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Chelios Responds

from the Detroit Free Press,

Never one to soften his words, Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios delivered a simple message to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday.

“I can’t believe my good friend Gary would want to leave me in Russia,” Chelios said, and it must be noted the “good friend” was deeply sarcastic. “I’d like to have a private talk with Gary one of these days, see what he means.”

Chelios was referring to the latest turn of events in the soap opera that debuted in the aftermath of the 2004-05 NHL lockout, starring Bettman, deputy commissioner Bill Daly and former NHL Players’ Association boss Ted Saskin.

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  Tags: chris+chelios, detroit+red+wings

The “Half” Assist

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

But unlike the NHL, in the NBA, an assist isn’t a big deal. It doesn’t get a player more money in contract negotiations or more status as a star player the way it does in hockey. The big stats in basketball are points, rebounds and steals, followed by blocked shots and assists.

We’re not advocating the assist fall that far down the food chain, but how about a system where an assist gets what it’s actually worth? We say goals should count for a point and assists for a half a point. (Shameless plug here: In Campbellnomics, a statistic you’ll find in THN that charts only important goals, assists are worth half a point.)

The NHL, of course, will never do this because it would compromise scoring records that have been established throughout history. And hey, they have a point there, but it’s probably not as drastic as you’d think. Here’s how the top 10 scorers of all time would look under the one point for goal and half point for assist system.

read on for the Top 10 and much more on this subject…

 

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Two Weeks In…

from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,

It’s early, but…

• It looks like Jason Spezza will win the Art Ross Trophy with no goals and 128 assists.

• Could we have been dead wrong? Will it be the New York Islanders, and not the Rangers, that succeed this season?

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Tough Guys In Transition

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

In days gone by, one team’s enforcer would engage the other team’s designated hitter and the code was to oblige. More and more though, the challenges that once meant an immediate throw-down now garner a dismissive shrug. So what’s a roughneck “role player” to do except try to redefine his role?

To that end, some have made the transition from baiter to skater and proved valuable forecheckers who can score a bit. Check out Chris Neil in Ottawa and Sean Avery in New York. Even Simon made the switch from puncher only to tough guy who could also take a regular shift.

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  Tags: fighting

Smiles All Around

Why is the Golden Jet smiling?

Read on and you will find a “sometime” hockey blogger smiling too!

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  Tags: bobby+hull

Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (October 15, 2007) – Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward, Buffalo Sabres defenseman Brian Campbell and Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending October 14.

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  Tags: brian+campbell, cam+ward, henrik+zetterberg

Cannonball Pitre

from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,

Let’s revisit Cannonball Pitre, the first man to sign a playing contract with the Canadiens, and that first historic game that changed Montreal forever.

read on and some great, old-time pictures…

What a wonderful piece by Mr. Stubbs.  Makes you want to put on one of those heavy wool sweaters and find a pond to skate on.

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  Tags: montreal+canadiens

Goals & Points Lost

from STATS NHL Blog,

How big were Buffalo’s offseason losses? If we isolate all players who changed teams and scored either 15 goals or 30 points in 2006-07, the Sabres lost more goals and points than all other teams. The totals reflect not only goals and points lost from a year ago, but those gained by new acquisitions with 15 goals or 30 points last season.

The Sabres lost a total of 73 goals and 172 points without adding a single player who netted 15 goals or 30 points a year ago. At least the Islanders signed a few players to make up for most of their lost production, including Bill Guerin, Mike Comrie, Jon Sim and Ruslan Fedotenko.

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Great HNIC Opening

If you are an “old schooler” like me, you will really enjoy the following video clip.

Younger hockey fans should watch too, a quick glimpse at hockey’s past greats!

thanks to Empty Netters for the pointer…

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  Tags: hnic, media

Groundhog Day

For those of us who’ve been laughed at as “conspiracy theorists” and league-critical cynics of a Larry Brooks-like pedigree, Saturday was our Groundhog Day.

As in, we got to peek out of our little bunkers, point at our long shadows, and say, “We told you so.”

We told you that the lockout was about franchise equity, and the concept that a franchise’s bank value would increase exponentially when viewed as an entity with “cost certainty”—theoretically capped costs in terms of salary expenditures, directly tied to league-wide revenues, which effectively renders whether an individual team makes or loses money at the gate, in terms of ticket sales-vs.-expenditures, irrelevant.

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  Tags: nhlpa

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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