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From the CP via The Hockey News,
The 33-year-old Lindros, a free agent who has not played this season, is expected to announce his retirement in his hometown of London, Ont., on Thursday.
The Big E made it through 13 seasons despite eight concussions - injuries that eroded his impact later in his career. But he remains one of the most compelling impact players to skate in the NHL, and he wore Canada’s colours with distinction in earning gold and silver Olympic medals.
Bobby Clarke argues that Lindros should make it to the HHOF, but there’s likely to be a lot of debate. (updates: more articles on Lindros and his career will be added to the comments of this post)
Update 12:50pm ET: ESPN video discussing Lindros’ legacy is below.
Poll Question: Should Eric Lindros Make it into the Hall of Fame?
Scott Stevens is another player being inducted into the HHOF on November 12th. From the NHL:
During his 22 years, Scott played in 1,635 regular season games, fifth most in the league’s history, scored 196 goals and added 721 assists for 980 points. Won Stanley Cups in 1995, 2000, and 2003 with the Devils, and was the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoff MVP in 2000. He also appeared in 13 NHL All-Star games.
Today he participated in a press conference with the media, and the transcript is below, as is a video compilation of his career highlights.
Mark Messier participated in a media conference call today, answering questions as he prepares to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, November 12th.
In 25 NHL seasons Mark played in 1756 regular season games, the second highest total ever, trailing only Gordie Howe. He recorded 694 goals which is seventh all-time, and 1,193 assists, third all-time. His total of 1887 career points places him second all-time behind only former teammate Wayne Gretzky.
He won the Stanley Cup six times, the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 1984, the Hart Trophy as the National Hockey League’s most valuable player in 1990 and ‘92, and he appeared in 15 NHL All-Star Games.
Below is a transcript of today’s interview, plus a video selection of his career highlights, provided by NHL.com.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
The Nashville Predators won’t be packing their equipment bags for a move to Kansas City or anywhere else, at least not for the next three years.
Multiple sources have confirmed to THN.com a deal has been reached between the city of Nashville and a prospective local ownership group to rework the team’s lease at the Sommet Center that will guarantee the Predators remain in Nashville until at least through the 2010-11 season.
added 3:32pm, from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
No more minimum attendance numbers that lock them in for another 10 years. No specific break-even point. Nada. Now, it’s simply a question of whether the team is financially solvent – a vague term to say the least – that decides whether the team stays or goes.
So let me get this straight: Craig Leipold couldn’t make the business side work after a decade’s worth of attempts, but a more convoluted ownership collective is going to be successful in just a third of that span? And at a time in NHL history when the salary cap is expected to rise to above $60 million in the next couple seasons, bringing the salary cap minimum level up with it?
Update 11:45pm ET (alanah):
1 - Steven Stamkos, C Sarnia (OHL)
2 - Alex Pietrangelo, D Niagara (OHL)
3 - Drew Doughty, D Guelph (OHL)
4 - Zach Bogosian, D Peterborough (OHL)
5 - Kyle Beach, R/C Everett (WHL)
more at McKeen’s Hockey
from Ian Winwood of the Guardian,
You won’t be able to hear this but what I’m doing is whistling in the wind. The NHL is like a cult whose prayers are to the gods of corporate hospitality. Those of us not wearing well-cut suits can only watch in dismay, until the point arrives where things have become so dull, or so expensive, that we no longer choose to watch. I know I’m partial to the game, but it seems obvious to me that hockey needs its audience to feel like participants and not merely consumers.
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
A growing number of small-market NHL franchise owners are wringing their hands over how league’s CBA – particularly Article 49 – governs revenue sharing, several team owners say.
Here’s the problem: Teams like the Nashville Predators, Florida Panthers and Phoenix Coyotes, which rely on revenue-sharing money, must generate “a year-to-year revenue growth rate in excess of the league average revenue growth rate,” the CBA says.
Put simply, if the average NHL club increases revenue 6 per cent this season, and the Predators increase revenue 5 per cent, the club would lose 25 per cent, or about $3 million, of its revenue-sharing stipend of $11 million (all figures U.S.).
Remember gentlemen, no complaining, it was your CBA!
From Dave Waddell at the Windsor Star,
Essex native Ralph Mellanby, the 73-year-old former executive producer of Hockey Night in Canada for two decades, says NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is responsible for many of the league’s problems.
“Bettman to me is the real problem for hockey,” said Mellanby, who will be signing his book Walking with Legends Saturday at 2 p.m. in Chapters at the Devonshire Mall and at the Essex Legion at 3:30 p.m.
“He’s done so much damage to hockey it may never recover. We don’t have time to go through the litany of errors.”
Mellanby cites the usual laundry list of being in bad hockey markets, ignoring European opportunities, slowness to improve a deteriorating product, turbulent labour relations, the ignoring of Canadian markets, the reluctance to embrace change and some controversial TV deals and asks why Bettman is still employed.
from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
Thomas Vanek has yet to show signs that he can live up to his big payday, while second-year man Drew Stafford, who played so well in his rookie season, has been a disappointment as a sophomore.
When you add the depleted blue line missing regulars Teppo Numminen, Dimitri Kalinin and the previously rejuvenated Jaro Spacek, it’s evident that head coach Lindy Ruff hasn’t faced this level of trouble since the pre-lockout days – and those battles were fought with Drury and Briere.
much more on the NHL and one bit we covered yesterday…
Al MacInnis, along with fellow inductees, Ron Francis, Mark Messier, Scott Stevens and Jim Gregory, will be honored at the 2007 Induction Celebration on Monday, Nov. 12 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
Below is the transcript from a media conference call with MacInnis earlier today. A video of his career highlights is also provided.
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