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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
The NHL’s next Winter Classic will be Bruins vs. Rangers at Yankee Stadium, Jan. 1, 2009, provided the House That Ruth Built can keep the house from flooding. Not kidding, folks. The Yanks normally shut down The Stadium at the end of October, and this year they will close the ballpark for good as they make their way around the corner to their bigger, cushier digs. If the NHL wants to go “Game on!” it will have to pay a $200,000 bill to preserve the pipes through November and December. If the league opts not to foot the expense - a decision that will have to come soon - then the Red Wings will face the Blackhawks at Wrigley Field.
many more NHL topics discussed…
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
At the GM meetings in the winter, you’ll recall, the league essentially declared war on the goalies by demanding a new crackdown on their equipment. Now, the league that less than 10 years ago wouldn’t allow a goal to be scored with as much as a toe in the blue paint is allowing the netminders to be physically abused every game.
What the league is setting itself up for, however, is for a series-winning goal, or a Cup-winning goal, to be scored while a goalie is being blatantly hindered from being able to stop the puck.
more and some AO talk too…
April 19, 1947 • After assisting on defenseman Vic Lynn’s goal at 5:39 of the second period to tie the game at one goal apiece, Toronto Maple Leafs center Ted “Teeder” Kennedy scored the Cup-winner at 14:39 of the third period to defeat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 in Game Six. The series-ending victory earned Toronto its third Stanley Cup title in six seasons.
*information courtesy of NHL media
Flashbacks To: 1942, 1959, 1963, 1987, 1994
April 18, 1942 • The Toronto Maple Leafs completed the greatest comeback in Stanley Cup history with their fourth straight victory after losing the first three games of the Final to the Detroit Red Wings.
Leafs goaltender Turk Broda provided the heroics, allowing the Red Wings only seven goals in the last four games, including this 3-1 series-ending victory.
From Rand Simon at The Hockey News,
While we have no way of knowing if the Gilbert signing was in any way motivated by the threat of a potential offer sheet this summer, we do know that thanks to the large increase in the average league salary (ALS), it will be easier for teams to make offer sheets without risking as much compensation.
If a team fails to match an offer sheet, it receives draft pick compensation from the signing team based on the average annual value of the new contract.
The catch is that the compensation levels go up along with the increase in ALS. For the first season after the lockout, ALS was $1.458 million but after a 17 per cent increase last season and an expected increase this season in the 10 per cent range, ALS will be around $1.9 million.
Note: For another perspective on offer sheets, KK also linked Lyle Richardson from THN a few days ago
From Paul Kukla at Hockey.com,
In the playoffs the team that won the latest game seems to have all the momentum to keep on rolling, right to a series win. But hold on, put on the brakes, there are more games to be played and fortunes can turn around quickly. All it takes is a loss and panic becomes the key word.
Early Tuesday evening, the Calgary Flames could do no wrong. The were coming off a stunning comeback and life was good. Bam, Thornton scores and we now hear the Flames are in a nasty mood, bickering within the locker room has begun. Now what?
April 17, 1977 • Don Kozak of the Los Angeles Kings scored the fastest goal from the start of an NHL playoff game, tallying just six seconds into his club’s 7-4 win over the Boston Bruins in Game Four of their Quarter-final series.
April 17, 1997 • New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur became just the second goaltender in NHL playoff history to score a goal, coming in a 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens in Game One of their Eastern Conference Quarter-final. Philadelphia’s Ron Hextall was the first goaltender to score a goal in the playoffs, on April 11, 1989 versus the Washington Capitals.
*information courtesy of NHL media
NHL Director of Officiating Stephen Walkom will be the guest on the NHL Hour today, hosted by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.
The show is on from 4-5 p.m. ET today on XM Satellite Radio (Channel 204) and NHL.com. NHL Hour is an interactive talk radio show that is hosted by a rotation of League executives, and co-hosted by XM sports host and former NHL player Bill Clement.
**Archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.
from Sean Crowe at Sports Central,
...Nothing more than a highlight on “SportsCenter.” Somewhere between soccer and arena football. And I’m not sure what they need to do to fix the problem. I’m not sure it can be fixed.
In the minds of U.S. hockey fans, the sport has morphed into ... soccer. Something we’ll get excited about once every four years when we pretend to care about the Olympics.
It’s time to stop kidding ourselves. If there are four major professional sports in the United States, the NHL isn’t one of them. If there are five, the NHL probably isn’t one of them. If there are six, the NHL might be one of them.
It sucks, but it’s where we are.
The NHL is dead.
The question is, how do we bring it back to life?
more if you want…. And one word for the author, SeanCYA!
from the Globe and Mail,
The league’s board of governors has rejected the idea of expanding the season by two games a team because of complications and timing, according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly.
“It’s accurate that we are no longer considering an 84-game schedule for the 2008-09 season, but that it remains a possibility for the 2009-10 season,” Daly said in an e-mail yesterday.
“I think it was a combination of it becoming too late in the scheduling process for next season to effectuate a change, as well as the fact that we weren’t agreeable with the union’s condition that it be changed on a one-year, trial basis only.”
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