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Two Greats Talk

Wayne and Gordie talk hockey before the Coyotes/Wings game last night.

added 11:11am, The NHL Frozen Moment caught Wayne and Gordie too.

 

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  Tags: gordie+howe, wayne+gretzky

Arrest Warrant Issued For Lafleur

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.

continued

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  Tags: guy+lafleur

NHL Player Salaries

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…

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Keep The ASG

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.

much more

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  Tags: all-star+game

The Bruise Brothers Rule

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

The incident occurred late last season and though Nieminen was ejected from the game and later suspended, in old-school fashion, he wasn’t forced to answer for his crime within the arena.
In the press box, former Blues tough guy and current team radio analyst Kelly Chase scowled.
“When I played, I didn’t have to call (National Hockey League commissioner) Gary Bettman to find out what the punishment was for running a guy from behind in Detroit,” Chase said. “The punishment was (Bob) Probert and (Joe) Kocur.”

According to popular logic, the reason why this form of capital punishment is no longer delivered is the instigator rule.  That’s Rule 56 (a) in the NHL rule book, if you are inclined to look it up.

read on

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Rookies Around the NHL

From Sam McCaig at The Hockey News,

Here’s a team-by-team look at NHL rookies who are making some noise this season:

ANAHEIM
There isn’t a Calder candidate in Anaheim; left winger Drew Miller was leading the Ducks rookies with two goals and five points in 26 NHL games played through Jan. 28. Bobby Ryan, the second overall pick behind Sidney Crosby in 2005, made his big-league debut this season and had three goals and five points in 13 games.

ATLANTA
The Thrashers feature one of the most surprising rookies of 2007-08 in Swedish defenseman Tobias Enstrom. He’s among the freshmen leaders in assists and ice time, and may make it onto the Calder ballot.

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  Tags: prospects, rookies

Players on the Move

From Scott Burnside at ESPN,

General managers ... recharge your BlackBerrys, update your Rolodexes and confirm your speed-dial lists. It’s trade-deadline season.

With the All-Star break beyond us, the Feb. 26 trade deadline looms large, and serious wheeling and dealing will begin in earnest as teams try to restock for the future, a charge to the playoffs or a run at the Stanley Cup.

Here’s a look at 25 players who could be on the move in the coming weeks, what impact they might have and their contract status after this season.

continued… Olaf Kolzig, Michael Ryder, Sergei Fedorov, and more…

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  Tags: rumors, trade+deadline

Your Questions And Comments Are Encouraged

Have a question or comment regarding anything NHL?  Well, here is your chance to get the correct answer.

Read my NHL.com blog today to find out more. I normally don’t ask KK readers to get involved, but today I ask you for your participation to make this post one for the ages!

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Five Years From Now

from Fox Business,

So what’s in store for the NHL?

That all depends on whether or not the league finds ways to increase its revenue and get back on ESPN or a similar network.

If there is no alteration in the TV deal, “in the next five years they will look just like they do now,” said Fort.

The league could be forced to relocate franchises struggling to bring in revenue, such as Nashville’s Predators (Houston and Portland have been mentioned as potential destinations), said Brook.

The biggest battle the league might face over the next few years could be a public relations one.

“In the next five years I don’t see hockey making great strides but I also don’t see it making a great decline. I think the league is doing everything they can to make hockey better. It’s an issue on the perception side,” said Brook.

more

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Some Quinn Reflections

From Cory Wolfe at Canwest News via the National Post,

Education and hockey were intertwined all along for Quinn. Following high school, he accepted a scholarship to Michigan Tech. However, he was ruled ineligible for American collegiate hockey because he had previously signed over his hockey rights to the Detroit Red Wings.

“I ended up back at home and I got a job with the steel company which is where most of my pals were working,” says Quinn. “It was a good job; it was Stelco at the time. But I quickly figured out that’s not where I wanted to spend the rest of my life, working shifts.”

Quinn headed west to Edmonton and joined the junior Oil Kings for the 1962-63 season. The club went on to win the Memorial Cup. The Oil Kings’ success didn’t propel Quinn directly into the NHL spotlight.

...and more of a brief biography on Pat Quinn, not quite ready with a “retirement plan” as yet. A happy birthday to Quinn who turns 65 on Tuesday.

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  Tags: coaching, pat+quinn

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