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From the AP via Globe & Mail,
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — NHL veteran and Slovakian star Peter Bondra retired from professional hockey Monday to become general manager of his country’s national team.
“I kept it a secret for a long time. They will know overseas only after this press conference,” Bondra said, according to the Slovak national hockey association. “I hope I can help Slovakia win another medal at the world championship.”
From John Glennon at The Tennessean,
Even if the city and a mainly local group of investors seeking to buy the Predators agreed on a new arena lease as early as today, it may be too late for the NHL to approve a change of ownership by Wednesday.
That’s when the period of exclusive negotiations between the local group and Predators owner Craig Leipold expires.
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said he was “not sure” if the league would have enough time to approve an ownership change by Wednesday.
“But everyone’s primary focus should be getting a deal done there, and then we’ll deal with approval,’’ Daly said.
From Bob McKenzie at TSN,
There are those who are waiting for the NHL to throw the book at Philadelphia’s Randy Jones for his hit on Boston’s Patrice Bergeron.
There are those who are talking about what sanctions the league should impose on the Flyer organization, in the wake of illegal hits by Steve Downie, Jesse Boulerice and now Jones.
And there are those who are likely to be disappointed.
The NHL has yet to rule on Jones, and won’t do or say anything publicly Sunday, but if the reaction around the league from other GMs, coaches and players is any indication, Jones is not likely to be on the receiving end of a monster suspension, if he’s suspended at all.
Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner last night talked about the Begeron hit and a few other topics.
Worth the seven minutes it takes to watch it…
To quote Spector,
This is just getting silly.
What else could be the topic but trade talk...
from the Vancouver Province,
Tired of watching games where players make it to the red line and just dump it in, McCammon thinks they should go back to the way the rinks were configured at the time of the Oilers heyday.
“When they moved the nets out to create more room behind the goal in the early ‘90s, they moved the bluelines back three feet to keep the same distance in the attacking zone,” says McCammon. “When that didn’t work, they decided to move the nets back, but they kept the bluelines in the same place. That’s made the neutral zone so small, there’s no room to do anything. It was really just after they made the neutral zones so small that the trap came in and the game got to where it is now.
“I’d like to see the games played with the old measurements. I think it would be different. If they wanted to play the trap still, at least it would be a lot tougher to play because you’d have more room.”
From Scott Morrison at CBC,
Rick Tocchet could have his status with the NHL determined by the end of this week.
According to sources, the long-awaited Cleary Report, an internal investigation into Tocchet’s involvement in a gambling ring, is expected to be delivered to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman this week. Once Bettman digests the report, authored by lawyer Robert Cleary, he will conduct a meeting with Tocchet and determine whether he will be allowed to return as an assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes any time soon.
from Duffer’s Dabbles at the Windsor Star,
Vancouver Canucks captain Markus Naslund is good friends with fellow Swede Peter Forsberg and he isn’t buying any of the recent speculation that Forsberg could be back in the National Hockey League by Nov. 15, with Philadelphia and Colorado listed as supposed landing spots for the former Hart Trophy winner. “I haven’t talked to him since the summer, so I don’t know where he’s at,” Naslund said. “I know he’s back skating (with MoDo of the Swedish Elite League), but I don’t think he’s going to make a decision anytime soon.”
more NHL bits…
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
Internal financial statements show MLSE generated profit of $83 million on revenue of $383 million in the year ended June 30. The internal documents also show the company forecasts a profit of $105 million by 2011 on revenue of $477 million. Over the same period, ticket revenue is expected to increase 30 per cent, to $166 million.
The documents also reveal that, for every dollar Maple Leaf Sports generated in fiscal 2007, 21.8 cents was profit. (By contrast, Royal Bank of Canada, the country’s largest bank, reportedly had a profit margin of 13.3 per cent for its last fiscal year.)
from Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated,
After proving through two full seasons to be arguably the most compelling part of the regular season, it’s time to talk about taking the training wheels off the shootout. Old-schoolers arguments to the contrary, it’s not just a skills exhibition. And it’s not a sideshow. This puppy ain’t going back to the pound. It’s time to start treating it like part of the family.
And that means recognizing the shootout winner as a legitimate goal in the stat column.
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