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from Empty Netters,
Only two players in the history of the sport have been more productive than Crosby before turning 21. Perhaps you’ve heard of them.
Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux are the only players with at least the equivalent of a full NHL season under their belt to record more points per game than Crosby before they turned 21.
Here’s a list of every player who averaged more than a point per game in more than 78 games before they turned 21.
read on for a list of players and some may surprise you…
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
Spoke to JM today, and he says he does not expect Chad Kilger to play for the Panthers this season….
“He’s still dealing with some personal issues, and at this point, I don’t think he’ll be playing,’’ Martin said. “We still hold his rights. He’s indicated to me that if he were to play, he’d want to play for us. We’re not the issue.’’
On a more positive note, JM says he’s spoken to both Richard Zednik and trainer David Zenobi and the reports are Zednik is doing a lot of physical work and is expected to be in good shape when training camp kicks off.
From Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy,
So was there a glimmer of hope today for New York Rangers fans tired of their ownership situation? Cablevision said it was “considering several options to boost its stock price including spinning off some of its diverse holdings,” according to the Associated Press. Andrew Zimbalist, a sports economist with Smith College, told the AP that if the contracts between the two teams, cable television and MSG could be sussed out, the Knicks would be worth about $500 million and the Rangers $300.
Are the Rangers a “spinoff” candidate? The Dolans aren’t saying. John Moag, chairman of the sports investment bank Moag & Co., tells Bloomberg that the Dolans’ sports teams and MSG itself could bring in almost $2 billion if Cablevision does decide to sell.
From Rory Boylen at The Hockey News,
Here are a few teams who I think could achieve more than is expected of them this season:
Florida Panthers: I’ve ripped on them in this space before – and until the front office does something smart, I’m sure I’ll do it again – but the potential is still there for the Panthers to rise.
You’ve got to think that, one of these years, Nathan Horton will meet the expectations of being a No. 3 overall draft pick. While he has not impressed and actually stalled his point production at 62 points last season, Horton could be ready for a 70- to 75-point campaign. If he can meet this goal and if incoming offensive catalyst Cory Stillman can kick-start Stephen Weiss, the Panthers could generate more than the pathetic 216 goals they scored last season.
read on for more on the Panthers, plus two other picks for overachievers this coming season
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Last week we mentioned this story in USA Hockey Magazine that was already on newsstands, but not yet on the internet. Now it’s available online.
From Ricki Dugdale at USA Hockey Magazine:
Today’s bloggers are gaining acceptance among mainstream media, in part because professional journalists have learned that if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.
The rising popularity of blogs has forced mainstream media to re-evaluate which direction coverage is heading in the near future as fingers stay glued to the keyboard and eyes stay fixed on a computer screen.
“I think [blogging] sort of changed how we approached coverage of events,” said Kevin Allen, president of the Professional Writer’s Association and USA Today’s hockey writer. “Instead of just reporting what happened in the news we are interpreting it quickly, and we have been forced to do it by the amateur bloggers.”
Craig Custance of the Sporting News Today (daily online newspaper with free subscription) conducted an interview with NHLPA Executve Director Paul Kelly. Topics discussed are European expansion, the CBA, ESPN and the Winter Classic.
Hopefully this link will take you there, if not, registration is painless and you get a daily email notification when the paper is available to view.
Update 5:36pm ET: Bonus material at Custance’s Sporting News blog—
[But] we covered a lot of ground that wasn’t printed. Some will be in an upcoming story I’m working on. But here are two bonus questions with Kelly that I couldn’t squeeze in the SNT Q and A:
Q: What’s the biggest issue in getting a transfer agreement with European federations?
A: It’s an economic issue first and foremost ...
from Dan Wood at Ducks Blog,
Last summer flew by even faster, of course, because every member of the Ducks was accepting handshakes and pats on the back, attending celebratory gatherings and enjoying their individual days with the Cup. By the time training camp, and the regular season, rolled around, the club was nowhere near emotionally or physically ready to get back to the grind that is life in the NHL.
The contrast now is striking. While Ducks fans are growing increasingly impatient as they await some hockey action, most players are still at least a couple of weeks away from getting back on the ice in preparation for camp. By the time they arrive at Anaheim Ice next month, the Ducks will be in much better shape, physically and mentally, than a year earlier.
from Ian Shantz of the Barrie Examiner,
A little more than a decade ago, Daniel Tkaczuk was a top-10 NHL draft pick.
Coming off a 105-point season with the Ontario Hockey League’s Barrie Colts, the Calgary Flames made the centreman its first overall pick in 1997. Tkaczuk went sixth overall. Touted as a surefire bet to become as prolific in the world’s top hockey league as he was throughout his four seasons of junior, some might say the 18-year-old’s potential was mind-blowing.
Almost two full seasons in the minors and a total of 19 NHL games later Tkaczuk’s NHL career was done….
Is Tkaczuk disappointed by how things worked out? Yes. Is it the end of the world? Hardly.
“Do I look back and say I regret any decisions I made? No,” said Tkaczuk, now 29 years old, living in Barrie with his wife, Lyndsey, and making his living playing hockey in Europe. “Do I wish things maybe worked out a bit better over here? Of course I do….”
from the Tampa Bay Business Journal,
How do you balance the payroll to field a competitive team, yet stay within the revenue capabilities of the market?
Carefully. We could sign a $4 million defenseman who isn’t worth it that would bring us closer to the cap, but would that make the fans happy? No, we think winning would be the best solution. It’s about fielding the best team we can.
Even with the league taking a year off to institute a salary cap, clubs are still crying poormouth. Will the Lightning be one of them if attendance drops?
Absolutely not. We don’t solely drive income from attendance. Only one-third of our income is based on attendance.
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