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NEW YORK/TORONTO (February 27, 2009) – The countdown is on to the 2009 NHL Trade Deadline. Whether at work or play, NHL fans will have the opportunity to stay connected to all the action leading up to and throughout Trade Deadline Day 2009 through unprecedented coverage by the NHL Network, NHL.com and NHL Radio.
Wednesday, March 4 at 3:00 p.m. ET marks the deadline for teams to bolster their rosters for their 2009 playoff runs. Beginning at noon that day, the League’s three media platforms will simulcast six hours of trade deadline-focused programming that will keep fans informed while providing exclusive access to the League’s movers and shakers and, for the first time, a behind-the-scenes look at how a trade officially goes down.
from Daryl at The Offside,
Why am I being so hard on hockey? It’s not because I dislike it (it might be the most watchable US sport in that it’s 5-a-side football + ice + fights).
But I’m basically sick of soccer being the punchline in US sports. So have decided - for one post only - to lash out. At hockey.
Mostly because if the beautiful game is going to catch up/overtake one of the bigger US sports, it’s clearly going to be the one where paying fans are in danger of frostbite and none of the players have any front teeth.
Hockey Hall of Fame executive Jim Gregory is in critical condition in a Toronto hospital.
Gregory, 73, was rushed to hospital on Thursday after suffering a heart attack.
He was stabilized and remains in intensive care as he continues to be evaluated by doctors.
note: at 3:05pm, TSN changed the text of their story and the above reflects that change.
via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
Obviously, it’s going to be a fun week to see how all this trade-deadline stuff shakes out around the league. If you’re really looking for credible information, posted by writers who use their actual names and do reporting by talking to actual people, any of the blogs linked on the right side of the page are good resources.
I’d like to point out two more, for those who might not be aware of them. Greg Wyshynski posts news, and a lot of really entertaining features, at his Puck Daddy blog on Yahoo. Paul Kukla does a fantastic job, at Kukla’s Korner, of posting the latest news and actually attributing it to sources. What a concept!
No payola involved. Those are just two sites I happen to enjoy visiting. Feel free to post others that you think do a good job.
Very nice of you to include KK! I also want to point out Alanah does a great job helping out and I would be lost without her.
Now Rich is asking (use the above link) for other sites that you think would be worthy of a mention, so let him know and I will be following it and keep KK readers updated.
NHL Network profiles players who helped revolutionize the sport of hockey. Catch tonight’s episode at 8:30 ET.
from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
Two years ago, (former) Philadelphia Flyer Steve Downie hit (former) Ottawa Senator Dean McAmmond with a viscious headshot as he circled the net. Downie left his feet, led with his elbow, and went for the head. He received, rightfully, a 20-game suspension.
Tuesday night, St. Louis Blues scrapper Cam Janssen hit Phoenix defenseman Zbynek Michalek with an equally vicious headshot in the exact same area. Janssen, a repeat offender, left his feet, led with his elbow, and went for the head. Janssen received a $2500 fine.
There are only two major differences between the two plays.
First, the Downie hit happened in Canada, the victim was a player on a Canadian team, and it was replayed endlessly, becoming a catalyst for the headshot debate. The Janssen hit happened in a Blues-Coyotes game. Nuff said.
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Listening to Susan Ashton, you get the impression that there’s a book in her somewhere.
Given that her husband Brent was traded eight times in his 14-year NHL career, you know she could write the definitive guide for hockey wives on how to deal with having your life turned upside down thanks to a phone call.
“It can be stressful, dealing with everything,” Susan Ashton replies when it’s suggested that hockey wives are the unsung heroes of the NHL’s trading marketplace. She obviously speaks from experience.
It has been a pretty slow news day so I am heading out for a relaxing dinner and will be unplugged from any hockey news until 7:30pm or so.
Feel free to bring up any hockey topics in the comments if it so pleases you!
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
Among the things I don’t like about covering the NHL are the minimal standards for vetting trade rumors before they’re tossed out into print, on the air or into cyberspace.
It has been like that since I can remember, and relatively speaking seems worse compared to other sports, even in reputable journalism circles.
For some reason, “sources” in hockey newspaper coverage range from agents, general managers and other team officials (even if they had axes to grind) to the assistant trainer, a player’s wife’s hairdresser, a Ouija board or a dartboard.
And in this age, thanks to the Internet and, in some cases, to reputable print and broadcast journalism’s unfortunate willingness to abdicate its position of higher-standard authority, the standards have gotten even lower.
Hey, toss anything out and see what sticks!
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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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