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The Ball Is In The Islanders Court

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Today’s calendar reads Dec. 1, 2010, but a Long Island, N.Y., based hockey writer by the name of Chris Botta has effectively, and apparently legally in the NHL, been banned by the New York Islanders from attending Islander games and practices at the Nassau Coliseum.

Really? Seriously? We’re going there? Again?

You’ve got to be kidding.

Admittedly, the Botta-Islander situation is unique in the annals of pro sports media relations gone wrong.


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Stars Of The Month

NEW YORK (December 1, 2010)—Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price and Atlanta Thrashers defenseman Dustin Byfuglien have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the month of November.

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Report- Oilers Talking Quebec City

from Karine Gagnon at the Toronto Sun,

Top Edmonton Oilers executives, including President of Hockey Operations Kevin Lowe, are to meet Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume Wednesday to discuss possible relocation, QMI has learned.

Oilers President and CEO Patrick Laforge and Paul Marcaccio, with the Katz ownership group, have also travelled east as talks to build a new and profitable arena in Edmonton remain stalled.

“We don’t know what to expect from this meeting,” Lowe, a former captain of Quebec City’s junior hockey team, told QMI.


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Superstar Advantage

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

While it happens nowhere near to the extent that it does in the NBA, NHL stars likely do get preferential treatment, and perhaps rightfully so.

If Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin fall down, there’s a good chance they were hooked or interfered with. Similarly if Henrik puts a puck right on Daniel’s stick and he shoots it in the seats, there’s a good chance he was hooked or slashed. It’s human nature for officials to feel that way.

That little edge might get you that one or two extra calls over a playoff series that help tip the balance. In an era when teams are going to nutrition, sleep, skill and psychological specialists, establishing your stars and your team adds that one more little edge.


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Gagne’s Return Sparks Bolts, Plus a Few Thoughts on Pat Burns

I’ve tagged him the Lightning’s “wild card” all season, even before the neck injury that cost him 18 games. After a pointless first six games in a Lightning uniform, it was hard to forecast what Simon Gagne might bring to Tampa Bay this season. After all, recent history tells us that productivity elsewhere may not instantly equate to success alongside Vincent Lecavalier in Tampa (see: Tanguay, Alex, both before and after his single season as a Bolt). Add in that lingering injury – the latest in a career full of them for Gagne – and there is still really no telling what the former Flyer might be capable of for the long haul.

But, for a night, the wait was well worth it for both player and team, as Gagne lifted the Lightning to a 4-3 overtime decision in Toronto with the decisive tally in the extra frame.

Lecavalier remains out for the immediate future, so whether these two end up meshing as intended is still very much up in the air. And, of course, sustained health for Gagne is always a question mark (though, really, isn’t it for all of us?) But if Gagne’s impact on the Bolts last night is any indication as to what he might bring to the table for Tampa Bay in the long run, as my ever-optimistic Bolts Beat co-host, Mike Corcoran, suggests ad nauseam, maybe there really is something special coming together for the Lightning this season.

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Salary Cap Benefits Richer Teams

from Mike Ozanian of Forbes,

During the 20 years I have been calculating the values of NHL, NFL and NBA teams two of the constants have been a ratcheting up of salary restrictions on athletes via salary caps and payroll taxes, and a growing spread in team values within each league. This is not a coincidence. Tying team payrolls to league-wide revenue (currently about 50% of total revenue goes towards player compensation and benefits in each of four leagues) has served to make high-revenue teams enormously profitable and low-revenue teams unprofitable, or marginally so, relative to their rivals. The growing distortion in profitability has resulted in a bigger gap in team values.

In our just-completed NHL valuations, the league’s aggregate operating income was $135 million for the 2009-10 season. But without the combined operating income ($177 million) of the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens the league would have lost money.


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Video- Capitals Do Some Team Building

The Washington Capitals visited the FBI Headquarters for some team building exercises.

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Capitals Have It All

from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

We added a veteran–poised -  durable D man; he is a team player– he is a fantastic team mate– very dedicated to winning and to playing his role in a team schema; he wants to win a Cup badly– he wants to add value to our team and be integrated into a new culture.He waived his no trade clause to join our team; we are grateful.

When healthy– we think we now have lots of options and lots of depth on the blue line–we have puck movers– we have scoring; we have toughness and size– we have dynamic pairings. We have 8 D men now.


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Pierre-Marc Bouchard Returns To The Lineup

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Pierre-Marc Bouchard’s long road back from a concussion is near complete.

The Wild playmaker is scheduled to play his first game in nearly 14 months Wednesday night when he suits up against the Phoenix Coyotes.

“I figured that the day would come. You just never knew when,” said coach Todd Richards, who has coached Bouchard in only one game—last season’s opener at Columbus.

“You watch him practice, and he gets you excited because you see the things he can do. Obviously, a game is going to be different, but you’re excited to have him back.”


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Video- D To Z

Four Sharks chase Datsyuk, who finds Zetterberg for a goal last night.

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