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from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
Because of the salary cap that Bettman imposed, the Lightning and Senators are toast for years to come. How is that good for the fans? More important, how is that good for the National Hockey League?
And there’s no guarantee that these two teams are the only ones that will be adversely affected. They’re just the first. The Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers, among others, could soon find themselves in the same boat.
The problem? Once your team stops producing despite high-priced players, you’re doomed. There’s no way out of it.
NEW YORK, NY (January 15, 2009) – Beginning Thursday, Jan. 22, through Sunday, Jan. 25, NHL Network will be on location at the 2009 NHL® All-Star Celebration in Montreal to provide viewers with 15 hours of live HD* coverage from the star-studded event. NHL Network’s Brian Duff and Gary Green and contributors Dave Strader and Joe Micheletti will bring viewers inside the festivities with interviews featuring NHL players and coaches, live broadcasts from the All-Star practices and expert analysis.
via WTIC Radio,
Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez is continuing to push for a National Hockey League team in Hartford. Today he updated NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on the status of the city’s plans for a new arena and the continuing interest in a future NHL franchise.
Perez says, for his part, Bettman shared his thoughts on what would be needed for an NHL team to succeed. He says both sides agreed they should continue their talks.
added 4:58pm, from WTNH,
Perez goes on to state how he plans to keep the momentum going in Hartford?s renaissance. “We must be prepared in the next three to five years to implement a redevelopment plan for a new multi-use arena facility that serves the entire state not only as a world class venue for concerts, family shows and UCONN Basketball, but also as a potential home for a major league sports franchise,” Mayor Perez said. “In light of these difficult financial times, this effort will take a considerable amount of work and partnership between the city, state and corporate community to bring the plans for the development of a new facility to reality, but the benefits have the potential to be exponential.”
A fairly shocking story in Macleans today, where Charlie Gillis details the behind-the-scenes relationship between Howe and his business managers:
Still, the court filings afford a view of Gordie Howe’s world in recent years that will dismay his adoring fans. With his wife and former business guru Colleen immobilized by dementia, hockey’s avuncular senior statesman found his affairs in the hands of men she’d trained to run his life. Reddy and Howard described the relationship as “more like family than business.” But behind the scenes, the Howes alleged, Del Reddy had become a domineering, at times volatile figure who on more than one occasion physically assaulted Gordie by shoving him—the last time being during their argument over pay.
Thanks to George James Malik at Snapshots for the pointer.
from Pamela Holley-Bright of Carolina Peacemaker,
When it comes to hockey, many feel like it’s a White man’s sport. But not Willie O’Ree. O’Ree who started his NHL career in 1958 as a winger for the Boston Bruins, has been dubbed as the Jackie Robinson of ice hockey….
“I feel that the NHL isn’t doing enough to reach out to us,” said Larry Ervin, a High Point resident. Look at motorsports. They have programs at Winston-Salem State and at A&T. That sport has reached out to us. And if we had more African American players in the hockey league, African Americans could find someone who they could relate to,” Ervin said.
Eighteen-year-old Christopher Thorpe agreed that the NHL isn’t doing enough to reach out to Blacks.
“Our Black youth are not exposed to the game, so our interest in it seems to be very low. The only Blacks who get a chance to experience hockey are the ones who are raised in northern states and in Canada….
from Michael Buteau at Bloomberg,
The Las Vegas Strip, Yankee Stadium and California’s Rose Bowl are on the list of potential sites for the National Hockey League’s annual outdoor game, NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins said.
The league is evaluating potential locations of future outdoor games two weeks after this season’s edition, between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks at Wrigley Field on Jan. 1, drew the highest television ratings for the NHL in 34 years.
“This is really kind of becoming a destination event for hockey fans, but also sports fans,” Collins said in a telephone interview. We want to “open it up to the masses.”
from Rand Simon at the Hockey News,
The National Hockey League announced its Eastern Conference reserves today for the 59th annual NHL All-Star Game to be played in Las Vegas on Jan. 25.
After overzealous New York Islanders’ fans voted John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Kyle Okposo, Mark Streit, Chris Campoli and Rick DiPietro (currently sidelined with a lower body injury) to the starting lineup, the league had a challenge in filling out the Eastern Conference roster as the NHL requires every team be represented by at least one player in the game.
With the league’s expansion to 32 teams this season and the move of the Detroit Red Wings to the Eastern Conference, there was room to name exactly one player from each remaining team to the squad.
from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
If you’re a fan of elite international competitions, you’ll be happy to hear the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association are working toward staging another World Cup of Hockey tournament in the not-too-distant future.
According to an informed source, the sides are looking at two dates, the most probable being late August/early September of 2011. Another possibility is Feb. 2012. That date, however, is less likely because of the need to shut down the 2011-12 NHL regular season to accommodate the tournament. The owners aren’t thrilled with the idea of dimming the lights during the season for any reason. They do so grudgingly to allow the players to participate in the Olympics. In this case, I believe they’d be wise to at least consider it.
After an in-between period player interview, the host will say to the the player- “Thanks for that and good luck the rest of the way.” Just once I would love a player to say something besides “Thanks”.
The color commentator guy- “Taking away their time and space is key.” Just not Pierre McGuire either, others are now using the phrase too.
“My source told me.” It is 2009, you can no longer hide behind a source!!! New fans of the game may believe you at first, but if you have no credibility, good luck with the ‘source’ material.
“The NHL does not have a shootout when the playoffs roll around.” We know, we know and if they don’t know, they will find out soon enough.
“A left, a right, another left, right…!” A ‘homer’ fight call, as if he opponent is just standing there, taking all the punches.
“He’s one ot the top 10 players at his position.” Most likely in the top 30.
How about you, any phrases starting to rub you the wrong way?
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Shame on Don Cherry, who referred to and embraced “the culture of hockey” at Sanderson’s funeral in Port Perry, Ont., while talking about how the deceased’s father “knows [fighting] is a part of the game,” as if the Whitby defenseman had died on the battlefield for some greater cause rather than on the ice for no reason whatsoever.
Bench-clearing brawls were once part of the culture of hockey. So were wood sticks, bareheaded players and barefaced goaltenders. But time moves on. Time leaves people like Cherry behind….
Shame on those who would argue against eliminating fisticuffs from the sport because “only one person” has died as a result of a fight. Only one? As in, one is acceptable? What about when that inevitably becomes “only” two? Will two be too many or will “only two” fatalities be regarded as an acceptable price of maintaining “the culture of hockey?”
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