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Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated looks at 5 people who make their teams better who might not get enough acknowledgment:
No. 1: Hakan Andersson, the Detroit Red Wings’ Director of European Scouting. General manager Ken Holland gets the credit, and occasional blame, for the state of the Wings, who remain an elite team on an annual basis despite rarely having a high draft choice. [...]
Andersson doesn’t ever get a crack at the Ovechkins and Malkins, but he perceives value in later rounds that other teams miss. In 1998, he recommended Pavel Datsyuk, the Russian who was taken with the 171st pick. He followed that up with Henrik Zetterberg, who was drafted 210th in 1999
more… (*with a glance at the Sens, the Rangers, the Panthers and the Canadiens)
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
So, Bob Hartley became the first NHL coach of the 2007-08 season to take the high dive after an 0-6-0 start.
Call it the domino effect, but the next order of business is … who’s next?...
History suggests Hartley will not be alone. But there are a lot of extenuating circumstances around the NHL, and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if Hartley stands alone. Let us examine.
Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Martin Biron, Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla and Chicago Blackhawks forward Jason Williams have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending October 21.
from Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),
In its lengthy rebuttal to the lawsuit brought by MSG over new media rights, the NHL alleges MSG’s “real gripe” is with a league-imposed $100,000 fine — not the NHL’s effort to migrate MSG’s New York Rangers Web site to a league platform.
The league also dismisses MSG’s antitrust charges in the lawsuit saying, “MSG’s implicit suggestion that the NHL and its Member Clubs have somehow limited the scope of their joint venture to scheduling games and agreeing on limited broadcast rights is absurd.”...
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly wrote, “The Rangers’ complaint amounts to an attack on the fundamental manner in which the league and every other professional sports league is organized and operates. … Granting MSG its requested relief would strip the league of its essential and fundamental structure.”
From Damian Cristodero at Tampa Bay.com,
The debate over visors in the NHL, believed to be the last major league in the world that doesn’t mandate some kind of facial protection, is not new. But it gained traction this season with several high-profile injuries of unprotected players.
Devils defenseman Colin White could be out for the season after a Sept. 19 practice incident in which a puck deflected into his right eye, broke his nose and blurred his vision.
Tampa Bay’s Chris Gratton is playing, now with a visor, but still has blurry vision in his right eye from being clipped in the cornea by an errant stick blade in a preseason game. Lightning star Vinny Lecavalier needed three stitches in his right eyelid when he was clipped.
This at a time visor manufacturers say their product has never been more sophisticated and addresses players’ main complaints of distorted vision and moisture buildup with “optically correct” designs and clear coating to reduce fog.
From CBC via Youtube. Features footage of Jonathan Toews big goal the other night, plus Don Cherry’s commentary—with associated video clips—on the instigator rule.
*Thanks to George for passing on the clip!
From Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun,
Is Peter Forsberg ready to return to the NHL?
The unrestricted free-agent centre continues to skate with MoDo of the Swedish Elite League amid talk he could be back in the NHL by mid-November if his rehab goes smoothly.
The one thing you can count on with Forsberg, who is recovering from off-season groin and ankle surgeries, is that he won’t return unless he’s 100%. NHL insiders are saying that Forsberg could be targeting a Nov. 15 return.
Sources say the Avalanche, Stars and Flyers have all made serious overtures to Forsberg in the past 10 days or so. Make no mistake about it, Forsberg is going to attract plenty of interest.
From Sheila Wissner at The Tennessean,
While Nashville officials and the would-be owners of the Nashville Predators struggle to reach new terms for an arena lease, one man stands to walk away from it all with more than $30 million.
Team owner Craig Leipold, who says he’s unloading the hockey team because it’s a money-loser, would gain a windfall of more than three times his initial investment, according to an analysis by The Tennessean. That’s even after covering $70 million in operating losses Leipold has claimed.
*Very good overview of the ownership structure and financial origins of the team.
From Joe Pelletier at Hockey Legends,
I will always remember the late Bob Johnson for two quotes.
The first everyone knows. “It’s a great day for hockey.” But an earlier quote has never left me. “You don’t need great skill to be a good penalty killer. You just need hard work. There’s no reason why every team shouldn’t have a good penalty kill.”
Ultimately, Johnson is right, although certain skill sets make some penalty killers better than others.
continued… (*a look at the best PK’ers of all time, plus a list of the top 25 SH goal scorers)
from the Toronton Star,
Time was that when you wanted to learn more about a player or the game itself, you were limited to traditional forms of media. And, unless you wanted to head down the arena to boo, it was one-way communication.
Now, your favourite player might post a blog, he might be reading messages on social networking websites or he might have his own website on which he entertains comments and queries.
“Fans feel free to email me, ask a question or tell me I suck,” said Wade Belak, who started his own website as a way to keep family and friends in western Canada up to speed.
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