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February is a short month and the superstars of this great game aren’t going to need much convincing by the end of it either. The month kicks off with the All-Star game on the 2nd in Los Angeles, before returning to club action for two weeks, and then the coveted Winter Olympics from Salt Lake City starts February 15th.
Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier has been working the phones the past week and a trade will be coming.
Reports from the Toronto Star, that contract extensions are in the works for goaltender Curtis Joseph, who is in the last year of his contract.
Canadian hockey is sadly dying in the NHL, as the only strong market teams are the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. Why doesn’t the Canadian owners create a new league, with just Canadian teams: the CNHL (Canadian National Hockey League).
In this week’s edition: the proposed trade of the New Jersey Devils with the San Jose Sharks, the mess that is the Buffalo Sabres and Chris Gratton, and the “on again, off again” Vancouver Canucks.
Jiri Dopita scored 4 goals yesterday- admittedly against the Atlanta Thrashers- nonetheless his season may be facing a huge turnaround for the better as his Philadelphia Flyers begin their ascendency to the top. One probably shouldn’t read too much into it though: wait and see if things continue this way for Dopita.
I am a loyal Vancouver Canucks fan and I am happy with the trades General Manager Brian Burke has thus far done. Now all he has to do to make the team as best as they can be.
With regards to the many complaints of the referees, I’ve begun to ask myself a new question: if a new league, committed to providing clean and enjoyable hockey, sprang up against the National Hockey League, would it outdraw and eventually dethrone the NHL? With the NHL’s poor ratings and even worse attendance, at least south of the Canadian border, I’m guessing that the new league does stand a chance, not like the doomed XFL against the National Football League, since the NHL isn’t very strong on the North American scale (at least when compared to the NFL).
Over the past few years, considerable mention has been made regarding hockey’s continuing losing battle in the United States with football, baseball and basketball, and the debate has led me to speculate: how are the other sports doing? Is hockey clearly the only inept sport or are the other sports in a state of mismanagement? Also, if the sports have problems, how are they staying ahead of hockey? My research and observations have shown that the whole sports world needs a new direction, not just hockey.
Winnipeg “the center of Canada and probably the best hockey city in the country” may once again showcase a National Hockey League franchise. Sources (very good ones) have told myself that local intrests from Winnipeg Goldeyes tycoon Sam Katz and old Winnipeg Jets owner Barry Shenkarow have thrown together enough money, along with a new downtown arena, to potentially bring the NHL back to Winnipeg. This should bring joy to Winnipeg fans angry at the loss of the Jets since the original team left for Phoenix in 1996.