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from Ken Belson and Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,
Over the past two decades, the Canadian teams in the N.H.L. were considered poor cousins of their wealthier colleagues in the United States. Some floundered financially, others packed up and moved south. The league even created the Canadian Assistance Program to subsidize the country’s struggling teams.
But the landscape in Canada has changed drastically, thanks to a rise of more than 50 percent in the Canadian dollar since 2002. A stronger currency has made it cheaper for the six Canadian teams to pay their players in United States dollars and to reduce debts.
It has also inflated the revenues of the six Canadian franchises and, in turn, the league’s revenues. That has hurt some of the weaker teams in the United States by pushing up the minimum amount teams must spend on payroll.
Jonas Gustavsson started for the Leafs tonight in their game in Montreal, but when the 2nd period started, he was replaced byJoey MacDonald.
Report is Gustavsson has been taken to the hospital for observation.
added 9:14pm, TSN reports he had an elevated heart rate and with his history the best course of action was to be taken to the hospital for observation.
update 11:20pm, According to Jonas Siegel of AM640 in Toronto, it appears Gustavsson will be ok.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
The New York Jets coach returns to the city where he grew up, played hockey, cut classes ... and cheered for the Leafs.
Rex Ryan is practically mapping out the parade route.
The one down Bay St., not Broadway.
The emotional coach of the New York Jets is discussing how much a championship would mean to a certain title-starved city. He’s not talking about the Jets, the Big Apple and the NFL, either.
“Can you imagine how crazy Toronto would go if the Maple Leafs were to ever win a Stanley Cup?” the bubbly Ryan says with excitement. “Man, people would go nuts!
“It might be the biggest celebration in the history of sports.”
I know there is still a lot of regular-season hockey to be played, but I feel pretty comfortable saying that I expect to be spending quite a bit of time in April, May and June in the Windy City
-Craig Simpson of CBC. More from Craig on the Blackhawks.
from Mike Boone at Habs Inside/Out,
At his first press conference as Canadiens owner, Geoff Molson expressed satisfaction with team president Pierre Boivin and general manager Bob Gainey.
“Are we going in the right direction? Yes,” Molson said. “Bob Gainey has done an excellent job in rebuilding the team.”
The head of the National Hockey League dismissed suggestions that it needs to shrink or move any of its financially troubled teams to other cities, possibly in Canada.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, speaking at the Reuters Global Media Summit in New York on Tuesday, said that all of the North American sports league’s current 30 teams should survive in their present cities.
“I believe that all 30 markets can sustain their clubs,” he said.
continued including Bettman says revenue will be flat or up 1 percent this season…
Tarik El-Bashir via his Twitter,
Alex Ovechkin has been suspended two games, I’m told.
added 4:13pm, Official per NHL.com.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Marc Savard did something very rarely seen in this day and age of big money professional sports.
He put his money where his mouth was.
The Bruins’ crafty center and leading scorer has been the model of consistency over the last two years whenever he’s been approached about impending free agency and his related desire to remain with Boston.
Savard told me as much last season during a one-on-one conversation. The line of questioning veered off toward his future hockey address – and where he saw himself playing once the four-year, $20 million deal with the Bruins was over and done.
“Once I signed here, I had all the intentions of wanting to retire here and play for one team for a long time,” Savard said. “I don’t want to move around anymore. I love the fans here and I love the city, so I don’t have any intentions of going anywhere.
from Paul Branecky of CarolinaHurricanes.com,
“We’re looking to transition this team,” said Rutherford. “The good part is that we’re sitting here with a lot of good young players looking to come in, and we’re looking to acquire other young players. If we can do that, we can start to feel good about where we’re going.”
However, with a roster pushing the limits of the salary cap, it’s easier said than done to find room for upcoming players such as Zach Boychuk, Drayson Bowman and other talented prospects currently playing in Albany of the AHL.
“It’s hard to accelerate [change] because you really can’t move contracts out,” said Rutherford. “If we could, we would probably move a handful of guys out today and move the younger guys in, even if they weren’t ready, and start that process.
At the present moment, Rutherford’s hands are tied.
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