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The NHL and representatives of the IIHF have agreed to additional restrictions when it comes to young European players coming over to play in the NHL.
Following the five hour meeting with representatives of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia and Sweden, both sides agreed that a player who is still under contract with an IIHF team and has not reached his 20th birthday must be first offered back to his team in Europe. The new proposal sees the age limit increased by two years.
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,
“It went well today,” Daly told The Canadian Press on Wednesday night. “We went through our respective views of what was transpiring and the possible causes. We share the same concern with respect to too many young players coming to North America before they are ready to play in the NHL. We talked about possible ways to address it. We have conceived of a possible short-term interim framework to give us more time for us to evaluate what’s going on in the market place.
“That framework is subject to all of the parties going back to their respective constituencies to discuss its merits.”
From Shelly Anderson at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Perhaps the biggest update for this season is a new video system used to review whether a goal was scored. The overhead cameras aimed at the nets now have the sharp images of high definition and are on a closed circuit to the video judge’s booth and to the NHL’s review officials in Toronto.
The original system, installed in the early 1990s, used standard definition and was routed through a production truck. The result was a picture that wasn’t crystal clear and a system with a greater chance for breakdowns.
If you’ve noticed incredible detail this season on replays when a puck was near the goal line, that’s the work of the high-definition setup.
From Jeff Marek at CBC,
As much as it’s been a slow year for trades building buzz for the NHL, you can’t say the same for contracts.
As the CBA and the salary cap have made swapping players challenging if not impossible at times Edmonton general manager Kevin Lowe’s offer-sheet summer made all 29 other GMs in the league snap to attention and make sure their young talent is locked up long term.
continued… Marek takes a comparison look at contracts yet to be signed. Players like Dion Phaneuf, Shea Weber, Andrei Meszaros and Brent Burns, and what their values might be.
via the CP,
Legendary defenceman Bobby Orr was among five athletes elected to the World Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday.
Jesse Owens, Arnold Palmer, Katarina Witt and Johnny Weissmuller were also named. “In each case, it’s clear to see the individual had a profound and positive effect on his or her chosen sport,” Irv Kochman, Chairman of the Selection Committee, said in a statement. “These are names that provoke remarkable memories and get hearts pounding simply at the mention of them.”
The World Sports Hall of Fame was created a few years ago and will celebrate its inaugural dinner and induction ceremonies this spring.
From Dave Caldwell at the New York Times,
Through Monday’s games, eight N.H.L. goaltenders had played more than 2,200 minutes, including all three of the New York-area goalies: the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist (2,384) was third, the Devils’ Martin Brodeur fifth (2,342) and the Islanders’ Rick DiPietro seventh (2,264).
At a similar point last season, five goaltenders (including Brodeur, but not Lundqvist or DiPietro) had played in 2,200 minutes, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. At the same point in the 2005-6 season, only three goalies had played 2,200 minutes.
“Maybe 10 years ago, that may have been a problem,” said Garth Snow, a former N.H.L. goaltender who is now the Islanders’ general manager, “but goaltenders are some of the best-conditioned athletes on the team. Athletes, in general, are taking care of themselves 12 months a year, and the old way of thinking was, a fat goalie is a happy goalie.”
NEW YORK (Jan. 15, 2008)— Rookie scoring leader Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and first-year defenseman Tobias Enstrom of the All-Star host Atlanta Thrashers headline the 16 ‘NHL YoungStars’ invited to the 2008 NHL All-Star Weekend, the National Hockey League announced today.
from the Windsor Star,
The Czech border guards, the open-air rinks of Sweden and Amsterdam’s red-light district. The memories remain fresh whenever Polonich reflects back on his season playing in Europe for the London Lions.
The idea was the brainchild of Detroit Red Wings owner Bruce Norris, who envisioned a European pro league with franchises sponsored by NHL clubs and invested $300,000 in his British squad in 1973-74, playing exhibition games throughout Europe.
Future plans called for the Toronto Maple Leafs to ice a team in Sweden and slated the Montreal Canadiens to place a farm club in Finland.
From Scott Erskine in the National Post,
A few of the best additions are surprising, while a couple of the least impressive pickups should have been expected.
In no particular order, here are the top five best offseason acquisitions.
1. Ty Conklin, Pittsburgh Penguins
No player added to a team has been more astonishing in a positive way than Conklin, who has been nothing short of a godsend for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
more... plus the 5 worst off-season pick-ups, as well
from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
The NHL routinely uses the American Hockey League as a test site for potential rules changes, and there is an interesting one getting a look-see this season.
It calls for all power plays to start with a faceoff in the defensive zone of the team that is killing the penalty. Previously, the location of the faceoff was determined by where play was blown dead and could have been anywhere on the ice.
The obvious intention of the change is to give the power play a head start on applying pressure that could lead to a goal.
“It’s to create offense, certainly,” Penguins general manager Ray Shero said. “That’s what it’s for. Everything is about creating offense.”
Assistant GM Chuck Fletcher, who serves as GM of the Baby Penguins, has given the rule an unqualified endorsement and clearly would like to see it adopted by the NHL.
more on the Pens…
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