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from Elliotte Friedman of the CBC,
I don’t know if that Bettman was kidnapped by aliens or was the greatest living actor not named Edward Norton. But, that commissioner is gone. In his place is a guy standing in the middle of a Nashville street, staring northward with his middle finger up in the air. Yes, this obscene gesture is directed at the hockey fans driving revenue growth since the lockout….
You have to wonder, though, if there is any chance Bettman’s power base is eroding. Not only is he killing a bad that will inflate the value of other teams, but salaries are reaching/surpassing pre-lockout levels. The new minimum of $34.3 million is higher than 10 team payrolls from 2004-05. All-Star and Stanley Cup ratings set all-time lows in the United States. Plus, if he accepts this above-market bid, he can still make the other teams some expansion money by adding Kansas City and Vegas if he wishes.
from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
A proposed outdoor hockey game involving the Penguins and Buffalo Sabres could be played Feb. 17, 2008, rather than New Year’s Day….
Logistics, notably climate concerns, could prevent an “Ice Bowl” from being played in early January. Also, NBC might be re-evaluating airing an outdoor hockey game opposite popular college bowl games.
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
If there is any doubt about the one-sided nature of this “partnership,” consider the recent statement by Ducks GM Brian Burke. Speaking to Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, Burke insisted that the recent spate of big contracts didn’t mean that the owners had returned to their pre-lockout ways.
“We’re not back to where we were before the lockout because there is a cap and there’s a 20 percent cap on individual players you sign,” said Burke. “And if the money for players can’t be sustained by the industry, we’ll all get a rebate.”
Translation: First of all, we’ve put a limit on what we can pay any single “partner.” But even if we screw up and pay too much, the escrow amount will rise and the players, not the owners, get the bill.
That’s the NHL partnership. The owners spend. The players pay.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
So, here are 20 random things that have been on my mind over the last little while. Feel free to submit any or all of them to your local shrink for further discussion and analysis. I know I have.
- Jeremy Jacobs as the new Chairman of the NHL’s Board Of Governors still boggles my mind, and I’ve got a couple analogies I’d just can’t let fade away: Electing Jeremy Jacobs as the Chairman of the NHL’s Board of Governors is like The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame appointing Pat Boone head of the voting committee. Electing Jeremy Jacobs as the Chairman of the NHL’s Board of Governors is like Maxim Magazine naming Lou Lamoriello Editor-In-Chief. There, I feel better.
read on for more thoughts, most are hockey related…
from Brad Polik at MSG Network,
For Pete’s sake, If you do a GOOGLE search for ‘England’ and ‘hockey’ you get all these sites about field hockey. It takes some heavy research to find any valuable information about Great Britain and “ice hockey.”
Not only is having the game in England a bad idea, but California hockey fans are going to have to get up at 9:00 a.m. to watch the game. It’s tough enough to get people from Cali to watch hockey, now you’re going to tell them to catch the season opener at the breakfast table.
What a bad idea.
I must disagree. When the announcement came out about these games, I received hundreds of emails from fans all across Europe, asking for ticket details.
These games will draw the NHL Euro fans who don’t get the opportunity to actually see a game in person. I am looking forward to seeing the multiple national flags waving in the crowd and expect it to be quite an event.
from the Phiily News,
While there are a number of years separating the playing careers of Joe Watson and Derian Hatcher, they mirror each other’s thoughts on many issues. That might be because Hatcher is also an old-timer, heading to his 16th NHL camp in September. They talked about everything from the effects of concussions to the current state of their game…
Hatcher: I can go back 15 years ago and I would say that there’s definitely . . . players in the league with less heart. I don’t know why. I don’t think that, you know, when I came in, it was really never an issue. The players were there because they wanted it. It’s weird, and money probably does come into it. Something does, because I see players throughout the league who sometimes look like they don’t even want to be on the ice.
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Alexei Yashin, according to his agent Mark Gandler, is not happy with the contract offers he has received from NHL teams.
‘‘We are still talking to some teams. So far the offers we have received we are not happy with,’’ Gandler said in an interview with CKNW Radio in Vancouver. ‘‘If we are not going to get what we are looking for than he (Yashin) will definitely go to Russia.’‘
‘‘I think that what’s making an impression on the teams is the fact that he received this huge buyout. I don’t know what else is weighing on them.’‘
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
The 2007-08 National Hockey League schedule will be unveiled this afternoon, and because of its unbalanced setup, the Canadian teams of the Northwest Division will not play the three Canadian teams of the Northeast Division next season.
Therefore, the CBC will broadcast four games for its popular Hockey Day in Canada on Feb. 9, beginning with the Detroit Red Wings visiting the Toronto Maple Leafs and ending with Ryan Smyth and the Colorado Avalanche in Vancouver to play the Canucks. In the other matches, the Ottawa Senators will host the Montreal Canadiens, and the Edmonton Oilers will travel south to play the Calgary Flames.
more on the schedule & it looks like Pens/Sabres for the possible outdoor game…
from the Winnipeg Free Press,
When the Pittsburgh Penguins signed $id the Kid yesterday to a five-year, US$43-million contract extension, the ongoing evolution of the NHL’s economic panorama continued unabated.
My, what a curious animal, the NHL.
After all, it was only a few years ago that the Penguins had a payroll of $23.4 million for the entire team. Now they’re going to shortly be shelling out $9 million per year to Crosby alone. Meanwhile, the Edmonton Oilers, not so long ago the league’s poor sister, were last week throwing $50 million at Buffalo sniper Thomas Vanek, although to no avail, as the Sabres matched the offer to the restricted free agent.
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