Feb 03, 2003
The far-out buzz out of Boston had Terry O'Reilly being invited back
to Beantown in the event of a Bruins crash-and-burn; which obviously
hasn't happened. Yet!
Unmentioned surprise of the Bryan Trottier exit is that O'Reilly's
name never made print as a possible successor as Rangers' head coach.
Reason: Terry has been away from head-coaching too long.
Gary Bettman's basic argument in re-doing the CBA goes precisely like
this: "While revenues over the terms of this CBA have grown 170
percent, which is phenomenal, player salaries have grown over 240
Pat Quinn'stake on the use of hits and blocked shots in the return of
real-time stats: "If they had a system where they could get it right,
I wouldn't be against them."
Latest best bets on landing Alexei Kovalev: Rangers and Maple Leafs.
Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa Phoenix, Minnesota and Nashville
haven't removed their seamless glass in favor of the more flexible
kind. The League originally mandated the change by Jan 1, but is now
giving teams until next season to make the change.
The ECHL has awarded its 2005 All-Star game to Reading, PA.
Jaromir Jagr on the trading block? Caps GM George McPhee says
no. "He's our best player. I have no interest in trading him,"
Who's kidding whom on the anti-obstruction crackdown? Bettman, Inc.
keeps insisting that the Clutch and Grab Police are still making the
edict work. But the guys who should know -- players on the ice --
insist otherwise. Whoâs right? Answer: The eyes have it; YOUR eyes!
We commend Gary Bettman's accentuating the positive and his
opposition to contraction and franchise relocation. But the fact is,
Houston is out there ready to welcome any having-to-move franchise,
starting with Ottawa. Portland, Oregon also should be included in the
Word out of the owners' meeting in Florida is quite plain: Governors
have never been so united and fiercely determined to obtain an owner-
friendly CBA! If Bob Goodenow doesn't get the message, the only hope
of a quick settlement rests with the players and their agents taking
on Bob G.
Several ex-NHL-players-turned-TV-analysts continue to beef about what
they perceive as the league's de-emphasis on fighting. As one Philly
broadcaster tells us, "Doesn't the NHL realize that fans love a good
fight? And that fighting -- within reason -- sells tickets?"
General Managers continue to be dismayed by trade rumors with no
foundation. Pat Quinn: "People come up with names as if they've got
some sort of 'inside' position. As Brian Burke used to say, 'I'd like
to get some of the stuff they're smoking.' I read our clips and see a
bunch of names that have never been included in any discussion to
this point. It's an unfair time of year for a lot of teams."
Don't expect the Senators to move to Hamilton. Take that from Ron
Joyce, a Hamilton businessman who tried to win an NHL franchise for
the city in 1991. "I don't believe it can work in Hamilton," says
Joyce. "Buffalo is in trouble. Ottawa is in trouble. I hate to shoot
down the optimism by the investors, but, by golly, they should look
Interesting comment from The Commish on the rash of coaching
changes: "The competitiveness of the game causes a high turnover
rate. When every game in the regular season means so much, teams
aren't hesitating (to make a change) because it's about winning. The
last two years, two teams with more than 90 points did not make the
playoffs. That shows just how tough it is to win in this league."
A possible Senators' savior could be Torontonian Eugene N. Melnyk,
who also lives in Barbados. His net worth is estimated at $1.8
Bill Ranfordrates Boston and Vancouver "The two biggest graveyards
Gary Roberts-- soon to return from injured shoulders -- claims he's
got four more NHL years in his body. But he won't have another Leaf
season if he doesn't deliver down the stretch. A good run should
produce a new deal for Roberts.
This is what happens when you're in a slump: Radek Dvorak showed up
at a Rangers charity event and couldn't get in. Apparently the
Czech's team ID and driver's license weren't enough to get past the
security guard. Radek was rescued by a fan with an 8-by-10 photo of
the winger on ice.
Expensive Fan Boost: To give the team a wake-up-call after the club's
5-0 loss to the Rangers, Islander fan Larry Weinberger spent $28,000
on a full-page ad in Newsday. Weinberger was disgusted with the
team's effort and called them to task on it. "Where was the energy,
the excitement, the electricity, the intensity?" the ad asked. But
for 28 grand? Wow!!