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A little point-counterpoint to some excerpts from a story at:
“With no end in sight for the NHL’s labour impasse, more than 55 players have already committed to Swedish Elite League teams and more are expected to follow.”
–I guess Europe will become the new NHL, just like Al Strachan said it would!
Forbes released their annual “review” of the NHL teams. In this report, it says that the combined teams lost a total of $123 million during the 2002-03 season, and $96 million last season. Earlier this year, the league commissioned former SEC chairman Arthur Levitt to review each team’s financial reports as submitted to the league. He reported that the teams lost a combined $273 million for the same 2002-03 season.
Every time someone on this forum suggests contraction, or moving, the Devils are usually mentioned. Yes, they arent at the top of the league in attendance. But they are not last either. Yeah, they lost money, but so did 19 other teams.
Many outside of Winnipeg were under the wrong impression of why the city lost its NHL team. It was not due to lack of fan support, but rather escalating salaries, and an ownership group that simply “fell into” ownership of club. Looking at finances now, that seems pretty obvious.
NFL Inks more than $10,000,000,000 With CBS, Fox and DirecTV For 6 Year Renewal
The American Junior team has already selected 12 players to participate in the world junior hockey championship.
According to TSN.ca, Dany Heatley has been struck in the eye with a puck.
Well, I heard today that as of last night (Wednesday), here in Dallas of course, around 250 fans according to a local news station “and” another local paper, met to chat and have it out with the NHL’s top negotiator, Bill Daly, and the Stars president Jim Lites.
Normally, during the course of any given season, I occasionally write articles like this because it gives me a chance to observe the goings on of the NHL and offer my views on trade rumors, most of which usually involve the star player of the moment headed to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a pile of dirty jockstraps and an autographed Anders Eriksson sock. Apparently, I can’t do that this year. All I can do is drum up more of the idiocy regarding the lack of the greatest sport on earth – trust me, there’s a lot of it.
Good evening everybody, tonight we are going to have ourselves an interview with the stud of the Blues Blueline, Mr. Chris Pronger. He will be replying to some recent issues that have come about lately. Mr.Pronger, please take a seat…
We have heard over and over again about the “sacrifices” that players made during the last lockout. What exactly are these sacrifices?
Many of you have seen the recent article by former NHL goaltender Corey Hirsch. Hirsch, who earns a living playing hockey in Europe, has been displaced by an NHL goaltender who took an overseas job to stay in shape. Hirsch points out the NHLers are pushing out people who earn far less than them and are essentially destroying the careers of these hockey players.
We all need to be pushed every now and then. When we are teetering on the fence and a push sends us down to the ground on the side we were leaning towards prior to the push. Not that the NHL or NHLPA is teetering on any fence. In fact they are both standing firmly on the grounds that they have each chosen which are situated on opposite sides of the fence. They are calling it a lockout. I am calling it an indefinite sentence of no televised hockey for the fans. We are at the pinnacle of a hockey situation of historically catastrophic proportion with no ambassador which is a monumental disappointment. The potentiality of there being no 2005 Stanley Cup Champion is growing every day. I find this to be an unspeakable outrage and I feel it has become time for the fans to speak up.
So I’m watching TV last week and Hockeycentral comes on and does a feature story about what NHL referees are doing – Don Van Massenhoven was selling cars at a dealership and another ref was installing cabinets!
NJ Devil’s goalie Marty Brodeur is quoted on TSN.ca as saying how disappointed he is that the two sides in the CBA battle aren’t negotiating. We goes on to say the NHL is treating the players like “kids” and that it “wasn’t fair”.
Are you tired of all this cba talk? Are you wondering how you’re team would be doing four games into the season?
Imagine you bring a friend to a Hockey game. The game ends in a scoreless tie and even OT could not produce a victor. It was an outstanding game despite the score. Each team exceeded 40 shots on goal and had countless two on one breakaways. There was even a few of those breakaways where the forwards went in one on one with the goalie in penalty shot fashion. In over time your team clanked the post three times in the last minute of play.
Finally – A player making sense. Florida Panther’s forward Juraj Kolnik spoke up on TSN.ca saying that if the owners come to an impasse that he would suit up and play for the Panthers under a new CBA.
Would Gretzky cosider going behind the bench to coach the Yotes?
Through out his career he’s won every award there is to be won by a forward , A couple of times. 4 Stanley Cups , Olympic Gold , World cup, Canada cup etc……….