Saturday, January 31, 2009
2) There is a full 12 game schedule today/tonight:
Detroit Red Wings Vs-Washington Capitals : Capitals
Los Angeles Kings VS- Montreal Canadiens Habitants ( Lock Of The Week)
Florida Panthers VS-New York Islanders: Panthers
Dallas Stars VS-Columbus Blue Jackets: Stars
Philadelphia Flyers VS-St. Louis Blues Blues
Minnesota Wild VS- Vancouver Canucks: Canucks
New York Rangers VS-Boston Bruins Bruins
Anaheim Ducks VS- Colorado Avalanche: Avalanche
Pittsburgh Penguins VS-Toronto Maple Leafs: Maple Leaves
Atlanta Thrashers VS-Carolina Hurricanes: Canes
Buffalo Sabres VS-Phoenix Coyotes : Coyotes
Blackhawks VS-Sharks: Shark (Game of the week!)
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
2) Gary goes on: : "we are actually experiencing real growth. Not to the extent we did last season, but we are still experiencing real growth, probably in the 5 to 5.5% range in native currency" You may be asking why did Gary add that caveat, 'Native currency'? Easy, the Canadian Dollar has lost 20% of its value the past 6 months, thus the teams north of the border have lost a lot of their previous buying power that they had when the currencies were on par (not the norm by the way) In previous addresses Bettman always downplayed the beneficial effects of the currency differential, now he is using it as an excuse? Sorry Gary, you can't have it both ways!
3) Then to top it off Bettman actually blames the players for the escrow going to as high as 25%. To review for the uninitiated. The players are due a fixed percentage of all revenues. Escrow is the money that the league withholds from players salaries in case revenues don't keep up with expenditures. Last season the players received ALL the escrowed money back despite having 13% initially withheld. This season the same 13% was initially withheld, but with the revenue forecast looking bleak it was recently increased to 25%. Yes the salary cap only went up this season by about 12%. By those numbers, even if revenues stayed static escrow should have stayed the same AND the players should expect their money back.
- Nashville Predators' owners buying thousands of unsold tickets so they can qualify for a full share of the NHL's revenue-sharing plan. The players can't be happy with this. Can the owners call selling tickets to themselves income? If not (and it doesn’t sound Kosher if they can) then there is decreased overall league revenue, and thus less of the financial ‘pie’ to share.
- The whole Phoenix/Nashville/TampaBay/Atlanta ownership Debacles
6) It should have come as no surprise when NHLPA president Paul Kelly confirmed he's met with BlackBerry billionaire Jim Balsillie, who tried to buy the Nashville Predators/Penguins and move them to Hamilton and said: "There's no question that Toronto could handle a second team". His query goes strait to the heart of the CBA. Are the players full 'partners' with the NHL or not? If the answer is yes, then they should have some say so on how to grow the game and where to place (or move) franchises. Look for that point (and as we consistently maintain, guaranteed contracts) to be the major bones of contention between the league and the NHLPA. In the meantime enjoy the next 2 1/2 seasons of NHL hockey. We are again afraid we are on collision course for (yet another) Bettman lockout. That unless the players drink the Bettman Kool-aid too.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
- His no-movement clause kicks in afterl July 1. After that date no trade can be made without Vinny's approval.
- The team may have to cut payroll, and Lecavalier's contract is a huge drain, and with the new economic realities the new owners may want to re-think spending to the cap max
- What is certain, this is more for financial reasons than anything, but as one source told us "the situation in Tampa is so chaotic its hard to figure what they are and want to do." He went on to say that "its difficult to tell who exactly is making the decisions." Lawton is the GM, but the owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie have been more than a tad 'hands on'. The source doubted that a deal would be made during the season. "Its simply too complicated to get done now. However before the draft a trade is very possible.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
2) However we are not optimistic based upon his past record and his pronouncement of how he intends to improve the economy. " Government will get us out of this"
3) Government spending has NEVER improved an economy in the history of the planet. Last time it was tried in such a grand scale, 1933-1940 we had 7 years as bad as any of The Great depression. Only WWII got the U.S out of that! Wanna hint on how things will go? Look to see how the financial world is seeing his assention. Will we see the stock market sharply rise on his inauguration?
