How soon things change…

Only a month ago, Howard Berger and others wrote about how things were pretty much all good int he NHL. And though it’s oddly out of fashion to lay kudos on commissioner Gary Bettman, there is little doubt he has adroitly guided the NHL through its most turbulent epoch. Bettman and deputy Bill Daly administer to an enormous, 30-team circuit that does not have an overbearing crisis at the moment — a triumph fans on both sides of the border should relish. I wonder if Howard Berger wants to take back those words now. In the past few weeks we

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The Bettman Cartel

Sometimes (ok, more than sometimes) I wonder if the NHL has a clue what it is doing. The latest breaking story is that the NHL is threatening the New York Rangers owners (Madison Square Garden, MSG) with possible expulsion from the league for accusing the league of violating antitrust laws. The background is that the Rangers sued the NHL claiming that the NHL had no right to take control of the Rangers website and other marketing and promotion programs. Last year a judge agreed with the NHL and said the NHL was well within its rights to take control of

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Free Agent Wingers

06-07 06-07 06-07 07-08 07-08 07-08 Average Name Age Team Off. Def. Overall Off. Def. Overall Overall Teemu Selanne 37 ANA 1.46 1.13 1.32 1.17 1.49 1.31 1.32 Kristian Huselius 28 CGY 1.30 1.25 1.28 1.27 1.06 1.18 1.23 Jaromir Jagr 35 NYR 1.40 1.20 1.31 1.12 1.11 1.12 1.22 Martin Gelinas 37 NAS 1.21 1.10 1.16 0.99 1.31 1.16 1.16 Brian Rolston 34 MIN 1.04 1.41 1.21 1.02 1.20 1.11 1.16 Pavol Demitra 32 MIN 1.20 0.96 1.09 1.40 0.99 1.20 1.15 Andrew Brunette 33 COL 1.41 0.77 1.14 1.36 0.88 1.15 1.15 Marian Hossa 28 PIT 1.40 1.00

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Free Agent Centers

Similar to yesterdays free agent defensemen list, here are this summers top free agent centers. 06-07 06-07 06-07 07-08 07-08 07-08 Average Name Age Team Off. Def. Overall Off. Def. Overall Overall Daymond Langkow 30 CGY 1.45 1.04 1.27 1.30 1.07 1.20 1.24 Doug Weight 36 ANA 1.29 1.11 1.21 0.92 1.66 1.24 1.23 Martin Straka 34 NYR 1.22 1.32 1.26 1.15 1.01 1.08 1.17 Curtis Brown 31 SJS 0.84 1.04 0.95 1.28 1.36 1.33 1.14 Joe Sakic 37 COL 1.44 0.92 1.21 1.27 0.77 1.06 1.14 Chris Kelly 26 OTT 1.27 1.17 1.21 1.01 1.09 1.05 1.13 Mats Sundin

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Free Agent Defensemen

In preparation for the off season, over the next few days I am going to be posting lists of most of the NHL unrestricted free agents that played fairly reguler roles in the NHL last season. In my lists I am including the player offense, defense and overall ratings that can be found at stats.hockeyanalysis.com for 2006-07 and 2007-08 plus each players two year average overall rating. It should be noted that these ratings do not take into account ice time, just how they performed in the ice time they got. Clearly some of these players played far more significant

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It was all about the money…

This whole HNIC theme song fiasco can be sumarized by one word: MONEY. The creator of the song, Dolores Claman, through Copyright Music & Visuals has sued CBC for an unreasonable sum of money ($2.5 million) for supposedly using the song in ways not allowed by their agreement. I believe the Copyright Music & Visuals then used that unreasonable sum of money as a bargaining chip against CBC by saying ‘ settle this lawsuit or we won’t renew’ but when CBC refused to settle the ridiculous lawsuit for a ridiculous sum of money they were forced to say thanks but

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Ditch the song…

There is nothing I hate more than being used and I think everyone, from the media, to the bloggers, to the average joe fan, has been used the past few days by the write of the Hockey Night in Canada theme song. It was the day of game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals, the final game of the NHL season, that the owners of the HNIC theme song, Copyright Music & Visual, put out a press release saying that CBC had decided not to renew their license to the song and thus that night would be the last time

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