Suffolk University’s Department of Communications and Journalism; and former NHLer Jim Cummins.
from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,
The recent promotion of little-known Cory Clouston to the job as head coach of the Ottawa Senators undoubtedly caught some hockey observers by surprise.
It shouldn’t have. The Senators were simply following an NHL trend that has franchises eschewing the old boys’ network of coaches and, instead, grabbing for what they hope will be the next bright mind from the AHL or junior ranks.
Ten of the 30 NHL teams have coaches whose previous jobs had them standing behind AHL benches. That’s up from two 10 years ago. Another two teams – Florida with Peter DeBoer and New Jersey with Brent Sutter – are coached by men hired directly from major junior hockey.
That has left some seasoned and decorated coaches, big names such as Pat Quinn, Bob Hartley, Marc Crawford and John Tortorella (the latter three all Stanley Cup winners) on the outside looking in, waiting for their next opportunity.
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
...Being the league’s statistician, it was a simple matter for Andrews to release these numbers to the media, and in 1967, the league made it official. Plus-minus became a recognized statistic.
But that was more than 40 years ago and the game has changed a lot since then. Now, we have specialists. We have coaches who have elevated the art of line-matching to a science.
As a result, certain defensemen will always be on the ice against the opposition’s top lines. So if you’re constantly going head to head against the likes of Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk and so on, how can your plus-minus have any relevance whatsoever when compared to the defensemen on your team who only get off the bench to play against third and fourth lines?
more plus some Kelly/Lindros talk…
From E.J. Hradek at ESPN Magazine:
Since the 2004-05 lockout, the NHL’s top priorities have been to improve game flow and boost scoring. On the flip side, slowing an opponent’s attack has become the No. 1 goal of coaches. Nowhere is that challenge more daunting than on penalty kills, thanks in part to rules changes that limit obstruction. It’s not just a question of giving up a goal in a close game—it’s what happens afterward. “It demoralizes your team,” says Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.
Here are six ways coaches keep teams from getting down when they’re a man down.
USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour with Gary Bettman. From NHL.com:
Ogrean will discuss the second annual Hockey Weekend Across America, which begins Friday, Feb. 13 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 15. Hockey Weekend Across America celebrates hockey and those involved in the game at all levels and also seeks to expose the game to additional audiences to attract more players, coaches, officials, volunteers and fans to the sport.
Ogrean’s booking on the NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman also coincides with the one-year countdown to the start of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. The Games represent the 30th anniversary of the U.S. ‘Miracle On Ice’ at Lake Placid and the 50th anniversary of the U.S. capturing the Olympic gold at Squaw Valley.
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