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from Darren Eliot at Sporst Illustrated,
Dear Mr. Lowe,
I’m writing you on behalf of all current and future NHL players and their agents. First, let me commend you on your brilliant use of the Collective Bargaining Agreement mechanism known as the offer sheet. In tendering both Thomas Vanek and, most recently, Dustin Penner you not only demonstrated keen insight into the minutiae of the binding agreement between players and management, you also exhibited an astute assessment of talent.
Spector has some interesting news today, including the possibility of Patrice Brisebois returning to the Canadiens.
Former Detroit Red Wings defenceman Danny Markov is being seriously courted by Vityaz Chekhov of the Russian Superleague.
Both Sovsport and Vityaz Chekhov’s official website report that Vityaz’s GM, Alexei Zhamnov, has met with Markov, who is split as to whether he’ll continue his career in the NHL or return home:
from David Kolb at MSG Network,
None of the media outlets north of the border missed an opportunity this summer, slamming Gary Bettman….
The big complaint has been that the fractious billionaire, Jim Balsillie was unable to corral the Nashville Predators and high-jack the club to Hamilton, Ontario, giving Canada its seventh team. It’s the second NHL club purchase that Balsillie has botched.
For goodness sakes … he was selling season tickets in Hamilton already. How cheesy is that?
from Ken Campbell at the Hockey News,
Although the chances of a gambling scandal surfacing in hockey are probably much less than in basketball, the NHL is actively taking steps to further prevent the possibility of a Tim Donaghy situation from happening in its league.
The league has already sent a memo to the NHL Officials’ Association saying that it wants to meet to see what further steps might be needed to prevent an on-ice official from doing what Donaghy is alleged to have done, betting on his own sport’s games and passing information on to others who are involved in betting.
from John Ryan at the Mercury News,
Gary Bettman, the commissioner of the only major sport* not in crisis, gives a seminar on Managing From The Top. Attendees: Bud Selig, Roger Goodell and David Stern.
(*It was major once.)
OK, listen up, dillweeds, because I don’t have all day. I have a league to run, not a penal colony or a chemistry class. And it ain’t easy making this NHL thing do what it do.
As I see it, y’all have one big problem: ESPN. I turn on that network and what do I see? Baseball Tonight. NFL Live. NBA Shootaround. Every day! That’s a lot of time to fill. They have to obsess over everything, good and bad.
from Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun,
Don Cherry has jumped over the boards and taken the gloves off in defence of the Staal brothers, saying the media coverage of their arrest was “unfair” and “ridiculous.”
And the coach is throwing some of his punches at us at the Sun, for which he has traded in his usual thumbs up into a definite two thumbs down.
“I am very disappointed in the Sun because I always thought of it as very fair and not a trash tabloid,” he said last night from his cottage near Kingston. “But what you did to those kids by putting their mug shots on the front of the paper was really low.”
Guy enters Ralph Wilson Stadium to check out his Buffalo Bills season ticket seats.
Has video camera with him, spots mock-up ice rink on field…
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…
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