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How Good Is Bettman - On The Ice

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Get Something For Campbell

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from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

Darcy Regier, the Sabres’ GM, has conceded that trading Campbell is an option. But knowing Regier, he’ll fiddle around until the trade deadline, fretting and waiting for the perfect deal. There’s also the chance that management will grow reluctant to deal their top defenseman if the Sabres get hot and position themselves as a likely playoff team.

Regier shouldn’t let the team’s performance get in the way. Sure, the Sabres could get hot and slip into the playoffs, reviving title hopes among the team’s more gullible supporters. But Regier’s main concern has to be getting something for Campbell. If another star walks away for nothing, it’ll be an outrage.

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Leafs See Back-Up Goalies

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via Puck-rakers,

No Olaf Kolzig for the Caps. They’re starting Brent Johnson in goal. In the newsroom on Tuesday, some vile cynic wondered aloud if the Blue Jackets led the league in facing back-up goaltenders. They do not, actually. That would be Toronto, center of the hockey universe, which has seen 20 No. 2s this season. Man, 41 years without the Cup in Toronto, and now opponents are trotting out their back-ups. Harsh.

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The Value Of Boyle

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from the St. Petersburg Times,

The agent for Dan Boyle said he and the Lightning will have preliminary talks this week about extending the star defenseman’s contract.

“They had always told us they wanted Dan to stay and be part of the organization,” George Bazos said Sunday.

Boyle, 31, one of the game’s best puck-moving blue-liners, is in the final year of a three-year, $10-million contract.

continued

A good move by Tampa Bay, they will get a picture of the dollar figure Boyle wants, if they can’t make the dollars work, look for Boyle to be traded near the deadline.

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You Call That A Goal

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from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,

I just watched Shane Doan push a puck in with his glove - while a whistle was blowing when he did it - and tonight’s referee crew at the Pepsi Center decided to call it a good goal and cost the Avalanche a potentially valuable point in the standings.

Did these guys have a flight to catch? That was one of the worst, most obviously disallowable goals I’ve ever seen. Call me a homer on this one, I don’t care. That was horrible.

continued & the goal is officially credited to Vrbata…

Not the best video to see what Dater describes, but the only video I could find of the goal…

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European Scheduling

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From David W. Unkle via Slam! Sports,

“Personally would I like to do it again, no,” said Pronger who also played games in Nagano and Turin. “Do I think it’s good for the NHL? I think it is but personally would I want to do it again? It’s a long way to go for a couple of games…for us this year it probably wasn’t the right move with the short summer…we weren’t the right team.”

Agreeing with Pronger is Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin.

“If you look at Anaheim and the struggles they went through when they came back home, you have to do it a different way,” said Sedin, who feels that the NHL should give teams more than a few days to acclimate to the time change.

more…

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, chris+pronger, henrik+sedin, hockey+schedule, international+hockey, marketing

Nike Bauer For Sale

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From Ian Austen at the NY Times,

Thirteen years after acquiring Bauer, and making bold promises that it would transform the business of hockey, Nike has put its Nike Bauer unit up for sale, a rare bit of comeuppance for one of the world’s powerful brands.

Though Nike Bauer remains a market leader, many analysts predict that the company will find it hard to recover even half the $395 million it paid for Canstar Sports, Bauer’s Montreal-based parent, in December 1994.

“It was one of Phil Knight’s ideas,” said Brady Lemos, an analyst with Morningstar, referring to Nike’s chairman. “Perhaps they were too optimistic.”

more… looking at the history and details of Nike Bauer’s performance and what went wrong

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  Tags: bauer, hockey+equipment, nike

McCabe Returns Soon, Hopes To Stay Long Term

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

McCabe is not considered one of the veterans Fletcher will try to move by the Feb. 26 trade deadline. He has a no-movement clause in his contract, but even if he did waive it, McCabe will cost a team $5.75-million (all currency U.S.) against the salary cap for the next three seasons. Not that he wants to go anywhere, anyway.

“Yeah, I got that clause, but no one’s ever spoken to me about doing anything about it so I’m not too worried about it,” McCabe said. “I signed here to play here. I want to be here.”

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Feeling The Heat In Ottawa

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from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen via the National Post,

Aside from losing to an arch-rival, what infuriates Sens head coach John Paddock are the turnovers by forwards and defencemen that are ending up behind whichever goaltender he has in there.

Whether it’s the sloppy weather or the sloppy play, everyone is in a lousy mood, not just the Sens players who reacted badly to seeing cameras in their faces Monday morning.

Fans are grumpy about a goaltending tandem of Emery and Martin Gerber that isn’t working out, even if the goalies are hardly to blame for the disjointed play in front of them.

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Watching The Money Flow

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from the NHLPA,

TORONTO (February 4, 2008): National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) Executive Director Paul Kelly announced today that Bob Lindquist has agreed to join the NHLPA as a consultant regarding Hockey Related Revenue (HRR) matters pertaining to the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the NHLPA and the National Hockey League (NHL).

Mr. Lindquist, FCA, a chartered accountant who is internationally respected for his long and distinguished career, is coming out of a short retirement to fulfill the NHLPA’s consultant role. In his position, Mr. Lindquist will be responsible for ensuring that NHLPA members receive the appropriate players’ share (over 55.6%) of the NHL’s and its member Clubs’ HRR revenues as defined under terms of the CBA.

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  Tags: bob+lindquist

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