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Bettman Talks Teams And Money

from Reuters,

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…

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Report- Ovechkin Gets Two Games

Tarik El-Bashir via his Twitter,

Alex Ovechkin has been suspended two games, I’m told.

added 4:13pm, Official per NHL.com.

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Everyone Wins With The Savard Deal

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.

continued

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Canes Finding It Tough To Make Changes

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.

more

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Thinking Out Loud

At my NHL.com blog today, I get a few things off my chest.

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All About The Atlanta Thrashers

from Ben Wright at AtlantaThrashers.com,

Did you know that as a team…

... The Thrashers are a perfect 10-0-0 when they score first?

... Atlanta is the only team to win every game in which they’ve had a lead?

... The Thrashers lead the NHL in third period goals with 38 and have outscored opponents 38-13 in the third, by far the largest margin in the NHL?

continued

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Stars Of The Month

NEW YORK (December 1, 2009)—Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla, San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton and New York Rangers right wing Marian Gaborik have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for November.

Continue Reading »

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Flyers Owner Expects Big Year

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN responds to an email question regarding the Flyers,

An NHL executive recently told me the heat is on in Philly, that owner Ed Snider not so subtly warned all his team staff before the season that he expected a big year. Gulp. I think John Stevens is a good coach and I would hate to see him pay the price for a collective disappointment, but methinks if the Flyers don’t soon put together a good run, he might possibly be the first casualty of the coaching fraternity this season. I hope I’m wrong. But this is a team that has Cup aspirations. Sitting ninth in the Eastern Conference on Dec. 1 wasn’t in the cards.

more Q & A from LeBrun…

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Afternoon Line

via Reid Cherner & Tom Weir of Game On Blog at USA TODAY,

If Ballard’s swing had felled an opponent, the call would be out to have him banned for the season. Just because his stupidity hurt only a teammate is no reason to go lightly on his punishment. He needs at least a couple of weeks off the ice.

added 12:42pm, from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

Yes, what Ballard did was stupid. But it’s a stupid action that’s commonly done in frustration and accepted as the norm in the NHL.

But it’s easy to be almighty and righteous and pile on Ballard—Hey, who’d be stupid enough to smack his own goalie, right? It’s also unfair.

more

added 1:10pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Suppose an NHL player wound up and took a two-handed swing with his hockey stick, baseball-style, which connected with another player squarely in the face.

Suppose that injured player received a laceration on the ear and was forced to leave the game on a stretcher.

What would be the penalty?

continued

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No Winner Yet In The Ottawa/San Jose Trade

from James Gordon of Hockey Capital at the Ottawa Citizen,

There are still many unanswered questions. Will Heatley be able to keep up this pace when he’s in his early-to-mid 30s and his cap hit is still $7.5 million? Is this scoring output from Michalek just a blip? What will the Senators do with the second round draft pick they received in the deal? Who will they sign when Cheechoo’s $3.5 million is off the books?

Ultimately, the winner of this trade will be determined by team performance, not individuals. If the Senators manage to climb back into the playoffs and re-establish themselves as contenders in the Eastern Conference, they’ll at least be able to claim a tie.

For the Sharks to be considered winners, they’ll need to post a playoff performance or two that don’t have fans paging Dr. Heimlich.

more

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