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from John Steigerwald of the Indiana Gazette,
Maybe Sidney Crosby should just quit.
It’s not like it hasn’t happened before. He shared a home with the former Best Player in the World, who quit when he was 31 years old.
Yep. That’s what Mario Lemieux did after the 1996-97 season, and when he did it, everybody understood. They knew he was fed up with the stupidity of the NHL. If you were around back then, you remember that Lemieux made it known that he was going to retire after that season, so it wasn’t a shock when the guy who led the league in scoring with 50 goals and 72 assists decided to pack it in.
Think about that for a second. This wasn’t a broken-down player who was struggling to play up to the ridiculous standard that he had set for himself. This was a 50-goal scorer saying he’d had enough with the NHL’s refusal to enforce the rules and was walking away. Not to become a team executive or owner. That would come later. He was headed for the golf course and as far away as he could get from the game he loved.
That just doesn’t happen in sports.
The most talented player ever to pick up a hockey stick just couldn’t deal with the stupidity anymore.
Well, guess what? The stupidity is back. Big-time.
Jeremy Roenick was on the Dan Patrick Show today and touched on numerous topics. Some of the topics include, and not in order...
His injuries, the New York Rangers, comparing Jonathan Toes and Sidney Crosby and the handshake line among other hockey topics..
from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times,
A major investment group trying to bring the NHL to Seattle emerged on Thursday with word it is working with the league, potential arena builder Chris Hansen and top municipal officials to get a deal done.
Vancouver, B.C., native Victor Coleman, now a major Los Angeles real estate mogul, and longtime hedge fund manager Jonathan Glaser are heading the group, which has engaged in extensive dialogue with various entities since last year to land an NHL expansion franchise. Their latest step was a meeting last week in Seattle with Mayor Ed Murray, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and others to try to forge common ground on the arena issue.
Murray said Thursday he let the group know that the city council is not prepared to rework a Memorandum of Understanding between the city, county and Hansen to build a Sodo arena for a hockey team ahead of an NBA franchise.
“They wanted to explore the possibility of opening the MOU so a hockey team would go first,” Murray said. “My read right now is that opening up the MOU is not something the council is interested in at this time.”
But sources with knowledge of the meeting indicate that dialogue remains ongoing with Hansen and that the NHL hasn’t given up on efforts to get a team in here ahead of the NBA.
from Chris Daniels of King5 News,
Multiple sources confirmed Tuesday that the NHL commissioner and deputy commissioner made a personal visit to Seattle last week and met with its top two elected officials.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly flew to Seattle last week and met privately with King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. Bettman has publicly stated the league has interest in placing a franchise in the Seattle market, but that "building issues" have gotten in the way.
Constantine spokesman Frank Abe described the meeting between Bettman and Constantine as a "meet and greet" and that "nothing was really brewing right now."
NHL Spokesman Frank Brown confirmed the meeting Tuesday, and said "Commissioner Bettman met with the Mayor while on the West Coast for playoff games. The purpose of the meeting was solely to obtain a status report on the new arena."
With Mother’s Day weekend many were out with family. I, myself, spent yesterday at my mom’s house getting asked by my family for hockey updates and being asked to recap the playoffs thus far. Here are some hockey highlights (or low lights depending on what way you look at it).
In case you missed it Friday kicked off the start of the preliminary round for the IIHF World Championship taking place in Minsk, Belarus.
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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Max Pacioretty, one of hockey’s true concussion survivors, sat on the Montreal Canadiens’ bench looking out through the fog. His head had just been bounced off the Bell Centre glass by a Jarome Iginla check and after lying prone on the ice for a while, a member of the training staff had led him woozily to the Canadiens bench.
We do not know that Pacioretty was concussed, but that is not the issue.
Here is the real issue: The Canadiens didn’t know either.
Head coach Michel Therrien did not know. Head athletic therapist Graham Rynbend did not know. Head team physician Dr. Vincent J. Lacroix did not know of the severity of Pacioretty’s condition, nor was he granted an opportunity to assess the player before Pacioretty hopped the boards for another shift.
If you missed the hit last night, watch it below...
from Mike Brophy of CBC,
I spoke with a former NHL ref, who asked that his name not be included in this story, and he talked about life as a big-league official at this time of the season, when every call and non-call seems so critical to the outcome of a game and, hence, a series.
The ref wanted to assure all hockey fans there is no conspiracy to determine the outcome of games.
"The biggest misconception is that the officials would have some vested interest in the outcome," he said. "One thing we always say is the guys in stripes are the only ones on the ice that don't care who wins.
"There is extra coverage with all the networks covering the games, which is great for hockey. But it does add extra focus on the officiating, for sure."
The fact of the matter is refs and linesmen, like the players, are trying to be as good as they can be so they continue working. Only the best among them advance through three rounds to the Stanley Cup final.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
■ There’s way more faking about P.K. Subban than there is faking by P.K. Subban. Tremendous, exciting player.
■ NBC is by far the best American thing ever to happen to the NHL. Second best: Fox’s comet-tailed puck fading into outer space.
■ Tyler Seguin improved with Dallas. Playoff numbers weren’t there: 6 games, 1-2—3. Fast wheels, slow growth.
a few more hockey notes mixed in with other sports remarks...
from Nicholas Goss of NESN,
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman made the trip to TD Garden for Saturday afternoon’s second-round Game 2 between the Bruins and Montreal Canadiens.
He addressed several different topics at a media session before puck drop, including the possibility of expansion, the projected salary cap for next season (and how the Canadian dollar’s health affects that), the new playoff format, next year’s outdoor games (Winter Classic and Stadium Series) and concussion protocol.
His thoughts on those topics...
continued and/or watch the 15 minute video of the press conference via Sportsnet below...
from Matt Goulet of Esquire,
Mike Bolt looks after the Stanley Cup. Since 2000, the Toronto native has traveled with it 250 days a year. He’s shared hotel rooms with it, maintained it, fixed it, and watched over it every year when NHL champions take it home. He’s even taken it to Afghanistan. And when he dropped by our office last week with the Greatest Trophy in Sports in tow—in town to mark the start of the NHL playoffs—we asked him a few questions.
ESQUIRE: So, when the champs each get to have their individual day with it—you just sit back and watch them? Have you had to do much enforcing?
MIKE BOLT: Not much. But when, you know, alcohol comes into play, common sense tends to go out the window a little. Usually it’s the next day when the guys are, “Oh, yeah. Sorry. I was being a bit of an idiot last night.” You walk up to a guy and give him a little tap, “All right, take it easy. It’s the cup.” You know: You can’t do that. Or if guys have some crazy ideas they want to do. I’ve had guys who want to go parachuting with it. Yeah, that’s not going to happen.
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