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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.
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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.
Hockey fans are all whiners who bitch and moan, never go to actual games, and sit around in a little circle of fellow bitchers and moaners who complain all day long.
How do I know this? Jamie Samuelssen told me, in a nice little 9:23 rant that’s available for your listening pleasure on WDFN.
Samuelssen claims that Red Wings fans and all hockey fans—with enough “you people” references to usually merit a lawsuit—are negative Nancies, each and every one, and he feels that the trade deadline brings out the worst in what hockey fans are.
From CBC Sports,
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told a U.S. House subcommittee on Wednesday that hockey is not plagued by steroid use among its players.
Bettman joined his major-league counterparts — baseball commissioner Bud Selig, NBA commissioner David Stern and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell — in Washington where he testified that only one player has tested positive for steroid use in the 2½ years since the NHL resumed play after the 2004-05 lockout.
“As a historical matter, the many years that NHL players have been tested in international competition, as well as recent testing under our program, suggests that performance-enhancing drugs had never been part of the culture of the NHL…”
If you get a chance, follow Jay Onrait on his liveblog at TSN today:
10:12 - I am getting e-mails from all over the world. It’s hilarious!
“Jay, thanks for the blog. I’m buried inside the monstruous library here at the London School of Economics in England. The Swedish Prime Minister is here to give a lecture in 2 hours; I’ll ask him what he thinks of Mats and get back to you. Cheers, Brendan.”
Today is your day and this is your spot to post what you are hearing or what you think may happen.
Of course you can comment in each individual post as the trades happen today, but you can use this post to rant, rave or just tell us how nervous you are waiting for that one trade you are hoping for.
Busy day, slow day, let us know what you are thinking!
added 8:04am, The TSN trade deadline show has started, both in Canada and on the NHL Network in the US. Streaming begins at 10am ET and we will be providing a link. (update: stream available)
added 8:55am, Don’t forget to check out some of the other blogs that are doing updates throughout the day. Spector’s site is a good place to start and he has some links to other sites too.
As always, feel free to leave a coment if you are doing a live blog today.
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