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Damien Cox and Scott Burnside do their weekly faceoff on ESPN:
This week’s topic: There has been a real dichotomy between the success of young players and the struggles of older players. Are we seeing the end of the line for some venerable NHL stars?
Damien: Well, let’s not talk in generalities as we celebrate the 73rd NHL season of Chris Chelios. Which players, specifically, do we think are showing those telltale signs of wear and tear and should be thinking about retiring to the broadcast booth?
Scott: Well, we could start with two venerable Americans. First, Doug Weight…
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The NHL board of governors will meet in Pebble Beach, Calif., later this month and the schedule will be the big news coming out of there.
It appears the governors are considering two options.
One, go back to the pre-lockout format. It is as follows:
* six games vs. each of four divisional opponents (24)
* four games vs. each of 10 conference opponents (40)
* one game vs. each of 15 out-of-conference opponents (15)
* three “wild-card” games vs. select out-of-conference opponents (3)
This format allows for every team to play every team at least once, but it would still be every other year before a player like Crosby would play in every building.
From Allan Maki at the Globe & Mail (Friday edition),
William (Boots) Del Biaggio III, who would own as much as 49 per cent of the Predators if they are sold to a collection of mostly Nashville people, spoke glowingly of one of his recently added partners, Windsor-born Doug Bergeron, then added: “I don’t mind telling The Globe and Mail I’m very excited to have a Canadian billionaire as part of my group. It’s refreshing to have someone who respects the NHL, respects the process and the tradition of the NHL.”
That comment was aimed squarely at Balsillie, who had offered more than $220-million (all currency U.S.) for the Predators, only to upset the NHL by accepting season-ticket deposits in Hamilton, where he had hoped to take the team.
from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
Recently we’ve seen examples of hockey’s citizens circumventing The Code. Alexei Kovalev criticizes his coach. Markus Naslund criticizes his coach. Alain Vigneault criticizes his player. Again, the list goes on.
The truth is The Code is broken all the time. And guess what? Nothing happened. The sky didn’t fall. The sun rose the next day. Jesus didn’t appear.
But what you need to realize – what we all need to realize – is that The Code is essentially a thinly-veiled attempt at cerebral segregation. It’s tantamount to special handshakes in secret clubs.
NEW YORK (November 1, 2007)—Detroit Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire and Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for October.
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
5. D.J. King
Height, weight: 6-3, 230
Scouting report: Considered one of the game’s top up-and-coming fighters.
read on for the other four…
from the Mercury News,
Why don’t NHL coaches give forward lines more time to jell? Why can’t coaches be more patient?
“Patience,” Detroit Coach Mike Babcock said, “is an interesting thing. My mother had lots and I have none.”
“In a perfect world,” Dallas Coach Dave Tippett said, “you could just put your lines together and everybody does their job and it just flows right and you win all the time. That’s a perfect world, that’s not reality.”
more (may req. reg.)
From Eduardo A. Encina at the St. Petersburg Times,
After meeting with him Wednesday in New York, Lightning team president Ron Campbell said NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told him the sale of the team appears ahead of schedule.
Campbell attended Wednesday’s game in New Jersey to take in the Devils’ new $375-million arena, the Prudential Center.
Earlier in the day, Campbell met with Bettman at the league offices and received an update on the sale of the team, the St. Pete Times Forum lease and 51/2 acres of adjoining land from Palace Sports & Entertainment to Absolute Hockey Enterprises. Campbell said he still anticipates the deal would be completed by the Dec. 31 deadline.
continued… (*plus other odds & ends on the Lightning)
From Harvey Rosen at the Jewish Ledger,
North American minor-pro hockey leagues and other international circuits are teeming with swift and shifty skaters of diminutive stature. Their size, unfortunately, makes them decided underdogs to reach the pinnacle of the National Hockey League. In time, the cold reality of the ice game sets in and many pack their gear and head home to resume the next stage of their lives.
Los Angeles Kings’ winger Mike Cammalleri, despite being only 5’ 9” and weighing 180, was not to be deterred by mere measurements. The son of a Jewish mother, Adele Gelbard, drafted in 2001 in the second round (49th overall), just kept on producing regardless of the level at which he played.
continued… (*includes a look at numerous accomplished Jewish players in the NHL)
from the Windsor Star,
Budd Lynch feels like he’s been the kid peeking through the knothole in the outfield fence watching some of the greatest events and people of the past seven decades unfold.
In his biography, My Life, From Normandy to Hockeytown, Lynch tells a tale that starts with his humble beginnings in Windsor and makes a stop on the beaches of Normandy before touching on his work with bandleader Glenn Miller, broadcaster Mel Allen along with his own broadcasting career with the Detroit Red Wings that earned him induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985.
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