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From the CP via TSN,
George Gillett, the owner of the team and the Bell Centre they call home, is challenging the city’s tax assessment for the downtown hockey building.
The city evaluates the Bell Centre at $225 million but Gillett insists it’s worth only $75 million and now both parties are headed to Quebec’s administrative tribunal on Nov. 12 for a ruling.
The city has hired a battery of lawyers and experts to fight the case.
Gillett also wants a tax refund, which could go as high as $32 million, saying he’s been overtaxed.
John Buccigross at ESPN ponders 10 stories from the past week:
4. It’s just a fantasy, it’s not the real thing
Good exchange between Joe Sakic and The Denver Post’s Adrian Dater:
Question from Dater: Do you ever hear from fantasy hockey team owners with stuff like, “You cost me a win last week” or “You won me 300 bucks”?
Answer from Sakic: Yeah, you hear from ‘em. I actually have one friend who traded me last year. He told me, too. He was like, “Sorry, had to trade you, bud.”
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from Mark Spector of the National Post,
...Because most hockey players come from communities where, if someone’s dad made $150,000, that family was considered wealthy.
Remember that, Mr. Kelly, if the time ever comes where you advise 700 players to start missing pay cheques that are in the neighbourhood of US$1.5-million per season.
But that’s enough advice from a sports writer, Mr. Kelly. If you take the job as leader of NHLPA, you’ll have no shortage of that.
Listen less to those voices and more to hockey fans. Canadian ones in particular, who deserve an economic system like the one in place today, where Calgary and Edmonton can compete on a level playing field with Toronto.
from the LA Times,
...The NHL on Friday filed an initial response that asks a federal court in New York to reject Madison Square Garden’s demand for a preliminary injunction that would keep the league from taking over the Rangers’ website—and stop the league from imposing a $100,000-per-day fine. The filing also linked the lawsuit to “the sour grapes of one disgruntled NHL team owner.”
The league filing included supporting statements from Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, Minnesota Wild Chairman Bob Naegele and Pittsburgh Penguins Chief Executive Ken Sawyer—all supporters of the league’s new media plan.
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from The Maven at MSG Network,
...Already, we’ve heard from one prominent agent who makes it clear that he’ll be surprised if the majority of players allow Kelly to lead them into another no-win war. “There’s too much to lose,” the agent insists. The problem is this: will the small, but dominating, Chelios clique take another one of their macho, war-like stances?
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from the Detroit Free Press,
Never one to soften his words, Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios delivered a simple message to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday.
“I can’t believe my good friend Gary would want to leave me in Russia,” Chelios said, and it must be noted the “good friend” was deeply sarcastic. “I’d like to have a private talk with Gary one of these days, see what he means.”
Chelios was referring to the latest turn of events in the soap opera that debuted in the aftermath of the 2004-05 NHL lockout, starring Bettman, deputy commissioner Bill Daly and former NHL Players’ Association boss Ted Saskin.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
But unlike the NHL, in the NBA, an assist isn’t a big deal. It doesn’t get a player more money in contract negotiations or more status as a star player the way it does in hockey. The big stats in basketball are points, rebounds and steals, followed by blocked shots and assists.
We’re not advocating the assist fall that far down the food chain, but how about a system where an assist gets what it’s actually worth? We say goals should count for a point and assists for a half a point. (Shameless plug here: In Campbellnomics, a statistic you’ll find in THN that charts only important goals, assists are worth half a point.)
The NHL, of course, will never do this because it would compromise scoring records that have been established throughout history. And hey, they have a point there, but it’s probably not as drastic as you’d think. Here’s how the top 10 scorers of all time would look under the one point for goal and half point for assist system.
read on for the Top 10 and much more on this subject…
from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,
It’s early, but…
• It looks like Jason Spezza will win the Art Ross Trophy with no goals and 128 assists.
• Could we have been dead wrong? Will it be the New York Islanders, and not the Rangers, that succeed this season?
from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,
In days gone by, one team’s enforcer would engage the other team’s designated hitter and the code was to oblige. More and more though, the challenges that once meant an immediate throw-down now garner a dismissive shrug. So what’s a roughneck “role player” to do except try to redefine his role?
To that end, some have made the transition from baiter to skater and proved valuable forecheckers who can score a bit. Check out Chris Neil in Ottawa and Sean Avery in New York. Even Simon made the switch from puncher only to tough guy who could also take a regular shift.
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