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from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,
It’s early, but…
• It looks like Jason Spezza will win the Art Ross Trophy with no goals and 128 assists.
• Could we have been dead wrong? Will it be the New York Islanders, and not the Rangers, that succeed this season?
from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,
In days gone by, one team’s enforcer would engage the other team’s designated hitter and the code was to oblige. More and more though, the challenges that once meant an immediate throw-down now garner a dismissive shrug. So what’s a roughneck “role player” to do except try to redefine his role?
To that end, some have made the transition from baiter to skater and proved valuable forecheckers who can score a bit. Check out Chris Neil in Ottawa and Sean Avery in New York. Even Simon made the switch from puncher only to tough guy who could also take a regular shift.
Why is the Golden Jet smiling?
Read on and you will find a “sometime” hockey blogger smiling too!
NEW YORK (October 15, 2007) – Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward, Buffalo Sabres defenseman Brian Campbell and Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending October 14.
from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,
Let’s revisit Cannonball Pitre, the first man to sign a playing contract with the Canadiens, and that first historic game that changed Montreal forever.
read on and some great, old-time pictures…
What a wonderful piece by Mr. Stubbs. Makes you want to put on one of those heavy wool sweaters and find a pond to skate on.
from STATS NHL Blog,
How big were Buffalo’s offseason losses? If we isolate all players who changed teams and scored either 15 goals or 30 points in 2006-07, the Sabres lost more goals and points than all other teams. The totals reflect not only goals and points lost from a year ago, but those gained by new acquisitions with 15 goals or 30 points last season.
The Sabres lost a total of 73 goals and 172 points without adding a single player who netted 15 goals or 30 points a year ago. At least the Islanders signed a few players to make up for most of their lost production, including Bill Guerin, Mike Comrie, Jon Sim and Ruslan Fedotenko.
If you are an “old schooler” like me, you will really enjoy the following video clip.
Younger hockey fans should watch too, a quick glimpse at hockey’s past greats!
thanks to Empty Netters for the pointer…
For those of us who’ve been laughed at as “conspiracy theorists” and league-critical cynics of a Larry Brooks-like pedigree, Saturday was our Groundhog Day.
As in, we got to peek out of our little bunkers, point at our long shadows, and say, “We told you so.”
We told you that the lockout was about franchise equity, and the concept that a franchise’s bank value would increase exponentially when viewed as an entity with “cost certainty”—theoretically capped costs in terms of salary expenditures, directly tied to league-wide revenues, which effectively renders whether an individual team makes or loses money at the gate, in terms of ticket sales-vs.-expenditures, irrelevant.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Faithful reader Jim Burrows believes the NHL is missing out on a huge marketing/branding opportunity.
Burrows wonders why the league doesn’t mandate the use of team logos on player helmets, making them as much a part of the uniform - and, more important, team identity - as they are in football.
“Can you imagine where the NFL would be if they had taken the same approach?” said Burrows. “Imagine the Colts playing away [games] with a blue helmet! The helmet is central to the brand in football.”
more plus Kevin’s weekly tour around the NHL and a good feature on Blues goaltender Hannu Toivonen.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
“I think it’s a very viable location,” Buffalo-based Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs told the Boston Globe. “I think the league would be interested if the time came when it made itself available.”
Early estimates suggest expansion costs, which were $80 million a few years ago, could soar to $250 million or more. The money would be distributed among the 30 teams, minus the 54 percent for the players, not a bad take. Bettman doesn’t see the gambling issue as a major obstacle because hockey makes up such a small percentage of bets.
“We’re small potatoes on the sports book,” Bettman told reporters in Florida. “If we were going to Vegas, we would have to focus on that issue. But I don’t think it’s nearly the issue for us as it may be for [another league].”
read on plus much more NHL talk…
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