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from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,
Now that the distraction of union infighting is largely gone, the spotlight will invariably shift to the state of the NHL in its third season back in business, and especially to the man who won that labour war at the behest of his employers, commissioner Gary Bettman.
It’s going to get uncomfortable.
Spin it any way you want (and the great helmsman will certainly do his best). It’s still nearly impossible to argue that big-league professional hockey today is better off than it was before the lockout.
Though Bettman continues to deny the obvious, the huge leap in the value of the Canadian dollar, and not the new economic system, is the single biggest factor in the rising salary cap.
ESPN now has weekly player rankings…
We’re giving you more rankings fun this season as we introduce our weekly Player Rankings. We’ll rank 15 players every Wednesday along with our Power Rankings.
read on and some guy nicknamed “Z” is 2nd…
Just a note about rankiings. I have always made it a point to stay away from updating KK readers on any tpye of weekly ranking. I will do so on occassion, but if I did so on a regular basis, well, all we would have here is rankings!
Sidney Crosby on The New NHL and a few other topics…
from Ian Winwood at the Guardian Unlimited,
Let’s imagine that you’re an American family, off to enjoy an evening of sport. Better yet, let’s imagine you’re a Canadian family - much more poster friendly. “What do you fancy going to see tonight, eh?” asks Dad, from somewhere in the Toronto suburbs. “Wow, I know!” says Mom. “Let’s go and see the Maple Leafs play! They’re up against the Montreal Canadiens. We might get to see them beat someone half to death!” “By a man using his bare fists?” ask the kids. “You betcha!” answers Pop. “Yay!” they all yell. “Hooray!”
read on on why Ian wants to ban fighting…
Spector has all the trade and signing talk today…
Yvon Pednault reported during last night’s Montreal-Florida game that the Canadiens and Calgary Flames might be talking about a swap of Alex Kovalev for Alex Tanguay. Scouts from the Calgary Flames were apparently in attendance, possibly to scout Kovalev, who used to play for Flames head coach Mike Keenan in New York…
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,
Players around the league have roundly applauded hefty suspensions to Philadelphia Flyers forwards Steve Downie and Jesse Boulerice this season. The message is clear: hits to the head will no longer be tolerated.
“That kind of stuff is crazy,” said veteran winger Mark Recchi. “That’s stuff that doesn’t belong in the game. We’re a sport that allows fighting and you can vent your frustration by a fight if you want, but it’s a clean, hard game and that stuff doesn’t belong.
“I think (NHL disciplinarian) Colin Campbell has done the right thing.”
read on for the reaction from other NHL players…
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.”
more… highlighted stories from Buccigross
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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.
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