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I respond to an email I received regarding the state of the NHL in my NHL.com blog today.
Your comments are always welcome too.
from The Maven,
• Chris Pronger has a legit gripe that J.S. Giguere gets the short end of the publicity stick compared to Eastern goaltenders. “East coast writers only want to talk about us (Ducks) when we’re playing in the East,” says the ace defenseman. “Dominik Hasek gets a lot of press because he plays in Detroit.”
• Not enough credit has gone to Bill Wirtz and Windsor attorney Patrick Ducharme for the behind-the-scenes work that helped expose union mismanagement, especially as it related to funds owed such players as Bob Probert, Denis Savard and Jeremy Roenick. Persistent queries on behalf of Ducharme’s clients to Saskin received nebulous answers. Nonetheless, Ducharme and Wirtz persisted when others would have thrown up their hands in frustration.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
The best thing any team looking to become more competitive in the NHL could do would be to immediately try to lure Yzerman to town, but that’s probably not happening.
It’s not clear what his plan is, but I doubt he’ll be leaving Detroit, even if it means Mike Ilitch has to give him a slice of the franchise.
But Hockey Canada, now that’s a different story.
In Wayne Gretzky, Ken Holland, Steve Tambellini and others, the national body has more than a few experienced choices when it comes to naming a general manager for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
from the Seattle Post Intelligencer,
I watched some hockey the other night—I love moving the Nielsen needle—and by the end of a fabulous Stanley Cup playoff game, I realized the NHL on TV can only be saved by two radical measures:
• The game needs to be televised north-south, not east-west.
• The game needs to eliminate one intermission.
(I understand that I’ve just lost contact with all hyper-serious NHL fans, so I’ll just speak directly to the other 99 percent of the U.S. population for the remainder of this column.)
Did you know there is UFA and trade talk going on?
Spector has the info all hockey fans want.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
So Phoenix also is talking to dismissed Columbus GM Doug MacLean about taking over the operation. Let’s see. Hmmm. In his six seasons, MacLean’s Blue Jackets never came closer than 19 points to a playoff spot (that in their first year), finishing an average of 26 points out of eighth place under his direction. Plus, let’s not forget the trade for Sergei Fedorov.
By all means, why wouldn’t the Coyotes be interested?
more from Larry on the Sharks, Don Maloney and the NHLPA…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
What should the NHL look like in the middle of this century, when today’s issues — obstruction, goal-scoring, officiating, U.S. television exposure — are hopefully finally put to bed.
By then, a 32-team entity, with eight teams in Canada, eight in Europe and 16 in the United States would make the most sense. Travel, of course, would be the biggest single issue in a global game.
Maybe the NHL could purchase half-a-dozen of whatever the 2050 equivalent of the Concorde is and use them as a means of getting teams from one end of the continent to the other and then overseas, as necessary — thereby pooling all travel costs within the industry and not necessarily penalizing Vancouver and Dallas for being geographically so remote from the rest of the league.
more... and some Drury talk…
I touch on a few subjects today at my NHL.com blog.
The talk in changing the OT format gets addressed too.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
“What do you think about making the nets bigger?” he asked me.
“I don’t think any idea should be off the table,” I said.
“All I know is, if they replaced the current nets with the bigger ones (the league) tested a couple years ago, I’d bet you most fans in the stands wouldn’t be able to tell the difference,” he said. “But with that extra bit of room to shoot at, it would make a big difference to shooters.”
“And if that didn’t result in more scoring?” I said.
“Then I’d shrink the goaltending equipment even more than they already have,” he said.
more NHL bits…
from Bob Duff of the Wndsor Star,
“Our second night in Kandahar, they took us over to see the spy planes,” Probert said. “We were in the one of the rooms getting briefed on the spy planes and all of a sudden the sirens start going off.”
“They came in an escorted us right to the bomb shelter. The bunker, they called it.”
While there, Probert looked around at his fellow retired NHLers and spied Dan Daoust, Mike Pelyk, Lou Franceschetti, Dave Hutchison, Dave (Tiger) Williams and Kevin Maguire, all of them former Toronto Maple Leafs and decided to add a little levity to a tense situation.
“I said, ‘Apparently, they found out the Maple Leafs were here,’” Probert said. “That didn’t go over too well.”
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