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MSM/Blogging Thoughts

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Adam Proteau of The Hockey News answers some email,

Hey Adam, what do you think of media coverage of the NHL? I know the news business is in a terrible spot these days and many of the biggies have scaled back. Has the blogosphere sufficiently started covering the game or are we running the risk of too many empty, poorly reported rumors?

This is a hot topic, isn’t it? For the most part, I think Sportsnet’s Ian Mendes said all that needed to be said about bloggers vs. mainstream media in a terrific column this week. There’s a lot of crap stinking up the web landscape, but there are many great writers who have come to the fore thanks to the opportunities the blogosphere opened up.

To that, I’d add just one thing: while I know it’s nice and in keeping with etiquette to reference the original source of any report, the fact of the matter is that this is a cut-throat, competitive business we’re in. As such, there have been many times THN has been first to report a story, only to have the story referenced later as a “published report” that didn’t acknowledge our brand.

That’s not ideal, but that never became an issue worth drawing much attention to. And I think the same attitude should be adopted by reputable bloggers.

continued and more Q& A too…

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Kozlov Still Looking For Work In The NHL

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from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

Kozlov’s North American agent still hasn’t closed the door on another season in the NHL for the veteran forward.

“He has not ruled out the NHL,” agent Scott Lites told Sporting News on Friday morning. “That’s for sure.”

Kozlov is in Russia visiting his father and has been extended a couple tryout offers by NHL teams, although it’s unlikely he’d accept that option.

But there’s certainly some interest in a player who is just one season removed from a 26-goal, 76-point year with the Atlanta Thrashers in 2008-09.


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  Tags: slava+kozlov

Lilja Regrets Not Signing With Detroit

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings offered Lilja a one-year deal for $1 million to return for a sixth season. He continued seeking a better deal on the market. When Detroit signed Ruslan Salei on Aug. 9 to a one-year, $750,000 contract (with another $350,000 in potential bonuses), the door was closed on Lilja’s return….

Lilja and his family on Thursday returned to Detroit from their summer home in Sweden. The kids will start the school year here, but Lilja has put his house up for sale while he continues seeking an NHL contract.

“Of course, I regret it (not signing with Detroit),’’ Lilja said. “Now that we got here yesterday, got into my house—we’ve been here five years, it feels like home. The kids like it here. I think I was looking for something else, I guess.’’


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  Tags: andreas+lilja

Comrie To The Penguins

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via Ryan Rishaug tweet,

Comrie signs with pens. 1 year

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  Tags: mike+comrie

New Coaches, New Challenges

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

There are always a handful of coaching newbies sprinkled around the new season, men who will clamber up behind an NHL bench for the first time. Here’s a look at who these new faces are (or familiar faces in new settings) and the challenges they face (in order from most challenging):

Tom Renney, Edmonton Oilers
Renney has a long history as a head coach at a variety of levels, including stints in Vancouver, New York (Rangers) and now Edmonton.

The good thing when you take over a team that finished dead last in the standings is there’s no where to go but up. That said, Renney will have his hands full with a team that has failed to qualify for the postseason since their unlikely run to the 2006 Stanley Cup finals.

His top defenseman, Sheldon Souray, wants out of town; but if the big man with the bigger contract isn’t traded, he will likely be in camp to start and that will provide its own set of challenges.


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Is Steve Mason A $3M Goalie?

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via Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

Goaltender Steve Mason and forward Jake Voracek are entering the last year of their entry-level deals, which means that since July 1, the Blue Jackets have been able to sign them to extensions. But general manager Scott Howson isn’t talking about the matter.

It doesn’t matter. The Blue Jackets believe that Mason is going to be a franchise goaltender, so his sophomore slump works to the club’s advantage. If Mason had followed the 2008-09 season, when he won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie, with another big year, he might have been looking at $6 million per season. Now, it’s probably half that.

The team’s personnel people think that Voracek will ultimately be a point-a-game guy, so they will try to lock him up long term before he becomes that. The question is whether Voracek will opt for a little more security or take a chance that a big year is coming up. The argument in favor of Voracek waiting is that he could end up on the first line with Rick Nash and Antoine Vermette, which could inflate his totals.

It’s easy to see why Howson wouldn’t want to discuss this in public.

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  Tags: steve+mason

Long Weekend

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I am sure many of you are packing up early today, then heading off to your destination on this long, Labor Day weekend.

Enjoy your last official holiday before the NHL season starts and stay safe.

As for me, I will be around, but hopefully will find some time to enjoy a barbecue or two.

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Wait Some More?

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via Darren Dreger of TSN,

An amendment to the CBA and the fate of Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract are tied together, so it’s conceivable, the NHL will postpone its decision, or flat out reject the Devils latest offer until a more concise framework of what teams, players and player agents can and cannot do is agreed on.

The NHL and the NHLPA had productive discussions on Thursday regarding potential changes to the rules that govern players contracts, however, at this point, it seems unlikely the two sides will reach a settlement, complete with a vote from the PA’s 30 player board in time for todays 5pm deadline to determine the validity of Kovalchuk’s proposed contract with the New Jersey Devils.

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Morning Line

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The NHLPA needs to win the fight from within. It needs to stick with the process, avoid easy answers and find a new, fresh, energized, focussed leader, one tied to this sport and tomorrow, not some other sport and yesterday

-Damien Cox of the Toronto Star.  More from Damien at his Spin blog.

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About More Than It Seems

Blog: KK Members Blog By Michael Smith

When the NHL rejected the original Ilya Kovalchuk deal, clearly more was at stake than a talented UFA left winger.

Numerous media members labeled this a serious test for the then—and probably still—rudderless NHLPA.  That ugly seven-letter word ending in “out” started to appear again.

Part of the League’s motives were revealed when Arbitrator Richard Bloch named other contracts on the league’s radar.

Now, with the Larry Brooks story last night, it’s clear this isn’t as much about a contract as it is about the NHL taking the power back.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk, larry+brooks, marian+hossa, nhlpa

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