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Boots & Balsillie

From Allan Maki at the Globe & Mail (Friday edition),

William (Boots) Del Biaggio III, who would own as much as 49 per cent of the Predators if they are sold to a collection of mostly Nashville people, spoke glowingly of one of his recently added partners, Windsor-born Doug Bergeron, then added: “I don’t mind telling The Globe and Mail I’m very excited to have a Canadian billionaire as part of my group. It’s refreshing to have someone who respects the NHL, respects the process and the tradition of the NHL.”

That comment was aimed squarely at Balsillie, who had offered more than $220-million (all currency U.S.) for the Predators, only to upset the NHL by accepting season-ticket deposits in Hamilton, where he had hoped to take the team.

more…

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Following The Code

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Recently we’ve seen examples of hockey’s citizens circumventing The Code. Alexei Kovalev criticizes his coach. Markus Naslund criticizes his coach. Alain Vigneault criticizes his player. Again, the list goes on.

The truth is The Code is broken all the time. And guess what? Nothing happened. The sky didn’t fall. The sun rose the next day. Jesus didn’t appear.

But what you need to realize – what we all need to realize – is that The Code is essentially a thinly-veiled attempt at cerebral segregation. It’s tantamount to special handshakes in secret clubs.

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October Stars

NEW YORK (November 1, 2007)—Detroit Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire and Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for October.

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Top Fighters

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

5. D.J. King
Blues
Height, weight: 6-3, 230
Scouting report: Considered one of the game’s top up-and-coming fighters.

read on for the other four…

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“Changing” Lines

from the Mercury News,

Why don’t NHL coaches give forward lines more time to jell? Why can’t coaches be more patient?

“Patience,” Detroit Coach Mike Babcock said, “is an interesting thing. My mother had lots and I have none.”

“In a perfect world,” Dallas Coach Dave Tippett said, “you could just put your lines together and everybody does their job and it just flows right and you win all the time. That’s a perfect world, that’s not reality.”

more (may req. reg.)

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Tampa Sale Appears to be Ahead of Schedule

From Eduardo A. Encina at the St. Petersburg Times,

After meeting with him Wednesday in New York, Lightning team president Ron Campbell said NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told him the sale of the team appears ahead of schedule.

Campbell attended Wednesday’s game in New Jersey to take in the Devils’ new $375-million arena, the Prudential Center.

Earlier in the day, Campbell met with Bettman at the league offices and received an update on the sale of the team, the St. Pete Times Forum lease and 51/2 acres of adjoining land from Palace Sports & Entertainment to Absolute Hockey Enterprises. Campbell said he still anticipates the deal would be completed by the Dec. 31 deadline.

continued… (*plus other odds & ends on the Lightning)

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  Tags: gary+bettman, tampa+bay+lightning

Jewish Hockey Players

From Harvey Rosen at the Jewish Ledger,

North American minor-pro hockey leagues and other international circuits are teeming with swift and shifty skaters of diminutive stature. Their size, unfortunately, makes them decided underdogs to reach the pinnacle of the National Hockey League. In time, the cold reality of the ice game sets in and many pack their gear and head home to resume the next stage of their lives.

Los Angeles Kings’ winger Mike Cammalleri, despite being only 5’ 9” and weighing 180, was not to be deterred by mere measurements. The son of a Jewish mother, Adele Gelbard, drafted in 2001 in the second round (49th overall), just kept on producing regardless of the level at which he played.

continued… (*includes a look at numerous accomplished Jewish players in the NHL)

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The “One-Armed Bandit”

from the Windsor Star,

Budd Lynch feels like he’s been the kid peeking through the knothole in the outfield fence watching some of the greatest events and people of the past seven decades unfold.

In his biography, My Life, From Normandy to Hockeytown, Lynch tells a tale that starts with his humble beginnings in Windsor and makes a stop on the beaches of Normandy before touching on his work with bandleader Glenn Miller, broadcaster Mel Allen along with his own broadcasting career with the Detroit Red Wings that earned him induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985.

continued

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48 Years Ago Tomorrow

from NHL.com,

At approximately 7:10 p.m. on Nov. 1, 1959, ‘just another game’ turned into one of the landmark moments in NHL history.

The streaking, first-place Montreal Canadiens (8-2-3) were playing the struggling New York Rangers (2-7-2) at Madison Square Garden.  All-Star Jacques Plante, in goal for the Canadiens, was struck in the face with a shot by Rangers forward Andy Bathgate at 3:06 of the first period.

Stan Fischler, who was covering the contest for The Hockey News and The New York Journal-American vividly remembers the play:

continued with two great, old-time pictures…

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Trying To Talk Hockey

Two guys from two.one.five Magazine get together to discuss what is wrong with the NHL…

Piers: Still, my question remains: What happened to all the fans the NHL used to have? At one time, it was right up there with hoops—remember the ‘80s?—below MLB and the NFL, but not by terribly much. Now, the only TV contract they can get is with an obscure cable channel known for showcasing outdoor fringe sports. Where’s the disconnect? Was this just from the strike?

Scott: The Strike, sure. And the evolution of the competition, the NBA in particular.

read on if you wish, but geez guys, the strike?  HA!

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