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from Alan Adams of Sportsnet,
The National Hockey League, meanwhile, has its share of records that will never be broken, along with a few that could be broken.
Take Glenn Hall’s mark of 502 consecutive starts in net. Not even New Jersey workhorse Martin Brodeur can slip on a Superman costume and better this accomplishment.
How about Teemu Selanne’s 76 goals as a rookie with the Winnipeg Jets in 1992-93? Unless the NHL makes nets as big as soccer nets, you have to think Selanne will be the perennial benchmark for rookies to shoot for.
read on about records that may or may not be broken…
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
Cheating or gaining an edge? Here are some elements that were once part of the NHL culture, but have been more or less legislated out of existence:...
Head games If playing with another player’s or team’s mind isn’t cheating, it certainly qualifies as gaining an edge. Coaches, most notably Scotty Bowman, have been accused of tampering with the visitors dressing rooms prior to playoff series, either by painting the rooms or fiddling with the thermostat. Some coaches, including Bowman, also have been accused of either lowering or physically shortening visitors benches to make them less comfortable during the playoffs.
from Legends Of Hockey Network,
It’s hard to believe, but its now been 19 years since Wayne Gretzky was traded from Edmonton to Los Angeles.
I remember the day well. I refused to listen to the radio when I first heard it.
TSN looks back at that day too…
from Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated,
It’s time to tap on the breaks there, sports fans. The Penner signing was not the seventh sign of the impending apocalypse. In fact, we’re not seeing salary escalation so much as salary re-allocation.
Semantics? Maybe, but it’s an important distinction.
Yes, it appears the average annual paycheck will hit $2 million this season. That’s about 10 percent higher than the pre-lockout average of $1.8 million, and further proof that an NHL job is nice work if you can get it. But it’s not the amount, it’s how the money’s being spent that should be the focus. That’s because, the Todd Bertuzzi signing (two years, $ 8 million) aside, dollars are being dished more wisely than ever.
from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
• And how big a stiff might Penner – a former University of Maine standout – be in Edmonton? The occasionally lazy forward is mentioned in the same vein as all-time “flopperoo” Alexander Daigle by Sportsnet.ca’s Alan Adams. Maybe Adams knows something that Kevin Lowe overlooked in the large lad.
• The expansion lineup is as follows: Kansas City, Las Vegas, Portland, Houston. …
much more from The Maven…
added 12:16pm, from the Maven at MSG Network comes this information…
Hockey high-tech is about to end an institution. The era of goal judges – as we knew them – is over. The NHL’s red light-flickers no longer will be seated behind the nets.
In most cases, teams will relocate them to press boxes where they’ll still be able to push the goal switches. But goal decisions ultimately will be made by the referees or, if necessary, the league’s War Room in Toronto.
from All Things Avs by Adrian Dater,
I do know for a fact the Red Wings are sniffing around Forsberg’s corner, and I think you can add Anaheim, Buffalo, Nashville, Edmonton, the Islanders, Pittsburgh and, yes, the Avalanche to that list.
One person with intimate knowledge of Forsberg’s situation is that his agent, Don Baizley, wants to get one last good-sized contract for him. Let’s be clear about one thing: those who think Forsberg will take a hometown discount to return to the Avs are forgetting one big thing: he’s never done that before.
from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,
August means getting on the rink for the first time in months for many players, as dry land training merges with on-ice exercises. Many times that means relocating from summer homes to one’s city of employment, as players congregate for informal ice sessions prior to camp. For veterans, that may also mean getting their kids situated in schools, and for those who are arriving in a city for the first time, it means getting acclimated to new living accommodations is also a part of the process.
The driving force, however, remains the pull of the game during that last lull before it all begins in earnest. It’s a time for clarity when goals and expectations can be set and measured from the relative calm of summer…
from Pat Connolly of the Daily News,
The National Hockey League’s recent second rejection of Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie’s bid to purchase an ailing American franchise in Nashville and move it to Canada has revived a familiar alarm in this country - we’re losing top-level control of our national game to the southern neighbours.
Spare the hand-wringing, folks. That was lost nearly nine decades ago and we won’t be getting it back in the present NHL that is structured around 24 American and six Canadian teams. Simple arithmetic dictates that the torch carriers from the north won’t win many votes on important issues, such as expansion to Canada. Not even when that makes perfect business sense, as in Balsillie’s proposal to move the terminally ill Predators to Hamilton….
For now and the immediate future, it’s Bettman’s ABC plan: Anywhere But Canada.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
General managers who employ the Group II offer sheet approach are not, “poachers.” They are not creating inflationary spirals in the NHL’s salary structure. They are, rather, simply doing their jobs.
Brian Burke makes me laugh, and not with him. Burke’s all about huffing and puffing about integrity. He’s all about lecturing. He’s all about telling us that Penner is going to be playing for a “grossly inflated salary” when he himself is going to be paying Vancouver lug Todd Bertuzzi $4M a year for the next two seasons.
read on... and some hockey related revenue talk too…
Peter Forsberg skated in a charity game in Finland a few days ago…
via the Denver Post,
Afterward, he briefly talked to local reporters, saying his surgically repaired right ankle felt good.
There has been speculation that the Detroit Red Wings would be interested in Forsberg if he decides to play in the NHL this season. But the Swedish star said he hasn’t been in contact with any NHL clubs and still isn’t sure if he will play in the NHL this season.
He said the foot, which has given him numerous problems in recent years, still needs to be proven healthy enough to withstand the rigors of an NHL season.
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