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Jim Rutherford steps down as Hurricanes GM; Ron Francis promoted to re

28 April 2014 - 11:48 AM

From NHL:

 

Jim Rutherford is stepping down as general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes and the team has promoted Hall of Fame player Ron Francis to replace him.

In a series of moves announced Monday, the Hurricanes also hired Mike Vellucci as assistant GM and director of hockey operations and promoted Brian Tatum to assistant general manager.

 

 

Stepped down/pushed out? Did Carolina "get the man they wanted"?


Capitals fire Oates, part ways with McPhee.

26 April 2014 - 12:04 PM

From NHL:

 

 

Coach Adam Oates and general manager George McPhee will not be back with the Washington Capitals, the club announced Saturday morning.

 

McPhee, in the last year of his contract, will not have his contract renewed. Oates, in his second year as coach, was fired. The moves, in response to the club missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in seven years, were announced by owner Ted Leonsis and president Dick Patrick in a release Saturday morning.

The club will discuss the moves in a 4 p.m. press conference Saturday.

 

 

I am a little surprised by both being let go.


Flyers' Rinaldo to have hearing for hit on Ruhwedel.

07 April 2014 - 12:09 PM

The facts; from NHL:

 

Philadelphia Flyers center Zac Rinaldo will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety Monday for a hit on Buffalo Sabres defenseman Chad Ruhwedel on Sunday Night at Wells Fargo Center.

At 4:29 of the third period, Rinaldo was assessed a match penalty for hitting Ruhwedel near the blue line in the Philadelphia defensive zone. Ruhwedel left the game and did not return.

The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: illegal check to the head. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.

Exhibit "A"

 

With the playoffs right around the corner, Shannyvision hasn't had a very busy season, at least compared to some.

So...how many? I will guess cinq. 


Gordie Howe to release autobiography ‘Mr. Hockey’ in October.

31 March 2014 - 12:06 PM

From Globe and Mail:

 

Gordie Howe turns 86 years old on Monday and with that comes an announcement by Penguin Canada that his highly anticipated autobiography will be released later this year.

Penguin will publish Mr. Hockey on Oct. 14 under its Viking imprint, the second recent blockbuster hockey signing for the book publisher, which put out the bestselling memoir Orr: My Story, last year.

Mr. Hockey is being billed as the “definitive account” of the game’s most incredible legacy, and is expected to cover the life of the Hall of Fame forward on and off the ice. 

 

What does Mr. Howe feel about the whole thing?

“I have been lucky”, Gordie Howe said. “I got to do something I loved for more than my fair share of years. But no accomplishment is about just one person – no championship, no statistic, and certainly not a whole career. It’s a pleasure to tell my story with this book, and especially to include the people who have meant so much to me along the way.”

 

 

This is a very classy man and I'm looking forward to the book release.


In Memoriam: 19/12/1926 - 18/03/2004.

18 March 2014 - 07:11 AM

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the 815th, and final, regular-season tie game played in Club history (in their 5311th game, 6.52% of their games), with 390 in Home games and 425 in Away games. They are one of only four franchises with 800+ regular-season tie games (Montreal with 837, Chicago with 814 and New York with 808). Tie games in the NHL can be broken into three distinct historical time frames:
1) Era 1: Regulation time, followed by overtime
2) Era 2: Regulation time only
3) Era 3: Regulation time, followed by overtime
 
Tie games had always been a League fixture, dating back to it's inception in 1917. How they got there varied over time.
In Era 1, overtime was used in various versions with regards to length, until November, 1942, when it was abandoned due to the war effort. The total number of tie games in this period was 123 in Club history (6.11% of the total games played), with 65 in Home games and 58 in Away games.
During Era 2, a single point was awarded to both teams at the end of regulation. This "Golden Age of Tie Games" accounted for 482 games in club history (5.97% of total games played), 231 in Home games and in 251 Away games.  
Beginning in the 1983-84 season overtime reappeared in Era 3, with only a five-minute period. The total number of tie games in this period was 210 in Club history (7.93% of the total games played), with 94 in Home games and 116 in Away games.
At that time, no one could forsee that the last tie game had been played. Following the second lockout, Uncle Gary decided that as a "gift" to the fans, a grand "gimmick" would be foisted onto the game (one of many adjustments, the players and the fans: the shootout.This caused great confusion in the listing of League standings everywhere in it's first season; who recalls the "Regulation Tie Stat Screw-Up" in the 2005-06 season? I do. With the advent of this "gimmick" so came the death knell of the tie game in the NHL. By the way, another "gimmick" made it's debut in the final season of tie games; twenty-six times (Detroit played in one) and then disappeared. 'member what it was?
 
Some other Club tie game numbers:
Most total goals scored, tie game and Home tie game: 16, 14/10/1988, Home v. St. Louis
Most total goals, Away game: 14, 27/12/1989, v. Toronto
Fewest total goals, tie game: 0, 27 times (15 Home and 12 Away), first game 26/11/1927, Away v. Chicago and final game 01/04/2000, Away v. St. Louis
Most tie games, Season: 18 (1953-53, 1980-81 and 1996-97)
Fewest tie games, Season: 4, (1926-27, 1941-42, 1966-67 and 1994-95).
 
The shootout, with all the hype attached to it, caused the unnecessary, premature and untimely death of the tie game. Hockey fans were told that this was they wanted, what they needed and this was what the game needed to be more enjoyable. To my eyes, the game was just fine when tie games were a way of determining the result of a game, thank you very much.
 
So, join me in raising a glass to an old friend: At least to this fan, you are gone but you will never ever be forgotten.