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from the CP,
Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur says being dumped into the media spotlight last week over legal trouble surrounding his son Mark has been a hellish experience.
But the former Montreal Canadiens star was philosophical over his legal woes in his weekly newspaper column in the Journal de Montreal on Sunday.
“No matter what happens to us in life, we must get back on our feet and continue on the path,” Lafleur wrote. “Yesterday there was a storm, today it looks good.”
Lafleur says a positive approach is the only way to get out of problems and nothing is worse than dwelling on things and feeling sorry for yourself.
from Mark Spector of the National Post at Faceoff.com,
The point is, the no-trade deals do not work for the fans. And wouldn’t it be nice if, in this eternal squabble over whose rights are most important in the NHL, the fans’ rights won out now and again?
The argument can be made that a no-trade stops an evil owner from dealing away a player who has become a fan favorite. But that’s an old economy,
On the same page, Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald gives an opposing point of view.
from Morris Dalla Costa of the London Free Press,
The book is really about a rebirth.
A rebirth for its subject—former National Hockey League goaltender Terry Sawchuk—and a rebirth for its author, Randall Maggs.
Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems recounts the life, in and out of hockey, of arguably the best goaltender who ever played the game. He also was one of hockey’s most tragic figures, dying in 1970 at the age of 40 after fighting with teammate Ron Stewart in the off-season. He suffered from untreated depression.
NHL.com has added a Trade Deadline section. Check it out and make sure to bookmark it for the next 3 1/2 weeks!
From Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,
GB has done one heck of a job. Costs, for the most part, are capped. Revenue is up. Attendance is stable though lower than annually reported since the NHL came off the second of Bettman’s forced lockouts. And—this is most important and dear to every owner’s heart—the value of franchises has risen dramatically on his watch
Example: the expected sale of the Edmonton Oilers. The struggling franchise in what is arguably the NHL’s smallest city is expected to change hands for upwards of $200 million. Compare that to the $50 million cost of an expansion franchise (Ottawa and Anaheim) the day before Bettman was anointed in Palm Beach, Fla. in February 1993. Even with inflation, the increase is staggering—not nearly the value of an NFL or Major League franchise or even one in the NBA (which is hard to gauge because there haven’t been nearly as many in bankruptcy or for sale), but in the NHL, it’s a noteworthy achievement.
*related: an earlier article considering Bettman’s tenure posted on KK today.
Update 6:32pm ET: Pierre LeBrun at the CP flashes back on Bettman’s legacy today as well.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Nobody will ever convince me that criminalizing any and all minor ripple effects of someone’s physiological and/or psychological condition isn’t as barbaric and impractical as Canada’s court system gets.
The Lafleur family deserves our compassion, not any more punishment than their son’s poor choices have already delivered upon them.
They have been humiliated enough as it is, and the petty, spiteful charge Guy Lafleur faces today will do absolutely nothing to either end their misery or make the streets of Montreal safer.
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
That’s not good judgment on Guy’s part. His son is facing a laundry list of very serious charges including sexual assault of a 17-year old, uttering death threats, kidnapping, forcible confinement, drug possession (more than one count) and assorted acts of mayhem that police thought endangered people’s lives. It’s one thing if Marc Lafleur violated the terms of his bail, it’s something else again if his father helped him do it.
more and other NHL bits from Jim…
Update 7:05pm ET: Lafleur turns himself in to the authorities a day earlier than previously announced. He was released without condition and is set to appear in court February 7th.
Wayne and Gordie talk hockey before the Coyotes/Wings game last night.
added 11:11am, The NHL Frozen Moment caught Wayne and Gordie too.
from Canwest via the National Post,
An arrest warrant has been issued for former hockey Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur over testimony at his son’s trial this year according to his attorney Jean-Pierre Rancourt.
Rancourt said an arrest warrant was issued for Lafleur for contradictory statements made during testimony in the trial of his son Mark. He said Lafleur was “devastated” by the warrant and could not understand why a summon had not been issued instead.
from the Globe and Mail,
Looking for the highest-paid superstars and players who give full value for average pay? Globesports.com has detailed salary information on National Hockey League players and teams.
continued... nice resource for folks looking for salary numbers…
from John Buccigross of ESPN,
This midwinter classic should continue. It should be fun, joyful, intimate and creative. And it should always be viewed by the NHL and NHL Players’ Association as a vital vehicle that is important to the game. This takes energy and vision, and anyone who doesn’t have that in the NHL offices should get out.
The NHL does a professional, classy job in the overall staging of its big events. It’s the one area the current regime does not get enough credit for. The league has elevated the game in that regard. Now, just relax and incorporate some love and fun into the festivities on Saturday and a little incentive on Sunday, and this hockey weekend will return to what it should be—a fun, joyful get-together that celebrates the most joyous game in the world and the players who play it.
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