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Fired Ref Dean Warren Gets His Hearing

from Robert Cribb of the Toronto Star,

Warren, who was fired last year and is seeking reinstatement, has filed a complaint against the league claiming he was wrongfully terminated for his union work on behalf of the NHL Officials Association.

The league claims Warren was fired for “substandard performance.”

“In my mind there was a number of penalties called in the last two games that didn’t exist,” said Walkom, a former president of the officials’ assocation and who remains an on-ice referee with the league.

Those calls led players to react to Warren in a “contemptuous way,” he said.

Asked why Warren was chosen as one of 22 officials to serve in the playoffs that year, Walkom said Warren “was one of the top guys focused on calling the (NHL) standard.”

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12.9% Is Final Escrow Number For Last Season

via Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The final escrow number (basically the percentage of player salaries the players gave back to the NHL for league overspending) for last season has been made official and it’s 12.9 per cent.

That means whatever the face value of a contract was for 2008-09, the player actually receives 12.9 per cent less than that.

But since the amount of escrow money withheld last season was around 18 per cent, the players will be getting a cheque cut, worth about five per cent of their salary. It’s not a refund per se, since the money collected belonged to them in the first place.

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Get Ready For More Games In Europe Next Season

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

And so, the NHL put the finishing touches on its third Euro experiment, and barring something completely unforeseen, there will be a fourth trip next year with the league expanding to three cities and six teams across the pond.

The league and the NHL Players’ Association had wanted to expand to a three-city, six-team slate this season, but uncertainty over the global economy and planning issues prompted them to stay with the four-team, two-city schedule we saw this past week and last season.

“I think we want to cast the widest possible net,” Ken Yaffe, the NHL’s senior vice president of international hockey, told ESPN.com before Saturday night’s Premiere Games finale in Stockholm between Detroit and St. Louis.


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Marouelli Begins Season In Helsinki, Will End It In Montreal

fromPierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Dan Marouelli had a request. Let him start his final NHL season in Helsinki.

Terry Gregson, the new director of NHL officiating, agreed. Marouelli kicked off his farewell season by working both Chicago-Florida games at Hartwall Arena.

“Terry Gregson was kind enough,” the veteran NHL referee told me before we both departed Finland this past weekend. “It’s a wonderful way to start the last year. It was spectacular.”

Marouelli will be joined in retirement by fellow vets Bill McCreary and Kerry Fraser after this season, three big names to leave the ice. Add in last season’s retirements of Rob Schick and Don Koharski, and you’re talking about a major transition for the NHL’s men in stripes. Some well-respected and top-notch talent is making way for the kids.

“It’s interesting to see the transition,” said Marouelli. “It’s fitting we’re all leaving together and turning it over to the young guys now.”


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The Most Affluent Fans

from Austin Kelley of the Wall Street Journal,

Marketing-research firm comScore analyzed online traffic to nhl.com, nba.com, nfl.com and mlb.com in the U.S., and found that more than half the puckheads had household incomes of at least $75,000. About 36% came from households making six-figure sums or higher. Baseball ranked second with 32.7 percent of its web-browsing fans in the $100,000 or more bracket, followed by football with 28.3 percent. Nba.com, by contrast, had only 27.7% of its users among the top-earning households, giving it the least-affluent fan base.


thanks to Darren Rovell’s tweet for the pointer…

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The ‘Winnipeg Is Getting An NHL Team’ Talk

from Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press,

There was more NHL/Winnipeg speculation on Saturday night’s Hockey Night in Canada’s Satellite Hotstove.

On the season’s opening weekend, the captivated nation was told that big money from Toronto has done plenty of work already to buy the Atlanta Thrashers and move them to Winnipeg. Is it just another episode of wishful thinking or a real indicator of what’s afoot?

True North Sports and Entertainment chairman Mark Chipman wasn’t saying on Sunday, taking his usual tack of the less said the better. There are several known quantities to this ongoing story:


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The Latest From The Hotstove On HNIC

Mike Millbury, Glen Healy and Al Strachan joined Ron MacLean and discussed the Phoenix situation, Atlanta moving to Winnipeg, the Lighthouse Project, the NHLPA and the Canucks feel Burke has been tampering.

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Too Many Teams In The NHL

from Robert Cribb of the Toronto Star,

According to the Arizona Republic, the Coyotes were close to a sellout for the regular-season home opener Oct. 10 thanks to cheap tickets and a “Welcome Back WhiteOut” campaign that includes a white T-shirt and pom-poms.

While that may work as a short-term emergency strategy, it simply erodes long-term revenues even further, said Powers.

“What was a difficult sell previously has become an impossible task today with the uncertainty of relocation hanging over the team. This team is finished in Phoenix – it is just a matter of time.”

Roger Noll, a professor of sports economics at Stanford University, said the league is about five teams too heavy for the economic realities of professional hockey.

“(Bettman) should have stopped five teams ago,” he said. “It isn’t going to work.”


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A Victory For Bettman

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

If either Gary Bettman or his deputy, Bill Daly, is thinking about asking for a raise, now is the time to do it.

The NHL commissioner is the toast of not only the league’s owners after U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Redfield T. Baum rejected Jim Balsillie’s bid for the Phoenix Coyotes, but he’s being hailed by other professional sports owners as well.

The NHL may be stuck with massive legal bills and the obligation to continue paying for the Coyotes’ financial hemorrhaging, but Bettman’s win – and this is very much considered a personal win for him and NHL deputy commissioner Daly – means a court affirmed the league’s right to choose who owns its franchises and, most important, where they operate.

Bettman is taking shots from angry hockey fans in Canada, who blame him for blocking a second NHL team in Southern Ontario.

But as far as the owners are concerned, it is his biggest victory since the 2004-05 lockout, when he broke the players’ union, which has since degenerated into a laughingstock.


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Gary Bettman Addresses The Issues

from Tim Gunter of Sports Radio Interviews,

Gary Bettman joined WFAN in NY to talk about whether the start of the season is the best time of year for him, the NHL teams playing overseas and how they have been received, the state of the Phoenix Coyotes franchise, who will make roster and trade decisions for the Coyotes, the state of the Atlanta, Nashville and Florida franchises, and the state of the New York Islanders franchise and whether they are going to be there for the long term.

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