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from Craig Slater of the Nanaimo Daily News,
Both Cliff Ronning and Gerry Cheevers, former NHLers, can’t deny the following today’s stars receive, but each have fond memories of the superstars they played with or against during their heydays in professional hockey.
“There was a time that Pavel Bure, no question, was the most exciting player in the NHL,” Ronning said of his former Vancouver Canucks teammate. “The first three years of his career in Vancouver . . . he took guys to another level. He was a player who came over (from Russia) and brought everyone’s fitness level so high. He changed the game in so many ways.”
Below you will find a video of Bure’s Top Ten goals…
from Sean Gordon, Allan Maki and David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The grumbling is intensifying behind the scenes from owners and team officials who are watching with mounting dismay as millions pour from successful franchises in Canada and the United States to their staggering partners, mostly in the American sunbelt.
According to information compiled by The Globe and Mail from various sources, the six Canadian NHL franchises contributed more than $40-million (all figures U.S.) to their fellow owners last season, and about $50-million when playoff revenues are taken into account.
from Puck Daddy of Yahoo Sports,
This was the proverbial slow-motion car crash; like on “The Price is Right,” when a contestant is about to put the $199 price tag on the tube of toothpaste and the crowd simultaneously shrieks “NO! NO!”
You saw him turn the Stanley Cup the wrong way, and you just wanted to reach through the television and flip it back before he put it down. If only someone on stage had helped him. Why couldn’t the drummer have lent a ... bit of moral support?
I am glad I didn’t watch a single second of anything but hockey last night. I don’t need a rock concert to kick-off the season.
NEW YORK (October 9, 2008)- A major component of the new NHL.com, the League’s new Web site that gives fans a personalized, all-access pass to their favorite NHL team and players, NHL GameCenter Live replaces and dramatically upgrades the League’s former live streaming video product, NHL Center Ice Online. is specifically designed for those avid fans looking for the most complete, in-game NHL viewing experience, as well as for the nearly 50 percent of NHL fans that live away from their favorite team’s local television market and crave more content and access.
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
So there are now limits to what he can do to improve the game. That’s assuming, of course, that he knows what needs to be done, and that in itself is a dubious proposition. So in order to help out the commissioner and point him in the right direction, here are five things that need to be fixed in his league.
1. Get a better TV deal….
2. Get rid of the weasels….
from Puck Daddy at Yahoo Sports,
Still, there are NHL franchises looking about as healthy as Amy Winehouse with a head cold. The venerable Forbes magazine believes three of them are the Phoenix Coyotes, Nashville Predators and New York Islanders; and it’s placed that trio on its list of “The 10 Sports Franchises Most Likely To Move.”
From Bill Beacon at the CP via Yahoo! Sports,
Many wonder how much more [Bobby Orr] may have accomplished had his knees held up, or if modern arthroscopic surgery had been available in his day. Back then, when a doctor wanted to know what was wrong with a knee, he had to cut into it to take a look. Now the looking and the surgery are done with a small incision that barely leaves a mark.
“I don’t think there’s any question about that,” he said. “I had scopes later, when they were cleaning it out, and it was a lot easier.”
The CP article was in part motivated by a recent Canadian Mastercard advertisement that graphically illustrates the damage Orr’s knee has suffered. You can check it out on video below:
Gary Bettman rings the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,
It was fitting that the NHL opened its season with four games overseas last week, because with the U.S. economy being what it is, the league may need every koruna, krona and euro it can get its hands on.
“The big fear is that if the economy continues to fall, fans will simply have to make a choice as to not only how they pay their bills, but which bills actually get paid,” said an NHL insider who spoke to SI.com on the condition of anonymity. “If it gets to that point, entertainment costs—and let’s face it, we’re in the entertainment business—are going to take a hit. A lot of us are going to take a big hit.”
From Paul Kukla at NHL.com,
I group teams in three categories before the start of the season: Can’t miss, fighting for a playoff spot or re-building and looking forward to next year. But I am always wrong with two or three teams in each category and I am glad I am. Surprise teams, both in a positive or negative manner, make the season exciting and keeps me glued to the game on a daily basis.
read on for some predictions
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