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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, “It’s tougher (hockey in the West) and they know that out here and the teams play accordingly,” said (Bryan) Murray. “They seem to, and I may be wrong on this, be able to hold up a little more on the forecheck that we can in the East. I guess they tolerate a little more.”
more from Murray and some Sens talk too…
from John Rolfe at Sports Illustrated,
Championship banners, retired numbers, and stirring reunions are all well and good. It can be great fun to revisit the glories of the past. Can be. But when a title drought or stretch of losing drags on well into the next generation, or beyond, it can be just plain depressing.
Case in point: Last Sunday, the New York Islanders again rolled out the members of their early ‘80s dynasty, this time to commemorate The Core of the Four—the 17 players whose names appeared on all four Stanley Cups they won from 1980 through 1983.
From Zach Bogosian at NHL Connect:
My name is Zach Bogosian and I play junior hockey for the Peterborough Petes in the Ontario Hockey League. This is my draft year for the NHL and I am currently rated No. 3 among North American skaters in NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings. NHL.com has asked me to do a blog about my experiences leading up to the NHL Entry Draft this June in Ottawa.
You can read the 17-year old’s first post here.
NEW YORK (March 3, 2008) – NHL.com experienced a record number of page views on NHL.com for its coverage of the 2008 NHL Trade Deadline on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008.
While Trade Deadline Day historically is one of the busiest days of the year for NHL.com, Tuesday’s Trade Deadline Day—which included a live stream of NHL Network coverage—surpassed years past with 16,953,053 page views, 1,433,525 unique users and 2,182,031 visits. These figures represent a 26% increase in the number of page views and 40% increase in Visits NHL.com experienced last year on Trade Deadline Day (Feb. 27, 2007). Compared to an average day in February, page views were up 62%.
All figures courtesy of Omniture.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Now with that part of the task having ended in defeat, the Maple Leafs are going to allow the interim decision-maker to acquire players and upcoming draft selections whom he will immediately hand off to his successor. What if the incoming GM doesn’t like the talent assembled by Fletcher? Shouldn’t the Maple Leafs’ next GM shape the future?
Is there any reason to wonder why this dysfunctional organization hasn’t been able to construct a Stanley Cup champion or finalist since 1967, the end of the Original Six era?
more and other NHL bits too…
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
In the real world, the boss is the boss. Not happy with the boss? Find a way to make things work or look for another gig. In the NHL, the boss is the boss until players approach unrestricted free agency. And that’s when the boss stops calling the shots, and the player becomes the boss….
Unfortunately, it’s not going to change unless owners regain some leverage over players. There’s talk about including term limits on contracts under the next CBA. The issue was considered but pushed to the side during the lockout. No-trade clauses should be outlawed. The NFL-style franchise tag should be included. Teams should be able to negotiate extensions two years before a contract expires, not one.
Last night Elliotte Friedman of HNIC did another great inteview with Sabres owner Tom Golisano. You will get a pretty good picture of the way Golisano thinks and I recommend you watch it.
To get to the video, click here, then select Hockey Night In Canada from the left sidebar, then Mar.1 Inside Hockey.
from Scott Morrison at Sun Media,
Rather than guarantee a top-three spot, simply guarantee a playoff spot.
So, in this case, if the playoffs were to start now, put the Hurricanes in seventh or eighth spot depending on their standing. That way, you might punish only one team (if there is a non-playoff team with a better record), rather than five who are locked below them in the seedings just because.
It means a world of difference, too. If Pittsburgh was allowed to be third, the Penguins would meet the sixth-place team in the playoffs, not a four versus five matchup. That could be huge.
read on and more NHL bits…
via Sports Network,
The Sharks took a 3-1 lead on an odd goal. Craig Rivet blasted a shot from the high slot that hit a stick in front, went over the net and appeared to hit the mesh on top of the boards, which would have whistled the play dead. The puck went to the low right side where Setoguchi knocked it in with 10:43 to play. Since a goal can’t be reviewed for a dead puck, the score was allowed to stand.
Wings lose the game 3-2. I was at the game and saw the play. When the puck hit the netting behind the goal, I basically relaxed, expecting a whistle and a face-off. Tthe next thing you know, the puck is in the net and the Sharks are celebrating a goal.
On-ice officials missed it, plain and simple, nothing you can do but move on to the next game…
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from the Edmonton Journal,
This new manoeuvre is a precious, contrived cow kick—there’s no other descriptor—you won’t see at any other time of any game.
Just in the shootout.
What’s more, Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby is to blame. At least, he sure seems to be the first one to have tried this tactic. Sid being Sid, there have been imitators. You could check it out on YouTube, if you want.
Can this kind of move possibly fool a goalie, Mathieu Garon?
“It goes with when he fakes a shot,” the unfailingly gentlemanly and shootout-deadly Garon said. “Most of the time, when a guy shoots, he lifts his leg, so ...
from Internet Retailer,
NHL.com does not disclose its sales, but Cooper says they are up 35% over last year, and the conversion rate is up 23%. Cooper says most of those increases come from an improved product configurator introduced on the site last summer that makes it easier for customers to add a name and number to a team jersey, and to see what the jersey will look like. Team jerseys account for 40% of the site’s sales.
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