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Colin Campbell, Mike Murphy and Kris King discuss on-ice issues and potential rule changes within the game.
from Mike Smith at the Hockey News,
The NHL is entering the fourth season under the new collective bargaining agreement. The first three years have witnessed significant revenue growth that has led to an increase in club payrolls.
Salaries, from the players’ perspective, have risen nicely.
There is a notion the new agreement has helped the players more than the clubs. But before you make an assessment, you need to read the entire pact. There is likely to be a major shift back toward the clubs during the 2008-09 season.
from John Buccigross of ESPN,
Today, Cummins is looking for the next shift in his life. I met him two summers ago at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., where he was part of the Life After Hockey program at the college’s Professional Athletic Training Institute (PATI). I was there as an instructor, helping the retired NHL players learn about TV as best as I could.
I talked with Cummins over the weekend about fighting in the NHL:
Q: What is your assessment of the fight game in the NHL?
A: It is a part of the game. It’s a way for the players to police the game instead of the referees, which I think adds a ton of excitement. I feel the efforts in the past to diminish fighting handcuffed the enforcer and set the game back. Also, the real true hockey fan loves the aggressive play that spills out when certain occasions arise. I don’t want fighting to be like it was in the 1970s, but I think from the late ‘80s to the mid-‘90s, it was a true game that was enforced by the players.
from On Frozen Blog,
A morning shower train of thought: were I an NHL referee, how would players, coaches, and fans commonly characterize my officiating style?
For starters, I would well withstand charges of blindness; thanks to Lasik, I’m a fella who can read the tiny scroll on the corner hanging television viewed from the tavern’s most secluded corner.
But more importantly, every time I sat in an arena’s officials’ dressing room lacing up my skates near 7:00, I would reflect on the thousands of hard-working men and women directing their limited disposable income at our evening’s entertainment then pouring through the turnstiles one level above me.
from Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press,
Phil Housley, who today at the St. Paul Hotel will be among recipients of the Lester Patrick Award, is twice appreciative of USA Hockey.
“They were the first people to give me a chance,” Housley said.
That was nearly 26 years ago, in 1982, when Housley was a senior at South St. Paul High School.
“USA Hockey allowed me to play in two exhibition games with the U.S. national team in Germany, playing against Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Clarke and many of the great players in the world before I was drafted, and I made the team,” he said. “That gave me a measuring stick.”
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
NHL governors are talking informally about placing a second hockey team in Toronto alongside the Maple Leafs, The Globe and Mail has learned.
“Why shouldn’t we put another team in the best and biggest market in the world?” one of several NHL governors who spoke with The Globe anonymously said of the Greater Toronto Area.
According to this governor, one idea floated is for prospective owner Jim Balsillie to be rewarded with an expansion team in Toronto after helping to restore financial ballast to the Nashville Predators.
“I’ve heard this exact scenario,” a second governor said.
added 12:52pm, from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
It sounds as if reports that the NHL is considering placing a second team in Toronto are more fantasy than reality.
“The story is nonsense,” one highly placed NHL source told the Star. “Perhaps the musings of one team representative. Expansion to Toronto has never been discussed with the board, the executive committee or any other league committee.
“And its never been considered internally.”
from the Fabulous Forum Blog at the LA Times,
Here are the top 10 richest sports owners from the Forbes list:
1.) E. Stanley Kroenke ($3.5 billion) and his wife, Ann Walton Kroenke ($3.4 billion). Stan owns the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche…
6.) B. Thomas Golisano ($1.7 billion), owner of the Buffalo Sabres.
7.) Michael Illitch ($1.6 billion) from Detroit got rich from the Little Caesars Pizza chain and he owns the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings.
9.) Jeremy Jacbos ($1.6 billion) is much derided in Boston. He owns the Boston Bruins and the TD Banknorth Garden…
note: the list is for the richest American owners.
On Wednesday, October 22, 2008 the National Hockey League and USA Hockey will team up to honor Bob Naegele Jr., Brian Burke, Phil Housely and Ted Lindsay with the 2008 Lester Patrick Award.
“I had the idea that I should beat up every player I ever tangled with,” Lindsay famously said. “And nothing ever convinced me it wasn’t a good idea.”
Tonight we feature Ted Lindsay, watch the video below.
from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
Head coach Mike Keenan’s stick was up high in the post-game presser, though. He was calm, but obviously upset about the lopsided calls.
“The question is, ‘Are they warranted,’ and then the next question is, ‘Are they penalty free for 40 minutes, the opposition, because that’s how the assessment was made,” said Keenan.
“I look down here,” he added, looking down at the game sheet, “and we’ve got four hooking penalties and they have none. I would say you would be hard-pressed to say they never took a hooking penalty tonight.”
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