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from the Edmonton Journal:
Daniel Mason, a University of Alberta business professor who studies sports marketing, says the league likely changed jerseys because of the new one’s performance features, since fashion considerations make the change a risky merchandising move.
“One of elements that makes hockey jerseys desirable for people to purchase and wear is that they’re so bulky and comfortable and you can wear them over anything,” Mason said.
“It will be interesting to see how well-received form-fitting jerseys are to Joe Fan.”
He says fans may resent having their pricey old tops go out of date. “I do think that a certain point, given the price point of a jersey, the fans are going to wonder why they dropped $150 on a sweater that’s defunct now.”
from the LA Times,
The NHL has forged “tentative agreements” with the players’ association to modify parts of its drug-testing program, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said.
Daly said nothing has been finalized but general accord has been reached to increase the number of tests to which players can be subjected from two no-notice tests per year.
“Potentially, different players on different teams could be subject to different numbers of tests. It reduces the predictability of knowing, essentially, when you’re not subject to testing anymore,” Daly said.
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from Tarik El-Bashir’s blog, Capitals Insider, at the Washington Post,
I spent the minutes leading up to last night’s “Fastest Skater” competition bragging to my fellow reporters in the press box about how Alex Ovechkin was going to smoke the competition.
I couldn’t have been more wrong. He hesitated a bit at the start, never really caught up, and wound up posting the slowest time of the six competitors - by far, lapping the rink in 15.19 seconds.
I was stunned. The other reporters were stunned. Ovechkin was, too.
from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Gov. Ed Rendell and Penguins co-owner Ronald Burkle resumed their arena negotiations late Tuesday by talking over the phone, Rendell said this morning.
The two men agreed to talk again next week and could meet in person, Rendell said. He spoke after appearing at an Oakland event related to his health care reform proposal.
Rendell said the conversation with Burkle went well, adding that he does not think public officials will have to resort to asking the National Hockey League to block the Penguins from moving to a new hometown.
Joe Pelletier is a frequent KK contributor.
One of the few collectibles I actually indulge in are the Todd McFarlane’s SportsPicks. I’m pretty picky, and only collect a very few players I like, although my collection is growing too quickly. I usually grab most of the Legends series, always the 6 inch variety.
At my original website, 1972 Summit Series.com, I’ve been quite vocal in my desires for McFarlane to come out with more specific releases, particularly regarding the legends series. Of course I’ve been telling anyone who will listen that I’d pay big dollars for a 1972 Summit Series set. But as of yet there is no sign of such a gem. So I must wait like all fans, and hope.
via the Montreal Canadiens,
The Montreal Canadiens General Manager, Bob Gainey, announced today that centreman Maxim Lapierre has been assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.
from the Tennessean,
Predators owner Craig Leipold said with the exception of some folks hoping fortune smiles on them, he hasn’t heard from anyone wanting to buy a piece of his team.
“I have heard from a lot of fans indicating that if they win the Powerball, they will want to buy into things,’’ Leipold said with a laugh.
On Monday I mentioned the Versus NHL Forum is filled with porn links and garbage. I emailed and called them and suggested they either clean it up or shut it down.
As a hockey fan it is embarrassing to see the “Official Home” of the NHL in the USA filled with this junk. If sort of makes you wonder if Versus even cares.
Just imagine a fan going to that forum for the first time and seeing pure trash.
As of this morning, nothing has changed, except for more porn links.
update 11:10am, Well I think they got the message…
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from the Ottawa Citizen via the Windsor Star,
The Wings are after a top six forward, who ideally will have some sandpaper to his game. A certain Swedish forward in Philadelphia (Peter Forsberg), who used to torment Detroit regularly when he played for Colorado, is known to intrigue the Wings should he become available as expected.
However, Holland expects more than just one big fish to be available in the trade market.
“We’re a month away from hearing more and more names,” Holland said.
“Look at the standings, there’s 14 (teams) in the east and 12 or 13 in the west, so 26-27 teams feel they have a chance to make a legitimate run at the playoffs. They want to give their teams another month or 15 games to see where they’re at.”
thanks to a KK reader for the link…
Ah, Forsberg is very comfortable in Sweden, enjoying his vacation with his Canadian girlfriend.
Afton Bladet story with a rough translation below…
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