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from John Buccigross at ESPN,
If you canvassed the NHL standings at the start of this week, you could make a case (albeit some are a bit flimsy) that every team except the Los Angeles Kings has at least a dream of going on a big run and finishing in the playoff money.
There are three reasons for this:...
3. Evolution of the “almost-foolproof draft era” and depth of front-office talent…
There are only nine more teams than there were during the 1979-80 season, but there are probably 90 people better qualified and trained to run an organization. The NHL is deep in talent on and off the ice and the bunched-up standings should be a yearly occurrence. That’s the point.
from Naples News,
So will something happen this year to change the size of the equipment?
“I’m not telling you that it will,” said Colin Campbell, NHL vice president and director hockey operations. “It needs a buy-in by our GMs and our players, particularly the goaltenders.”
“We’re tired of hearing about it ... we understand it all comes down to wanting to win, but we have to do something when you’re illegal.”
Outside of trades and goaltender equipment, other issues discussed at Tuesday’s meetings involved relations with other hockey leagues and potential rule changes.
From Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
As the trade deadline approaches across the NHL the topic of no-trade and no-move clauses has hit the front line of reporting and, not surprisingly by NHL standards, the players are being made to be the bad guys and general managers, the people in near complete control as to whether or not no-trades or no-movement clauses are made available, are doing the crying.
Now to be fair, Burke has a history of not giving them out and Fletcher inherited his, mostly from recently fired general manager John Ferguson, but that just makes it easier for them to carry the banner that reads as it so often does in the NHL GM ranks: Save Us from Ourselves.
from George Johnson at ESPN,
His optimism was contagious and, in truth, a bit baffling. Former Flames and Sharks defenseman Gary Suter grew up idolizing the Badgers and the Badger before getting the opportunity to play for the man in Calgary.
“He came into the room once and asked me, ‘How ya feelin’, Suter? On a scale of 1-10, how do you feel?’ So I say: ‘A 10, coach!’ Then he goes over, punches Joel Otto in the shoulder and says, ‘And how about you, Otto?’ Joel answers, ‘I’m an 11, coach!’
“So he turns around, glares at me and yells, ‘So Suter, what the hell’s the matter with you?!’”
Badger made players better. That was his business.
From the CP via TSN,
One-minute penalties for overtime during the regular season?
That was one of the many issues discussed Monday as the NHL’s 30 GMs broke out into four different groups to tackle a number of subjects.
Anaheim Ducks GM Brian Burke is keen on the idea of one-minute penalties in overtime instead of two. The thinking is that 4-on-3 power plays in overtime take up 40 per cent of the entire five-minute period and more than often end the game.
“One-minute penalties in overtime just makes so much sense,” Burke said Monday after the first day of meetings.
continued… with a list of other subjects discussed today as well
from the Saginaw News,
Delvecchio, 76, who grew up in Fort William, Ontario (now Thunder Bay) doesn’t begrudge the big-money contracts of today’s players.
‘‘You know what, when we played, we played for $50,000 or $60,000 and that was big money,’’ Delvecchio said. ‘‘A lot more than I would have made had I stayed in Thunder Bay. I don’t begrudge these guys making the big money. It’s great for them. Some are overpaid, but that will happen at any time. Good for them.
‘‘In those days, you did your own negotiating with Jack Adams or Sid Abel, and they never did at contract time how good a year you had. It was forget last year; what are you going to do for me next year? When you came out of the room, you were generally happy with what you got.’‘
Delvecchio isn’t happy with the way games are officiated today, insisting the referees almost seem to make up penalties.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
At least a couple of them (GM’s) will be pushing the league to change the way it does business. Darcy Regier, the general manager of the Buffalo Sabres, says he wants the league to add a new department of research and development.
Regier thinks it is high time the league hired people whose sole responsibility would be to study and test new ideas for the game, from rule changes to equipment changes. The overriding purpose of an R & D department, Regier says, is to stay ahead of the coaches, whose lifework is to take any pizzazz out of the game with stifling defence.
“I just think there are always things you have to do to stay ahead of the players and coaches,” Regier said. “That means you always have to open the offence because the defence catches up.
from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,
The NHL lockout seemed like a disaster at the time, a foolish and petulant move by a professional sport with already tenuous prospects. Nearly three seasons later, it’s hard to argue with the results. Just about everything has gone according to plan.
The league is on pace for its third consecutive season of record revenues and attendance. It has a new costcontaining salary cap that allows for massive player contracts. Perhaps most important, the product itself is thriving, with dozens of exciting young players and competitive parity that has 26 of 30 teams within at least five points of a playoff berth with less than 30 games remaining.
So why does everyone have a pet project that will “fix” the NHL?
from the Staten Island Advance,
Too often, injuries to referees and linesmen aren’t even reported. A player limps off the ice and it is deemed significant. Yet when an official is hurt, cheers are heard from the crowd and it might get a line in a story.
NHL officials are, in fact, pretty tough. And there are several of them who do their jobs better than most players perform their own. Kerry Fraser, Don Koharski and Bill McCreary are three who come to mind.
fromm Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
Now a group of influential NHL players that includes New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur, Dallas’s Marty Turco, Detroit’s Dominik Hasek and Edmonton’s Dwayne Roloson want the league’s – and inevitably the Leafs’ – uniforms altered again. In what would be a radical overhaul that might incite hockey traditionalists but surely gratify some of the league’s cash-strapped owners, several NHL goalies have asked the league and its players union to consider starting a so-called Goaltender’s Club….
The players are working alongside prominent hockey marketer Brad Robins and Edmonton player agent Ritch Winter. Robins and Winter estimate on-uniform ads might generate upwards of $30 million a season for the NHL.
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