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A couple of early games on the NHL schedule today. Check NHL.com for broadcast information.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
“I am who I am,” the 24-year-old says. “I never change.”
He thinks somebody, maybe him, could score 70 goals in today’s NHL. That’s the limit.
“When Gretzky scored 92, the game was different,” he says. “I don’t think anybody is going to score 92 anymore. I think 70 is the most ...
“I think that’s possible.”
He admits to being selfish and doesn’t apologize for it.
“You have to be,” Kovalchuk says. “When it’s time, it’s time. You don’t have to be shy. You take over. It’s an emotional game, a team game, but sometimes you need to be selfish (to score).”
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
A Russian tycoon with a lifelong love for hockey has hired former NHL Players’ Association head Bob Goodenow to help start a new pro league in Europe that would compete for players with the NHL….
The likelihood of a new European league has increased in recent years as hockey federations in Russia and elsewhere in Europe have grown disenchanted with the NHL over its recruitment of their best players.
At the same time, Medvedev has ample dollars to start a competitor to the venerable NHL. In an interview from Russia, Medvedev confirmed that former Russian NHL star Igor Larionov and Goodenow are members of a so-called “working group” that’s starting the league. Goodenow travelled to Moscow this week to discuss the prospective league, Larionov said.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
...the fact that the Ducks opted to trade McDonald, a centre, as opposed to a defenceman such as Sean O’Donnell or Shane Hnidy or Mathieu Schneider, did come as something of a surprise.
Some may look at the trade and decide that the Ducks aren’t as good now with Weight as they were with McDonald.
Fair enough, that is not an illogical face-value assessment, even though McDonald’s numbers are way down this season.
But in the grand scheme of things, this McDonald trade is precisely what the doctor ordered for the Ducks and will help the organization in ways you don’t immediately see.
Now, if you believed Corey Perry was going to be moved, or there was even some talk of him being moved, then you probably should not be reading this. Go back to the drama queen channel, you may find something you like there.
Brian Burke held a little media scrum before the game tonight and says he needs to make one more small move, after the holidays, which will allow the Ducks to look at extending Corey Perry. He mentioned signing Perry is a top priority and hopes to get it done.
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
They’ve made no friends in enemy uniforms and yet both men willingly put their careers and reputations on the line for their National Hockey League brothers.
Last year, Chelios took on NHLPA executive director Ted Saskin, accusing him of using unfair practices to gain the spot as the man in charge of the association.
Saskin was ultimately forced to resign and Paul Kelly recently replaced him.
A half century ago, Lindsay led the players in revolt against the owners, seeking to form a players’ association to fight against unfair practices implemented by NHL owners.
fromm Eric Duhatshek of the Globe and Mail,
...Because for all the people who argue that you don’t need scoring, just scoring chances, to make the game interesting, all you needed to do was hunker down in front of a see-saw 9-5 or 9-6 game to disprove the notion of that theory. The action went back and forth; and the goals came so quickly that you had a hard time pulling yourself away from the television set even for a second — which is the opposite of the experience you get most nights of viewing the NHL.
Here’s a suggestion. Instead of parking the tape on a shelf, forward it to hockey operations. If they ever decide to form that research and development arm that the Buffalo Sabres want to see introduced, maybe they can analyze what went right in that game - and take the necessary measures to see it happen more often.
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Doug Weight is on his way to the West coast as the Blues have traded the playmaker to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Andy McDonald.
Update 7:43pm ET: (edited at 7:54pm)
From the St. Louis Blues:
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team has acquired forward Andy McDonald from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Doug Weight, Michal Birner and a 7th round draft choice in 2008.
“We’re excited to add a top caliber forward to our hockey team,” said Davidson. “Doug is a true professional and we would like to thank him and his wife Allison for the time and dedication they have provided to the St. Louis Blues.”
Update 8:01pm ET:
From the Anaheim Ducks,
“Andy McDonald has been a great contributor for us over the last few seasons, and we thank him for the tremendous work ethic and character he brought to our club,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Brian Burke. “At the same time, we are pleased to add one of the most dynamic passers in the NHL today with Doug Weight. His production and leadership during his NHL and international career speak for themselves.”
*Credit to a post yesterday by Ericnut at HF Boards, for apparently putting this deal online 24 hours before anyone else. Nice job.
from Piere LeBrun at Sporstnet,
Reaction around the league to the Richards deal has been a mixed bag. Privately, the NHL’s head office is not impressed and has made it a priority to seek term limits on contracts in the next collective bargaining agreement. The NHL Players’ Association will have a say in that, however, and will need a giveback in return for letting that happen. But that’s a story for another day.
One NHL GM, who obviously wanted anonymity, said he didn’t understand the point of the Richards deal.
“He’s not a $6-million player next year and he still would have been a restricted free agent,” said the GM. “The guy had 32 points last year. I know he’s had a great eight weeks so far… but could you not have just done a three-year deal at $4 million per year and then re-address it after that?
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In the aftermath of that mammoth 12-year, $69 million contract signed by Mike Richards with the Philadelphia Flyers the other day, the question now muddling the NHL salary waters is: How high will the Calgary Flames go in getting defenceman Dion Phaneuf signed to a contract extension? For all the fuss over Richards and Ryan Getzlaf and Dustin Brown and all the young players coming to the ends of their first entry-level contracts, what might someone pay to get a physical force such as Phaneuf in the line-up?
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