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Evening Line

I’m just not convinced another lockout three years down the road – or any other time – would automatically spell the doom and gloom others predict.

-Ken Campbell of The Hockey News.  More from Ken…

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Travel Between Canada & The US Just Got Harder

from Don Martin of CamWest Services via the National Post,

Canada’s six NHLteams are scrambling to find alternative travel arrangements south of the border after the U.S. Department of Transportation banned Air Canada’s charter fleet from flying between U.S. cities.

In a furious exchange with the Obama administration over the mid-August ruling, Canada has launched its own investigation and will soon close its skies to U.S. sports team charters in retaliation, warns Transport Minister John Baird.

The sticking point is an eight-year-old exemption that had allowed sports and celebrity charters to make several pit stops in American cities. Under existing open skies agreements, regular Canadian airline flights can only visit one U.S. city before returning.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly warns the charter ban will create a complicated “patchwork” of travel that could “wreck havoc” with the oncoming hockey schedule, including early league games in Europe, as teams scramble to book flights under the new rules.

“It’s potentially a very significant impact,” Daly said Friday. “It’s crazy and very destabilizing to our business. We’re operating on a long-standing interpretation and for it to change overnight on the eve of our season is creating a huge problem for us.”


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Wondering Out Loud

• Instead of denying the claims of Paul Kelly and Glenn Healy, should the new regime of the NHLPA tell us what really was behind their decision to fire Paul Kelly?

• Why was Darren Dreger the only NHL media member in Chicago covering the NHLPA?  Did the Chicago media even know what was going on?

• “Invited to camp” may be in store for numerous NHL players who still do not have a contract for the upcoming season.

• Without the numerous hockey bloggers who continued to work during the summer, this period of downtime would have gone by much slower.

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NHL Stars Will Appear At NHL Store Next Week

NEW YORK (September 3, 2009) - NHL stars Chris Pronger of the Philadelphia Flyers, Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals will appear at the NHL Powered By Reebok store in New York City next week in anticipation of the upcoming NHL® season. Both events are open to the public and media.

On Tuesday, September 8, Pronger and Thomas will sit down with ESPN the Magazine’s EJ Hradek for a Q&A session discussing the upcoming NHL season and their thoughts on playing in the 2010 Bridgestone/NHL Winter Classic® on New Year’s Day at Fenway Park.

On Wednesday, September 9, Ovechkin will celebrate the launch ofthe highly-anticipated hockey title, NHL 2K10,by offering fans an exclusive opportunity to be among a select group to pre-order the video game directly from the cover athlete. The Capitals star will personally ring up a limited number of fans who pre-order NHL 2K10 and play against a number of pre-determined contest winners in the Nintendo Wii version of the game. Please visit store for Official Rules. More details on each event are below.

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Morning Line

At its best, hockey is speed and skill and intense rivalry where you can barely sit in your seat if you’re in the arena or dare to sneak to the bathroom when you’re at home watching on TV.

You dare not miss a thing.

At its worst, hockey is played by lawyers in backrooms far away from the ice bickering about salary caps and entry-level compensation or, horror of horrors, restricted free-agency regulations.

There’s way too much talk about the NHLPA in the news these days. Sadly, that spells stormy weather on hockey’s horizon.

-Scott Russell of CBC Sports.  More from Scott…

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Bill Daly Discusses Numerous NHL Topics

from NHL HomeIce,

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly spoke to Scott Laughlin on Hockey This Morning regarding several issues including the Coyotes situation, Versus TV battle with DirecTV, and the ousting of Paul Kelly as the NHLPA Executive Director.

continue to listen to the interview…

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Can Any Of The Problems Be Solved?

from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star,

It seems like just yesterday that the Winter Classic in Buffalo on Jan. 1, 2008, seemed to suggest the league was getting its act together after blowing up an entire season.

Now, that game looks like the highlight of the NHL’s post-lockout era.

Today, the league is being overwhelmed by multiple quagmires of which the Coyotes are only one. It’s like the highway to the future is suddenly pockmarked with sinkholes.

They include:...

Then there’s the game itself. Last year’s Stanley Cup final between Detroit and Pittsburgh was terrific except for the undeniable truth that the more open brand of hockey produced after the lockout was replaced by something more akin to the old hooking-and-holding days.

Now, officiating boss Stephen Walkom has quit to go back to refereeing, and the NHL, as always, appears set to let the lowest common denominator rule.

When you add up all these issues, there’s a pattern of the NHL allowing serious problems to fester and deteriorate, rather than solving them.


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Ordinary Player, Great Broadcaster

from Michael Hurley of NESN,

Indeed, it seems as though the best broadcasters were either average players or didn’t play at all. With that being said, here are the top 10 ordinary athletes who turned into extraordinary broadcasters.

8. Andy Brickley
Andy Brickley was the final pick in the 1980 NHL draft but still turned in a decent career. Once his playing days ended, however, Brickley found his true calling in life as a color commentator for the Bruins. Brickley, who registered 222 points in 385 career games, brings the know-how and attitude that only a hockey player can bring, while still maintaining a universal appeal….

3. Barry Melrose
Barry Melrose’s career stats are worse than bad. They’re horrible. In 300 games, he registered 33 points and an impossible plus-minus rating of minus-119. His 728 penalty minutes were his best stat, but that didn’t stop Melrose from essentially becoming the face of hockey for most American sports fans.

more, but no other hockey names mentioned.  Maybe you can come up with a few of your own?

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IIHF President Walks A Fine Line

from Jeff Z. Klein of SlapShot at the NY Times,

I.I.H.F. President René Fasel managed to strike a delicate balance at his news conference in Moscow on Tuesday, praising Russian hockey-fan-in-chief Vladimir Putin and the K.H.L. while at the same time asserting that the league must honor player contracts, and expressing resistance to the N.H.L. while at the same time vowing cooperation with it.

“In general, I like the K.H.L., and I think that the idea of pan-European leagues is smart, but I still say that national federations and leagues have to live by the same rules,” Fasel said in describing a meeting he had with Putin, an outspoken advocate of K.H.L. expansion into Scandinavia and Central Europe.

“I will never allow the absorption of the weak by the strong,” Fasel said.


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Your Help Is Requested

My goal this season, get a non-hockey fan involved in the game.  Read all about it at my NHL.com blog today.

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