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From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:
I am tired of the summer lists: Best teams since July 1. Teams that still need help. Coaches on the hot seat.
I’ve had enough of the gossip: So and so was spotted at the coffee shop and was wearing an opposing team’s hat. This player is dating this celeb, or was spotted holding hands with a movie star/model/singer in Hawaii. I heard from a trusted source he is going to sign with…
The KHL attempts to buy-out the contract of Alexander Radulov, Bill Daly says the NHL will not even consider it in a story from the AP via the Globe and Mail.
Update 3:07pm ET: More from John Glennon at The Tennessean—
The NHL has no choice but to play hardball in the Alexander Radulov case, because of a couple of reasons.
First of all, one of its teams has taken a severe and unexpected hit, faced with the prospect of losing one of the more talented young forwards in the game. Second, the NHL has to fight precedent, because if Radulov is allowed to play in Russia this season, there’s no telling which young European star might next be tempted by a big offer while still under contract.
10 Columbus (Nationwide Arena) - Right about now, you’re probably thinking I’m being geographically challenged again, after all, how can an arena in Columbus make a top 10 list? Well, like I said earlier, it’s my list and my opinion and I like Columbus. I’ve only been there a couple of times, including the 2007 draft, but I just like the way it feels. It’s a bit different on the inside, which gives it a touch of uniqueness. [...]
Nationwide Arena might have ended up higher on my list had it not been for that ear piercing cannon used last year each time the Jackets scored a goal.
read on for a few unexpected choices
Sports Business Journal has pronounced the top 20 most influential sports agents working today and includes the ubiquitous Don Meehan in 13th spot—
Meehan, who started representing hockey players nearly 30 years ago, has dominated the NHL agent business for years. His Ontario-based firm represents more than 110 NHL players, including Nicklas Lidstrom, Jarome Iginla, Chris Pronger, Wade Redden, Henrik Lundqvist and Dion Phaneuf. This year, Meehan’s Newport Sports represented nine first-round draft selections, including five of the first six players taken. He also represented No. 1 overall pick Steven Stamkos. Meehan did, however, suffer a loss in the last two years, when superstar Alex Ovechkin fired him in late 2006.
Check out the rest of the list.
From Adam Schwartz at NHL.com,
Some of the best players in the NHL have suffered an embarrassing miscue. For instance, when Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall shot the puck into his own net in last season’s Stanley Cup Final. Yep, he’d like to have that one back.
Like Kronwall, Steven Stamkos, picked No. 1 at the 2008 Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning, has a story of televised misfortune.
read on for tales from Stamkos and other NHLers
from Evan Weiner at the NY Sun,
There is a scheduled meeting on September 4 in New York where representatives from the NHL, the KHL, and other ice hockey federations that is supposed to tackle issues such as the transfer agreements and the logistics of holding a hockey World Cup in 2012, but NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly isn’t so sure the league should be at the meeting.
“We are not certain we are going to go forward with the meeting at this point. Our position with the IIHF has been very clear. If the KHL doesn’t disqualify Alexander Radulov from playing in their league so he can abide to his contractual obligations to Nashville, we have no interest in meeting with them and or engaging in discussions over any broader cooperative relationship with them,” Daly told The New York Sun.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
A previously secret meeting in Italy on Wednesday between Gary Bettman and KHL president Alexander Medvedev not only failed to broker a resolution on Alexander Radulov’s contractual situation, but rather ended with the parties an ocean apart on a working agreement, The Post has learned….
When Bettman threatened legal action, Medvedev essentially invited the commissioner to present his case in Russian court, reminding the commissioner that the NHL success rate in the Russian legal system is equal to the zero-percent success rate of Russian hockey interests in the US court system.
from Jamie Fitzpatrick at Jamie’s Hockey Blog,
...But there is no greater stage. The Olympics are like a drug, hooking millions worldwide, drawing them to the television to watch pole vault, kayaking, synchronized diving, and other sports that only matter once every four years.
That’s not good enough for the NHL, where drama, spectacle, national pride and unprecedented TV audiences apparently don’t count for much. Reports persist that the league will pull out of Olympic hockey after the 2010 Winter Games.
It’s not as if hockey’s elite players have a busy international schedule.
Outside the Olympics, the last best-on-best tournament was the 2004 World Cup. There’s no word yet on another one.
Should the NHL participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics? Vote below…
from Tom Van Riper of Forbes,
How is an arena like an airplane? From a business standpoint, it’s all about putting butts in seats for the most money possible….
To see which sports arenas squeeze the most mileage out of each seat, we added up sports-generated revenue from gate receipts, concessions, luxury box sales, naming rights and other various arena sponsorship and advertising deals. (Most venues supplement their earnings with concerts and other events, which aren’t counted here.) Most luxury box, sponsorship and concession numbers were estimated based on the number of boxes and formulas offered by industry insiders who match them with attendance figures.
Not surprisingly, nine of the 10 most lucrative arenas are indoor basketball/hockey venues that seat between 18,000 and 21,000…
“The Russians have not been part of it for a number of years, and at this point, my sense is that they probably will recluse themselves from any transfer agreement that might be signed in the near term,” Kelly told The Hockey News in an interview that will appear in an upcoming magazine edition.
“On the other hand, I do think there is a strong interest on the part of most of the other federations – certainly, the Finns, the Swedes, the Czechs, the Slovaks, the Germans, the Canadians, the U.S. – to sign off on a new agreement.”
more from Paul Kelly from an article by Adam Proteau of the Hockey News
from Mike Craigen of the Knoxville News Sentenel,
Thought not much of a threat in the past and only being able to use “home” as a their largest recruiting tool, this new league can now compete and surpass the NHL with their salary offers and have already snatched up a very respectable list of former NHL players to pad their line-ups, including; Ray Emery, John Graham, Jaromir Jagr, Jozef Stumpel, Trevor Letowski, Marcel Hossa , Josef Vasicek & Alex Radulov from the Nashville Predators.
I think this new league is fantastic for hockey on a global standpoint. For too long now, the NHL has been running the show, changing the game, setting the bar and making many decisions for the future of hockey, virtually uncontested. Though the KHL is a long way from bringing themselves to the level of play exhibited in the NHL, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see more and more players foreign & domestic flee for the larger salaries in the future.
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