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from Pierre McGuire at NBC Sports,
Get on the ride now. Get on before it is sold out. The Pittsburgh Penguins are rolling and after their overtime win in Los Angeles on Wednesday night they are officially the best early-season story in the league. With the Penguins you go into every game wondering what you are going to get, and you leave feeling as if you were really entertained. How has all this happened and will it last? The answers, in order, are: "hard work" and "yes.''continued
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
What, you expected the Carolina Hurricanes to just wither up and blow away like a dandelion in a, well, wind storm? "Yeah, we're bored being Cup champs. Here, you take over." Not quite. Although the Atlanta Thrashers have been anointed the next great thing from the Southeast Division, and may yet fulfill that destiny, the Hurricanes served notice Wednesday night with a 5-2 victory over the formerly red-hot Thrashers that they will not go quietly into that hockey night.continued
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
The league is scratching around for every additional penny it can toss into the coffers, so adding four games will thrill the bean counters. But how do you tack the four onto the schedule without overtaxing the players and beating down the paying public? Simply by re-distributing the current workload in a practical fashion. Take four preseason games out of the meaningless category and put them on the official slate.... The second step requires the abolition of the six divisions and going with two conferences of 15 teams apiece.read on
from Market Watch,
...In stepped Google with a way back to the mainstream. Starting Wednesday, every 2006-2007 regular-season NHL game can be watched, for free, on Google Video, the world's No. 4 most popular video-providing Web site. Google's corralled all the NHL material onto a single Web site, which comes across as a kind of NHL TV on the Internet, where thousands of NHL games are available to view through an Internet browser, or to download onto a personal computer to watch at a later time. The games are shown in their entirety and advertising-free. But that is likely to change, according to Google spokesman Gabriel Stricker. "We are hoping to make this content ad supported, enabling the NHL to earn revenue from online distribution of this content," he said.more and notice the word free. until the NHL and Google come out with a statement, it is best to wait to see if there will be a charge...
from the Calgary Sun,
Maybe it'll take a sledgehammer between the eyes to get the message through. Lord knows the two warnings issued 24 hours earlier didn't do the job for the flickering Calgary Flames. Despite a tongue-lashing from GM Darryl Sutter and a pair of call-ups added to the mix to prove spots in the lineup are on the line, it was more of the same from the underachieving squad.continued
Dick Pound continues his battle with the NHL and drug testing. From the Ottawa Sun:
The founder and chair of the World Anti-Doping Agency stirred up the hockey world last year when he said a third of NHLers are using some kind of performance-enhancing drugs. He wasn't skating away from that claim yesterday. "I'm more than happy to be known by the enemies I make in this fight," said Pound, a Montreal lawyer. "At least the NHL is doing some testing, but they still are in major league institutional denial about the problem. [...] ''The spin doctors tried to say when I made my statement I was talking about steroids, that 33% of NHLers were on steroids. I'm smart enough not to do that. Everybody knows the drugs of choice in hockey are the stimulants."Continued...
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,
Flyers captain Peter Forsberg said the stability of his surgically reconstructed right foot -- not the club's general manager -- will determine whether he re-signs with the Flyers beyond this season. "I'll know my decision when my foot is 100 percent," Forsberg said. "It's a great organization and a great place to play. I like it here. We'll see what happens." Asked how his foot feels, Forsberg replied, "I want to see if it's 100 percent and if I can play at a level I want to be playing at." Asked again how his foot is feeling, Forsberg replied, "I don't think I'm playing as good as I want to play, and that's all I'm saying."more...and Bobby Clarke misses the game...
As I mentioned yesterday, Bill Watters on Leafs Lunch basically said Colin Campbell was in-line for the Leafs GM job... from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
If the Leafs miss the playoffs, of course, it's almost certain JFJ is goners. But if they continue performing to the level they have in the first portion of the season, and if they do qualify for post-season play, Ferguson will likely be handed a new deal, possibly before season's end. Campbell understands all of this, and therefore the notion that he turned down the Flyers because he's already got the Leaf job in his hip pocket just doesn't hold water. He might covet the Leaf job and by June, the job could theoretically be his. But he's not running the Flyers today because he didn't want to leave a hometown that he loves and a job which has allowed him to make a tremendous impact on the sport, both at the NHL and, as we're seeing, down throughout all levels of the sport.more
from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,
The Vancouver Canucks are struggling, but even three days after Nonis offered his opinions of free agency at a chamber of commerce meeting, hockey people are still debating the merit of his remarks. You should know, for starters, there was no debate about his comments at the National Hockey League's head office. The rocket would have been fired up Nonis' posterior within seconds of his remarks reaching New York. When Nonis said the free-agency system is "a joke" he said, in effect, that the collective bargaining agreement, which codifies free agency, is also a joke and, therefore, by extension, the NHL executives who negotiated it. If there's one thing commissioner Gary Bettman is consistent about, it is his insistence that you don't criticize your product.read on
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