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Letter From Penney To NHLPA

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from CBC,

This is a letter written by Ian Penny, former interim executive director of the NHLPA on October 23, 2009 to the organization’s player executive board. It details reasons why he believes he was constructively dismissed by the NHLPA. It was obtained by CBCSports.ca

Executive Board Members: I am writing to the Board in my capacity as Interim Executive Director to share my concerns about a number of very troubling issues, including surveillance activities at the NHLPA office; the leaking of confidential information from Board meetings; fatal flaws with the review of operations; and my personal situation. I recognize that I am in a conflicted position when I comment on the review and some of the other office issues that concern me, but it remains my duty to advise the Board on these types of matters.


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Bottom Line For The Wings

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from Scott Morrison of CBC,

Bottom line is that even if the Wings are able to battle through the injuries and the transition, this may just be the season that Holland has to make a move in goal. Now, they will want to give Howard time to establish his worth and Osgood, a veteran, time to find his game.

It will be interesting to see, though, if Howard has NHL game and whether time, as it inevitably will one day, has run out on Osgood.

This much we do know, the Wings will be patient, they are still deep enough to weather the storm and stay in the playoff hunt, but if they are going to get things turned around they will need vastly improved goaltending to do it. Whether that goaltending can come from Osgood and Howard, well, no one could answer that with any certainty today.


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Avalanche Having Fun

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Last year, it took 91 points to qualify for the playoffs in the Western Conference. After amassing 22 points already in just their first 13 games, Colorado needs only to average one point per game the rest of the way to qualify for the playoffs. The Avalanche are the first team since the 1995-96 Winnipeg Jets to play two 18-year-olds, centres Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly, their first and second picks in last June’s entry draft. At the moment, Duchene is living with Foote’s family in Denver, in an attempt to ease his transition to the NHL.

Foote broke in under similar circumstances with the 1991-92 Quebec Nordiques, just one year before they turned the corner and qualified for the playoffs.

“We were just playing and having fun,” said Foote. “We started at the bottom of the barrel. Very similar I guess.”

read on plus other hockey topics…

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Jones Was In A Tough Position With Philadelphia

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Rich Hammond of Inside The Kings had a chance to chat with Randy Jones who was claimed on waivers from the Flyers yesterday,

Question: It seemed like you were stuck, in a way, with the Flyers’ roster and salary-cap issues. Did that get frustrating? Did it almost feel like it was out of your control?

JONES: “Well, sometimes you do feel that it’s a little out of your control. I guess when it first happened I felt a little (upset) at the situation. You almost want to put blame on someone or just get (mad) at certain individuals, but I came to realize that it’s now how I should be handling it. In reality, I should have played better, if you will. You have to play good enough so that they can’t get rid of you. So it was a tough situation, but you kind of have to make the most out of it.


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The Latest Regarding The NHLPA

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from Fan590,

HockeyCentral @ Noon’s Nick Kypreos has learned that The NHLPA has shut down its operations. Interim Executive Director Ian Penny and Ombudsman Buzz Hargrove has also had their responsibilities suspended. According to Kypreos, the NHLPA “is not a functioning organisation right now.” Further, he added that Penny has been “constructively dismissed.”


added 2:21pm, Same link as above but story has been updated,

Ian Penny has resigned his position as interim Executive Director for the NHLPA. This decision comes shortly after Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos learned the organisation prevented Penny and Ombudsman Buzz Hargrove from contacting player representatives. According to Kypreos, the NHLPA “is not a functioning organisation right now.”

added 3:10pm,

The National Hockey League Players’ Association made the following statement today:

“Interim Executive Director Ian Penny informed the NHLPA staff and the NHLPA Executive Board earlier today that it is his position he has been constructively dismissed as Interim Executive Director of the NHLPA and can no longer work in the present circumstances. Effective today, Ian Penny is no longer employed by the NHLPA.

There have been inaccurate media reports circulating today that the NHLPA has suspended operations. The NHLPA staff continues to work very hard on behalf of the players in all areas of the Association’s business and will continue to do so going forward.

