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NHL Awards Coming to Las Vegas

NEW YORK (March 13, 2009) – The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced that its annual awards celebration will take place in Las Vegas June 18 and will serve as the inaugural event of a three-year agreement with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). The 2009 NHL Awards, the first ever to originate from Las Vegas, will be broadcast live from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas on VERSUS in the United States and CBC in Canada.

“Las Vegas specializes in shining the spotlight on outstanding performers,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.  “Its innate energy offers an exciting setting for our celebration of excellence.”

This year’s event will bring together more players, celebrities, business partners and fans than ever and will provide more opportunities for all to participate in the celebration. Fans will be able to purchase tickets to attend the NHL Awards. Tickets to the 2009 NHL Awards will go on sale on Tuesday, March 24 at Ticketmaster.com and at the Pearl Concert Theater Box Office.

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Kessel Was Wanted

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In the years leading up to the 2006 entry draft, Phil Kessel was projected as a legitimate candidate to go No. 1 overall because of his breakaway speed and shifty moves. Gradually, over the course of that season, his stock dipped and he ended up sliding to fifth overall to the Boston Bruins. The Blues, one of the teams that passed him up (they took Erik Johnson first overall instead) tried to remedy that at the deadline, but couldn’t coax the Bruins to part with him in a package for Keith Tkachuk and David Perron. Anaheim also made a pitch for Kessel, but was turned down as well.

After adding Steve Montador in a deadline deal with the Ducks, the Bruins now boast five ex-Flames in their line-up: Stephane Yelle, Chuck Kobasew and Andrew Ference, all of whom played on Calgary’s 2004 Stanley Cup finalist team, plus Marc Savard, Jarome Iginla’s ex-centre.

many more hockey notes plus a feature on Martin Brodeur…

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‘The Embalmer’ Passes Away

from Greatest Hockey Legends,

Sad news to pass along your way tonight: New York Ranger Alf Pike has died at the age of 1991.

Alf Pike has one of the game’s all time great nicknames: The Embalmer.

Pike did not earn his nickname by being one of the game’s great villains like you might expect. No, he came about his handle much more innocently and literally - he was a licensed mortician.

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Shick Surprised By Well-Wishes

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The text message was from an NHL general manager. Rob Shick’s cell phone had reached its limit in voice mails, and the team executive was frustrated he couldn’t leave one for the man affectionately known as “Shicker.”

“Fitting, right? One last profanity-laced message from a GM,” Shick, laughing, told ESPN.com this week. “But he was just joking. A lot of people reached out to me last weekend, and that was really nice. I wasn’t expecting it.”

No, the humble referee would have been just fine had his last NHL game on Saturday, the Wild-Kings tilt in Los Angeles, attracted no fanfare. But once word got around late last week that Shick was working his 1,321st and last NHL regular-season game, the phone calls came flooding in from players, coaches, officials and various hockey people.

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One Month to Go

From Pierre LeBrun at ESPN:

The NHL’s regular season wraps up exactly one month from today. The playoffs begin three days later.

“Everyone on our team will be really excited, maybe even more than last year,” Detroit Red Wings winger Daniel Cleary told ESPN.com. “Because we have something to prove. The Cup is still ours and we feel that it doesn’t belong to anybody else.”

Sixteen teams have a shot at Lord Stanley’s prize starting April 15. This week, ESPN.com spoke to the 10 teams we believe have the best shot at winning it all. In order of current standings:

Western Conference
1. San Jose Sharks:
The Sharks roared out of the gates this season and only recently finally showed signs of vulnerability. It might be because they can see the playoffs around the corner and want to get there now.

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Give Me Hockey - The On-Ice Kind

I wrote a few days ago at NHL.com that I was thankful the trade deadline was over and now we could focus on the game, the game that is played on the ice.

I don’t know about you, but enough fighting talk, headshots talk and Bettman taking on Laraque talk.

Enough salary cap questions for next year, enough Jagr and Radulov may return talk, enough of everything not related to the games being played on the ice.

All the other stuff can wait until a team captain raises the Stanley Cup over his head. 

It is time to turn our focus on the game that is played on the ice.  I have had enough of coaches battling with media, GM’s with their multiple opinions and all the other stories going on behind the glass.

Focus everyone, focus on the game- on the ice!

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Cheaper Tickets & More Fans May Help Economic Situation

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,

What everyone expects to happen then is that many teams will spend below the cap next season, so when they are negotiating contracts this summer, they will be negotiating deals based on internal budgets and not on the cap (which could be at $56 million.

It will be very interesting to see what happens.

I believe players should get whatever they can, and that owners shouldn’t spend money they don’t have. I also believe that NHL players will be plenty happy with reduced salaries when those salaries are still in the millions of dollars.

The key to all of this is the NHL teams have to lower ticket prices to get fans back in the building. If they do that, then I honestly believe everything will work out fine for owners, players and fans.

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The New Economic World

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Judging by comments made at Wednesday’s annual general managers’ meetings, there’s no question that there is a new world economic order coming to the NHL.

I don’t want to say that they’ve been in a Fool’s Paradise for the last three or four years in this new salary cap world, but in some ways that’s what it has been. The cap has gone from $39 million to almost $57 million. Whatever difficulties teams have had in terms of navigating around the cap have been negligible compared to what they’re going to face going forward….

A team like the Detroit Red Wings knows that they can’t sign Marian Hossa, Johan Franzen, Mikael Samuelsson and Jiri Hudler, so they’re going to have to make hard decisions and say goodbye to some of these players. There’s going to be some real pain and suffering for NHL teams as they try to build their clubs going forward.

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GM Meetings Conclude

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL’s general managers concluded their annual meeting here on Wednesday by passing one minor item and fretting about the economy.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, though, maintained the sunny outlook he has held all year about the league’s prospects in the recession.

Once again, he claimed the NHL will experience “five per cent real growth” next season but what lies beyond that is unknown.

At least some of the general managers, though, were considerably less optimistic, especially about the 2010-11 season.

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They Did Nothing

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

At the very least, the NHL general managers owed it to the game to take the issue of fighting seriously, not slough it off with some ridiculous proposed tweak to the current rules.

They could have done something about unnecessary fighting and did nothing.

They could have done something about helmets that fly off to easily — is there anything simpler than tightening a chin strap? — and did nothing.

They could have taken the NHL Players’ Association’s sensible suggestions for dealing with hits to the head … and did nothing.

Let us hope the NHLPA can still do this through the league’s competition committee, even if the GMs don’t like it.

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