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from the Tennessean,
But how does Detroit, which hosts the Predators in their first matchup of the season tonight, do it year after year?
The secret to its success seems to be a mix of luck and longevity. While centering play on a core of key veteran contributors, the Red Wings have drafted a contingent of young talent, which they have injected into their system and painstakingly molded into professionals.
The result is a continual influx of ability that complements the nucleus, easily replaces the departed, and prevents Detroit from the falloff so many other teams experience.
from the Chicago Daily Herald,
Martin Havlat is not quite ready for a practice with contact.
“I was hoping for this week, but we want to make sure he’s mentally ready for it. That’s a big key,” Denis Savard said. “His mind-set is not quite there yet.”
more on the Blackhawks…
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
A growing number of small-market NHL franchise owners are wringing their hands over how league’s CBA – particularly Article 49 – governs revenue sharing, several team owners say.
Here’s the problem: Teams like the Nashville Predators, Florida Panthers and Phoenix Coyotes, which rely on revenue-sharing money, must generate “a year-to-year revenue growth rate in excess of the league average revenue growth rate,” the CBA says.
Put simply, if the average NHL club increases revenue 6 per cent this season, and the Predators increase revenue 5 per cent, the club would lose 25 per cent, or about $3 million, of its revenue-sharing stipend of $11 million (all figures U.S.).
Remember gentlemen, no complaining, it was your CBA!
from the Buffalo News,
The Sabres still have talent but five of a kind has become genuinely unkind this season. They have been stifled by their own play and not-so-subtle changes in a league that has returned to tight checking and close quarters. Teams are intent on buckling down on defense and exploiting teams relying too much on skating alone.
“The message is there,” Ruff said after practice Tuesday. “You watched the playoffs. You saw how tight it got, and the scoring chances got fewer and fewer. Coaches are pretty good at looking at video and wondering what’s going on and [experimenting]. There is a little bit of a trend developing.”
from the LA Times,
The Red Wings, who have dominated opponents, are 11-2-0-1 on the ice but 7-7 against the spread.
Want more? Ottawa, which has the NHL’s best overall record, had a 7-6 mark against the spread in its first 13 games.
more (reg, req) and if you want an explanation of all the hockey betting verbage, this story provides it…
Since Joe Pelletier asked, here are my memories of Gordie Howe…
Almost 44 years ago to the day (November 10th), I was there.
I witnessed Gordie Howe break the goal scoring record when he ripped a wrister against Montreal goaltender Charlie Hodge for goal #545. The old Olympia shook from the foundations, a standing-O for what seemed like an eternity, it would build, die down a bit, then build once again.
I cried, why, because I too was relieved of the pressure Gordie was feeling. He had gone scoreless for about six games and even his shoulders were starting to feel the burden.
I remember looking up in the rafters before the game, the Wings had tons of balloons up there, hoping to release them onto the ice if Gordie scored. Well, released they did, but about half of them had deflated, and they rained down on the ice like a wounded duck. It didn’t matter, fans started tossing anything they could, cups, hats, food, even a few pairs of shoes.
I shudder whenever I think of that day so let’s take a stroll down memory lane…
From Dave Waddell at the Windsor Star,
Essex native Ralph Mellanby, the 73-year-old former executive producer of Hockey Night in Canada for two decades, says NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is responsible for many of the league’s problems.
“Bettman to me is the real problem for hockey,” said Mellanby, who will be signing his book Walking with Legends Saturday at 2 p.m. in Chapters at the Devonshire Mall and at the Essex Legion at 3:30 p.m.
“He’s done so much damage to hockey it may never recover. We don’t have time to go through the litany of errors.”
Mellanby cites the usual laundry list of being in bad hockey markets, ignoring European opportunities, slowness to improve a deteriorating product, turbulent labour relations, the ignoring of Canadian markets, the reluctance to embrace change and some controversial TV deals and asks why Bettman is still employed.
from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
Thomas Vanek has yet to show signs that he can live up to his big payday, while second-year man Drew Stafford, who played so well in his rookie season, has been a disappointment as a sophomore.
When you add the depleted blue line missing regulars Teppo Numminen, Dimitri Kalinin and the previously rejuvenated Jaro Spacek, it’s evident that head coach Lindy Ruff hasn’t faced this level of trouble since the pre-lockout days – and those battles were fought with Drury and Briere.
much more on the NHL and one bit we covered yesterday…
from the CP via Yahoo,
...And, like any good dad, Michel Roy is standing up for his son with “Le Guerrier,” which translates into English as “The Warrior.”
Michel Roy says the French-language book - there are no immediate plans for an English version - is aimed at correcting the public perception of Patrick Roy’s life and career.
“I wanted to present Patrick as he is,” Michel Roy said at the book’s launch on Tuesday. “I think that the image that people often have of Patrick is not the real picture of Patrick. He’s not like that.”
John LeClair will be in court next week to face a drunk driving charge. Vermont state police pulled over the former BFA St. Albans, UVM and NHL great on October 24th.
The early-morning incident on Interstate-89 in Milton is the St. Albans native’s second drunk driving charge. In 1990, LeClair pleaded no contest after prosecutors reduced the charge to careless and negligent driving.
LeClair was placed on waivers last December by the Pittsburgh Peguins and he has not played in the NHL since then.
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