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The NHL Talks Fighting

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

So, as the injuries get more serious and the scary incidents work their way up the hockey ladder, it’s clear the league will do nothing concrete about fighting until someone in the NHL suffers the same fate as Don Sanderson. In the back of my mind, I think Colin Campbell is convinced exactly that is going to happen someday. Bettman talks about taking a “good, hard look at it,” but offers no structure of how that’s going to happen and no timeline for any changes.

In other words, the NHL is basically giving the issue lip service because of the perfect storm that has happened lately, but don’t expect anything drastic.

“Based on the conversations I’ve had with lots of constituencies – players, owners, managers, coaches – I don’t think there’s any appetite to abolish fighting in the game,” Bettman said. “There are lots of reasons for that, including that it has been a part of the game.”

more and Bettman talks about other hockey issues…

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The Bettman Report

from Noah Love of the National Post,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman held his annual All-Star news conference following the NHL Board of Governors meeting, and said he thought that if the league was to expand or forced to consider relocation, Toronto could probably handle a second team.

Mind you, he’s not thinking about it, doesn’t want you to think about it and seems to dread the thought of doing the legwork to make it happen.

“I’m not sure what level of research anybody has done on the subject, because we haven’t done any,” Bettman said at Montreal’s Windsor Hotel, coincidentally the same place the league was founded in 1917. “While we haven’t done a formal market study, intuitively, my guess is, on some basis somewhere it might work. You don’t make what could be a billion dollar decision — the combination of buying a team and building a building — on intuitive instinct.”

more from Bettman…

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Saturday Hockey Talk

It’s time for the weekly edition of the Inside Hockey Radio Show with hosts James Murphy and Todd Carroll.  Here’s a note from Murph, for anyone in Montreal today:

This week we are live from Montreal and the 2009 NHL All Star celebration! We will be broadcasting from the XM stand under the “All Star Jamboree Tent” across from the Bell Centre and we will be joined by numerous NHL stars in person. So if you’re in Montreal this Saturday, do drop by the “Jamboree” tent to say hello and listen to some good hockey talk.

The show is on the air from 2-4pm ET on NHL Hockey Ice XM 204, on TEAM 990 and YouCastr.com.  You can call in at 1-877-645-6696 or email radio@insidehockey.com.

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  Tags: all+star+game, asg, inside+hockey, media

Is There A Need For A ‘High Hit’ Rule?

from Mark Moore at the Toronto Star,

The reason why the NHL and its players are resisting a simple ban on all hits to the head is this: Bodychecking is part of hockey, and it isn’t just for show or intimidation. Defending in hockey depends on playing the body. Playing the puck is too risky, because skilled players can move it around and leave you chasing air. You defend by stopping the puck-carrier with body contact as far from your net as possible….

However, I believe there are ways to eliminate the problem of hits to the head. Here is my proposal, fully explained:

1. Create a rule banning “high hits” the way we ban high sticks. A high hit could be defined as:

a) Any time a player leaves his feet to make a check;

b) Any part of the checker’s arm being extended above his own shoulder prior to or at the moment of impact;

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Money Being Returned

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Zach Parise is 24 years old, one of the brightest young stars in the NHL and a pro athlete pulling down millions of dollars in annual pay.

Yet as of yesterday, Parise seemed unaware he was already out almost $170,000 in salary for this season, with another $310,000 or more still to lose.

The New Jersey Devils forward, a participant in tomorrow’s NHL All-Star Game, is one of hundreds of NHL players who are about to be struck by the bombshell that the deteriorating North American economy is about to take enormous bites out of their paycheques.

According to the projections of NHL Players’ Association boss Paul Kelly, his members will collectively return about $217 million back to the league this season as NHL revenues plummet.

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Please Answer Truthfully

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

When the NHL’s board of governors meets Saturday morning in Montreal, there should be no shortage of questions for commissioner Gary Bettman.

With a place in the privileged room, here’s what we might ask as governors:

Are the Phoenix Coyotes buying as many as 4,000 tickets a game in hopes of meeting their revenue-sharing targets so that, unlike last season, they will qualify for a full portion of revenue-sharing money?

We all know the NHL is carrying the Coyotes through advances on their estimated shared revenues. But are the payouts now in excess of those estimates, and if so, how do we get paid back?

Meantime, are you planning to increase the NHL’s line of credit at Citibank to more than $100-million (all currency U.S.) to float the Coyotes through next season?

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Now They Must Really Work Together

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Friday’s announcement that the National Hockey League’s players would extend the collective-bargaining agreement at least through the fall of 2011 may be seen by some as a kind of achievement, an end piece.

It’s not. It is a beginning.

And unless both the NHL and its players use the intervening time to continue to work at deficiencies in the current agreement and ensure labor peace well beyond the life of the CBA, then the announcement will be pointless.

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Transcript of Q&A with Sidney Crosby in Montreal

Transcript courtesy of the NHL.

Q. Just, I guess, a comment from you on your decision to come here this weekend. There’s been some talk that perhaps if you didn’t come, you wouldn’t be eligible to play in the Penguins’ next game.

        SIDNEY CROSBY: Yeah, my plan was to come here from the moment that I decided that I wasn’t going to be able to play due to injury. I’d had a talk with Gary Bettman as to the capacity of me being here, what it was going to be.

        I obviously wanted to be here, but still want the focus to be on the guys that are here, too, and not the fact that I’m coming.

        I’m happy to be a part of it. I’m probably not here playing like I would like to be, but it’s the second-best thing and I’m happy to be here anyway.

        Q. Pavel Datsyuk and Nick Lidstrom will be kept out of their next game on Tuesday evening. How do you feel about that? And did you and Gary discuss that if you didn’t come and take part in some of the events, that that would be the issue for you? And I think you play Wednesday next week.

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  Tags: all+star+game, asg, interview, sidney+crosby, transcript

Resting Up Just A Little Longer

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

A lot of times, a team will hold an injured player out of the final week before the all-star game just to give him that little bit of extra healing time – and not take a chance on aggravating a problem in his first game back. So, for example, the Bruins figure that both Milan Lucic, who also skipped the YoungStars Game because of a shoulder problem, and Andrew Ference, who has been out since before Christmas with a broken leg, will be back in the line-up once the break ends. So too will be Montreal’s Chris Higgins (shoulder) and Chicago’s Duncan Keith.

many more hockey topics…

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NHLPA Declines To Terminate CBA

“While the NHLPA’s membership has issues with the current Agreement, the players and their Executive Board decided that due to the current economic conditions as well as the players’ focus on continuing to help grow this game and expose our great athletes to many more fans, now is not the appropriate time to enter complex labour negotiations.”——NHLPA Executive Director, Paul Kelly


TORONTO/MONTREAL (January 23, 2009) – The Executive Board of the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today that the NHLPA has declined to exercise its option to terminate the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) following the 2008-09 season. The current CBA between the NHLPA and the National Hockey League will remain in effect for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.

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