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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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It Could Be Leafs vs. NHL Next

from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

As the possibility of present and future litigation over the Phoenix Coyotes continues to widen, there is another battlefield that is waiting to erupt. The war thus far has been between the National Hockey League and Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie. But the next fight could be between the NHL and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Court filings filed late Friday night show a disagreement between the league and its most powerful franchise, dating back to 2006, over whether the Leafs have a veto over another team playing in their territory.

The NHL had taken the position that a franchise transfer into the home territory of an existing franchise would only require a majority vote among the league’s board of governors. The Leafs, in a letter hand-delivered to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, strenuously objected, and wrote that the club would “reserve all rights to take whatever actions are necessary to protect their exclusive rights to their home territory.”


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Time For Some Changes

from Jason Kay of The Hockey News,

Bottom line: the game is great, but we should always be thinking about ways to make it better. Here are 40 of the ways I saw, at least at one point in my tenure – and in no particular order – of making that happen.

1. Shorten the season. Seventy games would do nicely.

3. More 4-on-4. Maybe the last five minutes of regulation?

9. Bigger nets. With bigger players, bigger gear and better technique, the scoring area has drastically reduced over the years.


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All Stephen Walkom

Mike Brophy does a Q & A with Stephen Walkom who has left his job as the NHL’s director of officiating and will be returning as a referee this season.

Sportsnet.ca: Some critics suggested the standard for calls took a little dip in last season’s playoffs and once again referees were turning a blind eye to infractions. Do you agree?

Walkom: They talked about it a little bit, but I think everybody is always ready to pounce on it. That’s why I compared the first period prior to the lockout against the first period of this year’s playoffs. Yeah, there was probably one penalty in the first period that we should have called, but we don’t want our guys making up penalties just so we can call the standard. Was there one hook missed? Yeah, there was. Was there a hold we could have called in the second period? Perhaps. But the thing is there were 14 of those four years earlier. Our guys aren’t missing penalties by choice; not calling penalties because of the time of the game or the score of the game. That mentality is gone. If they see something, they react to it.


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NHL Monitoring Flu Season

via Bruce Constantineau of the Vancouver Sun,

North American sports leagues — including hockey, football, basketball and university sports — will ramp up during the flu season this fall and winter but few are planning for worst-case scenarios that would see games or seasons cancelled and millions of dollars of revenues lost.

The National Hockey League’s response is typical.

“We’ve focused on it and met internally to discuss the matter but at this time we have no firm ‘cancellation’ or other contingency plan in place,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement. “We will continue to monitor the situation and step up our preparation efforts if and when it becomes necessary.”

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Senator Demers

from the CP via TSN,

Ex-NHL hockey coach Jacques Demers, who has spoken frankly about his lifelong battle with illiteracy, is about to be named to the Senate, his employer said Thursday.

Now a hockey analyst, Demers’s current employer—television network RDS—announced the appointment on its web site.

It says he will be named to the Senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper during his swing Thursday through Quebec City.


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McKenzie Loves Hockey

Bob McKenzie of TSN tells you Why He Loves Hockey at Puck Daddy….

Sudden-Death Overtime.

And not just in the NHL. Have you ever been at a minor hockey game that goes into overtime? The sense of drama, anticipation and palpable fear and tension, on and off the ice, is unlike anything in any other sport.


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