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from John Shannon of Sportsnet,
I’m writing this because I am tired of hockey being bashed. Most often by those of us in and around the game. For every suspension that gets hours of attention, there aren’t enough of those great Hertl-style stories told. Like the return to the NHL by Manny Malhotra, or the hard work of young guys who never dreamed of playing in the NHL, like Will Acton of the OIlers or Carter Hutton of the Predators. We tend to eat our own. Only a few, over the years, appear to be above that fray. Gretzky, Lemieux, Messier and now maybe Crosby. Perhaps that’s why we can’t promote individuals a great deal in hockey—with every compliment there would be two complaints.
Is it too much to ask, once in a while, to enjoy the game for what it is? It’s the toughest, fastest, most entertaining team sport in the world. And perhaps, every once in a while, we can celebrate the game and its players, as opposed to waiting for another player safety hearing.
Wednesday, an NHL spokesman said, "The League is aware of the situation involving Semyon Varlamov. We will not comment unless or until we have a fuller understanding of all of the facts and circumstances related to the legal charges that have been filed."
more on the case...
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
There are three sets of general managers' meetings in an NHL season. The first happens around Hall of Fame weekend, the last one during the Stanley Cup final. The middle one is right around the trade deadline.
That's the biggie, the only one officially extending more than a day. And it would not be a surprise if, at that meeting, the GMs take a serious look at allowing the league to fine organizations, coaches and themselves for the actions of their players.
In a (highly unofficial) poll of eight GMs last weekend, all said they would be in favour of such a proposal, though a couple pointed out they wanted to hear the NHL's plan first.
But, as one said, "The time has come."
continued plus 30 Thoughts...
Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating Stephen Walkom joined NHL Live today to discuss a few topics in this almost eight minute video.
Topics include what he does in his position, an update on hybrid-icing, goalie interference, slashing and the consistency of the on-ice officials.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Commissioner Gary Bettman’s opinion upholding the 10-game suspension assessed Patrick Kaleta for his head shot against Jack Johnson, in which the commissioner cites and quotes liberally from the NHLPA’s appeal of the sentence may prove a tipping point in the way the union responds in such matters.
Because if dues-paying members of the PA read the decision, they’d have to come to the conclusion the league is more invested in player safety than the union, which seems more invested in protecting an individual player’s paycheck and in assigning the blame to the victim.
There is, according to several disparate sources within the industry, widespread unease within the union over this course of events. Indeed, this is likely to become Topic A on the agenda during PA executive director Don Fehr’s annual fall tour of the league.
continued plus some Dipietro talk that Brooks broke earlier today...
In cased you missed it, The Hotstove on CBC has now been moved to the Hockey Tonight Show, which is basically the pre-game for HNIC.
Tonight's topics include possible fines for coaches and GMs for player suspensions, Patrick Kaleta and John Scott.
NEW YORK/TORONTO (Oct. 24, 2013) – The National Hockey League and HBO Sports are joining forces for a third season on the groundbreaking series ‘24/7’ featuring two NHL Original Six™ rivals, the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, as they prepare to meet at the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®. For the first time, Sportsnet will give Canadians exclusive access to the groundbreaking series, which will be available in 8.5 million households.
“HBO’s 24/7 has been a game-changer for us,” said John Collins, COO, NHL. “The wide-open access our clubs provide on and off the ice gives a real sense of what it takes to play in the NHL and just how special our players are. Our fans love it and there’s no question new fans have been attracted by watching the games and the personalities that come alive through the lens of HBO’s storytelling. Red Wings-Maple Leafs will provide no shortage of great stories and having Sportsnet as our first partner in Canada will make this year’s edition bigger than ever.”
I’m not suggesting automatic fines for coaches every time a player is suspended, that’s unrealistic and unfair for all kinds of reasons, including the fact there are just times when a coach has no control over what an angry player might do out on the ice. But I would suggest some kind of threshold perhaps where if a team shows repeated trends with 2-3 suspensions within a certain time period, that perhaps something should be done.
-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN where you can read more on this topic.
from John Ourand and Eric Fisher of SportsBusiness Journal,
“For us right now, it’s about managing the conversation and creating the national conversation around hockey so fans can better understand what’s going on around the league,” said John Collins, the NHL’s chief operating officer. “Just because there’s not real revenue today doesn’t mean that we don’t think there will be.”...
The NHL is talking to the company about developing further ways to push national conversation around hockey, which traditionally has been very regional in its fandom. More specifically, the league and corporate partner Coors are working on social media executions for the coming debut of the Coors Light Stadium Series of outdoor games.
“Our partners and sponsors are looking for a social media play that can help drive a conversation around those platforms,” said the NHL’s Collins. “Sometimes they look to us for that and we can provide it. Sometimes they want to provide it and use their own resources to drive a specific program they have.”
much more, I just pointed out some of the NHL talk but the article is about all the major sports...
from Pierre LeBrun or ESPN,
The Premiere Games in Europe may not return after all next fall. Then again, it depends on who you ask.
With ongoing international discussions continuing between the NHL and NHLPA, a different story is emerging from each side as to the return of regular-season games in Europe.
League sources tell ESPN.com that it’s getting late in the planning process and that the NHL doesn’t want to "shoehorn" games in for next fall just for the sake of playing in Europe; wanting instead to do it in a more meaningful fashion down the road and make it part of a bigger plan.
NHLPA sources, however, tell ESPN.com that the players’ union is not yet ready to pull the plug on the project for next October and wants to continue to see what can be done to resurrect the games in time. The NHLPA feels the games overseas are an important tool for the game’s exposure and still wants to see if anything can be done for next fall.
read on for some Lars Eller, Florida Panthers and Patrick Kaleta talk...
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