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from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
Joe Colborne was no different than any self-respecting, red-blooded Calgary kid back in the day. He had the merchandise.
“The sweater?” blurts the homegrown centreman, taken slightly aback that you even had to ask. “Oh yeah. Of course I had one. A No. 12. With the nameplate? What do you think? With everything.
“Can’t remember when I got it exactly. Christmas? Birthday? I don’t know.
“I got it just . . . just . . . well, just because. Because he was my favourite player. Because he was EVERYONE’s favourite player.
“It seemed every person in town had one of those sweaters. You’d see so many 12s walking around on game days you couldn’t keep count. Now it could be a Monahan or a Baertschi or a Giordano. Back then you knew what you’d see when you got to the rink — an awful lot of 12s.”
Apt to be a few floating around the Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday night, too, leftover remnants from what is now officially a bygone era, as Jarome Iginla marks his competitive return to this town.
By Tom Murray,
It was a cheap and dirty act, intentional and irresponsible. And the result could have been far worse than it turned out to be.
No. Not Shawn Thornton’s attack on Brooks Orpik last Saturday night. More on that in a bit.
This happened just a few moments earlier in the first period of that game in Boston between the Bruins and Penguins. After being tripped up by Sidney Crosby, Bruins forward Brad Marchand was on all fours, scrambling to get back into the play when the left knee of Penguins forward James Neal connected with Marchand’s head, knocking him back to the ice and spinning him around 180 degrees. Replays clearly show Neal moving to his left, away from a clear skating path, and then heading right for Marchand, flexing his left knee into Marchand’s head as he skates by him.
“It’s the dirtiest thing I might have seen this year,” said CBC’s P.J. Stock, “and that’s what you have to get out of the game.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Doughty is one of the primary reasons why they’re as good as they are. One could convincingly argue that he is the least-known great Canadian player in the NHL, someone who plays on the U.S. West Coast and is not much given to talk about himself.
Among NHL defencemen, Doughty – who turned 24 this past Sunday – may have the best hockey instincts of any player currently playing the game. He is a hockey savant, who naturally and instinctively plays the game without fear, the only way to have the impact he does. On average, Doughty plays about four minutes more per night than any other member of the Kings and eats up penalty-killing minutes as well as power-play time.
He is a light-hearted personality off the ice, and popular with his teammates because he has a bit of a goofy streak. But on the ice, is all business. Steve Yzerman, Canada’s Olympic team GM, saw that early and put him on the Olympic team as a 20-year-old back in 2010 and Doughty rewarded that decision by playing big, effective minutes alongside the Chicago Blackhawks’ Duncan Keith. They figure to be the key defence pair again in Sochi, when Canada tries to defend the gold medal they won in Vancouver this coming February.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Intellectually and economically, there wasn’t any doubt then and there isn’t any doubt now the Rangers took the prudent course of action on July 1, 2012, when they did not try to match the Canadiens’ four-year, $10 million offer to free agent Brandon Prust....
The Rangers are deficient in top-end talent and the players at the top of the food chain have been largely deficient through much of this unsatisfying 15-15-1 season that slogs on Tuesday night when no-name Nashville (OK, the one-name Predators: Seth Jones) comes to the Garden, that much is true.
But the absence of A-listers on the Broadway marquee is not an excuse for an absence of work ethic or energy. Quite the contrary. The problem is, the Rangers have no one to supply energy the way Prust did; no one to jump-start the team and infuse his teammates with hockey courage the way No. 8 did during his tour on Broadway that ran for less than 2 ¹/₂ seasons.
Never has a fourth-line Ranger had the impact Prust did. Never has a grunt been missed so much by a team that thrived on grunt work in 2011-12 and hasn’t been more than a pale facsimile of that since losing the conference finals to the Devils (if not sometime in the previous series against the Capitals).
from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,
The Winnipeg Jets are set to celebrate their fifth anniversary in the NHL with an outdoor game in the winter of 2016.
Jets chairman Mark Chipman confirmed Monday the league and True North have agreed to play a Heritage Classic at Winnipeg's Investors Group Field two seasons from now.
"The NHL has confirmed to me they are going to do an outdoor game in Winnipeg. I don't have a specific date to announce but it would be our preference that we do it in the 2015-16 season," Chipman told the Free Press Monday evening in the lobby of the Inn at Spanish Bay. "The date hasn't been confirmed but our preference is to do it then. The league's commitment to doing an outdoor game in our city is fantastic. It's something we've been talking about for some time and it's part of a significant strategy to do outdoor games and it will be great to be a part of it. We just have to firm up some details and hopefully we'll have a date to announce fairly soon."
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
We’ve seen this cycle before, and it has never ended well for the National Hockey League.
Revenues come in, and the salary cap goes up. Revenues stay flat, and the NHLPA exercises its right under the collective bargaining agreement to ratchet the cap up.
As the numbers rise, more GMs from the rich teams make more poor decisions on blockbuster contracts, driving the player market up for all 30 teams. Eventually, the salary floor gets to the point where too many teams can’t even turn a profit by spending the minimum.
And then the inevitable lockout ensues, with the owners crying poor. And after a while with no hockey, they shake hands, it all happens all over again.
So, with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman predicting on Monday that the cap could jump nearly 12 percent after only the first year of the newest CBA, we ask the question: Why will the cycle be different this time?
Via Slam Sports' Anthony Vasquez-Peddie, I'm not Corey Perry's biggest fan, but I have to admit that he scored a helluva goal on Monday evening:
added 12/10/13, from TSN,
According to TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger, the cap is expected to rise to $71.1 million for the 2014-15 season according to a projection that was presented at the NHL's Board of Governors meeting in Pebble Beach, California.
The cap is currently set at $64.3 million in this, the second season under the NHL's latest collective bargaining agreement.
Teams must currently hit a minimum salary cap obligation of $44 million, based on average annual salary over the length of a player's contract. The cap floor is expected to rise to roughly $52 million.
"These are preliminary estimates, it's in that range," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com. "And I said to the board there shouldn't be any issue or consternation, if that's the cap level, it's because the revenues have gone up. And that's a good thing."
I've written in this space for more than 8 years now, and have never called for such change before. It sincerely bums me out to write this, but the David Poile era in Nashville should come to an end this season.
-Dirk Hoag of On The Forecheck where you can read why Hoag feels the way he does.
Jay Rosehill of the Philadelphia Flyers touches on numerous topics including fighting, the media, Scott Thornton and other topics.
The video is 3 1/2 minutes long and a suggested watch.
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