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from the Niles Daily Star,
Each autumn for the past 10 years, the Detroit Red Wings have been bringing their fall prospects tournament and training camp to the Traverse City’s Centre ICE arena. For that brief time, Traverse City is transformed into “Hockeytown North,” where hundreds of fans from the U.S. and Canada come to watch and meet players from Detroit and seven other major hockey franchises in what may be the sport’s most “up close and personal” events.
“Last year we had people travel here from 38 states and Canada, and we always end up selling out for all the events,” says organizer Pete Correia, who persuaded the Red Wings to bring their fall camp to Traverse City in 1997.
I believe this may be a good weekend to relax, take some time off and enjoy the beautiful weekend in Michigan.
I will be around, but moving a little slower than normal. A big week ahead for KK readers, just a little hint there folks!
If you have a story you feel folks should be made aware of, feel free to post it in the comment section or, as always, KK members can post in the KK Forums.
from David Naylor of the Globe and Mail,
So what’s pushing values so high despite the NHL’s apparent downward trend in popularity in the United States and the fact that salary expenditures this coming season are equal those of the final season before the lockout?
The answer seems to be that, while NHL teams remain money-losing ventures in many cities, investors are attracted to businesses where they can at least project what those losses will be.
In other words, “cost certainty” - the buzz term of the 2004-05 lockout - apparently has a lot of value to both to those looking to buy into hockey as well as those cashing out.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The NHL has enough trouble becoming a more important presence on the U.S. sporting scene. At a time when its reputation needs to remain as squeaky clean as possible, to be viewed as condoning gambling would do far more harm than good. The path of least resistance — imposing further sanctions beyond Tocchet’s current indefinite leave — will almost certainly be the one it takes.
The Coyotes, for their part, have begun exploring assistant coaching options in case Tocchet does not return, discreetly making inquiries to available coaches around the league. The suspicion here is their course of action will constitute a wise, prudent and ultimately necessary precaution.
more and welcome back Eric…
via the Columbus Blue Jackets,
Columbus Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson issued the following statement today after learning that center Alexander Svitov has signed a contact with Avangard Omsk of the Russian Super League and will play with the club in the 2007-08 season. He signed a two-year contract with Columbus on July 2, 2007.
“We were informed by Alexander’s agent today that he has signed a contract to play with Avangard Omsk this season,” Howson said. “We will explore the situation in greater detail with respect to Alexander’s contract status and will make a decision after reviewing our options. While this news comes as a disappointment, it creates an opportunity for other players when we open training camp next month.”
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Those who assume Russian hockey players spend their summer on a borscht-and-bourbon bender should have a conversation with Barry Smith, the longtime NHL assistant coach and now first-year coach-GM of SKA-St. Petersburg in the Russian Superleague.
“Working with these players has been terrific so far,” said Smith, who has been putting his new team through training camp workouts since July 3. “Having NHL-level talent to train with really raises the standard of practice, and adds something new for the boys who’ve been here right from the start.”
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
SI senior writer Michael Farber picked his three NHL Dream Teams—one for the best of all time, one that will win right now and one built for five years from now. How did Farber do? What changes would you make to his lineups?
The instinct is to include center John Tavares, who broke Wayne Gretzky’s Ontario Hockey League scoring record as a 16-year-old last season, and Carey Price, the goalie who led Hamilton to the Calder Cup this spring, but there are mitigating factors in both cases.
read on and I am pointing to the future team. To see the others, look at the tabs at the top of the page at SI.
from Ryan Kennedy of the Hockey News,
Anaheim Ducks star Teemu Selanne will make his decision on whether to retire in two weeks.
According to Finnish website Iltalehti.fi, Selanne will return to North America from Finland in two weeks. By the time he hits the ground, his mind will have been made up.
“We’re going there for a holiday or to play,” Selanne told the site. “I will make my decision before we return.”
from Ted Leonsis via the NHL Fanhouse,
My bet is that the blogosphere built around the Washington Capitals is now much, much bigger in terms of aggregate circulation than the two sports radio stations combined here in the DC area. I will do some research and then we should all convene a meeting to discuss how we form a more formal keiretsu. There will be power in numbers. Out with the old, in with the new!
more on a developing story about D.C. sports radio and… well, read on...
I would hope other NHL teams would take what Ted said to heart and begin to develop relationships with hockey bloggers in their town!
Former National Hockey League player and Phoenix Coyotes associate coach Rick Tocchet received his sentence on Friday morning, as he was convicted on third degree conspiracy to promote gambling and third degree promoting gambling.
Tocchet, who appeared in Superior Court on Friday morning in New Jersey as a first-time offender, received two years probation on each count and will not serve jail time.
My understanding is the NHL will be releasing a statement on this situation. I will post it here when available.
“In light of today’s events, Mr. Cleary is now in a position to conclude his independent investigation. Once the Commissioner receives Mr. Cleary’s
report, it is probable that he will want to meet with Mr. Tocchet before making a determination.”
-Frank Brown, VP of Meda Relation for the NHL
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