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from the Calgary Sun,
Although the 57-year-old bench boss had himself proclaimed he was much more mellow than his reputation would have you believe, most were skeptical.
There’s no better witness to ask for testimony than Craig Conroy, who spent some time under Keenan in arguably his most volatile tenure in St. Louis, when a feud with Brett Hull eventually led to the coach’s dismissal.
“Oh yeah. I definitely think, so far, very mellow—especially with that record the way it was, without getting a win the first three,” said Conroy, whose Flames took the day off to travel to Denver yesterday after stringing together a pair of wins on the road in Dallas and Nashville.
“I was expecting a lot—fireworks.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Through five games, the Blueshirts’ best players have been: 1. Henrik Lundqvist; 2. Fedor Tyutin; 3. Dan Girardi. In his role, the best forward has been Blair Betts. Uh oh.
In other words, is there any wonder why the Star Spangled Blueshirts have scored all of seven even-strength goals (and 10 overall) in a 2-3-0 getaway?
For those of us who’ve been laughed at as “conspiracy theorists” and league-critical cynics of a Larry Brooks-like pedigree, Saturday was our Groundhog Day.
As in, we got to peek out of our little bunkers, point at our long shadows, and say, “We told you so.”
We told you that the lockout was about franchise equity, and the concept that a franchise’s bank value would increase exponentially when viewed as an entity with “cost certainty”—theoretically capped costs in terms of salary expenditures, directly tied to league-wide revenues, which effectively renders whether an individual team makes or loses money at the gate, in terms of ticket sales-vs.-expenditures, irrelevant.
From John Shipley at the Pioneer Press,
Roman Voloshenko’s stint as a Wild prospect appears over after he quit the club’s top minor league team to play in Russia.
“I told him, ‘I think if you go home, you’ll never play in the NHL,’ ” Wild general manager Doug Risebrough said Saturday.
Voloshenko was the Wild’s second-round pick in the 2004 entry draft, 42nd overall. A 6-foot-1, 200-pound wing, he made a splash in his debut with the Houston Aeros, earning 33 goals among 60 points in 69 games in 2005-06.
from the Chicago Tribune,
While not quite official, it’s appearing more and more likely Blackhawks winger Martin Havlat will not require surgery on his injured right shoulder.
The team has the opinion of four doctors and awaits a fifth and final one before making a final decision, but coach Denis Savard said he expects his star forward back in a matter of weeks, not months.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Faithful reader Jim Burrows believes the NHL is missing out on a huge marketing/branding opportunity.
Burrows wonders why the league doesn’t mandate the use of team logos on player helmets, making them as much a part of the uniform - and, more important, team identity - as they are in football.
“Can you imagine where the NFL would be if they had taken the same approach?” said Burrows. “Imagine the Colts playing away [games] with a blue helmet! The helmet is central to the brand in football.”
more plus Kevin’s weekly tour around the NHL and a good feature on Blues goaltender Hannu Toivonen.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
“I think it’s a very viable location,” Buffalo-based Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs told the Boston Globe. “I think the league would be interested if the time came when it made itself available.”
Early estimates suggest expansion costs, which were $80 million a few years ago, could soar to $250 million or more. The money would be distributed among the 30 teams, minus the 54 percent for the players, not a bad take. Bettman doesn’t see the gambling issue as a major obstacle because hockey makes up such a small percentage of bets.
“We’re small potatoes on the sports book,” Bettman told reporters in Florida. “If we were going to Vegas, we would have to focus on that issue. But I don’t think it’s nearly the issue for us as it may be for [another league].”
read on plus much more NHL talk…
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
One GM on the lack of trades: “Nobody makes them anymore. You’ve got to give up cash to get rid of cash and it’s usually not worth the risk. I talk, and talk, and talk, and it usually leads nowhere.”
more... at least you can read about all the trade talk…
from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,
The record will show that Sidney Crosby came in to last night’s game against Toronto in a 98-way tie for 147th place in the league scoring race.
Mathematical incompetence and late game scores from out west prevent us from formally updating the goal table.
But the 20-year-old left town having broken his ‘07-08 cherry – twice, for good measure, including the game winner – and all’s right again in Sid World.
added 8:18am, from the Toronto Sun,
About two hours after Myers dropped puck in the ceremonial opening faceoff between Crosby and Mats Sundin, Sid The Kid drove the final dagger into Austin Powers’ beloved blue-and-white by tapping home a loose puck for the winning goal in a wild 6-4 Penguins victory.
“He’s a pretty big fan, isn’t he?” Crosby said of Myers, a long-time crazed Leafs supporter.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Gary Bettman, who spent the lockout trying to break the NHLPA (and would have succeeded if not for the efforts of people such as Chris Chelios, Trent Klatt, Steve Larmer and Eric Lindros), recently went on the record insisting he believes in and welcomes a strong union across from him at the table.
Well, the commissioner is going to get what he wished for, because once Paul Kelly, the former assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, becomes NHLPA executive director, that’s exactly what the union will again become.
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