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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Given the coverage the issue has received, it seemed fitting that NBC’s first Sunday of the NHL regular season would feature a fight.
The battle in this case, however, wasn’t on the ice.
It was in the studio where commentators Pierre McGuire and Mike Milbury traded verbal blows over the pros and cons of fisticuffs, with Milbury ending it by giving McGuire a sharp slap to the chest.
“Keep your head up,” he said.
“I always keep my head up,” replied McGuire.
It was heated, but for the Canadian audience, there wasn’t much new presented in the debate,...
continued and not just for the Canadian audience Mr. Houston, hockey fans world wide have been following the fighting debate…
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
We fully understand why most hockey fans’ eyes glaze over whenever we update them on labor issues in the NHL. But this little bit of news, we believe, will grab some attention.
We’ve been told the NHL Players’ Association will hold a conference call with the players’ executive board (30 player reps) on Thursday night in which the group will ultimately decided whether or not to opt out of the current collective-bargaining agreement. (The players’ union, as per terms of the CBA, has the right to opt out after the fourth season of the deal, which is this season).
If the answer is yes to opt out, who knows if there’ll be hockey next season. If the answer is no, then it’s at least two more years with the current CBA and labor peace.
continued with more hockey topics… If you watched the Hot Stove on HNIC last night, you heard most of the additional topics…
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
The players, said union boss Paul Kelly, remain eager to work with league officials on adding penalties for those who target opponents’ heads with checks. “The trick is to do that without reducing the amount of contact that is part of what makes this such a great sport,” he said.
The five players on the Competition Committee: Jason Spezza, Mathieu Schneider, Brian Campbell, Jeff Halpern, and Ryan Miller. To sum up their dislikes: 1. whistles (needless stops in play) and 2. defensive, trapping hockey. Sounds like a group that gets it.
more hockey notes…
Paul Kelly talked with Ron MacLean last night on numerous topics. Watch the ten minute interview below…
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The NHL will continue to send teams to Europe to kick off its regular season, and the world’s best players will meet in the 2011 World Cup of Hockey after the league and players’ association reached a compromise on how revenues from those international efforts will be divvied up, ESPN.com has learned.
Those international events—important to the league’s efforts to increase a worldwide presence and generate revenue—were in jeopardy as the two sides could not agree on how the players’ union was going to be able to use the money it receives for taking part.
A handshake agreement between the two sides has been reached, however, and barring some dramatic turn of events, the NHL will send six teams to three European cities to kick off the 2009-2010 season.
Today, check out the Inside Hockey Radio Show with hosts James Murphy and Todd Carroll and their guests: Greg Wyshynski (Puck Daddy, Yahoo! Sports), Damian Cristodero (St. Petersburg Times), Bob Snow (NHL.com) and former NHL enforcer Jim Cummins.
Live from Wayne Gretzky’s
After Inside Hockey, at 4pm ET you can tune into Live From Wayne Gretzky’s. This week, hosts Rod Black and Bob McGill talk to Steve Mason (Columbus Blue Jackets), John Stevens (Flyers Head Coach), Phil Esposito, Tom Renney (Rangers Head Coach) and Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Blackhawks’ 2008-09 slogan is, “One Goal.”
Perhaps that should be amended to include, “Plus Two Referees.”
Look, the Rangers New York Rangers have brought a lot of adversity on themselves this season, but the mindless, bush-league exhibition here last night by officials Mike Hasenfratz and Dean Morton was impossible to assimilate. The referees somehow saw their way to awarding Chicago five distinct five-on-three power play advantages amounting to 5:15 of time.
“I haven’t seen anything like this in my 15 years in the league,” Markus Naslund said after the Rangers somehow surmounted it all to register a 3-2 victory…
added 10:15am, Tom Renney wasn’t too happy either, watch below…
“Who cares about the other guy? Let him hit his hand. Better he hurt his hand than hurt my head.”
-Bob Probert on keeping his helmet on during a fight, via the Chatam Daily News.
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
Because of the salary cap that Bettman imposed, the Lightning and Senators are toast for years to come. How is that good for the fans? More important, how is that good for the National Hockey League?
And there’s no guarantee that these two teams are the only ones that will be adversely affected. They’re just the first. The Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers, among others, could soon find themselves in the same boat.
The problem? Once your team stops producing despite high-priced players, you’re doomed. There’s no way out of it.
NEW YORK, NY (January 15, 2009) – Beginning Thursday, Jan. 22, through Sunday, Jan. 25, NHL Network will be on location at the 2009 NHL® All-Star Celebration in Montreal to provide viewers with 15 hours of live HD* coverage from the star-studded event. NHL Network’s Brian Duff and Gary Green and contributors Dave Strader and Joe Micheletti will bring viewers inside the festivities with interviews featuring NHL players and coaches, live broadcasts from the All-Star practices and expert analysis.
via WTIC Radio,
Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez is continuing to push for a National Hockey League team in Hartford. Today he updated NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on the status of the city’s plans for a new arena and the continuing interest in a future NHL franchise.
Perez says, for his part, Bettman shared his thoughts on what would be needed for an NHL team to succeed. He says both sides agreed they should continue their talks.
added 4:58pm, from WTNH,
Perez goes on to state how he plans to keep the momentum going in Hartford?s renaissance. “We must be prepared in the next three to five years to implement a redevelopment plan for a new multi-use arena facility that serves the entire state not only as a world class venue for concerts, family shows and UCONN Basketball, but also as a potential home for a major league sports franchise,” Mayor Perez said. “In light of these difficult financial times, this effort will take a considerable amount of work and partnership between the city, state and corporate community to bring the plans for the development of a new facility to reality, but the benefits have the potential to be exponential.”
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