4) On a related note we were amused to find this blog. We neither recommend nor endorse it! http://faux-bama2009.blogspot.com/
Monday, January 19, 2009
- Hart: Alex Ovechkin. "The Great 8" is having another fabulous season. Propelling his team to 2nd in the East despite an amazing rash of injuries to almost their entire defensive corps. He is second in goals, 3rd in points, first in shots, and is the only NHL player in the top 15 in scoring who in in triple digits in hits. He does it all, and does it all well. Without him its doubtful the Caps are even in the top 8 Honorable mentions: Evgeny Malkin and Ryan Getzlaf
- Norris: Nicklas Lidstrom. What else can be said of the future Hall of famer? Because he seems to do this every year his stats might get overlooked, yet he is having yet another great season in Mo-town. Up among the leaders in points for a defender, +/-, minutes played/game, yet only has 14 penalty minutes. He elevates the game of everyone around him.(Ask Brian Rafalski!) Honorable mentions: Denis Wideman and Andre Markov
- Calder: Steve Mason. The kid burst on to the NHL scene. Taking a team in Columbus who many(including us at Fauxrumors) didn't have a shot at the post season into contention for the 8th spot. he leads all goalies in GAA(a gaudy 1.91) and 2nd in save % at 932. Going 17-10 on a Jackets team that is 22nd in goal scoring. Without him the Columbus is near the bottom. Honorable mentions: Kris Versteeg and Blake Wheeler
- Vezina:Steve Mason. (See above.) We would have had Tim Thomas, but seeing that his team mate Manny Fernandez had similar stats, we had to give the nod to the kid from Columbus who's team is not nearly as strong as the Bruins. Honorable mentions: Tim Thomas and Scott Clemmenson (No, not a joke)
- Selke: Jeff Carter. The Flyers 3rd year forward is having a great all around season. Not only first in goals, and in the top 12 in points, but he also has a solid +/- and has netted 4 'shorties', makinghim a triple threat (PP/PK 5-5) he is almost always up against the opposing teams top forward line and is one of the reasons the Flyers are right there in the East. Honorable mention:Pavel Datsyuk and Patrick Marleau
- Adams: Brent Sutter. We weren't big fans of his initial hiringlast year. We felt at the time he was possibly going to be in over his head a bit going strait from Juniors to the NHL, but 'Pup' has proven himself this season with his devils right among the East leaders despts having lost their Mr. Vezina, Martin Brodeur for most of the season thus far. Honorable mention: Claude Julian and Todd McLellan
Sunday, January 18, 2009
2) As we alluded to earlier there will be no picks next week as the NHL takes Thursday the 22nd through Monday the 26th off for the All-Snooze festivities in Montreal. We also intend to throw out our 2 cents(as most hockey blogs have done already) in listing our First half Trophy' winners. Look for it early this week! As always, keep it here for all the latest!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
New Jersey- 102
NY Rangers- 101
Carolina- 90 (Edged out by Panthers by 0.2 right now)
Tampa Bay- 68
NY Islanders- 55
3) Next the West:
San Jose- 134
Phoenix- 90 (edged out by goals scored)
Columbus- 86 (85.9)
Los Angeles- 80
St. Louis- 72
- Some teams like Detroit, SJ, Montreal, Washington, and Chicago have maintained their playoff positions since the quarter mark. Some teams like Pittsburgh and Minnesota have fallen out of a play off spot.
- On the flip side the cellar dwellers last time around have rebounded. Especially the Panthers who were dead last at the 1/4 mark, and now find themselves on the edge of a playoff berth.
- We also invite our readers to peer into last year at this time at-half-way-mark of the 2007-2008 season. In one short year Washington has gone from a door mat to a top tier team, while the Senators have done the opposite!
