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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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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.
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.
Ottawa Senators right wing Daniel Alfredsson, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin and Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending January 27.
Go here to check out their video highlights.
From Ray Slover at the Sporting News,
Young talent is, like cream, rising to the top. And like cream, it’s pretty sweet. They may struggle a bit with English, but Alexander Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Evgeni Malkin, Anze Kopitar and other 20-something foreign-born players have a language all their own. Better yet, it’s a common language, one shared by Eric Staal, Rick Nash and the cast of characters who have something to say. And it comes across loud and clear, even without poster-boy Sidney Crosby on the scene.
We saw plenty of the NHL’s future here and it, like the Georgia morning sun, is bright.
From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News,
It has been very easy and convenient to rip the NHL All-Star Game for, oh, the past 20 years or so, but for at least one night, the league and its players seemed to grasp the importance of showcasing its stars by actually staging a competitive game.
Update 9:04pm ET: The THN story above was changed since I originally linked it. An important feature near the top of the piece was Campbell’s concern about access to Eric Staal after the game. There has been some suggestion that the original article was altered. Perhaps not a big deal, but it’s worth mentioning now because the allegations prompted this official response from Mike Sundheim of the Carolina Hurricanes later in the day.
Finally, below is a transcript from post-game Q&A’s with All Star MVP Eric Staal and goalie Tim Thomas.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Every year the game is played and every year the same questions are asked. What can be done to make it more competitive? What can be done to make it more relevant? What can be done to make it more like a real NHL game?
And here’s the answer. Nothing. There’s nothing that can be done; nothing that will turn the all-star game into a showcase event that captures hockey’s best qualities.
You can hope for some speed and skill and a close, competitive affair, but you can’t replicate those things that make the sport attractive.
Once you accept this, you are free to appreciate this affair for what it is and even revel in its unique qualities.
from the Globe and Mail,
The stick, jointly owned by Brown and siblings Brydon and Sheila, was left by their late father, Charles, with nary a word as to its significance.
“Dad never talked about it,” said Brown, who as a youth played against a number of future pros.
The surprisingly well-preserved stick, which lay idle in Brown’s basement for years, bears the signatures of many hockey greats. Brown and his brother began to research the names and made an amazing discovery — all of them had participated in the first unofficial NHL all-star game in February of 1934.
The game took place in Toronto and served as a benefit for Ace Bailey of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Bailey was felled by Eddie Shore of the Boston Bruins in a game at Boston Garden in December of 1933 and never played again.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Bettman deserves a good share of praise for fixing the game, whether it was his own doing or hiring the right people around him to get it right. It’s half the battle. Bill Daly, second in command, has given him a major boost. Both are intelligent visionaries who have become better peer listeners.
The league has done a much better job marketing its players, which is to say it’s making a concerted effort….
By now, you must be wondering if Bettman bought me a beer or bailed me out of jail over the weekend. Over the past decade, there were times I couldn’t imagine giving him credit for being 5-foot-6, let alone leading hockey from the ruins.
For all of his flaws, Bettman’s biggest over the years has been connecting with the people. He has a way of alienating fans with selfrighteous speeches, legalese and stretched truths that made people question whether he had a genuine bone on his body. Predictably, he was booed after the game Sunday.
Rock band The Hives will open the game with a performance of their hit single, “Tick Tick Boom.” The Atlanta Boy Choir will perform the U.S. national anthem and singer/songwriter Kathleen Edwards will perform the Canadian national anthem. R&B singer/songwriter and five-time Grammy nominee Ne-Yo will perform his hit single “Because of You” with Halftime Live, a 75-piece marching band, during the second intermission.
In addition to tonight’s performers, the celebrities in attendance include actors David Boreanaz (“Bones”), Taylor Kitsch (“Friday Night Lights”), Matthew Modine (“Weeds”) and Thorsten Kate (“All My Children”); actress Alyssa Milano (“Charmed”), rock band Mastodon, country superstar Garth Brooks and Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavine.
Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin also will be in attendance as the special guest of NHL legend Willie O’Ree. The first intermission will feature a special tribute to Willie O’Ree and the 50th anniversary of his NHL debut.
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