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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Beginning with the likes of Fred “The Fog” Shero, who added Mike Nykoluk as his assistant with the bullying Flyers of the 1970s, and the legendary Scotty Bowman, the trusted Claude Ruel forever by his side in his Montreal glory days, coaching has become a complex, multilayered exercise. On most NHL teams today, the head coach has at least two assistants, as well as a goalie coach, and “off-ice” assistants, including those who specialize in video and strength and conditioning.
from the Washington Post,
And just like that, NHL action is underway. Now we could go on about how nobody noticed the season starting for what’s supposed to be a major sports league, and how hockey gets lower TV ratings than Mahjong tournaments, but that wouldn’t be kind…. We want to go in a diferent direction and find out what people actually LIKE about the NHL, eh?
My favorite response…
...The NBA is pathetic - wouldnt go to a game if someone gave me a pair of court side tickets to the Buzzards. The NHL has some issues - sure - all of the major sports leagues do. The fact that ESPN doesnt show high lights is a plus as far as I am concerned - that means that hockey fans know not to turn on the network and try to listen to the illiterate ramblings of Suart Scott - Booo Yeah!
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from the LA Times via the Toronto Star,
For truth be told, goal judges are now an anachronism. The two-referee system (phased in during the 1998-99 season and fully implemented by 2000-01) and video replay judges have made it so. As well, league executives monitoring each game from their Toronto offices have the authority to make final decisions on controversial goals.
The NHL also has made good use of high-definition technology and will be spending about $5 million in arenas this season to upgrade that equipment, Mike Murphy, the league’s vice-president of hockey operations, said.
“The goal judge became less and less a factor. Still a factor but quite a factor down the list,” Murphy said, adding the job has become more of a way to signal a goal to those sitting in remote areas of an arena.
From Michael Cass at the Tennessean,
The lease deal being negotiated between the city and a group buying the Nashville Predators calls for taxpayers to fund $7 million of improvements such as new “Fun Zones” at Sommet Center.
The capital projects would be in addition to the $4.2 million of tax money and seat fees per year that would be used for operations of the hockey team.
The group purchasing the team in an effort to keep it in Nashville says the city would get the money back over time because of increased activity at Sommet Center and downtown.
From the Daily Cardinal,
Hockey season is upon us; get out your sweaters and goalie sticks, it’s time to spend some time in the penalty box!
While I love football, and all sports on campus equally (sort of the company line), I do keep a special place in my heart for hockey. Maybe it’s because I was never able to play hockey as a child, and in fact, still have never tried to ice skate in my life (hold for astonished gasps and bits of laughter).
Maybe it’s because I like to see grown men skating around with only half of their teeth and two black eyes. But I digress: hockey is just plain fun to watch.
from the CP via TSN,
Moments after helping Scotiabank announce that it is now the official bank of the league, Bettman was besieged with a wide-ranging series of questions on Wednesday.
He talked about the proposed sale of the Nashville Predators and potential expansion. He spoke about the league’s foray into Europe and touched briefly on Rick Tocchet’s suspension, the rising Canadian dollar, the NHLPA’s search for an executive director and the New York Rangers lawsuit against the league.
Even with so much on his plate, Bettman was looking forward to the puck dropping in North America on the 90th NHL season. He was to attend the Maple Leafs-Ottawa Senators later in the evening.
Finally, the puck drops in North America tonight.
Center Ice ready, Verus tuned in and still waiting (but know it is coming) for the NHL Network.
The game is back folks, we are in our comfort zone again. The ice is heating up and I can’t wait.
A tradition here at KK continues, enjoy! (wmp audio)
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
Here’s a look at some players, coaches, teams and managers who might be making headlines this season:
Our pick for best defenseman (Norris Trophy)
With Scott Niedermayer on the fence somewhere between Fernie, British Columbia, and retirement, the door once again swings wide open for Nicklas Lidstrom, who has managed to win five of the last six awarded. Chris Pronger may give chase in Anaheim, but this is Lidstrom’s trophy to lose.
Our pick for best goaltender (Vezina Trophy)
This one represents a changing of the guard as far as we’re concerned. Yes, Martin Brodeur will be in the mix as will Roberto Luongo, but watch for Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers to earn his first Vezina after being nominated in each of his first two NHL seasons.
from the Sun-Sentinel,
The wife of NHL Hall of Famer and former New York Rangers coach and general manager Emile “The Cat” Francis has been found unharmed at a hotel after he reported she was missing.
If you can catch ESPN Classic today, you have some great games to watch.
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