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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.
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk thinks Canada could support more NHL teams. Speaking at a press conference in regards to the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship, Melnyk shared his thoughts, citing Winnipeg as an example.
“I’m a big fan of the province of Manitoba… and I know there are some really great fans there. The problem is; what do you do?” Melnyk said. “Do you build a 15,000 seat stadium and fill it, which is a success, or do you build a 20,000 (seat) stadium that has 10,000 people?
“It’s a shame to see Quebec City have to move and then go on to Colorado and if you recall, that was one of the reasons I was really upset when I heard the Senators may leave Ottawa.”
“I think there’s more room.”
From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News, their weekly look at players of the future to keep an eye on:
1. John Tavares, C – Oshawa Generals (OHL): The phenom continues his dominant ways, notching 18 goals and 41 points in just 17 games.
2. Steven Stamkos, C – Sarnia Sting (OHL): Excuse the pun, but until further notice, it’s Stammer Time.
While John Tavares may get all the publicity, it’s Sarnia’s Stamkos who is the front-runner to be drafted No. 1 overall at the NHL entry draft this year.
And why not?
continued… with 15 picks total, including a sleeper pick each week
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
At thehockeynews.com, we don’t ask how or even how many. We ask: How many of them were important?
That’s the crux behind Campbellnomics, a statistic unique to THN.com that measures meaningful goals. We’re not concerned with who scores the sixth goal in a 6-1 game. We’re more concerned with the players who can be counted on to contribute when it matters most.
continue to see why Crosby leads the league in this stats breakdown…
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
This is not an out-of-the-blue development, but all indications are Eric Lindros will finally get around to announcing his retirement in his hometown of London, Ont., when he will be part of a news conference with University of Western Ontario sports injury guru, Dr. Peter Fowler, on Thursday afternoon.
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen very often. But every once in a while, the National Hockey League does something that deserves praise rather than the usual deluge of criticism that rains down day after day.
Needless to say, it involves commissioner Gary Bettman only peripherally. There’s not much that Bettman does that is worthy of praise.
But in allowing Colin Campbell, his director of hockey operations, a fairly free hand to try to reshape the game, Bettman stayed out of the picture long enough to do something to improve the league.
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