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Hockey Is A Game For Everyone

February is Hockey is for Everyone Month as the NHL recognizes the diversity of players and fans.

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Islanders Deserve Some Of The Revenue Sharing Pie

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

...because NHL owners couldn’t bear the prospect of giving a portion of their revenue-share money to the Blackhawks back in 2005 when Bill Wirtz was doing his very best to drive his historic franchise into the ground, they concocted a clause in the CBA that prohibits teams in television markets with more than 2.5 million homes from eligibility to participate in Bettman’s socialism.

It is a clause that disqualifies the Islanders, even though they are about as big-market as Edmonton, and far more needy. It’s a clause that discriminates against the Islanders, even though they are as much in need of aid as the Coyotes, who are receiving advances from the NHL even while employing the top-paid coach in the league.

more and a few more hockey topics too…

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Saturday Hockey Talk

Today, check out the Inside Hockey Radio Show with hosts James Murphy and Todd Carroll and their guests:  Brad Park (NHL Hall of Famer), Derek Wills (Hamilton Bulldogs play-by-play), Jeremiah and Josh Gordon (World Outdoor Hockey Championships), Bob Snow (NHL.com) w/the Campus Buzz brought to you by Suffolk University, Mark Hughes (Easton Hockey), and Conor McKenna (Team 990).

The show is on the air from 2-4pm ET on NHL Hockey Ice XM 204, on TEAM 990 and also now on YouCastr.com.  You can call in at 1-877-645-6696 or email radio@insidehockey.com.

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World According to Cherry

From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News:

Sid the Kid needs to chill out: Cherry believes Sidney Crosby has trouble pacing himself on the ice, in the same way Bobby Orr did. “He will not back down and that’s how he gets hurt and he’s breaking down,” Cherry said. “That’s why he’s tired now, he just can’t keep that pace. John Tavares will play in the NHL for 20 years because he knows how to pace himself.”

Ovie has a license to kill:
True, he’s the most dynamic player in the league, but Alex Ovechkin also has a tendency to hit from behind every once in a while and throws his body around more than any other star. Cherry believes this is because there’s no accountability…

read on for more Cherry-isms. 

The complete content of their interview is only available in the THN magazine at news stands or online. Individual digital copies or subscriptions are available by discount through Zinio.

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  Tags: don+cherry

All-Star Suggestions

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

Two things happen every year at the All-Star Game.

The players get better. The event gets worse.

Next year, hockey fans get a break. There will be no All-Star Game because it’s an Olympic year, so the stars will be gathering in Vancouver instead.

But what should be done about the 2011 All-Star Game — if there is one — which is scheduled to take place in Phoenix?

First of all, let’s use the two-year window to study the situation and get some suggestions. Involve the hockey people, not just the marketing people and the lawyers. And although this may seem like a horrific suggestion to commissioner Gary Bettman and his friends, involve the fans.

continued

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No NHL This Season For Forsberg

Peter Forsberg says if he plays this season, it will be in Sweden this year.

Read about in an AP story via Sports Illustrated.

Sportbladet in Sweden has a story too and here is a google translation.

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A Look At Ticket Prices

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

Since the last time I wrote about NHL ticket prices, the North American economies have become so battered that if this were happening on the ice, the linesmen would have jumped in long ago.

More than ever, I’m convinced that regardless of how the NHL attempts to spin and manipulate the numbers, the league botched the chance coming out of the lockout, and beyond, to address more aggressively the issue of affordability.

And as the crisis continues on both sides of the border, the NHL is going to pay for that lack of foresight, especially in the U.S. markets. It’s going to pay for it in virtually all of those markets, both “troubled” and more traditionally supportive.

continued

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The NHL Hour:  Guest Hosts, Colin Campbell & Mike Murphy

NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Cambell and NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy will guest host today’s edition of NHL Hour.  Gary Bettman will return next week.

The show is on from 4-5 p.m. ET on XM Satellite Radio (204) and Sirius (208).

You can also listen live online at the NHL Network Online once the show starts.

* While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments to this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com
**Archived shows available for download via podcast on NHL.com.

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  Tags: colin+campbell, media, mike+murphy, nhl+hour

Cap The Contracts

from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

Ask a National Hockey League general manager to draft any three players from across the league, and it’s not impossible that the three names that come out would be Alexander Ovechkin, Vinny Lecavalier, and Henrik Zetterberg. Sure, Roberto Luongo or Sidney Crosby or Luke Schenn could jump in there - this last possibility is assuming the GM in question only listens to talk radio in Toronto, and then only in the first month of the season - but any GM would be thrilled to sign those first three players to a lot of dollars and for plenty of years.

But at some point there should be limits. That is not to directly criticize the 12-year, US$73-million deal Zetterberg signed Wednesday with the Detroit Red Wings. The deal’s average cap hit is just US$6-million, Red Wings GM Ken Holland is among the game’s smartest men, and Zetterberg, 28, is the epitome of the team-oriented star. This is probably a laudable move.

But even if it is, it doesn’t mean it should be allowed.

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Dark Horses Race to the Playoffs

From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News,

If there’s a dark horse team hoping to hoist the Stanley Cup this summer, they’re obviously going to have to go through at least one of the division leaders along the way, so wins against those penthouse franchises are paramount; after all, the easiest way to prove you can do something is by doing it.

With that in mind, here are the teams who can put The Fear into a favorite in the post-season:

BUFFALO (six wins against division leaders)
The Sabres have a balanced attack, good goaltending and a veteran defense. They’ve also beaten every Eastern Conference division leader at least once already, including Boston three times.

read on for more dark horses

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