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from the Toronto Sun,
As the league’s big shots gather on the picturesque Monterey Peninsula, an alteration in the NHL schedule will be first and foremost on the agenda.
The format expected to get proposed would see teams play their four division rivals six times each (24 total games); the other 10 teams in their conference four times each (40 total games); and the 15 teams in the other conference each once (15 total games), adding up to a total of 79 games.
The other three games are believed to be wild-card tilts against teams in the other conference, thereby completing the 82-game sked.
more * And I do hope the schedule is changed and doesn’t get turned down by some hardliners in the East.
from the New York Times,
In the time before television and computers that can replay, magnify and freeze frame questionable goals, goal umpires stood on the ice or on a nearby snowbank, the hockey historian J. W. Fitzell said.
“It was a hazardous trade,” Fitzell said in a telephone interview from his home in Kingston, Ontario.
Besides the risk of standing in the middle of the action, goal umpires were often chosen from the home crowd and were often threatened by visiting players after a questionable goal. Often, they were replaced in the middle of a game.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In the end, the league asked each general manager to submit his team’s position on the proposal. If the results of the straw poll show an overwhelming support for the Burke initiative, then the matter might go forward.
“It was discussed and the league has asked each of the managers to get back to them on their position on the issue,” said Jay Feaster, GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning. “I would anticipate that once that happens, there’ll be a more in-depth discussion in February.”
more GM talk…
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Brian Burke has a bee in his bonnet. Two of them, actually, and it may surprise you to know that neither has anything to do with Kevin Lowe.
So the Anaheim Ducks’ general manager has requested the NHL hold a conference call with all 30 NHL GMs today at 12 noon (EST) and the league has agreed to stage it.
Two topics are up for discussion.
One is the issue of whether GMs should be able to trade “salary” when they trade players, which is currently against the rules in the new CBA.
The other is the mega-suspensions recently given to Steve Downie (20 games) and Jesse Boulerice (25 games) and whether NHL GMs ever signed off on or were fully apprised of a new standard for supplementary discipline.
Philadelphia Flyers center Daniel Briere, Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov and Dallas Stars goaltender Mike Smith have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending November 25.
continued… with video available featuring each player’s highlights
From Carter Gaddis at The Tampa Tribune,
It’s alive. The ice, that is. Not in the biological, breathing-in-and-out sense that defines much of the life on this planet.
But to Tim Friedenberger, it often seems as if the massive sheet of frozen water at the St. Pete Times Forum has a mind of its own. And if it can think…
“It is alive,” said Friedenberger, the Forum’s vice president of facility operations. “It’s a living thing. I’d say every facility, the ice has a personality.”
Like any living thing, a sheet of ice has its good days and bad. A unique facet of the NHL is how vulnerable the aesthetics of the game itself can be to the vagaries of the playing surface.
from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,
I’m guessing the NHL will take a dim view of this series, what with the extramarital sex and drug use. A trailer that has appeared on YouTube depicts a veteran player snorting a line of cocaine. Actress Kristin Booth confirmed there is an edginess to the scripts but did it while praising the CBC for taking a chance on the independent, shot-on-film production by Toronto’s Screen Door Studio.
“There’s a lot of sex, a lot of scandal, a lot of drugs. It’s pretty racy,” she told reporters in Toronto last week….
“This is the first I’ve heard of it. Based on your description, I would think the NHL will be very unhappy about it,” said Oilers GM Kevin Lowe
I received numerous emails over the last few days asking why I wasn’t reporting the “Selanne to play in Sweden” story. My response was I didn’t believe it was true…
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
Several reports out of Sweden recently suggested Selanne was close to signing with Leksand, the current team of former NHL goaltender Ed Belfour.
“I know nothing about this,” agent Don Baizley told the thehockeynews.com. “I haven’t spoken with Teemu in 2-3 weeks and I find it hard to believe this would be true.”
more NHL talk from Ken…
From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,
After subtracting the NHL’s top two teams (the Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators) and its bottom one (the Washington Capitals), there were 27 teams separated by 10 points as of Thursday morning, when the first quarter had officially concluded. In the West, only eight points separated the bottom-dwelling Los Angeles Kings from the No. 2 team in the conference, the San Jose Sharks. In the East, 10 points separated the 14th-place Buffalo Sabres from the second-ranked New York Rangers — and the Sabres held three games in hand.
In the old way of measuring a .500 record, in which a team earns as many points as games played, 20 clubs were above that mark and a 21st, the Calgary Flames were right at it, or until they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks later that night. The Capitals may turn it around now with a new coach behind the bench, but at nine points out and with six teams to leapfrog, their playoff hopes are hanging by a thread.
Mathematically, however, the other 29 teams could all legitimately argue that they’re still in midst of the playoff race.
From Scott Cullen at TSN,
As we move past the quarter point of the season, teams are starting to have a good idea what they have and what they’re lacking on their current roster. Here’s a look at team needs throughout the NHL.
Around the Rinks:
Anaheim: Need a decision from Scott Niedermayer and could use second-line scoring help, whether it comes from Todd Bertuzzi, Teemu Selanne or someone not currently on the Ducks roster.
Atlanta: Now that the offence appears to be clicking, the Thrashers could use at least one more reliable defensive defenceman.
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