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Helping The Poorer Teams

from Sean Gordon, Allan Maki and David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The grumbling is intensifying behind the scenes from owners and team officials who are watching with mounting dismay as millions pour from successful franchises in Canada and the United States to their staggering partners, mostly in the American sunbelt.

According to information compiled by The Globe and Mail from various sources, the six Canadian NHL franchises contributed more than $40-million (all figures U.S.) to their fellow owners last season, and about $50-million when playoff revenues are taken into account.

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Cleaner Ice

from Mark Zwolinksi of the Toronto Star,

When the Leafs open their home season tonight against Montreal, the first official critique of the new ice will arrive for the ice crews and management, who have been building ice for over a month now with the help of a reverse osmosis water filtering system from Newmarket-based ice experts Jet Ice.

“Fans are going to notice the ice is clearer and stronger, there will be less snow build-up and less ruts ... players will feel the ice is faster and harder, and the puck will travel smoother with less bumps,” said Bryan Leslie, director of building operations for the Air Canada Centre.

The reverse osmosis process essentially removes contaminants and sediment introduced to the ice under the old ice making methods.


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More Health Issues For Connolly

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Even though he had practiced all week, Tim Connolly’s sore back is now a major issue for the Buffalo Sabres because it’s more than just lingering stiffness.

Connolly was a surprising scratch from Friday’s season opener and Sabres coach Lindy Ruff revealed after the game that his center has a hairline fracture in a vertebrae.

“He was trying to get through it in practice all week,” Ruff said. “We felt he could get through it, the doctors felt he could get through it but he couldn’t. It just got too painful.”


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Oh Jose

Japers’ Rink let the picture describe the feeling of Capitals fans this morning.

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Players Get Their Escrow Back

from the CP via TSN,

Anyone who played in the NHL last season can expect to receive a nice little bonus by the end of the month.

A source tells The Canadian Press that the players will be given back all of the money they paid into escrow last season….

Some players will receive fairly sizable cheques.

For example, Daniel Briere and Scott Gomez each earned US$10 million last season. They’ll both get back the $950,000 they paid into escrow plus interest and an additional $48,000 or so to cover the shortfall in overall salary payments.


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It’s Becoming A Federal Case

from the National Journal,

The league agrees with Team Palin. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly issued this statement: “We do not view the Flyers’ invitation to Governor Palin to be politically motivated. Governor Palin is a supporter of the sport, which she has proclaimed publicly. As a public figure who has a very public connection with hockey, her recent associations with the Flyers and other NHL franchises is not surprising and, in our view, not inappropriate. Participation of national politicians in team ceremonies in professional sports is far from unprecedented in our sport and occurs routinely in other sports, as well.”


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Sharks Add Veteran Defensemen To Winning Formula

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

But this year, GM Doug Wilson opened the Sharks’ wallet to add Dan Boyle and Rob Blake, both of whom have previously won a Stanley Cup championship. For Thornton, the presence of that pair makes a night-and-day difference in the team’s attitude and approach.

“As a left-handed shot, having two righties on the power play is really going to help me,” said Thornton in an interview. “Blakie is so solid and Boyle skates like the wind. They’re explosive. They’re going to be a huge difference for our team, two defencemen that can play 25 to 30 minutes a game.

“If you look at who’s won the last two years, Detroit with Lidstrom and Anaheim with Niedermayer and Pronger. It’s nice for us to have two guys like that now that can play in every situation. We haven’t had that before.”

more and numerous hockey notes…

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Blake Returns To LA On Sunday

Rich Hammond has a poll up at Inside the Kings and it looks like LA fans will not be greating Rob Blake warmly.

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What Happened To Calgary

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

What a train wreck!


Say it out loud: 6-0.

Unlike the knuckleheads that were satisfied with the Leafs entering yet another rebuilding phase as they try to find a way to win their first Cup since 1967, and now have visions of the playoffs dancing in their delusional heads, I consider the opening game of a season to be a snapshot – not an indicator of what is to come for the next seven months. So even though the Flames were smoked by that offensive juggernaut, the Vancouver Canucks, I feel comfortable in suggesting they will still compete for the Western Conference championship this season.

But holy cow, what the heck was that?

read on

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The Future Holds…

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Melrose is under immediate pressure to prove that he has what it takes to manage a modern NHL bench after more than a decade of looking smart in the studio. He inherited a team that has been rebuilt on last season’s ashes and looks to have chemistry issues that would befuddle Osamu Shimomura. But with all those high profile acquisitions come high expectations. If the picture doesn’t come into focus by Christmas, Melrose may regret the decision to leave the cozy confines of the broadcast booth.

more looking into the crystal ball…

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