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From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,
Usually a pointless exercise, in the gridlocked NHL, except in the week of Scott Niedermayer’s return to the Anaheim Ducks, the team he helped to win the 2007 Stanley Cup. Before they can activate Niedermayer, the Ducks need to trade away a player signed to a contract through to the end of the 2008-09 earning around $900,000 to make the salary-cap numbers work. It would be easiest to move defenceman Mathieu Schneider, for a whole lot of reasons: First, Schneider was signed as Niedermayer’s replacement; with Niedermayer returning, the need to have him in the line-up is greatly reduced.
more… NHL talk, including Sid the Kid, Mark Recchi, etc.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
I’ve been exchanging emails with NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly all day and I was on the phone with an NHL executive for one hour, seventeen minutes and 14 seconds and I’m still no closer to deciphering the NHL’s “tagging” rules than I was before the exercise….
Let’s take, for example, Exhibit 50.5 (e) (iv) (C) (2), shall we? It explains part of the tagging rule this way:
“In order for a Club to sign (a player) to a multi-year SPC after Dec. 1 of a season, the Club must have Payroll Room equal to or in excess of the Averaged Amount of the Player Salary and Bonuses for the remainder of such season. If, however,...
read on, but that was enough for me…
from The Good, The Bad and The Duthie,
Turco’s job is to keep pucks out. But he also cares deeply about the game, and believes the league needs more pucks going in. Unlike many keepers who shriek in terror at the thought of more equipment shrinkage, Turco is open to the idea…As long as it is in the right places. And for him, that means those darn kneepads and flaps.
“The problem is a lot of the guys wear a pad under their socks, and then another one over their socks. So when they go down, they are several inches higher. Then you have these flaps which are like putting a board in front of the five-hole.”
He told the NHL’s Competition Committee in the summer that all this extra knee “protection” was excessive. Nothing came of it.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Crosby, it seems, has already provided some enduring moments in his short career, but when you watch the highlights these days, it’s other images which stand out. He’s trying to stickhandle through four defenders on the way to the net. Or he’s carrying a couple of backcheckers to the goalie. Or he’s operating in spaces tighter and more congested than the Tokyo subway during rush hour.
True, he still produces numbers. But the new NHL promised a game in which Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin and so many others could flourish.
Right now their going back on their word and that’s a problem because there’s a lot more than Crosby’s point totals at stake here
“When we say, ‘Go get him,’ we never look to actually hurt somebody,” said Lindsay, who earned the moniker “Terrible Ted” due to his physical play during a 17-year career spent mostly with the Detroit Red Wings….
On Thursday, Lindsay was not alone in suggesting comments Crawford may have made are being taken out of context.
“I say, ‘He must pay a price,’ every night when I do my broadcasts,” said Jim Fox, a former Kings player turned colour commentator. “‘Paying the price’ is part of any sports world.”
Former Canucks goalie and current Rogers Sportsnet analyst John Garrett said if Moore had not been hurt, then Crawford’s statements would not be painted so negatively.
From the CP,
Alcoholism probably kept Reggie Leach out of the Hockey Hall of Fame, and he’s determined to do whatever he can to help young people avoid the downward spiral in which he became trapped.
He was one of the first big-time First Nations hockey stars. A right-winger, he helped the Philadelphia Flyers win the Stanley Cup in 1975. He scored 61 goals in 1975-76 and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP after scoring 19 post-season goals. The Flyers were swept by the Montreal Canadiens in the final.
His big-league career would have lasted more than the 14 years that it did had he taken better care of himself.
“I screwed up royally,” he said Thursday from his Delaware residence. “I pretty well accomplished everything I wanted to do except I didn’t make it into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
From Dave Pollard at Hockey.com,
Well, even goonery is going global these days. Although most of the league’s tough guys still hail from the frozen North, I’ve noticed a few Europeans creeping into the fistic fraternity.
Chicago’s David Koci calls Prague, not Prince George, home. Raitis Ivanans hails from Riga, not Red Deer. Boston’s man-mountain, Zdeno Chara, grew up, way up, in Trencin, not Thompson.
What do you think of that, Don Cherry?
Geez, I think I saw his tartan jacket just blanch.
From David Amber at ESPN,
We all know about the storied rivalry between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens. The “Battle of Alberta,” the Islanders vs. the Rangers and Detroit vs. Colorado are clashes that will always hold a special place in our hearts. But with new teams, new players and new story lines, we have some fresh rivalries ready to hit a boiling point. [...]
5. Chicago vs. Detroit
Superman had kryptonite, Seinfeld had Newman and the Detroit Red Wings apparently have the Chicago Blackhawks. Of all the possible Original Six matchups, this is the most improbable of rivalries. Since the last time the Hawks won a playoff series in 1996, the Wings have won three Stanley Cups and seven Central Division titles. But, this season, a rivalry has been revived out of what has recently been a mockery.
read on… for the rest of Amber’s top 10 new rivalries, between players and teams
from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,
Even the most legendary NHL careers had their start on the pond.
Outdoor hockey, it seems, is the one unifying force that intersects the careers of virtually anyone that has played the game at an elite level.
The frozen pond—a welcoming vision for anyone that loves the game, no matter their skill level—has, for time immortal, served as the training ground for great players before they entered the more structured world of organized hockey.
From Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,
What comes as a shock to long-time observers, however, is that now the NHL Players’ Association wants to get involved, and not necessarily to fight off the suspensions that were handed down by Colin Campbell, the NHL’s Director of Hockey Operations, as well as the perceived threat of additional suspensions that were hinted at by Commissioner Gary Bettman and his deputy, Bill Daly.
Paul Kelly, who barely has found a chair that fits him as the NHLPA’s new executive director said recently that he’s “concerned” about the number of suspensions the Flyers have been given since the start of the season and that not only should the league take a tougher stance, but that his organization should “have a voice in the process.”
Given that he’s not dead, it would be wrong to say that former NHLPA boss Bob Goodenow is spinning in his grave over that one, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility that Kelly’s statement made his head turn. Criticism of Goodenow within and outside the PA often centered on how he handled on-ice or player-on-player violence. The perception (Goodenow argued it was unfair) was that the PA was quick to come to the defense of any perpetrator, but did next to nothing to protect the health, safety and long-term welfare of the player who was unduly or unfairly assaulted.
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