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from A.J. Perez of USA TODAY,
What’s the biggest misconception about playing on Long Island?
Weight: The Islanders, and Long Island in general, doesn’t get a fair shake. I think when organizations and teams are in stretches like this team has gone through, players are going to second guess about coming here — and rightfully so. It’s tough to bring free agents here. But they’ve done a great job of trading, drafting and building from within.
Canton, MA / New York, NY (December 8, 2008) – In celebration of one of the National Hockey League’s most anticipated events – the NHL Winter Classic 2009 – Reebok is offering fans an unprecedented experience through “NHL Winter Classic Reebok Lost Logo Challenge,” a unique contest for both U.S. television viewers and in-stadium attendees that challenges fans to find the NHL player who is missing the Reebok logo from his jersey.
On New Year’s Day, 2009, Reebok will give each of the more than 40,000 fans who attend the NHL Winter Classic game between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks at Wrigley Field a pair of binoculars to find the NHL player on the ice without a Reebok logo. Fans in the stands and those watching on television will have a chance to win. In-stadium contestants will be asked to enter via text or phone, while those tuning in on television will be able to enter online.
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
Tobin Wright is the Minneapolis-based agent who works for Manhattan Beach, Calif.-based agent Ron Salcer, the agent who represents Marian Gaborik, Brent Burns and Derek Boogaard.
As I reported Sunday morning, Wright has been banned from the Xcel Energy Center event level. I couldn’t report the reason Sunday. I can now.
Salcer is accusing the Wild of banning Wright as punishment for refusing to testify against Willie Mitchell in his arbitration case against the Wild.
Mitchell claims he had a bulging disc in his neck that prevented him from playing during the lockout. If you were not medically cleared to play as of Sept. 15, 2004, players were supposed to be paid their NHL salaries until they were medically cleared. Mitchell is claiming he was unfit to play, and thus should have been paid his $1.775 million salary from the Wild.
from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,
Even Fox News, a network that can’t be watched by anyone with an IQ higher than a zucchini, jumped all over the story last week. I was checking out of a Wyoming hotel when my jaw dropped at this intro from the Fox anchor: “The National Hockey League, known mostly for its brutality and bloody brawls ...”
Huh? My New NHL? Third man in? Anybody out there remember the last bloody brawl in the NHL?
Whatever, Fox went downhill from there. For a full five minutes, the anchor and two panelists revealed such bottomless ignorance of the league and the issues involved that they might as well have been talking about cricket. The only male on the panel, who claimed to be a hockey player himself, referred to the NHL as a league where “you get two minutes in the penalty box for assault and battery.”
Try telling that to Todd Bertuzzi.
from Lewis Lazare of the Chicago Sun-Times,
It’s a good thing Wrigley Field is sold out for the so-called “Winter Classic” hockey match on New Year’s Day because the new television commercial from Young & Rubicam/New York intended to spark interest in the game between the Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings doesn’t spark much of anything except a big ho-hum. Hockey fans already have snapped up about 41,000 tickets to the game—which in truth is a publicity stunt more than anything else.
In case you have not seen the television commercial, you can view it here.
Rochester-area billionaire Tom Golisano is looking to sell the Buffalo Sabres, according to a report out later this week.
The report in Western New York Hockey magazine, which cites an unnamed source, says that talks are in the exploratory stage. It goes on to say that Golisano is listening to offers and prices are being discussed. The source claims that there is a group with NHL expertise involved in the discussions.
The December issue of WNY Hockey will be out Thursday. The author of the article is Jim Kelley, the magazine’s managing editor….
The source says that Sabres minority owner Larry Quinn is actively looking to find a buyer, and that Canandian businessman Jim Balsillie has been approached by Quinn or an associate.
added 10:50am, BUFFALO, NY (December 8, 2008)—- Statement from Buffalo Sabres Managing Partner Larry Quinn on the Sabres being for sale:
“We are not in negotiations to sell the team and as we have stated in the past, we will never entertain discussions to move the team out of Buffalo, NY.”
added 3:22pm, Much more on this from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet...
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Thirty games into the season and the Rangers New York Rangers are not only regressing, but regressing to the point where they actually claimed with straight faces that progress had been made with last night’s 3-0 Garden defeat to the Flames.
Progress was made measured solely against Thursday’s 6-2 debacle of a defeat in Montreal. If that’s how low the Rangers are now willing to set the bar, if this team now gains solace from a performance like this, there’s not much point in continuing the season.
from James Duthie of TSN,
Somewhere in Russia, a cell phone rings….
Avery: “It’s Sean.”
Emery: “Shean Donovan! Great to hear from a Sen! I knew one of you would call me eventually! It only took…seven months. Wassup!?! You guys miss me don’tcha? I bet Alex Auld’s suits are weak, right? No way could that dude pull off a top hat!
Avery: “No…no. It’s Sean AVERY! But you’re right about the suits. I interned at Vogue, Ray. They even talk about you duds there.”
Emery: “Oh, that Sean Avery! Good to hear from you. How are your Rangers doing?”
Avery: “Uhh…Yeah…I actually signed with Dallas last summer.”
from the ICEMAN Bloggeth at the AJC,
So I ask you…exactly what is it in the history of Don Waddell’s dealings that makes anyone believe that he is capable of bringing in the highest yield in exchange for Ilya Kovalchuk?
My God, think about it…we could almost ice an All-Star line up with the players that have passed through here. Coburn, Hossa, Savard, Heatley…and what do we have to show in return?
Again, 9-14-3 so far this season after a 34-40-8 season last year. This after being swept in the one and only playoff appearance the team has ever played in two seasons ago. That’s what.
Thus, I simply cannot join the “Trade Kovy Away Now For the Good of the Team” movement… not at this time at least. Not as long as the same person that has put us in this position in the first place is in the same position to do the above-mentioned type of deals to us again.
from Shira Springer of the Boston Globe,
Something strange is happening in Boston. The Bruins matter. A proud, old hockey town has rediscovered its pulse. When was the last time anyone could say that?
This young and feisty team has vaulted to unexpected relevance with 18 wins in its first 26 games, and to first place in the National Hockey League’s Eastern Conference. Built from the ground up by a revitalized front-office team, the new Bruins aren’t exactly big or bad, but they have so far showcased the essential elements of success on ice: shifty scorers, a fists-up enforcer, a towering defenseman, a rock in goal. And not one household name in the bunch. Not yet.
Average attendance is up 10 percent; pro shop sales, 30 percent. Home game sellouts are no longer a dream but a growing expectation. Even the team’s flatline TV ratings, rivaled only by the New England Revolution for local sports broadcast oblivion, have begun to perk up.
It’s enough to make Cam Neely jump out of his seat.
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