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from Terry Frei at ESPN,
As the NBA wrestles with what commissioner David Stern calls the worst crisis of his tenure, the Tim Donaghy mess in the Summer of Sports Scandal, it’s not gross misconduct to wonder: Can it happen in the NHL, too?
Of course it can ... in theory.
Instead of gloating about the NBA’s mess, and perhaps becoming overconfident because hockey is far less vulnerable to “fixing” or “shaving” issues than other sports, the NHL should react with heightened vigilance.
Among other things, the NHL must continue to try to get to the bottom of everything and everyone involved in the Rick Tocchet sports gambling ring to make sure it didn’t affect the actual integrity of the NHL’s own product.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
For Hull, the possessor of the most deadly one-timer in league history, bending his blade—along with the rules—was the difference between an average career and one for the ages.
“I had an illegal stick all the time and it wasn’t so much that I thought I was cheating, but, you know, I wouldn’t have got 300 goals in this league unless I’d had that stick that I used. I couldn’t shoot it without that curve.”
How prevalent is this offense? Go down the list of the league’s top snipers and many of them—including Ilya Kovalchuk, Jaromir Jagr and Teemu Selanne—were nabbed last season with an illegal curve.
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
via the Hamilton Spectator,
Jim Balsillie gave reporters the brush-off yesterday in the Pro-Am at the Canadian Open at Angus Glen Golf Club but he did give a fan a brief update on his quest to bring a National Hockey League team to Hamilton.
The billionaire co-owner of Research in Motion, who was playing with defending Canadian Open champion Jim Furyk, hit his drive in the rough just off the 18th fairway. When he got there a fan yelled out “you’ve got to get a team for Hamilton!”
Balsillie replied “I’m trying.”
via the Winnipeg Free Press,
NHL exile Alexei Yashin is returning to a place “where he’s looked at like a god,” his girlfriend, model and actress Carol Alt, says.
Yashin—who became an unrestricted free agent last month when the New York Islanders bought out the remaining four years of his 10-year, US$87.5-million contract—signed a one-year deal last week with Locomotiv Yaroslavi of the Russian League.
“I think he needs to go where people understood him and where he’s looked at like a god,” Alt said.
“He wants to come back (to the NHL), but I just think he needs to clear his head.”
from Sun Media,
Needless to say the brothers, hockey royalty from Thunder Bay, will take some good-hearted ribbing at training camp this fall.
And perhaps even at the older Staal’s wedding next Friday in the Lakehead.
It all started out innocently enough as a day of golf and an evening of partying at the posh Lutsen Resort and Sea Villas on Lake Superior. But as the sun fell and the beer flowed, things became a little rowdier amongst the 20 young men in attendance.
“It was a bunch of Canadian boys going wild,” an employee at the resort, two hours south of Thunder Bay, joked last night. “It was a bachelor party that went awry.”
from Ray Slover at the Sporting News,
As Blackhawks GM, Tallon seems to have a solid plan for his team. And Wednesday’s signing of No. 1 overall pick Patrick Kane is the latest feel-good story to come out of the cavernous United Center.
Wow, a light at the end of the Blackhawks’ tunnel that isn’t attached to an elevated train.
There’s no guarantee Kane will make the team this year. He’s an 18-year-old kid, after all. There’s every reason for Blackhawks fans to hope he does.
Why? Because he will be surrounded by plenty of talent. Kane won’t have to be the bellwether player for a beleaguered team. He can grow with the nucleus and help it develop into something the Blackhawks haven’t been since Bill Wirtz was a philanthropist—a winner.
Just somethng to keep an eye on…
from the Commercial Property News,
As part of the city’s efforts to ensure that the Las Vegas market is able to meet the demands of its growing population and tourism base from a sports and entertainment standpoint, the Las Vegas City Council approved REI Neon’s plans to build a 22,000-seat arena in downtown Las Vegas as part of the company’s $9.5 billion dollar mixed-use development, Project Pulse….
Construction is slated to commence in the third quarter of 2008. Arena construction is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2010 in time for the 2010-2011 fall sports season. REI received its entitlements to move forward with the development of Project Pulse on June 20.
more, but nothing hockey related, just some general news…
from the CP via Yahoo,
The search committee, comprised of Michael Cammalleri of the Los Angeles Kings, Chris Chelios of the Detroit Red Wings, Shawn Horcoff of the Edmonton Oilers, free agent Eric Lindros and Robyn Regehr of the Calgary Flames, interviewed a number of search firms across North America before settling on the Chicago outfit.
“The members of the committee are very pleased to be taking the next step towards hiring a new executive director,” Lindros said in a statement. “We continue to do our due diligence in order to find a leader that can further advance the interests of all NHLPA members and the game of hockey.”
From the CP via TSN,
The Los Angeles Kings and leading scorer Mike Cammalleri appear headed for a showdown in salary arbitration next week.
‘‘The Kings have yet to make me an offer,’’ Cammalleri said Wednesday during the NHL Players’ Association annual charity golf tournament. ‘‘There hasn’t been all that much communication. For me, I guess I can only take that as an indication of where I stand right now.’‘
Kings GM Dean Lombardi confirmed he wasn’t any close to re-signing the restricted free agent.
‘‘To be honest, we’re pretty far apart,’’ Lombardi told The Canadian Press from his Los Angeles office.
via Russo’s Rants,
I know this doesn’t affect those in Minnesota, but Florida Panthers owner Alan Cohen asked me to put this on my blog regarding the Hockeybuzz.com report that he’s meeting today with a group looking to purchase the Panthers.
“I am in the front row at Saratoga today watching the races and I am not selling the Panthers now or ever.”
Geez Dwayne, what kind of spin will you put on this one?
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