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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
So there’s little-to-no chance the NHL could corral the average Vegas tourist’s disposable income. That leaves the locals. And does anyone really think that, in a city where there is more competition for one’s entertainment budget than practically anywhere else on the planet, the locals are going to opt for blocked slapshots and scrums along the boards?
Is the NHL arrogant enough to believe that – in the midst of exotic animal exhibitions, sins of the flesh and oxygen-fueled gambling – the Average Joe is going to shell out to watch the likes of Lou Lamoriello’s Trap-tacular Extravaganza?
Isn’t the idea of the defense-first NHL in Vegas very much like dropping Chastity the Abstinence Clown into the middle of Amsterdam’s red-light district and expecting bonzo box office to follow?
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
For Hull, the possessor of the most deadly one-timer in league history, bending his blade—along with the rules—was the difference between an average career and one for the ages.
“I had an illegal stick all the time and it wasn’t so much that I thought I was cheating, but, you know, I wouldn’t have got 300 goals in this league unless I’d had that stick that I used. I couldn’t shoot it without that curve.”
How prevalent is this offense? Go down the list of the league’s top snipers and many of them—including Ilya Kovalchuk, Jaromir Jagr and Teemu Selanne—were nabbed last season with an illegal curve.
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
via the Hamilton Spectator,
Jim Balsillie gave reporters the brush-off yesterday in the Pro-Am at the Canadian Open at Angus Glen Golf Club but he did give a fan a brief update on his quest to bring a National Hockey League team to Hamilton.
The billionaire co-owner of Research in Motion, who was playing with defending Canadian Open champion Jim Furyk, hit his drive in the rough just off the 18th fairway. When he got there a fan yelled out “you’ve got to get a team for Hamilton!”
Balsillie replied “I’m trying.”
via the Winnipeg Free Press,
NHL exile Alexei Yashin is returning to a place “where he’s looked at like a god,” his girlfriend, model and actress Carol Alt, says.
Yashin—who became an unrestricted free agent last month when the New York Islanders bought out the remaining four years of his 10-year, US$87.5-million contract—signed a one-year deal last week with Locomotiv Yaroslavi of the Russian League.
“I think he needs to go where people understood him and where he’s looked at like a god,” Alt said.
“He wants to come back (to the NHL), but I just think he needs to clear his head.”
from the CP via TSN,
“I’m going to help somebody next year, wherever it’s going to be,’’ Peca said Wednesday during the NHL Players’ Association annual charity golf tournament.
One of those options remains the Toronto Maple Leafs, for whom he played 35 games last season before his season was cut short by a serious leg injury.
‘‘Right from the end of the season it’s been `We want you back, we’d like to re-sign you,’‘’ the 33-year-old centre said of his communication with the Leafs. ‘‘But they’ve had some cap issues that they’re trying to resolve. And that’s basically where it’s at.
‘‘I know (Leafs GM) John (Ferguson) had contacted (Peca’s agent) Don Meehan about a week and a half ago just reiterating the same thing.’‘
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In my NHL.com blog today, I ask readers to submit their questions here.
Hopefully, this will turn out to be a “reference post”, where hockey fans can ask away and get the correct answer.
note 10:06pm, post will remain “sticky” for a day or two.
from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,
With so many goalies moving this offseason, facemask artists can bank on a backlog of work based on redesigns. The turnover hasn’t precisely been from A-to-Z but from Aebischer to Weekes comes pretty close.
While there hasn’t been a blockbuster deal like last year’s Roberto Luongo from Florida to Vancouver heist, several teams have tried to shore up their number one status. Not coincidentally, the Panthers helped themselves the most by pilfering Tomas Vokoun from the payroll-letting Nashville Predators and, in the process, moved themselves into the mix as a team capable of becoming the Southeast Division’s fourth different champion in four seasons.
New York Post blogger wants to eliminate ten NHL teams,
I’d lose the following ten clubs (despite three of them accounting for the last three Stanley Cups won):
Minnesota (and move the Stars back north)
his reasoning, read on...
When it comes to NHL season tickets, a few teams have a waiting list.
Behind the Jersey gives you the information and other sports are included too…
Minnesota Wild: Despite not having a successful playoff team, the Wild have a solid waiting list of over 7500 fans. One message board member said that he heard you have to wait 5-10 years for an upper bowl seat (lower bowl seats are easier to obtain). To get your name on the list, you must pay a one time deposit of $200 to keep your membership in the Minnesota Wild Warming House. You then must pay $100 yearly to keep your name on the list.
much, much more...
For Wings fans, it is my understanding the “waiting list” is at about 6000 names.
from Spector at Fox Sports,
What re-ignited them was a report by TSN on July 1 suggesting the Calgary Flames might consider offering up Alex Tanguay to the Panthers for Jokinen.
Panthers GM Jacques Martin (who replaced Mike Keenan last year) and Flames GM Darryl Sutter both denied the report. Still, it was enough to spark internet chatter claiming Jokinen was available, based on the Panthers supposed desire to dump his salary in hopes of landing good young players for their “rebuilding project”.
But the Panthers are no longer rebuilding. This is a team that has made continual improvement since the 2001-02 season, and came oh-so-close to making the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs. Indeed, had former GM Keenan not traded away Luongo to Vancouver in one of the worst deals in NHL history (a move that likely led to Keenan’s firing), the Panthers probably would’ve made the postseason.
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