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What Happened To The Severe Punishment?

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province via Canada.com,

“If there’s tampering going on, ultimately there are no secrets in this world. We will get to the bottom of it,” Bettman vowed in May 2008.“And I’m no fan of tampering. And when it happens, it gets punished severely.

“A team that meddles with an individual under contract could face heavy fines and the loss of draft picks. And an individual who talks to a team while he’s still under contract would face fines and a possible suspension.”

Seventeen months later, severe punishment has been reduced to a gag order. “Heavy fines” and the “loss of draft picks” have turned into $25,000 US. And Bettman’s call to arms has become a call to prayer. Because we should all pray that the Leafs aren’t allowed to operate above the law because of their power, friends and influence.

Here’s the kicker, even if the Canucks think the decision is a farce, they are not allowed to express it, by NHL order.

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Different Opinions Of Ex-Ref Warren

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Two senior National Hockey League referees are divided on whether Dean Warren should have been fired by the league.

“I’ll be frank: he was horse shit,” said Paul Devorski, a 21-year referee who regularly works Stanley Cup Finals.

“Dean Warren is a good ref,” countered 30-year veteran Kerry Fraser, who has to a certain extent fallen out of favour with the NHL, having not been assigned a playoff game in several seasons.

Warren was fired by the NHL last year, and after an unsuccessful appeal through the NHL Officials’ Association has taken his cause to the Ontario Labour Relations Board. In hearings this week, Warren - an NHL referee from 1999-2007 - asserted that it was his involvement with the NHLOA that caused him to fall out of favour with the league.

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The Cost Of Your NHL Ticket

from Ken Belson of SlapShot at the NY Times,

Who says you can’t get anything for a nickel anymore?

In what amounts to a break in pro sports these days, National Hockey League teams have raised prices by an average of just five cents this season.

Ticket prices inched up by 0.1 percent compared with last season, to $51.41 a game, according to the Team Marketing Report’s Fan Cost Index.

Eleven of the league’s 30 teams raised prices, led by the Toronto Maple Leafs (10.2 percent), the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins (8 percent) and the New York Rangers (7.1 percent).

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Canada Should Be Thanking Bettman

from Joe O’Connor of the National Post,

Balsillie may indeed be a patriot, and he may even have a superhero’s cape hanging in his closet. But he is no Captain Canada, and it is Bettman—the cartoon villain in the Arizona bankruptcy court—who deserves to be thanked by the Canadian public.

“All this B.S. about Jim Balsillie, the pied piper of RIM, stirring up all of Ontario and making the NHL out to be against teams in Canada, all of it was B.S.,” said Jim Devellano, a senior executive with the Detroit Red Wings and a voting member of the NHL Board of Governors, which rejected Balsillie’s ownership application by a unanimous vote. “This fight was never about a team in Hamilton. Thank goodness the courts ruled that the league decides who it wants as partners, and where its franchises are going to be located.”

Give Devellano a pen and he would be among the first to sign a thank you card postmarked for the commissioner’s office. He thinks that hockey fans in Edmonton, Calgary, Canada at large—and even Detroit—should consider signing it, too.

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Retribution & Integrity Being Questioned In Ref’s Court Hearing

from Robert Cribb of the Toronto Star,

The NHL removed senior official Dan Marouelli from playoff duties for the first time in memory last season as retribution for supporting colleague Dean Warren’s wrongful dismissal case against the league, Warren’s lawyer told a hearing on Tuesday.

In an intense exchange, lawyer Tom Curry alleged Stephen Walkom, the league’s director of officiating at the time, iced Marouelli out of playoff action for agreeing to testify in Warren’s Ontario Labour Relations Board hearing.

“When (Marouelli) phoned you and told you he was going to come here and assist Mr. Warren, you put him out of the playoffs,” Curry charged.

Walkom chaffed at the allegation.

“You’re questioning my integrity right now. That had nothing to do with it.”

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Can’t Watch The Game On Versus Because I Have Directv

I am sure I am missing out on one of the great, early season regular games, Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers.

Sure there are ways to get the game, but I want to watch it on my HDTV 55 inch Sony!!!

You too, let Versus, Directv and the NHL know how you feel.

Please keep the comments civil in nature.

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Big Opening Week For The NHL

ATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE BEGINS 2009-10 SEASON BY RECORDING

STRONG BUSINESS RESULTS ACROSS ALL LEAGUE PLATFORMS

League Continues Momentum As Fans Around The World Welcome Arrival Of A New Season

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NHL Headline News

from Charlie Teljeur of The Hockey News,

LEAGUE DROPS VERSUS; SIGNS WITH CINEMAX
“It’s more exposure for the NHL,” Bettman says. “More nudity, yes, but more exposure.”

BETTMAN AND BALSILLIE SECRETLY FRIENDS?
Facebook scandal rocks hockey world.

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On The Other Side Of The Glass

from Justin Bourne at The Hockey News,

It’s a weird feeling walking into a hockey rink these days.

It’s like walking into your old apartment and remembering the person you used to be.

There’s where we had some laughs. There’s where I felt some pain. There’s where I made decisions that affected my life.

I went to the Coyotes-Kings exhibition game, the first game I’d been to since a puck hit my jaw in December – a puck that forced my teeth wired shut for almost seven weeks, resigned me to the couch for months, and incidentally launched my writing career.

But being at this game hurts in a different way. For the first time I’m watching a hockey season start without me, with uncertainty, excitement and potential buzzing throughout the rink like a skate sharpener. And just then, the questions started creeping up on me: am I really on this side of the glass?

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