Man Utd are £800m in debt, Real Madrid & Barcelona are only kept afloat by extorting cheap loans from spanish banks + blackmailing local governments into expensive freebies, coupled with the bizarre spanish accounting laws that allow them to keep operating when in any other country they would be declared bankrupt. The Premier League is the richest league in the world, and almost every club is heavily, heavily in debt.
Oh, and how ironic that Bettman defenders are Penguins/Crosby fans. Says it all really......
Quite frankly, I'm disapointed with what I've read. Very similar to the autobiography of another high-profile sporting legend that I read (George Best ). Full of excuses and self-justification for his destructive, selfish behaviour. I know thats going to be very unpopular and I'm going to be flamed to hell and back for it because he's such a hero to many on here, and a tragically dead hero at that, but there it is. He comes across as totally unapologetic for his off-ice behaviour, and clearly bore chips on his shoulder right to the end towards Demers & the players who despaired at his lack of proffesionalism. I mean, how dare his team-mates get upset that he was out drinking & clubbing during the '89 conference finals....
I think it's safe to assume that Forsberg or Hasek never had to listen to slurs on the ice.
You are kidding, right? Every Saturday night, for the last 15-20 years, European players have had their toughness, desire & heart questioned on Canadian national TV, and it gets lapped up by a large portion of hockey fans.
I remember during the 97 finals, LeClair had hold of Fedorov during a scrum along the boards. The effects mike picked up "******* commie bastard" clear as a whistle.
How about we stop caring about the color of a players skin and instead focus on the quality of the person off the ice and the player on the ice
Indeed. Didn't someone famous once say he wanted his children to grow up in a world they are judged not by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character?
Avs coach Bob Hartley and TV man John Kelly went to a Detroit athletic club one time to play racquetball. The owner found out who they were and denied them admission. That's how serious the rivalry was
And they all hated each other. The cities hated each other and the media hated each other. Boy, do I miss it.
As I remember it, we basically had the money to sign him OR Franzen, and Franzen agreed a long-term deal first. I hold no ill-will towards Hossa, he had a terrific regular season, was *this* close to winning the cup, we simply didn't have the cap space to keep him.
Drake brought intensity every game and simply destroyed the opposition with his hitting. But he only had 1 goal and 3 assists so it doesn't surprise me that the impact he had on the ice is diminished by some on this board.
He was a role player. An important role player, but a role player nevertheless. Babcock liked to get him on the ice a lot in the 1st period to "set the tone", but in terms of importance to the team he was behind at least *deep breath* Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Holmstrom, Franzen, Filpulla, Lidstrom, Rafalski, Kronwall, Stuart and of course Osgood.
He's in the Cleary/Hudler/Draper/Helm cluster, and I can't be bothered to rank their contributions because there's no point. The whole team was a machine that year, Drake was just one of many well oiled cogs.