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From Vincent M. Mallozzi at the NY Times,
“Putting the whole thing together was kind of Rubik’s Cube-ish,” [Steve] Williamson, 49, said last Monday from his seat at Madison Square Garden, where he watched the Rangers defeat the Lightning in the fourth game of his whirlwind tour. “But this is one of those rare N.H.L. seasons where everything on the schedule lined up perfectly for me.”
Williamson, the promotions manager for the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, spent 48 hours working on his itinerary, calling it “a travel agent’s worst nightmare.” He will enter and leave Canada three times before ending his monthlong vacation Nov. 24 in Tampa, Fla., where Tampa Bay is host to the Devils.
*Paul Kukla also interviewed Steve Williamson last week, in case you didn’t get a chance to hear it.
From Tim Wharnsby at the Globe & Mail,
Include NHL players in the group not happy with the soaring Canadian dollar and weakened U.S. dollar. For years, Canadian players were quite content about the lower Canadian dollar because their salaries were paid out in U.S. currency. The European players also found their bank accounts had more value when they returned home for the summer.
There was the odd player, who was paid in Canadian currency, but not after the most recent collective agreement that was put in place in August 2005.
11.17 of the current collective agreement reads: Currency. All standard player contracts must provide compensation in U.S. currency for NHL salaries and bonuses. Minor league compensation may be in the native currency of the NHL club.
Atlanta Thrashers left wing Ilya Kovalchuk, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and Minnesota Wild right wing Marian Gaborik have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending November 4.
For the second consecutive year, the NHL-All Star Fan Balloting process will be entirely digital. From Nov. 13 through Jan. 2, fans around the world can “Vote Now, Vote Often” for the Eastern and Western Conference All-Star starters for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game online at NHL.com. In addition, U.S. fans also can cast votes through Verizon Wireless cell phones….
The NHL will promote the “Vote Now, Vote Often” campaign across the NHL All-Star Fan Balloting print, radio, online and wireless advertising platform….
“Due to the tremendous response from our fans around the world during last year’s All-Star balloting, the completely digital platform is back,” said Brian Jennings, NHL Executive Vice President, Marketing. “Our fans will have the ability to cast their votes for the starting NHL All-Star line-up as often as they like.”
from Lyle Richardson at the Hockey News,
The Columbus Blue Jackets are off to a surprising and impressive start to this season, powered by rejuvenated winger Rick Nash, who’s thrived under Ken Hitchcock’s coaching.
Imagine how much better Nash could do with a genuine first line center on his line.
Hitchcock and Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson have tried without much success to find that center within their ranks, and it’s believed Howson is calling around the league in search of one.
more trade and rumor talk but first a word on Nash….
I believe Hitchcock is quickly turning him into an all-around player. Having Nash killing a 5-3 yesterday sure shows the confidence Htich has in Nash and he is responding…
from James Duthie of TSN,
It’s time for a hockey version of the NBA Slam-Dunk Contest.
I want the most ridiculous “How’d he do that!?!” dekes, the sickest spineramas, the lacrosse-like over the shoulder flips.
I want celebrity judges with placards (Hey, I know a guy who could get Hilary Duff). I want screaming fans holding up “10” signs. I want more YouTube hits than D*** in a Box.
“Well, it’s something that was brought up in our meetings,” says NHL VP Colin Campbell. “We know we have to do something to spice up the all-star weekend to make it more exciting for the fans. So it’s worth considering.”
from Steve Zipay at Newsday,
Columbus’ Sergei Federov is 3-3-6 and a minus-2 in 12 games. He’s an aging superstar on a young team on the rise ... The Blues’ Doug Weight. Another vet in trouble. He has no goals and two assists in 11 games ...
Pittsburgh reps have been following the Stars from city-to-city. The hunch: Assessing Dallas G Marty Turco and/or defensemen.
fromm Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Ex-Bruin Anson Carter hoped to kick-start his career with a return to Edmonton this fall, joining the Oilers on a tryout basis, but suffered a concussion during the first shift of his first exhibition game. Tryout over. “He’s fully recovered and ready to go now,” said his agent, Pat Brisson, who also guides the career of one Sidney Crosby. “Let us not forget that he had a career high of 33 goals a couple of years ago.”
many more NHL items…
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Brian Burke is trying to promote movement in the NHL.
Three executives told Sun Media yesterday that the Ducks president and GM has asked NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly to study a proposal that would allow teams to pick up a portion of a player’s contract to help facilitate trades.
While Burke tried a similar move last year with a per-transaction cap of $2 million (all terms US) and a per-team cap of $4 million, it didn’t fly. It’s believed he has lowered the amount this year to $500,000 per transaction and several GMs are on board.
from Hockey Adventure,
...While your typical NHL enforcer wouldn’t take kindly to being dubbed a Twinkie, what he offers with his fisticuffs is a cheap, junk food-like substitute for the satisfaction of skill-based hockey.
Is fighting popular? Does it sell? Sure. Just like 500 million Twinkies are sold each year. So what? That doesn’t mean it’s good for the consumer.
If the hockey you dish up is of high enough quality in the first place, nobody cares if there’s no fighting.
thanks to a KK member for the pointer…
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