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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Proof once again that dollars trump sense in the new National Hockey League came Tuesday when the Anaheim Mighty Ducks traded one of the game's premier players, Sergei Fedorov, to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a pair of spare parts.
There is a sense the Sergei Fedorov trade may be the catalyst to get the NHL swap shop working overtime, but don't count on it. Almost half of the 30 teams already have payrolls of more than $36 million, which with the $39 million cap makes it difficult if not impossible to add a significant player making significant money unless there's a player of equal value coming off the books. And that's hard to do.
from the Detroit Free Press (Thursday edition) via the Mercury News,
Several of the Detroit Red Wings saw the news as it scrolled across the bottom of TV screens: Former teammate Sergei Fedorov had been traded to Columbus, a scant three-hour drive from his old playground. "Personally, I think they should have a better record than what they do, but obviously things just weren't going right and they're going to see if Sergei can be part of the puzzle to help them get going in the right direction," Kirk Maltby said Wednesday.
How do you re-launch one of the nation's most visible sports? Mr. Wonderful, a new design and effects company, was charged with the task of developing a fresh sports package for OLN's coverage of the National Hockey League, which was designed and delivered in 1080i HD, as well as 4:3 NTSC. "We wanted the package to get right to the core of hockey, which is the speed and the ice," explains Beirne Lowry, Mr. Wonderful Creative Director. "We kept the design stark and bold like a comic book or Japanese anime with heavy use of black and solid colors. The client was wide open to our design interpretation as long as it fit within their look." Producer Damien Henderson adds, "We had to keep the design fresh since the NHL hadn't been on the air for quite some time. This package had to set the tone for the re-launch of a national league on a new network. It had to correspond with all of the NHL campaigns and branding efforts to revitalize the franchise."
Moderated chat with Stephen Walkom, the NHL's senior Vice President and Director of Officiating: What is the feedback that you or other refs have received about the way the game is being called? Stephen Walkom We've had overwhelming support from the players, coaches and GMs, but most importantly, the fans. What steps are you taking to allow defensemen a little more leeway out front and to help protect goalies? Stephen Walkom None. There are rules in place to penalize a player that commits an infraction against a goalie. Therefore, we are allowing the defensemen to bump and get body position on the offensive player. However, we are not allowing the defense to use illegal tactics as we have in previous years to defend in front of his net. Specifically, in regard to cross-checking.
from Ted Montgomery of USA TODAY,
The 10 starting goaltenders who will never lead their teams to a Stanley Cup: 1. Legace 2. Cloutier 3. Belfour The league's best goaltenders: 1. Luongo 2. Brodeur 3. Hasek
As a hockey fan I am waiting for the day: -when a great play has just been made and I don't have to find the ref on TV to see if his arm is raised. -Datsyuk involved in a shootout. -A Bobby Baun style hip check at the blueline, and another and another. -A 5 on 3 goal with a stick to stick to stick goal. -When the NHL removes the coincidental penalty call. -The Red Wings actually admit they are not selling out all of their home games. -A goalie brawl. -Jaques Demers tossing his glasses on the ice again. -An update on 'Vladdy'. -Brett Hull in the studio at OLN. -Don Cherry interviewing Alex Ovechkin. -The AVS TV play by play man giving credit to the other team. -A new design for the Zamboni. -Stan Fischler and Bob Goodenow have lunch together.
Peter Karmanos was driving around in his car and out of the blue called in to WXYT radio in Detroit. The topic was how is the NHL doing, etc.... Karmanos said the NHL is very happy with the move to OLN. ESPN only cares about promoting themselves while OLN is concerned about promoting the NHL. ESPN tried to low-ball the NHL and OLN outbid them by $50 million. ESPN only cares about themselves, not the sport itself. He said talk of the NHL players not liking the new rules is false. The players love the new rules and the excitement it generates. Look at the Center Ice package, all the games are top notch and keep you glued to the TV. The league is playing to 92% capacity and fans are loving the game....then his cell died, may continue conversation later... update 409pm, Back on, he said he is very surprised about his team, thought they would be ok but is very surprised about the start they have enjoyed. Karmanos was asked about the Fedorov trade, is this type of trade going to happen more often. He said if a big salary player is not performing up to expectations and another team feels a change of scenery may help him, then a trade will be made. He expects more of these types of trades to happen and says over the next few years, the talent pool will be spread out over the whole NHL.
from the Globe and Mail,
It's hard to find anyone who doesn't appreciate the increased offence created in the revamped National Hockey League. However, just like every other rash judgment about the new NHL, the sudden prognostications about a return to 80s-style record-book rewriting may be a tad premature. Shouldn't we wait at least half a season before rendering a verdict on the realities of the game? (After all, it's impossible to avoid the TV or talk-radio pundits who predict that the game will be called differently as the schedule progresses).
from Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press,
It's never easy watching legends perform with a dwindling reserve of skill and will, squeezing every last drop until nothing is left but fond memories. And you never want their final days to cross the line into pity, or worse, egotism. Steve Yzerman hasn't played much this season because of a temperamental groin, but when he has played it's as though he's off-limits to checks from opponents. Nobody comes near him. It's reminiscent of Wayne Gretzky's last season. Don't hit him. Don't hurt him. Don't deny him what many consider the right to end a great career on his own timetable under his own terms.
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