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Mr. Leetch explains the two game suspension.
Katie Strang of ESPN hosted an online chat today...
Were you surprised by AVs response to the question about his roster after the game last night ? And does it send a shot across Sathers bow ?
Katie Strang I think it was designed to send a message to his players more than anything honestly. I think he's becoming increasingly frustrated/exasperate with how to motivate them. I honestly did not interpret that as a veiled plea or slam of Sather in any way. But I am skeptical that the Rangers are capable of playing the type of offensive-minded game he wants. This team thrived under Tortorella because of a defensively-structured, blue-collar grinding style. They have no discernible identity now, it seems.
It's clear that the Islanders, owned by Wang and run by Snow, have no interest in winning nor will anyone be held accountable for repeated failures within the organization. Is a sale of the team the only way out for Islanders fans?
Katie Strang Honestly? Yes, I think so. It's easy to call for Capuano's head or pile onto the players but ultimately, the problems begin at the top and the onus falls on Charles Wang. He's never shown the true commitment to providing the team with the necessary funds and supports necessary to build a franchise in the right way. Snow isn't off the hook, either, for he has mismanaged his fair share and committed some costly gaffes, but he is handcuffed by Wang to a certain degree. I truly believe it will be continue to be Groundhogs Day for this team until ownership switches hands.
from David Ebner of the Globe and Mail,
Some skeptics have moaned about the proliferation of outdoor games, but the contests are being embraced by fans and marketers. Sponsors pour money into the games, and tickets sell fast. A sellout of the 55,000 available in Vancouver for the March 2 game against the Ottawa Senators is expected, and two games at Yankee Stadium scheduled near the Super Bowl are close to sold out.
The 110,000 or so predicted to fill the Big House at the University of Michigan, showcasing the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings in the Winter Classic, will be record-setting.
This is the business of the NHL operating with more oomph than it’s ever had before. The half-dozen outdoor games is part of the reason next year’s salary cap is shooting up by around $6-million (U.S.) toward $71-million – and the games are a visible display of a league buoyed by a big-time new TV contract in Canada and strong exposure on NBC in the United States. The NHL is becoming less and less a poor cousin of the NFL, MLB and the NBA.
Expect more, not fewer, outdoor games on the long NHL calendar in the year ahead, tied, of course, with special television programming. The days of one per winter are past.
Mr. Shanahan explains the suspension...
via RIA NOVOSTI,
Nikita Nikitin, a defenseman playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League, has told R-Sport he refuses to learn English as he can always rely on fellow Russian teammates.
Nikitin has played in the NHL since 2010 but admitted – in Russian – that “my English isn’t getting any better.”
Russians in the NHL are regularly criticized for their perceived failure to adapt.
“You always hear Russian in the team, although because of that I should admit I don’t learn English,” he said. “I understand everything I need to, but I can still only speak with difficulty. But there are always guys around who give me prompts.”
There are three other Russians on the Columbus roster besides Nikitin: goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, defenseman Fedor Tyutin and forward Artem Anisimov.
from College Hockey News,
Boston's TD Garden will host the 2015 Frozen Four, one of four sites awarded, as announced today by the NCAA.
Tampa, Fla., Chicago and St. Paul, Minn., are the other locations, for 2016-18 respectively.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
The mail bag is loaded with questions as to how the Los Angeles Kings' third goal in their 6-0 win over Montreal on Tuesday could possibly have been allow to stand after Kyle Clifford backed into Habs goalie Carey Price deep in his goal crease. As my colleague Ray Ferraro said on the TSN broadcast, "Oh, I can't believe there are going to allow this goal...In my opinion, this is as 'goaltender interference penalty' as you'll find!"
I couldn't agree more with Ray's accurate assessment of this play.
What troubles me most, beyond the tremendous inconsistency we see in calling goalkeeper interference, is that Referee Kevin Pollock had an unobstructed view from a stationery position in the corner closest to Kyle Clifford and Carey Price. The clear sightline gained in advance by the referee, as the Kings attacked the Montreal goal, should have made it easy to wave off Alec Martinez's first goal of the season and assess a penalty to Clifford for goalkeeper interference!
continued and watch the goal below...
TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger gathered for the latest installment of Insider Trading and the topics discussed were what a rising salary cap means for PK Subban's contract negotiations, the coaching situation with the New York Islanders, the Buffalo Sabres' search for a new general manager, what stories emerged from Tuesday's Board of Governors meetings and Jakob Chychrun, the son of former Flyers defenceman Jeff Chychrun.
Q: With the cap going over $71 million and climbing even higher, what does this mean to P.K. Subban and his contract talks?
LeBrun: It could mean a lot. In many ways, he could be the poster child for young, star free agents and future negotiations. For guys like Alex Pietrangelo and Erik Karlsson, they signed long term deals because they were looking for security and didn't know where the salary cap was headed. Well, P.K. Subban and his advisors from Newport Sports know where it's going and it's going way up, so the debate for Subban is, do I sign an eight-year deal like a lot of people are expecting me to, but then, the salary cap might be at $100 million by the end of the eight-year deal, maybe I'm better off taking a shorter term deal, three or four years. Of course, the Montreal Canadiens will be looking for some long-term security themselves, so a big decision for Subban because the cap is going way up.
McKenzie: The players and agents are wondering who's going to be the guy who breaks the bank; who's going to be the guy who gets closer to the 20 per cent maximum salary that's allowed. If the salary cap is $75 million or $80 million in a couple of years, that's potentially $15-16 million a year. What player might command that kind of money?
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
Two weeks ago, the guest on Hockey Night After Hours was Rob Blake, who recently moved from the NHL's department of player safety to the Los Angeles Kings as assistant general manager. Blake was asked what one rule he would change if he had the conch.
"The thing that I keep looking at is how to get the goals correct," he said. "We talked about replay.
"They experimented with different things. How to do it with every goal ... You would like to see that every goal that crosses the goal-line is a correct goal.
"How you do it? I don't know."
His words came not long after Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella called for similar action after incidental contact by Daniel Sedin on goaltender Kari Lehtonen resulted in a disallowed goal in a 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars.
"You go to football ... they want to make sure it's a score," Tortorella said. "If you can review that, I think you'll get the call right.
"But it's unreviewable. All the crap we review and they don't review an important thing like that."
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OVECHKIN’S 4 GOALS, BACKSTROM’S 5 POINTS POWER CAPITALS
Alex Ovechkin scored four goals, including the tying marker with 32.4 seconds remaining in regulation, and Nicklas Backstrom recorded 1-4—5 to help the Capitals erase an early three-goal deficit and pick up their fifth victory in their past six games.
* Ovechkin scored four goals for the third time in his career and first time since the 2007-08 season (Dec. 29 at Ottawa, Jan. 31 vs. Montreal). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other active players who have registered more than one four-goal game in the regular season are Marian Gaborik and Teemu Selanne, each with two such performances.
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