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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
What should the NHL look like in the middle of this century, when today’s issues — obstruction, goal-scoring, officiating, U.S. television exposure — are hopefully finally put to bed.
By then, a 32-team entity, with eight teams in Canada, eight in Europe and 16 in the United States would make the most sense. Travel, of course, would be the biggest single issue in a global game.
Maybe the NHL could purchase half-a-dozen of whatever the 2050 equivalent of the Concorde is and use them as a means of getting teams from one end of the continent to the other and then overseas, as necessary — thereby pooling all travel costs within the industry and not necessarily penalizing Vancouver and Dallas for being geographically so remote from the rest of the league.
more... and some Drury talk…
I touch on a few subjects today at my NHL.com blog.
The talk in changing the OT format gets addressed too.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
“What do you think about making the nets bigger?” he asked me.
“I don’t think any idea should be off the table,” I said.
“All I know is, if they replaced the current nets with the bigger ones (the league) tested a couple years ago, I’d bet you most fans in the stands wouldn’t be able to tell the difference,” he said. “But with that extra bit of room to shoot at, it would make a big difference to shooters.”
“And if that didn’t result in more scoring?” I said.
“Then I’d shrink the goaltending equipment even more than they already have,” he said.
more NHL bits…
from Bob Duff of the Wndsor Star,
“Our second night in Kandahar, they took us over to see the spy planes,” Probert said. “We were in the one of the rooms getting briefed on the spy planes and all of a sudden the sirens start going off.”
“They came in an escorted us right to the bomb shelter. The bunker, they called it.”
While there, Probert looked around at his fellow retired NHLers and spied Dan Daoust, Mike Pelyk, Lou Franceschetti, Dave Hutchison, Dave (Tiger) Williams and Kevin Maguire, all of them former Toronto Maple Leafs and decided to add a little levity to a tense situation.
“I said, ‘Apparently, they found out the Maple Leafs were here,’” Probert said. “That didn’t go over too well.”
from the AP via the Akron Beacon Journal,
“We have gone this far, it would be foolish not to see what’s out there,” Gomez said. “That doesn’t man anything. It doesn’t mean I am leaning one way or I don’t want to be here. I have talked to all the guys that have played here and gone through this. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Gomez went to arbitration last summer and was awarded a one-year, $5 million deal.
After collecting 13 goals and 47 assists in the regular season, and four goals and 10 assists in the postseason, Gomez can expect even more next year.
from the CP via the CBC,
An NHL team and a European team will square off next year in what the International Ice Hockey Federation hopes will become an annual exhibition series, a source told The Canadian Press on Monday.
IIHF President Rene Fasel is scheduled to make the announcement Tuesday during a news conference at the IIHF World Hockey Championship. The series will take place in September 2008.
Ideally, the IIHF would like to have the Stanley Cup champion meet a European champion but that won’t be the case for the first event.
Player movement talk during the summer is beginning to heat up and Spector covers all the talk.
We are less than two months away from the UFA signing period and teams are still trying to lock up their players before they hit the open market.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The Hockey Hall of Fame committee is going to have their hands full this year when they vote after the draft because they can only let four skaters in and there’s five, for sure, that should get in. Mark Messier is a lock. Ron Francis is close. Al MacInnis (Norris trophy, Stanley Cup ring), Scott Stevens (Conn Smythe trophy) and Igor Larionov (Russian trailblazer) are also on the ballot. So is Claude Lemieux, who won Cups with three different teams and had 19 game-winning playoff goals,
much more NHL talk…
from The Kingston Whig-Standard,
Kirk Muller and Doug Gilmour have been Kingston’s poster boys for the NHL for two decades, playing for a combined 13 teams. Last night, at the 12th annual Kingston and District Sports Hall of Fame, the boys came home.
“Who said you can’t come home? Thank you, I appreciate it tremendously,” said Gilmour last night before a sold-out Hall of Fame crowd at the Ambassador Motel.
“To be going into the same hall with a group of people I grew up cherishing is a very special honour,” Muller said.
from Tricia Garner at the Sporting News,
What better place to find out how casual, normal fans think than a town called, uh, Normal? I walked up to every normal-looking guy I could find in Normal, Ill., and asked him a handful of questions about the post-lockout NHL. Questions like ...
What network are the playoffs on?
(The answer: Versus, primarily, and NBC.)
“It’s not a big network. I know that.”
“Um ... I don’t know, but I know it’s hard to find.”
And then one man, definitive in his response: “Fox News.” Pause. “I mean, Sports. Fox Sports.”
The result: The biggest vote-getter—nearly 20 percent—was ESPN. ABC, CBS, ESPN2, FOX Sports and TNT all drew guesses. Sixteen percent said either Versus, the Outdoor Life Network or “the network that used to be OLN.”
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