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from Bill Clement at MSNBC.
Enough already! It’s time for much stricter enforcement of the rule that penalizes players for diving.
Policing those who make a habit of pretending to get fouled has always been on the league’s radar, specifically that of the competition committee and Colin Campbell, the executive in charge of how NHL hockey is officiated.
Comments from Montreal fans at Habs Inside/Out are coming in fast and furious regarding the departure of Sheldon Souray to Edmonton.
added 5:02pm, from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
So why did it take so long to sign the big, handsome, popular player?
It’s a question I asked a general manager friend of mine a few days ago when Souray appeared to be twirling in the wind awaiting an offer?
“He’s a good guy,” was the reply. “He’s a risk. Obviously, he’s very good offensively (an NHL record 19 power-play goals among the 26 he scored in 81 games last season), but …”
What he was really saying was that there were glitches in the scouting report on Sheldon, which go like this:
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
There is something of the tragic-comic hero in Gary Bettman and his manipulation of the sale—or nonsale, as is currently the case—of the Nashville Predators.
So determined is Bettman to prove that his vision of the NHL as a great American sporting presence is unassailable, so determined is he that his handiwork shall be his living monument to himself and the sport, that Bettman has painted himself into a tiny, uncomfortable corner.
How he emerges from this corner—if at all—will say much about his legacy and, indeed, the look and health of the NHL for years to come.
from Devin Gordon at Newsweek,
Throughout July, ESPN’s award-winning flagship news hour “SportsCenter” is devoting a chunk of every broadcast to a segment called “Who’s Now.” It’s an elimination tournament, purely theoretical, to determine which current athlete is the most “now”—although two weeks into the competition, it’s still anyone’s guess what exactly “now” means. A panel of experts, including ex-NFL diva Keyshawn Johnson, debate whether, say, the NBA’s Dwyane Wade or snowboarder Shaun White is more “now.” Viewers vote online, and the winner moves on to face Tiger Woods in the next round. And so on. Everything about the segment is so artificial, from concept to execution, that watching it is like chewing Styrofoam.
What does this have to do with hockey, not much, except to point out hockey fans in general don’t fit the mold of the average ESPN viewer. We don’t need to be spoon fed little bits and pieces about our game. We just want reporting, fair and square, but if you read the whole article, that doesn’t happen very often at ESPN.
The New Jersey Devils today named Brent Sutter to the position of head coach. The announcement was made by Devils’ CEO/President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello. As per club policy, no further terms were disclosed.
“We are fortunate to have someone with Brent Sutter’s character, knowledge, energy, enthusiasm, and experience join our organization,” said Lamoriello. “He has been successful at every level and we look forward to him continuing that success in the National Hockey League.”
The Washington Capitals won three 2007 Golden Matrix awards from the Information and Display and Entertainment Association (IDEA) at the association’s 25th annual conference hosted July 8-11, 2007. The Caps’ Game Presentation department took home the association’s Best Music Video award for their Alex Ovechkin as Superman in-game video, as well as the 2007 Best Overall Video Display awards for the subdivision of hockey and the overall contest.
The Best Music Video Award recognizes excellence in pre-produced video segments that have been edited to music and where music is central to the creative impact of the piece. Washington’s Ovechkin as Superman video depicted the team’s superstar as the comic book superhero.
Watch the video…
from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
...Then along comes (gallantly rides in) one Sheldon Souray, a hulking and talented defenseman, from the mean streets of Montreal with an impressive resume and an old wedding album complete with the occasional un-retouched photo of a supermodel. He’s good looking and, unlike most recent Oiler signings of late, is not described as “the poor man’s version of” anyone. He has personally put Edmonton back on the hockey map faster than you can say Balsillie.
Thing is, he thought he had signed with Calgary.
from Elliotte Friedman of the CBC,
I don’t know if that Bettman was kidnapped by aliens or was the greatest living actor not named Edward Norton. But, that commissioner is gone. In his place is a guy standing in the middle of a Nashville street, staring northward with his middle finger up in the air. Yes, this obscene gesture is directed at the hockey fans driving revenue growth since the lockout….
You have to wonder, though, if there is any chance Bettman’s power base is eroding. Not only is he killing a bad that will inflate the value of other teams, but salaries are reaching/surpassing pre-lockout levels. The new minimum of $34.3 million is higher than 10 team payrolls from 2004-05. All-Star and Stanley Cup ratings set all-time lows in the United States. Plus, if he accepts this above-market bid, he can still make the other teams some expansion money by adding Kansas City and Vegas if he wishes.
from the AP via Sports Illustrated,
The Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Slovakia, and Switzerland ratified a four-year transfer agreement between the International Ice Hockey Federation member associations and the NHL on Thursday.
As with the last four-year agreement, Russia refused to sign.
added 11:15am, from the AP via the Globe and Mail,
The IIHF intends to proceed with a proposed new European hockey league after receiving a positive feasibility study.
The plan was originally floated in April and IIHF president Rene Fasel announced during the World Hockey Championships in Moscow a month later that an agency had been hired to conduct a feasibility study.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
If you think nobody wants to be associated with Edmonton anymore, believe me here’s the one guy who wants to be associated!
“Coming to Edmonton is a dream come true. To come home and put on that jersey ... I’m getting more excited every time I think about putting on that uniform,” he said on a conference call yesterday.
And wife Angelica is good with this?
“She’s happy,” said Souray.
“She’s familiar with the city. It’s good.
“Everybody is happy. Everybody is thrilled,” he said, including his dad, an Oilers fans even while Souray played for the Canadiens.
He said everybody back home was screaming into the phone when he told them the news.
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