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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…
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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