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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
In the coming days and weeks, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is going to be asked to make difficult decisions on two prickly issues, decisions whose ramifications may reverberate around the league for years.
Both decisions involve how to deal with men who have run afoul of the law. Both will require Bettman to balance the desire for good public relations with what is right and just, and possibly even compassionate.
First, there is the issue of what to do with disgraced assistant coach Rick Tocchet, who pleaded guilty to a variety of gambling offenses and was ordered to serve two years of probation last week.
continued and Scott’s second issue is Mark Bell…
from Black Athlete,
I don’t know about you, but if you’ve ever seen or been privy to a hit-and-run situation, you know that the act itself is tantamount to attempted murder when alcohol is added to the equation.
I’m amazed that an advocacy group like MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) isn’t after Bell’s ass with the same passion as PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) in Vick’s case.
For Bettman to make light of these incidents is to imply hockey has no problem—and the treatment in both issues further gives the impression ain’t nothin’ goin’ on but the ice.
Bettman’s laissez-faire attitude says “No problem—because ‘our guys’ aren’t troublemakers like those in those “other leagues”—and there are no moral issues in conflict with our athletes.”
Meanwhile, 50 years since the first black player, Wilie O’Ree, laced up his skates for the Boston Bruins, the NHL still wants to pretend that Black folks in America aren’t worth cozying up to sell their game to.
via the Blueshirts Blog,
Michael Peca will not be a Ranger this season.
Agent Don Meehan confirmed moments ago that the Rangers did not make Peca a contract offer.
Meehan said that he expected to complete negotiation on a one-year deal for the 33-year-old center within a couple of hours. Columbus appears to be the city where the former Islanders captain will be playing his home games this season.
added 9:06pm, On the front page of the Columbus Dispatch but no link yet- Peca expected to sign
added 9:08pm, Link now working,
Michael Peca is likely to sign a contract with the Blue Jackets either late tonight or early Wednesday.
It’s a one-year contract with incentives, according to a source.
As of 8:45 p.m., Peca’s agent, Don Meehan, was negotiating with Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson over the final details.
added 10:57pm,, The same link from the Dispatch now stating Peca has agreed to terms with Columbus.
from Blue Notes,
The Mike Peca saga will end tomorrow.
Don Meehan, the agent for the free-agent center, who the Rangers had in for a physical and talks with brass last week, said his client will choose Tuesday about which team he’ll play for this season.
“He’ll make a decision (Tuesday),” Meehan said during a brief phone call last night of Peca, 33, who played just 35 games last seaon after breaking his right leg in late December while skating for the Maple Leafs.“It’s down to a few teams.”
added 6:18am, from the NY Daily News,
Asked whether Sather wants to sign Peca, agent Don Meehan replied: “I’ve been trying to figure that out. I’ve tried to reach him (yesterday and Sunday) and can’t. And I’m working with time constraints now. I’ve got to find out where he stands.
“We’re probably going to force the issue by (today). If I can’t reach him (today), we’ll just go our separate way.”
from Expressen- rough translation follows:
NHL star Janne Niinimaa has [received] a serious inquiry [from] the Swedish championship finalist [Linköpings HC].
“[We may have] the possibility [to recruit] him so is he clearly interesting,” Linköping’s says sports manager Johan Hemlin.
...“We have contacted his agent, but they await enough [for] few [contracts] really from NHL first,” says Hemlin.
from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,
I’m not sure why, but I’m always drawn to the offensive storylines each season presents—contrary thinking for a former goalie, I know—and to looking at the state of the Original Six franchises. Maybe if you replace “former” with “old” goalie, you’ll get to the root here, but anyway, here are some of the things I hope happen during the 2007-08 season:
Original Six Prominence: With the Rangers making the bold offseason signings of Chris Drury and Scott Gomez, they should be in the mix atop the Eastern Conference all season long.
from James Mirtle,
In order to get a closer look at how the NHL’s salary structure is evolving, I took the 20-man rosters of all 30 teams from two time periods — early in the 2003-04 season and at the end of the regular season of 2006-07, this past campaign — and ran that 600-player sample through a spreadsheet.
So, what’s the difference between salaries prelockout and postlockout?
I am scheduled to be on The Hockey Central Show on TheFan 590 in Toronto today between 12p-1p ET. The show is also simulcasted on Sportsnet.
Update 2:10pm ET:
You can listen to the audio of Paul’s guest appearance here (the mp3 you can download) or play it below on our audio player.
*Special thanks to FAN590 for passing on the clip.
from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
There’s a storage area under the bench and it’s accessed by lifting up the seat.
Written in red marker—along with a bunch of other names now—are the words announcing Wayne Gretzky used the stall for his last game in Canada, April 15, 1999.
In my mind, it stands out as the most significant game ever played in the rink and will be until the Senators win a Stanley Cup there. A few words carefully printed with a red Sharpie are the tangible evidence.
Everyone who was there that night carries something much more alive, still remembers the look on Gretzky’s face during the national anthem, the ovation as the game wound down, the chants of “One more year! One more year!” as Gretzky came out for two curtain calls.
Ice Chat - NHL News, one of the newer hockey blogs, breaks down the defensive side of every NHL team, lists the cap hit for the “D” and comes out with a best squad for the buck.
Pretty interesting and I am pointing to the homepage, since it is broken down in numerous parts.
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