The NHLPA will make no further comment today on this internal matter.”

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Old School vs. New School

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from Mike Milbury at CBC,

Please don’t wax poetic about Hull and Howe and Shore. Today’s players are bigger, stronger, faster, better conditioned, better coached and with better equipment. The players of the 50s couldn’t keep up. And there’s so many of them that you don’t need to consult the standings to name a bunch of them. Kopitar in LA. Bobby Ryan in Anaheim. Duchene and O’Reilly in Colorado. Toews and Kane in Chicago. Stamkos in Tampa. Kovalchuk in Atlanta. Gaborik in New York. Parise in New Jersey. Crosby and Malkin and Fleury in Pittsburgh. And on and on.

But it is in Washington where the new generation’s poster boy resides. Hey, Alex Semin, Nick Backstrom and Mike Green are all stars in their own right, but the lightning rod is Alex Ovechkin.

The attraction? He is the next Mr. Hockey, the newly-defined Mr. Hockey. The computerized, twittered, facebooked, instantly gratified and accessible Mr. Hockey.


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Talking Shots To The Head

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from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

TSN’s Bob McMcKenzie is truly unique among hockey commentators. That’s because he is pretty much alone in believing the NHL should crack down on predatory head shots.

  In the world of NHL commentary, this represents radical, even revolutionary thinking. We know this, because when an incident occurs, such as the Mike Richards hit on David Booth last weekend, the knuckleheads and Neanderthals come out of the woodwork to remind us that hockey TV commentary is over-populated by a fringe group of loons, most of them ex-jocks who have taken too many hits to the head themselves, and seem to believe that anything that doesn’t kill you is “a good hockey hit.”


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Briere Leaves Practice With Injury

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via Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

Danny Briere left practice early Friday because of what Flyers coach John Stevens called “a lower-body injury.”

  Since Briere missed most of last season with groin and abdominal injuries, alarms are going off in Flyerdom right now.

  The Flyers recalled David Laliberte from the AHL Adirondack Phantoms.

  Simon Gagne is already sidelined with a double-hernia, and Briere is doubtful for for Saturday against Carolina.

  GM Paul Holmgren reported that two of Gagne’s doctors have given conflicting solutions to repairing his hernias. The Flyers, Gagne and the doctors are trying to resolve those issues.

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No Time To Relax While Holding A Lead

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from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,

Boudreau went on to explain that while it’s a natural thing to ease up when a game seems to be in hand, that’s what the average player does; not a great one.

“I always look at Gretzky,” Boudeau said. “If they were winning 5-1 or 4-1, Edmonton, they end up winning 7-1 because Gretzky would end up getting three points in the last 10 minutes when the other team had given up. That’s what you want to do, you want to have that killer instinct to make [opponents] not want to play you anymore. We’ve let a lot of teams back in the game. Even though we’ve been successful and won most of them this year, it’s been too close.”

We’ll see tonight if the Capitals can maintain their intensity against the Islanders, who are scraping to make strides in close contests. Out of 11 games this season, New York has played in seven one-goal games, six of which went to overtime or a shootout.


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NHLPA Stumbling Along As Usual

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The NHLPA is in bad shape.  Is that even news anymore?  Over the years I have written posts entitled NHLPA in bad shape, NHLPA problems, NHLPA in shambles, NHLPA shoots itself in the foot and others.  The continuing story is that the NHLPA is always in bad shape.  It is never strong.  It doesn’t seem that the players are capable of creating a strong NHLPA.

Just when it looked like things were on the upswing under Paul Kelly, the players inexplicably fired him.  No reasonable cause has been released for his firing.  It doesn’t seem that one exists. The players don’t even seem to know what happened.  This is shown by the four player committee set up to investigate what happened.

EDIT:  A couple hours after this post, Ian Penny resigned from his NHLPA post.  It is yet another case of somebody who did wrong being subtracted, but when there seems to be an unending group of such people, can it really be sited as yet another point where the NHLPA is trying to right itself?

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