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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Fighting is up in the NHL, and the man who made a significant contribution to the trend, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke, is not apologizing for it.
“I believe fighting has always been an important part of our game,” Burke said. “Only hockey, boxing and martial arts have no out-of-bounds contact — an essential component of the game. We were in danger of losing our roots to the game.”...
For all the talk about the pros and cons of fighting, there is no disputing the fact that it tends to bring fans out of their seats.
When the suggestion that fans like fighting was made to commissioner Gary Bettman during his Western Canada swing last week, he answered simply, “They seem to.”
from Lightning Strikes,
Stephen Walkom, the NHL’s director of officiating, said the ruling that Lightning goaltender Mike Smith deliberately threw his stick to disrupt Milan Hejduk’s shootout attempt on Thursday was the correct call.
“It was a very tough call. It was a gutsy call. It was a call that was made in an instant, and I support the call,” Walkom said.
Walkom said the referees did it right by conferring amongst themselves to try to get the call correct. As for perhaps in the future expanding video replay to include such situations, Walkom said no because, “Where does it stop. It’s a judgment call. You can watch this play 1,000 times, and the only thing you can say is the decision that was made you need to support.
In case you didn’t not see the disputed call, you can see it here.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
“I’m terrified of giving away product,” said Mike Veeck, who owns and promotes six minor-league baseball franchises and is the son of the first promotional genius in that sport, the late Bill Veeck.
“If people are cutting prices, then maybe something is wrong with their original pricing structure,” Veeck said. “Fans get used to paying your discount in about 12 seconds. Then that becomes the norm and you have to pay tremendously to get them back.”
Hockey clubs need to emphasize service rather than slash prices, says David Carter, the executive director of the University of Southern California’s Sports Business Institute.
“It’s like the debate of whether people should pay for content on the Internet,” Carter said. “Once you release it for free, you can’t persuade anyone to pay.
from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
• Our Florida source insists that the steadily improving Panthers will not deal Jay Bouwmeester, although the dandy D-man becomes an unrestricted free agent, July 1.
• Before NHL owners meet again at the All-Star break, they will have a more lucid idea of which franchises really are for sale. In the meantime there’s the issue of Jim Balsillie and whether the billionaire hockey nut ever would be welcome within Bettman, Inc. If the pendulum swings from “nay” to “aye,” bet that JB will swoop in on one of the have-not clubs. What’s important to remember here is that the NHL. recently instituted a new rule that teams “notify the league when they begin a sales procedure.”
more hockey talk…
Trevor Linden will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman. Linden, of course, just had his number 16 retired and hung from the rafters in a pre-game ceremony last night honoring the longtime former captain.
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Watch (15 minute delay) as the Winter Classic rink gets built at Wrigley Field.
update 11:50am, Well, I just took a look at the webcast, and now getting a message ‘this video cannot be embedded in websites.” Then why did they give us an embed code is my question.
I am going to leave it up for a bit, just in case they decide to change their minds. In the meantime, you can watch it here.
update 7:52pm, the embedded video is working again, so you can view it here on KK.
New York (December 16, 2008) – Sidney Crosby has won a Hart Trophy and an Art Ross Trophy. He has won a Winter Classic with a shootout goal and captained his team to a Stanley Cup Final. Now, he is threatening to break Jaromir Jagr’s all-time record for the most votes received in one year of NHL All-Star fan balloting.
As of 7 a.m. today, Crosby and Pittsburgh Penguins teammate Evgeni Malkin were running 1-2 among Eastern Conference forwards in the XM NHL® All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports that will select the starting lineups for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game Jan. 25 in Montreal. With a little more than two weeks remaining until voting ends Jan. 2, Crosby had received a League-high 793,995 votes – with Malkin in hot pursuit with 715,663.
My NHL.com submission for this week…
There are gifts to buy, errands to run and I should get outside just for the sake of getting outside, but ... I will do it tomorrow.
I have fallen into the hockey trap and I can’t get out of it. I eat, breathe and think hockey 24/7. Morning noon and night, it is just hockey, hockey and more hockey.
from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netter,
As anyone who has read EN for any length of time will tell you, hockey jerseys are something we are extremely passionate about. From our endless resistance to Reebok’s reign of terror to just general faux pas by the general public, we take the business of wearing a jersey very seriously. Perhaps too seriously.
So with that in mind, we’ve decided to let you in on our little system of values when it comes to hockey jerseys. We call violations of this system “jersey fouls.” A few of you have asked what exactly a jersey foul is while many of you have asked for clarifications to this system. Hopefully today’s post will answer all these questions.
With no further ado, here is the Jersey Foul Bill of Rights:
1.) Getting Personal
Easily the most common of jersey fouls, a personalized jersey is a blight on humanity. No one cares who you are.
from Sean Pronger at the Hockey News,
I’m sure most of you have seen the headlines about Jason Blake, Dustin Penner and Brendan Morrison (to name a few) who have been healthy scratches in the past couple of months. I know it’s especially hard on these guys because at this point in their careers they figure this part of the game is behind them.
Not so, my friend. I can tell you from experience - lots of it - that getting scratched sucks. And not just the mental effects it has on a player, but the logistics of it.
Being a healthy scratch for a home game is a little easier because you can usually find a place to hide. You prefer not to see anyone, you don’t want anyone seeing you and you certainly don’t want to have to answer the question, “Why aren’t you playing tonight?”
This is about the time I fake a limp and tell them, “Tweaked my knee in the last game,” and they’re thinking to themselves, “How do you tweak your knee on the bench?” Oh, it can happen….
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