So Pronger is an employee of the NHL front office while also being employed as an NHL player under contract (who just got traded) while also becoming eligible for the HHOF because of the new bylaws? That's some impressive Pronger physics.
I wonder if the Coyotes will retire his jersey? He's the best d-man they've ever had.
Anyone else notice that Canadian teams pretty much swept the awards. Hmmm..... COUGHriggedCOUGH
Karlsson winning the Norris again is kind of the death knell for that award for me. Don't get me wrong, he's a great player but even Sens fans acknowledge that he had a bad start to the year.
The award is allegedly "given to the defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position." By giving it to Karlsson this season in spite of his bad Sep-Dec they've removed both the "all-round" part and now the "throughout the season" portion as well.
If they were giving the award for best two-thirds of a season then it should be Giordano's. Apparently hockey writers have about as long of memory as the younger members at hfboards. If you've played well in the last month then you're the greatest of all time.
And thus you just pointed out why there's gonna be no relocation ...$$$
New expansion teams are coming whether we like it or not
And at this point I wouldn't be surprised if they changed the playoff format somehow down the road to make more cash
Agreed. If Bettman claims that "opening the expansion process" doesn't necessarily mean anything, you can guarantee the exact opposite is true. The league is definitely expanding.
I hate Bettman but he's no idiot and is always thinking way ahead on any move he makes. The lockouts were a meticulously calculated financial decision, as is expansion. If this wasn't something he thought would bring more money to his owners, he wouldn't have even uttered the word.
Good read. I also read his other article from January where he mentions how much $ the players actually see. If they sign for $13 Million, after the Feds take 50%, their agents 25%, and the NHL 20%, they only see $660,000 of that! ESPN's 30 for 30 "Broke" mentioned how much athletes actually make too. Considering what they put their bodies through, I think athletes earn every penny.
If the Feds take 50% and their agents 25%, they need to fire their accountant and their agent.
I thought someone had said that the players don't actually write the articles. At the bottom Avery is listed as "contributor."
I don't doubt he's a smart guy and definite marches to his own drummer, often in an interesting way off the ice. On the ice he was an idiot though. And he glosses over the part that he "decided" to retire because no one in the NHL wanted him anymore. Avery had a great skillset, it just wasn't worth all the baggage and distractions that came with him anymore.
He's still only 35 years old and could still be playing in the NHL if he ever figured out how to be a professional and a good teammate.
I don't think anyone is saying he's a savior, just that its good to have a "WINNER" behind the bench. Let's me be clear, IMO - Chelios is a winner. Just my observation of being on this planet for a while, people we/I deem as "winners", usually excel at pretty much everything they choose to do. Just an example: Cheli's Chili Bar is the top grossing restaurant in downtown Detroit - FACT (I saw a Urban Development and Commerce Report last year). Go visit the other places that have been around for decades longer (e.g. Post, Detroiter, HockeyTown Cafe) then go visit Cheli's. Again, he likes to win. I just like that trait.
I do understand the concept of having a lack of NHL coaching experience in total behind the bench. It is kind of scary. But with his playing experience, there is not a doubt he understands the game. Does that translate to being a good/great coach...time will tell but I'd say the odds are in his favor.
I think it's completely on a case by case basis. Wayne Gretzky won a few things in his career but that didn't translate to coaching.
One thing you can pretty much count on if Cheli is an assistant coach though is that team fitness will probably be very high.
Well perhaps it should die, because what they do as an organization has little bearing on the Wings. Caring a hate-torch for the Hawks is petty. It's what Chicago did when they were jealous of Detroit for 20 years. I don't want that going the other way while they're on top as Detroit retools.
So, unless they're beating the Wings in the Cup final, or keeping them from making the playoffs, I'll reserve my loathing for teams like Tampa, Montreal, Boston, and eventually Florida and Buffalo.
But this is just how I feel. Personal preference.
How is hating the Blackhawks more petty than hating any other team in the league? Hatred isn't rational. It's part of being a fan and having rivalries.
For me it's not only deeply ingrained from the longstanding Wings rivalry, but it's also that their current roster has several players who are pretty easy to hate compared to the Lightning. Then throw their fanbase on top of it and it comes pretty easily.
If I'm picking a team I'd want to win the Cup that's not the Wings, between the Blackhawks and Tampa, it's a pretty easy choice. If only to make Eddie Olczyk shed tears that subtly interfere with his happiness.
you mean just like the red wings did in their glory years?
man, so nice to see everyone hating the Hawks in Detroit just because Chicago has a great team. What goes around comes around.
You might want to check the Wings roster from their glory years (I'm assuming you're talking 1996ish to 2000).
Yzerman is the highest draft pick. Then next I think is Marty Lapointe taken 10th overall. Fedorov was taken in the 4th round. Lidstrom in the 3rd. Shanahan the Wings traded for. Draper was acquired for a dollar.
Not quite the same as getting Toews and Kane in back to back drafts.