Bowman Ditches Detroit for Blackhawks: Didn't see this coming.
Leafs offer Tavares contract in effort to circumvent NHL draft: With the Toronto Sun calling for JFJ's head this morning, could this be a ploy to save his job, or might it actually work out?
HGH + The Clear = HR(50%): A Tufts physicist and baseball fan will publish an article in the upcoming issue of the American Journal of Physics detailing how a small increase in muscle mass could increase the amount of home runs a professional-baseball-level player would hit by over 50 percent.
Bettman Buggers Up Balsillie's Bid: Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie has accused NHL commissioner Gary Bettman of forcing the owner of the Nashville Predators to break off discussions about the sale of the team to Balsillie
Yashin Laughin' all the way to the bank: The four years left on the deal are worth $26.45 million, according to Newsday. Under the NHL collective bargaining agreement, the Islanders can buy Yashin out by paying two-thirds of the remaining amount ($17.63 million) over the next eight years. The salary-cap hit will be some $2.2 million per season over that time.
Jackpot: Despite long odds, the Penguins will be in Pittsburgh for the next 30 years housed in a new arena they will pay next to nothing for. "Make no mistake about it -- without expanded gaming in Pennsylvania, the Penguins would be gone. The first puck would have been dropped next year in Kansas City."
Constructive Criticism: "When you burn the village to save it once, people come back. When you take out part of the village, rebuild it, and then napalm it over the course of a bitterly public, year-long firefight, people leave...With all due respect to the NHLís more fan-friendly policies, Chairman Mao seems to forget that you canít make a Great Leap Forward when your foundationís sagging."
NHL#s > NBA #s. So says Dallas Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban: "I would be doing the same thing if I was the NHL. And suddenly your numbers are bigger than basketball's."
S(he) failed: Test reports sent to the Indian Olympic Association on Sunday said Soudarajan "does not possess the sexual characteristics of a woman," The Times of India reported.
Hockey...er...Ball.: Hockey stats leave alot to the imagination. Hopefully, not for long. Fans of the game are embarking on a statistical revolution: expanding the limited scope of current player data, and establishing entirely new standards for measuring true on-ice productivity. Greg Wyshynski talks to the man behind hockey-recap.com, my new favorite resource. hockey fans are being mislead by the current numbers. He calls plus/minus "worthless"
NHL and Google sittin in a tree. A W E S O M E: "NHL will provide in-season full-length games on delay to Google Video at http://video.google.com/nhl.html. Google also will receive select NHL classic games...This is the first time Google Video has worked with a major professional sports league in such a manner." [via]
Got time for another hockey pool in your life?: If anyone is interested, I, or rather my alter-ego, set up another hockey pool with a much different format; Pick 20 skaters. No roster moves once the puck drops on the season. G, A, SHP, GWG are the only categories. Pretty simple, right? And low maintenance. Everybody loves low maintenance. Anyway, feel free to join. Sorry, you have to register, but the process is pretty painless.
Brodeur :(WAY) Beyond the Crease: "My preference is for Canada to stay together, but it's not unusual for Quebec-born athletes to get dragged into the endless debate over the province's future in Canada...Gatorade hurts my stomach and water just doesn't give me enough of a lift...Don't give the agents too much credit, It's not that hard...These were the same people who had certified David Frost as an agent...These are subtle ways in which the unfamiliarity of players is expressed..."
This is not the blog you are looking for. You can go about your business.: New ownership of the St.Louis Blues, and specifically St. Louis Blues Enterprises, a new division of the team that will handle the business operations, have hired an ad agency, Schupp Co., to publish a blog under the guise of a fan blog. [via => via]
"the Pearl Jam of sports": I shit you not, that is a direct quote from Greg Wyshynski's article "The NHL's Quiet Rebellion", which has an interesting take on all the NHL-bashing usually focused on horrid broadcast ratings. [via]
NASCAR to embrace Past Lives, Aliens, Xenu and TomKat.: i.e. Scientology. How will this fly in the Bible belt? Like a UFO, that's how. [via]
"You can wait for what seems like a lifetime for your dream and then, all of a sudden, it happens in a split second.": For Dustin "little-guy-turned-big-guy" Penner, there has been no preordained super stardom to dilute his work ethic, which has been key for him beginning to realize his dream of playing in the NHL, and playing well. At 6'4", 245lbs, with 10 points in 12 playoff games, and one of the few players I've ever seen able to box out Pronger with pure strength rather than leverage, he is well on his way. Poolies beware, Penner is on now officially on the radar.
Be like the Red Wings and Stars and Senators...?: a worthwhile rant by Terry Frei
A Bear, a King, the Rookie Champ, a Giant...and the Total Package: NHL fighters ranked.