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from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
But despite the NHL’s many troubles — the rapidly escalating salaries, the lack of new revenue streams, the lack of a major U.S. television agreement — people are buying into commissioner Gary Bettman’s show. Not only that, they’re paying more and more money to do so….
This is all very strange. How can franchise values be going up at a time when the NHL looks to be struggling all over again?
via the AP,
Scott Niedermayer doesn’t take kindly to duck abuse.
That’s why the defenseman for Stanley Cup champion Anaheim signed on with PETA to defend ducks—mighty or otherwise.
Niedermayer sent a letter to the 50 members of the Chicago City Council, urging them to fight against efforts to repeal the city’s ban on foie gras—the delicacy from enlarged livers of force-fed ducks and geese.
“As an Anaheim Duck, I hate to see real ducks tortured so that a handful of wealthy chefs can serve their diseased organs,” wrote Niedermayer, the playoffs MVP last season. “Please uphold this compassionate law.”
His letter said foie gras production is outlawed in the United Kingdom, Germany, the Czech Republic, Finland, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, and Israel. In 2012, it will become illegal to sell foie gras in California.
from Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated,
It’s time to tap on the breaks there, sports fans. The Penner signing was not the seventh sign of the impending apocalypse. In fact, we’re not seeing salary escalation so much as salary re-allocation.
Semantics? Maybe, but it’s an important distinction.
Yes, it appears the average annual paycheck will hit $2 million this season. That’s about 10 percent higher than the pre-lockout average of $1.8 million, and further proof that an NHL job is nice work if you can get it. But it’s not the amount, it’s how the money’s being spent that should be the focus. That’s because, the Todd Bertuzzi signing (two years, $ 8 million) aside, dollars are being dished more wisely than ever.
via the Columbus Blue Jackets,
The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Kris Beech to a one-year, two-way NHL – American Hockey League contract, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Beech, 26, collected eight goals and 18 assists for 26 points and 46 penalty minutes in 64 games last season with the Washington Capitals. He tied for fifth on the club in goals and was seventh in points, while setting a new career high in points. He has accumulated 19-37-56 with 109 penalty minutes in 173 career games with Washington, Nashville and Pittsburgh. He was the Capitals’ first pick, seventh overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.
From the Dallas Stars,
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has signed a two-year extension to its affiliate agreement with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL. The club won the 2007 Patrick J. Kelly Cup as champions of the ECHL, and also won the league title as a development affiliate of the Dallas Stars during the club’s inaugural season of 2003-04.
“We are happy to continue our affiliation with Idaho and we are expecting continued success for the Steelheads,” Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong said. “Idaho has done an excellent job as a development affiliate for the Dallas Stars, and together with Iowa in the American Hockey League, we should continue to have a solid, coordinated partnership.”
From the AP via CBS Sportsline,
The Edmonton Oilers are not for sale.
That was the message Tuesday from Cal Nichols, chairman of the 33-member group that owns and operates the NHL franchise.
Nichols said the Edmonton Investors Group resoundingly rejected the latest bid of $185 million from local tycoon Daryl Katz to buy the team. He said they also passed a motion declaring the team is not for sale.
“This is not about dollars. This is about Edmonton,” Nichols said at a news conference.
Long time listeners of AM 640’s “Leafs Lunch” (which certainly includes us around here) will know that Bill Watters and Jeff Marek are adding to their schedules, now doing their hockey talk and more from 4-7pm ET. Today is the debut for their new program.
Whatever you do, don’t tell veteran broadcaster, hockey executive and former player agent Bill Watters that it’s not possible to get excited about life at age 64.
On Tuesday, the Orillia native embarked on another chapter of his life, with the debut of The Bill Watters Show on Toronto’s AM640 radio.
The show will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and go head-to-head against The FAN590’s Prime Time Sports, hosted by sports radio legend Bob McCown.
Best of luck in the new venture!
Dick Pound doesn’t agree with the NHL drug policy…
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
“It’s a sham,” Dick Pound, the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency, told ESPN.com last week, reiterating his previous criticisms of the NHL’s drug-testing policy that made him public enemy No. 1 among NHL types, from deputy commissioner Bill Daly to famed Canadian TV analyst Don Cherry.
Those NHL types still question Pound’s agenda and what they believe is his lack of understanding of NHL policies.
“We could really care less what Dick Pound has to say,” Daly told ESPN.com. “He has no idea what our program is or what it provides for, so by definition, he’s speaking from ignorance. Just as importantly, he has no credibility left. Not a single person I know, either inside and outside the Olympic community, has any respect for what he has to say anymore.”
via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Luke Richardson is coming home.
The Sun has learned the 20-year NHL veteran has agreed to a one-year, $500,000 contract with the Ottawa Senators that includes a minor-league clause. Richardson, an Ottawa native, is expected to sign the deal in the next 24 hours and then a formal announcement will be made.
Courtesy of our friend Roman at eNHL.cz, we have this photo of Dominik Hasek doing his “Dominator” thing… On his last day of some R & R, Hasek decided to take in some golf today. As you can see, he forgot his shoes and look at that intense concentration.
Dom starts his off-ice training tomorrow in preparation for the upcoming season. Don’t foget your skates, please!!!
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