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From CBC Sports,
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told a U.S. House subcommittee on Wednesday that hockey is not plagued by steroid use among its players.
Bettman joined his major-league counterparts — baseball commissioner Bud Selig, NBA commissioner David Stern and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell — in Washington where he testified that only one player has tested positive for steroid use in the 2½ years since the NHL resumed play after the 2004-05 lockout.
“As a historical matter, the many years that NHL players have been tested in international competition, as well as recent testing under our program, suggests that performance-enhancing drugs had never been part of the culture of the NHL…”
If you get a chance, follow Jay Onrait on his liveblog at TSN today:
10:12 - I am getting e-mails from all over the world. It’s hilarious!
“Jay, thanks for the blog. I’m buried inside the monstruous library here at the London School of Economics in England. The Swedish Prime Minister is here to give a lecture in 2 hours; I’ll ask him what he thinks of Mats and get back to you. Cheers, Brendan.”
Today is your day and this is your spot to post what you are hearing or what you think may happen.
Of course you can comment in each individual post as the trades happen today, but you can use this post to rant, rave or just tell us how nervous you are waiting for that one trade you are hoping for.
Busy day, slow day, let us know what you are thinking!
added 8:04am, The TSN trade deadline show has started, both in Canada and on the NHL Network in the US. Streaming begins at 10am ET and we will be providing a link. (update: stream available)
added 8:55am, Don’t forget to check out some of the other blogs that are doing updates throughout the day. Spector’s site is a good place to start and he has some links to other sites too.
As always, feel free to leave a coment if you are doing a live blog today.
From Bob McKenzie at TSN,
Contrary to reports, sources tell TSN that Rob Blake has not waived his no-trade clause. In fact, sources say Blake has told the Kings he does not want to be traded. If, however, the Kings are intent on presenting Blake with a proposal, sources say it will have to be to go to Colorado and would have to be significant enough for the Kings to incur the wrath of Blake, who made it plainly clear to the Kings he prefers to stay in L.A.
Chicago is trying to drum up business for the trade deadline. The Hawks sent teams an e-mail Monday night indicating eight players are available. The list includes…
continued… naming 8 available players from the Blackhawks, plus more news about Marian Hossa, Brian Campbell, Pavel Kubina and Adam Foote
From Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
As the trading deadline approaches, fans prepare for the familiar scene.
The also-rans ship out their veterans. In return, they may take youngsters with potential, but only when they can’t get first-round draft picks. Those first-rounders are widely believed to be the most valuable currency in the National Hockey League.
Listen to the average fan and he knows the answer: “You’ve got to build through the draft,” he will say. “You need to start with good young kids and you only get them with high draft picks.”
Nice theory. Totally wrong.
From Forbes via The Financial Post,
Eleven billionaires currently own all of or a stake in 10 of the NHL’s franchises. (Not included in this group is the Minnesota Wild. Craig Leipold bought a stake in the club this January but technically his wife, Helen Johnson-Leipold, is the billionaire in the family.)
According to payroll data from Nhlscap.com, the teams with billionaire owners are on track to spend an average of US$47.8-million on player salaries during the current season. The 20 teams without billionaire owners are on track to spend an average of US$45.1-million this season. That US$2.7-million difference between the two groups is a notable amount in the NHL. It’s enough to pay this year’s salary for an All-Star like Henrik Zetterberg. The Red Wings winger is tied for third in the NHL in total points this year.
There’s a correlation between the extra spending and winning. As of Friday, billionaire-owned teams were averaging 62.3 points for the season. Teams not owned by billionaires were averaging 59.8 points.
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
The NHL last season mandated that its 30 teams begin using a new computer program created by Toronto’s Sutton Medical Technologies Ltd. to digitize the medical files of the league’s 700-odd players, and those playing in the minors.
A year on, league and medical-industry executives say Sutton’s program has been embraced by team officials and has added a new and unlikely wrinkle to player signings and trades. The NHL is the first North American pro league to use the technology. Unlike other leagues like the NBA that insist players pass a physical exam before being traded, the NHL has no such rule. In past seasons, that left some teams agreeing to acquire players without insisting they first pass a physical. And in many cases, a player’s complete medical file wouldn’t be forwarded to his new club until weeks after he joined the team.
from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
Memo to my friends and family (all five of you, four being family):
Do not attempt to contact me over the next two days (unless you know where Marion Hossa has been traded).
I am sequestered in a television studio until Wednesday. Send food, and fresh powder puffs.
NHL Trade Deadline Day has not always been the colossal all-day television telethon it has become.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
• I am insinuating nothing. I am implying nothing. But if Anaheim GM Brian Burke sends a package of major prospects to the Maple Leafs in order to rent Mats Sundin and then Burke becomes Toronto GM over the summer - the man doth protest his lack of interest way too much - while Sundin returns to Toronto next season, well, how exactly will that look?
• John Tortorella is operating on borrowed time in Tampa, and everyone knows it, including him. Question: Does he wind up in San Jose, Detroit or Philadelphia?
more NHL type talk…
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette via the National Post,
How would Gainey, the general manager, describe Gainey, the player?
“I was strong-willed,” he said. “I was extremely difficult to play against. Determined to carry my part of the team’s game to improve our chances to win the game. I enjoyed the harder parts of the games and the harder parts of the season.”
What he didn’t say was that no player before him, or since, delivered those qualities game in, game out for the length of his 16 seasons with the team, which included 1,160 regular-season games - eight as captain - and 182 playoff games, which brought home five Stanley Cups and the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1979.
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