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The Maven explains why…
from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,
Now I don’t expect a goalie will slip some netting between his pads or anything like Tony Esposito was alleged to have done way back when, but is it outside the realm of consideration to think a netminder might have an equipment guy go back and get that “favourite” glove or blocker, the one that wasn’t quite up to stuff at the start of the season when measurements were made?
Who’s to determine whether the incoming goalie’s stick is extra long or has a paddle that is just a shade wider than the league allows (after all, poke checking is less of an art and more of an advantage if the stick is longer than the rules allow)?
from Elliotte Friedman of Blogs and Columns at CBC,
No offence to Dr. David Hart or Marie Evelyn Moreton (aka Lady Byng), but, when we vote for - and honour - the game’s best, shouldn’t we also recognize those who were the game’s best?
Hart to Howe: Wayne Gretzky won it more than anyone, but I have something else in mind for him. This one goes to Howe, as Mr. Hockey held the record - six - before Gretzky smashed it. He was the pre-eminent player during the Original Six, and deserves this.
Art Ross to Gretzky/Norris to Orr: These two are easy. Seriously, does anyone really need an explanation?
from Jay Feaster at ESPN,
While we realize fans and media may want to know about injuries, we also recognize there are lots of things they would like to know, from our trade deadline strategy to whether we intend to make a coaching change. Nonetheless, we do not give the public access to this information (except, perhaps, in very general terms) for a host of competitive and business reasons.
The bottom line: the extent and severity of a player’s injury is proprietary business information and most GMs would like to keep it “club confidential,” even if nondisclosure gives members of the press and some fans an upper-body ache.
added 11:47am, from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Because there is proof of targeting, we can buy the players’ safety issue. But our argument would be that the policy should be amended so full disclosure still exists from mid-September (the start of training camps) through March 1 (the beginning of the stretch run). From then through the playoffs, teams can hide injury details all they want.
Holland didn’t shoot down our idea.
“I mean, listen, we’ve disclosed Johan Franzen has a Grade 2 ACL sprain and that he’s out 3-4 weeks,” said Holland. “We disclosed the Andreas Lilja injury. For me personally, I just think over 82 games you’re probably going to play your player when they’re healthy. But the playoffs are different.”
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
To hear Ray Scapinello tell it, his path to this week’s induction in the Hockey Hall of Fame was a case of being in the right place at the right time.
To hear his fellow NHL officials, coaches and players tell it, “Scampy’ was always in the right place at the right time.
Scapinello, 62, is being honored because he set all the records for NHL linesmen: 33 seasons, 2,500 consecutive games and 426 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He was chosen for the playoffs in only his second season, 1972, and continued every year until he retired in 2004. He never missed an assignment in his career.
One of my first interviews on KK was with Ray, a little over two years ago. What a great guy and I am so glad to see him go into the HHOF.
“We have a building in Kansas City that’s ... NHL ready. My view is the NHL would probably lean towards Kansas City first if it has to relocate a team, but I’m not a big fan of that idea. Kansas City has had a NHL team in the past—it didn’t work out real well. I would be much more in favour of a Canadian franchise if you were gonna move one.
“That said, we’d like to see all the franchises succeed. We are a bit concerned when we see drop-off in places like Atlanta, in places like Florida, Phoenix ... I’ve been to those buildings—the people who follow the sport are passionate about it. We just need more of them.”
-Paul Kelly, Executive Director of the NHLPA. More from Kelly by Randy Sportak of he Calgary Sun.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Of 33 NHL players who responded to the question, “would you support a penalty for hits to the head,” 27 voted yes, five players voted no and one player said more research is required….
Of 26 general managers who responded to the question, 11 said yes - they would support a penalty for hits to the head; nine said no - and six said the issue is too complex for a “yes” or “no” answer.
The poll was anonymous, but Anaheim ducks general manager Brian Burke went on the record with vehement opposition to a new head checking penalty. “Our sport overreacts to any injury that occurs in clusters,” he said. “I have been a GM for over 800 games and this is a dangerous path to start down.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The NHLPA filed an unfair labor practice charge against the NHL with the National Labor Relations Board in New York today, The Post has learned.
The action by the Players’ Association immediately followed notification that the union had lost its grievance against the NHL regarding “defected player status” for drafted and unsigned Europeans.
NEW YORK (Nov. 3, 2008)—The National Hockey League just completed a record October that saw more fans attend and tune in to games than ever—while being treated to close games, more scoring and some spectacular individual performances.
Among the highlights from the season’s opening month, which began with the Premiere Games in Stockholm and Prague:
October Attendance Records
The per-game attendance average of 17,388 and the percent of capacity (94.1%) set NHL records. It was the first time in League history that average October attendance surpassed 17,000 per game. October’s total attendance was up 3.1% over October, 2007. Leading the way were dramatic percentage increases in Chicago (+71%) and Washington (+24%).
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
...This season, the NHL has gone out of its way to quash this little spasm of media interest. Claiming that the closeness to the trade deadline made it hard for GMs to concentrate on league business, the meetings now are scheduled for the week after the March 4 trade deadline.
A number of GMs have complained quietly to ESPN.com that the move makes no sense—a league desperate for media attention, especially in this day of shrinking newspaper travel budgets, shouldn’t be turning its back on a ready-made media event. But likewise, there is a small group of GMs who aren’t thrilled to see the media hanging around the hallways at the posh resorts where they hold their meetings.
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