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from Darren Dreger of TSN,
While the search for truth continues into whether or not Roger Clemens took steroids, the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players Association are preparing for their date with U.S congress on February 27th.
Congress has invited NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly, along with the main league and union heads from the three other major sports, to address the issues involved in the drug testing programs in professional and amateur sports.
from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,
The photograph from a family album shows Jean Béliveau slipping an engagement ring onto the finger of Élise Couture. It is Christmastime 1952 in Quebec City, a tinselled tree behind them.
This June 27, the couple will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary. And it is hardly a measure of their marriage that, on this Valentine’s Day, neither recalls the details of Béliveau’s proposal to the woman who took his heart then and keeps it to this day.
From Ted Montgomery at USA Today,
As we draw nearer to the NHL trade deadline (Feb. 26), let’s take a few moments to look back at some of the dumbest, most ill-advised trades ever consummated between two NHL teams. These aren’t the only bad trades ever made, but they are certainly among the worst.
To borrow an adage from another sport, any free-swinging baseball slugger will tell you that two extreme outcomes can happen when you take that big swing at a pitch: You can hit a home run, or you can look silly corkscrewing yourself into the ground after completely whiffing. That’s what happened in the following big NHL trades. (Keep in mind, however, that every foolhardy trade on this list made the opposite team’s brass look absolutely brilliant.)
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How is a trade made?
After two clubs have come to an agreement on a trade, the clubs must advise the League office, either by telephone or by FAX, of the terms of the trade. The League office then schedules a conference call with the two teams to review the transaction and give final approval for the deal. Prior to the trade call, the League office will ensure that the team has the appropriate salary cap space to make the deal; if draft choices are involved, that the club has the available choices; and that the team has available space on its reserve list to add the player (s). It should be noted that the 23-man roster restriction is no longer in force from February 26 on.
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With two weeks to go until the NHL Trade Deadline, TSN today announced it has acquired John Ferguson Jr. as a guest analyst for the NHL on TSN and TradeCentre 08, marking the former Toronto Maple Leafs GM’s debut as a television analyst.
“I made many trades over 10 deadlines in management with St. Louis and Toronto,” Ferguson says. “I look forward to plying a new trade with TSN this deadline.”
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
...GMs will have to decide whether they want to be buyers or sellers. And if they’re sellers, just how far do they go?
That’s a tricky question, and the answer will vary from team to team. But one thing is certain: Whether you’re a GM or a fan, you should never fall into the trap that so many people want to plunge into. In today’s game, it’s not wise to “blow it up and start over.”
The proponents of that tactic are often vehement.
“It’s the only way,” they say. “Start at the bottom and get top draft picks and build that way.”
Earlier today, Denis Potvin was on “Hockey This Morning” (NHL Home Ice XM 204) describing the scene last night in Buffalo regarding the horrific injury to Richard Zednik. Denis was doing color for FSN Florida last night.
Our thanks to Hockey This Morning on NHL Home Ice XM 204 for the providing the audio for KK readers.
Note: details of last night’s events were previously posted here on KK (including video).
Update 2:04pm ET: An update from the Panthers states that Zednik is still in stable condition, but remains in the intensive care unit.
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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
The NHL is very good at disciplining and suspending its players.
Someday, it would be nice to see them apply some performance standards to their on-ice officials outside of firing the ones they don’t like at the end of the season.
Yesterday afternoon, the Red Wings and Ducks went at it in an humdinger of a hockey game, won 3-2 by Anaheim. The crime, however, was that the Wings clearly scored in the final minute of play on a Nicklas Lidstrom shot from the point that beat J.S. Giguere but had it incorrectly waved off by veteran official Dan O’Halloran.
You can see a video of the non-goal at A2Y.
Update 1:20pm: More on the refs from Michael Farber in Sports Illustrated today.
from the News & Observer,
Create an award that goes to the league’s best defensive defenseman, the Rod Langway Trophy. (The naming rights for this one are up for debate—Stevens would be another prime candidate—but the need for it is not.)
Langway, who won the Norris in 1983 and 1984 despite putting up only 65 points combined in those two seasons, was so good defensively that his candidacy surmounted his paltry offensive numbers. His 32 points in 1983 were the fewest since Bobby Orr had 31 in a half-season in 1968 and Jacques Laperriere had 31 in 1966.
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