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from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,
Let’s revisit Cannonball Pitre, the first man to sign a playing contract with the Canadiens, and that first historic game that changed Montreal forever.
read on and some great, old-time pictures…
What a wonderful piece by Mr. Stubbs. Makes you want to put on one of those heavy wool sweaters and find a pond to skate on.
from STATS NHL Blog,
How big were Buffalo’s offseason losses? If we isolate all players who changed teams and scored either 15 goals or 30 points in 2006-07, the Sabres lost more goals and points than all other teams. The totals reflect not only goals and points lost from a year ago, but those gained by new acquisitions with 15 goals or 30 points last season.
The Sabres lost a total of 73 goals and 172 points without adding a single player who netted 15 goals or 30 points a year ago. At least the Islanders signed a few players to make up for most of their lost production, including Bill Guerin, Mike Comrie, Jon Sim and Ruslan Fedotenko.
If you are an “old schooler” like me, you will really enjoy the following video clip.
Younger hockey fans should watch too, a quick glimpse at hockey’s past greats!
thanks to Empty Netters for the pointer…
For those of us who’ve been laughed at as “conspiracy theorists” and league-critical cynics of a Larry Brooks-like pedigree, Saturday was our Groundhog Day.
As in, we got to peek out of our little bunkers, point at our long shadows, and say, “We told you so.”
We told you that the lockout was about franchise equity, and the concept that a franchise’s bank value would increase exponentially when viewed as an entity with “cost certainty”—theoretically capped costs in terms of salary expenditures, directly tied to league-wide revenues, which effectively renders whether an individual team makes or loses money at the gate, in terms of ticket sales-vs.-expenditures, irrelevant.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Faithful reader Jim Burrows believes the NHL is missing out on a huge marketing/branding opportunity.
Burrows wonders why the league doesn’t mandate the use of team logos on player helmets, making them as much a part of the uniform - and, more important, team identity - as they are in football.
“Can you imagine where the NFL would be if they had taken the same approach?” said Burrows. “Imagine the Colts playing away [games] with a blue helmet! The helmet is central to the brand in football.”
more plus Kevin’s weekly tour around the NHL and a good feature on Blues goaltender Hannu Toivonen.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
“I think it’s a very viable location,” Buffalo-based Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs told the Boston Globe. “I think the league would be interested if the time came when it made itself available.”
Early estimates suggest expansion costs, which were $80 million a few years ago, could soar to $250 million or more. The money would be distributed among the 30 teams, minus the 54 percent for the players, not a bad take. Bettman doesn’t see the gambling issue as a major obstacle because hockey makes up such a small percentage of bets.
“We’re small potatoes on the sports book,” Bettman told reporters in Florida. “If we were going to Vegas, we would have to focus on that issue. But I don’t think it’s nearly the issue for us as it may be for [another league].”
read on plus much more NHL talk…
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
One GM on the lack of trades: “Nobody makes them anymore. You’ve got to give up cash to get rid of cash and it’s usually not worth the risk. I talk, and talk, and talk, and it usually leads nowhere.”
more... at least you can read about all the trade talk…
From Aaron Portzline at the Columbus Dispatch,
Warning: Once you’ve read this and studied all the numbers, the rest of the NHL’s regular season will be a mere formality. The Stanley Cup playoffs, too, for that matter.
The Portzline Evaluation Formula was dreamed up nearly three years ago in the hallucinating cold of Edmonton and fine-tuned this summer in Toronto with the help of a sudsy friend named Alexander Keith.
It is a gloriously subjective and simple way to evaluate each of the 30 NHL teams and, thus, predict how the 2007-08 season will play out.
We’re publishing it now (yes, it’s copyrighted) so we can say ‘We told you so’ next June … when the Detroit Red Wings beat the Ottawa Senators in the Stanley Cup Finals.
note 1:22pm, I missed my morning coffee earlier today and forgot to note this was from a tele-conference Campbell did yesterday.
Q. So often in these things we hear about repeat offender things, that each suspension thereafter is harsher. Now we’ve had two against a team in a short period of time. Is there any provision where teams can now be held responsible for their players’ actions as well?
COLIN CAMPBELL: There’s nothing formal that holds a team responsible. I guess if you really look at the issues they have to deal with, their roster situation, they have to deal with paying the player and with other aspects that come with losing two players that they’re paying. But there’s nothing formal that punishes the team for the number of players who are suspended.
from Rick Wethead of the Toronto Star
During Saskin’s tenure at the union, emails reveal that NHL chief legal officer and deputy commissioner Bill Daly passed on to Saskin several suggestions about which players and union staff might be conspiring against him. Other emails reveal Saskin had become especially close to Daly and Gary Bettman after his hiring.
In advance of a meeting in Russia in autumn 2006, Saskin emailed the NHL commissioner: “Looks like Bill is getting the Moscow trip in September; I may send Chelios.”
In a response the same day Bettman deadpanned: “With a one-way ticket (cc not bd)?”
read on... getting ugly again folks…
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