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Getting to Atlanta early for the ASG?
If so, you may want to have a glass of wine on Thursday with Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Bobby Hull, Tony Esposito, Pat Lafontaine, Rob Ray, Bobby Clarke, Dave Schultz, Clark Gillies, Mike Richter, and Rod Gilbert.
Blueland Blog has all the details…
From Scott Morrison at CBC,
A big part of it will be what they are calling a creative shootout, where players will be asked to perform wild and crazy shootout techniques and will be judged by a panel of celebrities, including Wilkins and Glavine, as well as some retired NHL stars. The idea is similar to a slam-dunk contest in basketball and, if it is done well, should be fun.
Yes, it is hokey and it isn’t purebred hockey, but what the hell? The whole idea of the skills night is about entertainment and in recent years, well, it hasn’t been very entertaining. So give the league, which has been working closely with the players’ association, credit for trying.
more… covering the various changes to the game this year
The NHL plans to show it is not a one-hit wonder by parlaying the marketing and ratings boost it scored at its recent outdoor Winter Classic game into a similar success for its upcoming all-star game.
Marketing partners, including Bud Light, Reebok, Dodge and Verizon Wireless along with Versus and NHL Network, will spread the word about all-star weekend, Jan. 25-27 in Atlanta. The game at Philips Arena is sold out, but whether or not fans will tune in to Versus is uncertain.
From On the Forecheck,
So who’s got the hardest and easiest rows to hoe as we come into the final half of the 2007-8 Regular Season? Instead of focusing on Opponent’s Win Percentage (which is horribly skewed by the standings point awarded for OT/SO Losses), I prefer to take the ratio of Opponents Goals For/Goals Against, as I believe that to be a better indicator of whether your favorite team is likely to fare well against that foe. For instance, Edmonton’s number of shootout wins helps them to a .490 Win Percentage, but their GF/GA is a lousy 0.83, tied for worst in the league with Tampa Bay; chances are, opponents are picking up at least a point each night against the Oilers. The following table reflects data for the games of January 19 through the end of the regular season…
Check out the Forechecker’s assessment based on the remaining schedule.
via the NY Post,
Martin Brodeur has turned over his spot as the goalies’ voice to the players’ competition committee to Dallas’ Marty Turco. Brodeur said his input was not as effective as he’d want, and that the committee was not goalie-oriented.
NEW YORK (Jan. 17, 2008)—Right wing Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames and center Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning have been named team captains for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game, Sunday, Jan. 27 at Philips Arena in Atlanta (6 p.m. ET, VERSUS, CBC, RDS, NHL Radio), the National Hockey League announced today.
Iginla, making his fourth career All-Star game appearance, will lead the Western Conference. Lecavalier, skating in his third All-Star Game, will represent the East. Each player, on-pace to record a career-high scoring total this season, was voted to the starting lineups in All-Star fan balloting.
Fan590 radio in Toronto just reporting it, more as it becomes available.
added 10:54am, from the CP via the Toronto Star,
NEWMARKET, Ont. — Former NHL player Rob Ramage has been sentenced to four years in prison for a fatal 2003 crash that killed a former Chicago Blackhawks player.
Keith Magnuson died on Dec. 15, 2003, when a rental car driven by Ramage slammed head-on into another vehicle just north of Toronto.
Update 3:33pm ET: From the CP via TSN, Ramage will be appealing the sentence.
The NHL and representatives of the IIHF have agreed to additional restrictions when it comes to young European players coming over to play in the NHL.
Following the five hour meeting with representatives of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia and Sweden, both sides agreed that a player who is still under contract with an IIHF team and has not reached his 20th birthday must be first offered back to his team in Europe. The new proposal sees the age limit increased by two years.
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,
“It went well today,” Daly told The Canadian Press on Wednesday night. “We went through our respective views of what was transpiring and the possible causes. We share the same concern with respect to too many young players coming to North America before they are ready to play in the NHL. We talked about possible ways to address it. We have conceived of a possible short-term interim framework to give us more time for us to evaluate what’s going on in the market place.
“That framework is subject to all of the parties going back to their respective constituencies to discuss its merits.”
From Shelly Anderson at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Perhaps the biggest update for this season is a new video system used to review whether a goal was scored. The overhead cameras aimed at the nets now have the sharp images of high definition and are on a closed circuit to the video judge’s booth and to the NHL’s review officials in Toronto.
The original system, installed in the early 1990s, used standard definition and was routed through a production truck. The result was a picture that wasn’t crystal clear and a system with a greater chance for breakdowns.
If you’ve noticed incredible detail this season on replays when a puck was near the goal line, that’s the work of the high-definition setup.
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