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from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via the Globe and Mail,
The NHL owners have a busy agenda as they gather this week in picturesque Pebble Beach, Calif., but they’ll still find time to squeeze in a little golf.
The annual two-day board of governors meeting, the most important of the year, goes Thursday and Friday and should finally bring about a new format for the NHL schedule. It means that every team will play one another starting next season.
“There’s quite a large sentiment for change,” said Edmonton Oilers president and CEO Patrick LaForge.
read on for the main agenda…
“I believe that under the current system that all our markets can support their clubs. Contraction isn’t something we have any interest in,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said at the Reuters Media Summit in New York. He also said the league was not in any kind of expansion process.
added 12:58pm, from NHL.com,
The National Hockey League (NHL) and XM Satellite Radio today announced a new weekly live satellite radio show titled NHL Hour which will be hosted by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and a rotation of League executives. The show will debut Tuesday, November 27 at 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST on NHL Home Ice (XM Channel 204) and NHL.com. On December 6, NHL Hour will begin airing every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST.
Gary Bettman was also on Fox Business News yesterday- Watch the video…
from the Toronto Sun,
As the league’s big shots gather on the picturesque Monterey Peninsula, an alteration in the NHL schedule will be first and foremost on the agenda.
The format expected to get proposed would see teams play their four division rivals six times each (24 total games); the other 10 teams in their conference four times each (40 total games); and the 15 teams in the other conference each once (15 total games), adding up to a total of 79 games.
The other three games are believed to be wild-card tilts against teams in the other conference, thereby completing the 82-game sked.
more * And I do hope the schedule is changed and doesn’t get turned down by some hardliners in the East.
from the New York Times,
In the time before television and computers that can replay, magnify and freeze frame questionable goals, goal umpires stood on the ice or on a nearby snowbank, the hockey historian J. W. Fitzell said.
“It was a hazardous trade,” Fitzell said in a telephone interview from his home in Kingston, Ontario.
Besides the risk of standing in the middle of the action, goal umpires were often chosen from the home crowd and were often threatened by visiting players after a questionable goal. Often, they were replaced in the middle of a game.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In the end, the league asked each general manager to submit his team’s position on the proposal. If the results of the straw poll show an overwhelming support for the Burke initiative, then the matter might go forward.
“It was discussed and the league has asked each of the managers to get back to them on their position on the issue,” said Jay Feaster, GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning. “I would anticipate that once that happens, there’ll be a more in-depth discussion in February.”
more GM talk…
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Brian Burke has a bee in his bonnet. Two of them, actually, and it may surprise you to know that neither has anything to do with Kevin Lowe.
So the Anaheim Ducks’ general manager has requested the NHL hold a conference call with all 30 NHL GMs today at 12 noon (EST) and the league has agreed to stage it.
Two topics are up for discussion.
One is the issue of whether GMs should be able to trade “salary” when they trade players, which is currently against the rules in the new CBA.
The other is the mega-suspensions recently given to Steve Downie (20 games) and Jesse Boulerice (25 games) and whether NHL GMs ever signed off on or were fully apprised of a new standard for supplementary discipline.
Philadelphia Flyers center Daniel Briere, Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov and Dallas Stars goaltender Mike Smith have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending November 25.
continued… with video available featuring each player’s highlights
From Carter Gaddis at The Tampa Tribune,
It’s alive. The ice, that is. Not in the biological, breathing-in-and-out sense that defines much of the life on this planet.
But to Tim Friedenberger, it often seems as if the massive sheet of frozen water at the St. Pete Times Forum has a mind of its own. And if it can think…
“It is alive,” said Friedenberger, the Forum’s vice president of facility operations. “It’s a living thing. I’d say every facility, the ice has a personality.”
Like any living thing, a sheet of ice has its good days and bad. A unique facet of the NHL is how vulnerable the aesthetics of the game itself can be to the vagaries of the playing surface.
from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,
I’m guessing the NHL will take a dim view of this series, what with the extramarital sex and drug use. A trailer that has appeared on YouTube depicts a veteran player snorting a line of cocaine. Actress Kristin Booth confirmed there is an edginess to the scripts but did it while praising the CBC for taking a chance on the independent, shot-on-film production by Toronto’s Screen Door Studio.
“There’s a lot of sex, a lot of scandal, a lot of drugs. It’s pretty racy,” she told reporters in Toronto last week….
“This is the first I’ve heard of it. Based on your description, I would think the NHL will be very unhappy about it,” said Oilers GM Kevin Lowe
I received numerous emails over the last few days asking why I wasn’t reporting the “Selanne to play in Sweden” story. My response was I didn’t believe it was true…
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
Several reports out of Sweden recently suggested Selanne was close to signing with Leksand, the current team of former NHL goaltender Ed Belfour.
“I know nothing about this,” agent Don Baizley told the thehockeynews.com. “I haven’t spoken with Teemu in 2-3 weeks and I find it hard to believe this would be true.”
more NHL talk from Ken…
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