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Following yesterday’s NHL’s September Board of Governors meeting yesterday in Toronto, Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly met with the media to answer questions. Among the topics discussed: the Alexander Radulov situation; the absence of an NHL-IIHF player transfer agreement; the North American economy and its possible impact on the NHL, and the possibility of expansion.
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from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
...despite the apparent fascination, expansion was not a topic on the agenda at the NHL board of governors meeting in Toronto yesterday.
“We like our 30 teams now and we don’t feel this an appropriate time to do it,” commissioner Gary Bettman said. “What the future may hold, I’m not prepared to predict, but it’s not on the agenda.”
When an appropriate time for expansion arrives, Bettman was asked, would the NHL first investigate Europe or North America.
“I know there has been a lot of speculation about going to Europe,” he said. “The fact is anything is possible. We don’t have plans yet or maybe never to put franchises on the continent. We think endeavours in Europe are important because 30 per cent of our players come from Europe, but our first priority is here in North America.”
more from the BOG meeting yesterday
2008-2009 CRITICAL DATES CALENDAR
(subject to change)
12 Opening Day of Rookie camp
16 Opening Day of NHL training camp for NYR, OTT, PIT, TB
19 Opening Day of NHL training camp
20 Pre-season schedule begins
23 Kraft Hockeyville Game, Roberval, QC (Buffalo Sabres vs. Montreal Canadiens)
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Now all this salary cap stuff is far too complex for you and me to digest in the next minute or so, but all you really need to know is this - Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Cam Barker are going to chew up a lot more of the Chicago Blackhawks’ cap space this year than they did last year.
With the disappearance of the bonus cushion, which allowed teams to overspend the cap by as much as 7.5 per cent, Kane, Toews and Barker alone will account for $9.3 million in hard salary cap space this season. That’s almost $7 million more than how it could have been accounted last season.
For all intents and purposes, Boston’s Phil Kessel goes from being an $850,000 salary cap hit for the Bruins to a hard $2.2 million hit.
from the CP via TSN,
Even though the U.S. economy has been hit hardest over the last year with the housing-market collapse, the NHL’s six Canadian franchises are also concerned about the affect the current economic situation could have on them.
‘‘The last couple of weeks - wow - it’s been killer,’’ said Edmonton Oilers president and CEO Patrick LaForge. ‘‘I think we’re all concerned. I can only speak for Edmonton but I can say that these are very interesting times, what the stock market is doing and the impact on our major clients, which are businesses.
‘‘I think we have to all be very mindful that these are tough times. The Canadian teams are not exempt.’‘
from Ron Kantowski of the Las Vegas Sun,
A report in today’s Sports Business Journal, citing inside sources, said Harrah’s will no longer partner arena developer AEG on a proposed 20,000-seat arena behind the Las Vegas strip.
The Journal said a group of investors including Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer, MGM Studios CEO Harry Sloan and Wall Street financier David Bonderman would instead partner AEG on the project that was announced in August, 2007….
According to the Sports Business Journal, NHL executives were concerned that if Harrah’s remained as a partner, the other strip properties might not want to support the $500 million project by purchasing suites and driving other business toward a casino rival.
From Craig Custance’s blog in the Sporting News,
It’s good to be back at the rink every day, and the prospects event in Traverse City, Michigan has been impressive. The turnout has been great, with the stands packed for all the games. Each team has played two games, and today was an off-day with practices. Here are some early impressions on the teams and players:
- Statistically, St. Louis’ Patrik Berglund is not having as dominant a tournament as he did last year when he led all scorers with ten points, but I saw him score a good-looking goal yesterday coming down the left wall and firing one past a Minnesota goalie. One scout said he’s going to be a star and his reach really is impressive.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The NHL’s board of governors convenes tomorrow here in Toronto. I’ll have the privilege of standing outside the meeting and trying to run after owners or team executives for a comment afterwards. Most of them will try to avoid us. It’s always a mad scramble.
We were able to get our hands on some details from tomorrow’s agenda:
1. There will obviously be an update on the ownership situation in Nashville, the league still reeling from the bank fraud charges laid on part-owner William “Boots” Del Biaggio III.
read on plus some Robert Lang talk…
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The latest pension court battle between the NHL and its players may look minor compared with the previous one, when the owners were caught with their hands in the till, but it will be a watershed moment for union boss Paul Kelly.
It is not important that he wins the fight, only that he is willing to wage it. By doing so, he should satisfy a small but influential group of his members who remain suspicious of anything that smacks of a cozy relationship with the NHL.
From Jason Kay at The Hockey News,
There are a handful of players – guys between the ages of 23 and 25 who’ve been in the league a few years and have had the opportunity to make a big splash – who have fallen short of expectations. It’s their time to show whether they’re going to enter an upper stratosphere or remain in the OK-range.
Here, in alphabetical order, are seven guys I’d like to see more from:
Kari Lehtonen, Atlanta, 24 (drafted second overall, 2002).
The Thrashers goalie was a two-time THN minor pro prospect of the year. His career goals-against average is a middling 2.82 and he has yet to win a playoff game.
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