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From USA Today: first "sports terrorism," now "tortorous contract interference"...
A court hearing is scheduled Wednesday in New York City to determine whether a preliminary injunction will be granted preventing Evgeni Malkin to continue playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins. "We don't believe these plaintiffs can establish a case for a preliminary injunction -- either on the facts or the law," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly says. "We're hopeful the court agrees." Malkin's former team, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, and Locomotive-Yaroslavl, another Russian hockey team, are suing the NHL, the Penguins, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers because Malkin, Alexei Mikhnov (Oilers) and Andrei Taratukhin (Flames) were allowed to sign NHL contracts even though they allegedly had binding contracts with Russian teams. "The basis of the suit is that the National Hockey League and its member clubs tortuously interfered with the contracts of these players with the Russian clubs," says New York-based attorney Alexander Berkovich, who represents the Russian teams. "We also claim there is a conspiracy in violation of antitrust law between the NHL and its clubs."continued
from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
How bad are they? On a scale from Poor Start to Full-Scale Chernobyl, the Flyers would have the Geiger counter ticking mighty loud and mighty fast. But that's only part of the story. Like the scene of a nuclear accident, the Flyers have a chance to be contaminated for years to come. There's no easy explanation for how this happened. The consensus going into the season was that the Flyers would be about where they were over the last few years - a fourth or fifth seed that, if healthy, could make a run in the playoffs. There didn't seem to be too many people predicting the Flyers would be the worst team in the NHL.more
from the St. Petersburg Times,
Guillaume Latendresse said he watched replays of his hit on Lightning wing Rob DiMaio "many times." The Canadiens left wing said seeing DiMaio's head bounce off the glass during a preseason game in Montreal and watching his body crumble to the ice with a concussion was unnerving. He said he fretted about it for weeks and pulled back from his usual physical style.continued
from the Mercury News,
As expected, the Sharks heard plenty about dedication to details at practice Tuesday after their most listless performance of the season Monday in a loss to Los Angeles. Coach Ron Wilson is just hoping the words had greater impact coming from right wing Mike Grier. Near the end of the workout, Grier stood in front of his teammates and shared experiences of how good teams become great teams, such as Buffalo where he helped the Sabres reach the Eastern Conference finals last season. Grier said: "For the most part, we just haven't played simple hockey. We're at our best when we simplify the game. Sometimes when we play teams we think we should beat, we look for plays that aren't there and try to do things that aren't going to work. We have to play a smarter brand of hockey and not turn pucks over.''read on
from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
Linesman Steve Miller did a masterful job of wrestling McGrattan to the ice a couple of times and keeping him from causing widespread mayhem. McGrattan said he was discussing the lack of a penalty call on Komisarek with teammate Chris Neil yesterday morning. “That guy (Komisarek) throws cheap hits all the time. If that’s me or (Neil), making that hit, it’s five (minutes) and a game (misconduct), maybe a match penalty. No doubt about it,” said McGrattan. “I hate how that works. If you’re a tough guy, you don’t get the calls. I’m used to it now.” Miller pulled McGrattan’s sweater over his head and wrestled him to the ice and McGrattan should probably be thankful. He wound up with a 10-minute misconduct on the play, but if he had gotten loose and gone after Komisarek, it could have been a lot worse.read on
from Sherry Ross or the NY Daily News,
Remember the Montreal Canadiens winning four consecutive Cups from 1976-79? Followed by the Islanders run in 1980-83? That kind of dominance may be history in more ways than one. "I think it's going to be very hard for a team to win repeatedly, because of the amount of movement, how hard it is to keep players," said Messier, whose Oilers won back-to-back Cups in 1984-85 and 1987-88. "One of the reasons why I think teams are successful is because they have a strong nucleus of great players. But the guys who really get overlooked and don't get much credit are the fringe guys, the role players, and they're the players who really seem to be moving most. They really find a niche and a groove on a team that wins the Stanley Cup."more
During tonight's Wings-Canucks broadcast, Ken Daniels announced that the Red Wings will be replacing their scoreboard's four blocks of 9 big-screen TVs with 4 LED displays. Good on ya, Wings.
from the Philadelphia Inquirer via the Mercury News:
The Columbus Blue Jackets have received permission from the Flyers to interview Ken Hitchcock for their head coaching position. "They called and got permission," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Tuesday. "I was under the assumption they would try to talk to Hitch later in the day." "No one from Columbus has called yet, but Homer (Holmgren) told me they got permission to talk, so we'll see what happens," said Hitchcock, who was dismissed as Flyers coach Oct. 22. Blue Jackets general manager Doug MacLean reportedly was meeting with the team's owners on Tuesday to discuss a list of candidates to be interviewed for the head-coaching job. Coach Gerard Gallant was fired Monday; Gary Agnew was named interim coach.continued
From William Houston at the Globe & Mail,
The relationship between the CBC and Don Cherry has warmed considerably. The two were fighting three seasons ago, but they're now in a cozy business partnership for the Christmas season. They have produced a DVD called Hockey Night In Canada Presents Don Cherry 18 and will share in the profit. The CBC provided footage from Hockey Night and the 2005-06 National Hockey League season. Cherry, the show's popular commentator, selected and narrated the highlights. Cherry was almost fired by the CBC in 2004 after making what were construed to be disparaging remarks about Europeans and French Canadians.Continued... - Plus more on Roger Millions rant, also mentioned earlier today here on Kukla's.
NEW YORK, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at a press conference in New York, Mark Messier, six-time Stanley Cup champion and 16-time NHL All-Star, presented the first-ever Mark Messier Leadership Award to New York Rangers left wing, Brendan Shanahan, in recognition of his exemplary leadership on and off the ice. continued
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