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from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
The Penguins have settled with the final creditor from their bankruptcy of the late 1990s.
He also happens to be the most celebrated player in franchise history and one of the team’s primary owners.
Mario Lemieux, who was owed $32 million in deferred compensation on the contract in effect when he retired as a player in 1997, will receive $21 million in the wake of a periodic refinancing of the team’s debt earlier this week.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
...And then the league would move to Europe, to large northern and central European cities where hockey is a major sport. But instead of expanding, it would relocate six existing but failing teams.
Said Thun, “You would go to the six lowest revenue producing teams in the NHL and say, ‘Listen, we’ve got owners in Europe. We want to set up a European division. And we want to move six teams at one time. Are you willing to sell your franchise for $250-million?’ I can’t imagine a lot of people would say no.”
A fee of $250-million would certainly be well above market value for clubs such as Phoenix, Atlanta, Nashville and Florida.
from the AP via Yahoo,
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman showed up at Thursday night’s game between the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning with a cast on his left arm. Asked whether he had dropped the gloves against one of the league’s enforcers, Bettman said he actually had tendon surgery on Monday.
He then joked, “It’s a result of reporters asking (stupid) questions.”
continued... a little outlook of the NHL…
From Terry Frei at ESPN,
I’m a whole-hearted subscriber to the cliché: You have to judge players against their own eras. In any sport. Equipment. Travel. The degree of eliteness of the major-league talent pool and opposition. Rules. Style of play. In some sports, the potential chemical enhancements. It’s all different, changing, fluctuating and sliding over the years. Haven’t we all recognized that blind adherence to numbers as the measuring standard across time, in any sport, is an absurdity?
Maybe this isn’t fair, but black-and-white footage and scratch voice tracks on the old and accompanying play-by-play descriptions still seem to add credibility, whether it’s when comparing Frank Mahovlich’s 533 goals to Mike Gartner’s 708, or any other careers.
Some people mistake that kind of sentiment for a belittlement of the modern era, and those who unreasonably don blinkers and refuse to consider the overall picture are just as silly as the isolated few who refuse to acknowledge the greatness in the past.
from David Amber at ESPN,
A perfect time for “10 Degrees” to count down, in reverse order, the Top 10 all-time NHL milestones and records.
10. Martin Brodeur: 11 consecutive 30-plus-win seasons
After breaking the single-season wins record with 48 victories in 2006-07, Martin Brodeur should extend his NHL record of 11 straight 30-plus win seasons in 2007-08. Brodeur, just like Patrick Roy, wants to leave the NHL as the game’s winningest goalie, and he will.
Friday, October 19th, is the 50th anniversary of Maurice “The Rocket” Richard scoring the 500th goal of his career—the first player to do so in NHL history.
Over at Habs Inside/Out, Dave Stubbs put up some information about that historic goal yesterday, so we thought we’d join in by posting some quotes from the players who have since scored that milestone marker.*
Mike Gartner (NY Rangers)
“It’s probably the quietest 500 goals ever,” Gartner said. “But I feel I’ve gotten recognition within the hockey ranks. That’s important to me. I work at being a goal-scorer. There are some goal-scorers where it’s just a natural thing. I always felt I had to work hard to get my chances. I still feel that way (after 500).” (Vancouver Sun, November 20, 1991)
from the Prague Post,
While Šafařík refused to elaborate on the budget for bringing the NHL to Prague, Tejkal revealed the event would be as expensive as hosting the Final Four men’s basketball tournament, which brought Europe’s best basketball clubs to Prague’s Sazka Arena in April 2006 and cost 50 million Kč ($2.6 million)....
Šafařík said that in the end money will be the key factor in deciding whether or not the NHL comes to Prague.
“We’re now awaiting the final word from the NHL about their financial conditions,” he said. “It’s obvious that the event must fit into a certain budget. Still, we’re quite optimistic that we’ll be able to bring the NHL to Prague.”
from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,
At 64, some wonder whether the game has passed him by and whether he’ll get another shot. I disagree that his age is a problem, and obviously so does he.
“No I don’t think that’s a key thing,” Quinn said. “It has nothing to do with my mind or my progressiveness in the game. I’ve often been ahead of the curve on a lot of things, and still feel the same way. I haven’t lost that desire to find ways to help clubs win hockey games and help players get better. As far as age, my health is terrific and I still have that edge. If you look at other sports, clearly in baseball and in football, it doesn’t seem to impede some of the guys that are running teams there. ...
“In fact the older, more experienced hand in certain situations might be the best way to go.”
from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,
It’s a decent barroom debate.
Which NHL conference is stronger, the east or west?
The east has the emerging superstars, namely Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin, not to mention a glut of offensive talent, but the west has a stranglehold on Norris Trophy candidates, with the likes of Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger, Dion Phaneuf and the possibly retired Scott Niedermayer.
from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,
Now that the distraction of union infighting is largely gone, the spotlight will invariably shift to the state of the NHL in its third season back in business, and especially to the man who won that labour war at the behest of his employers, commissioner Gary Bettman.
It’s going to get uncomfortable.
Spin it any way you want (and the great helmsman will certainly do his best). It’s still nearly impossible to argue that big-league professional hockey today is better off than it was before the lockout.
Though Bettman continues to deny the obvious, the huge leap in the value of the Canadian dollar, and not the new economic system, is the single biggest factor in the rising salary cap.
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