- Also of interest it appears that fewer points will be needed to make the playoffs compared with previous seasons. This season 90 may be the magic number, where its been 92-94 in past seasons
5) Potential 1st round playoff match-ups based upon these projections:
Washington- vs- Buffalo
Philadelphia- vs- New Jersey
San Jose vs- Colorado
Detroit- vs- Phoenix
Chicago- vs- Vancouver
Sunday, January 11, 2009
2) We'll be back at this again next Saturday, for Week 15. Look for it. Also FR2 will have their Mid point projection/playoff match ups post out early this week, Probably tomorrow.
As always, keep it here for all the latest!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
2) If we had to guess the reason we haven't seen any Moose sightings recently is either:
a) He doesn't need the money. or
b) He hasn't been offered enough money to appear. You see, Messier rarely misses an opportunity to make a buck. Including some very lame commercials-messier/3265817000, and here---->http://video.aol.com/video-detail/mark-messier/1242056692/?icid=VIDURVSPR03. Which brings us to today. Its no secret that Messier wants to get back into hockey like his buddy Wayne Gretzky did. He also hasn't been shy saying where he wants a job; with one of his former teams, The N.Y. Rangers. Problem was that he was a bit vociferous in petitioning for a job last year. Going very public in that pursuit. Pissing off his former coach/mentor Glen (Slats) Sather and upper Ranger management(Dolan) in the process. We're told that Glen told him he that if he kept his mouth shut for a year or so that he would see what he could do.
3) Fast forward to today. Despite the Rangers deceptively decent record, they are NOT a particularly good team right now. Ask any Ranger fan and they will NOT be overly happy with their team, or optimistic about their chances with the roster as is. As we wrote in our Power Rankings, the Rangers have won but a handful of games in regulation in the past 2 months. Going from tops in the East to now 3rd in the division/6th in the East. Without Henrik Lundqvist things might even be worse. No one is scoring. The PP is invisible, and the team plays without passion. Enter our buddy Messier. Would Sather make the bold move to remove Renney and insert a rookie, albeit a well respected former player in Messier, as coach? It would be a gamble, but at this point with their salary cap issues a player trade that would change the team dynamic would be tough. Unless Sather really wants to gamble and brings back Sean Avery! ; ) That might seem far fetched, but that IS possible!
4) We at Fauxrumors2 have long expected that Messier would find his way behind an NHL bench someday. We could picture Mark walking up and down behind his team wearing a snazzy suit and a 'Punch Imlach fedora'. He probably would be best served to be an NHL asst coach or do some time in the AHL first, but this isn't just any player. This is a man with an immense ego. As one NHL person told us, "its like the guy feels entitled or something". That said, this team might benefit from Messier's immense will to win. Like him or hate him you have to give him that. It also doesn't hurt that in a big town like NY, Messier is an equally big name. So it seems to be a good fit. The only question is will Sather/Dolan call on the Moose to save their season? Stay tuned.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
2) One erroneous report that came out yesterday stated that the Senators were prepared to fire head coach Craig Hartsburg and general manager Bryan Murray and replace them with the combination of Quinn as head coach and Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson as GM. Almost as soon as these were reported Sens owner Eugene Melnyk denied the report. However, we at Fauxrumors have learned that its all but certain that Murray is done in Ottawa. That indeed Nicholson is probably going to be named GM in the very near future.
3) As for coach, Melnyk would first discuss that issue with the new GM before making further moves. As one source told us, "A double firing in mid season would surprise us". Pat Quinn as was mentioned was the rumored replacement, but he denies even having been contacted by the Sens. Certainly the Sens are underachieving, even worse than we had anticipated. We had them missing the post season, but we also didn't see them as a 'lottery team' either. Stay tuned folks, this might be fun to watch play out.
4) As for other possible moves; We already have mentioned on Monday how we are hearing Michel Therrien is on thin ice in Steel Town. That hasn't changed as the Pens are on the outside looking in on the top 8 playoff bound spots. We also have been told that FR2 has an interesting story that they plan to publish tomorrow concerning the Rangers possible front office changes. We won't ruin the surprise for FR2, but suffice to say a big name might be coming back to Broadway. We're also hearing that a couple of other coaches may be looking for work by the time of the All star break. Among them are :
- Andy Murray (St. Louis Blue)- Despite injuries to key personnel management is none too happy being in the West basement. We're told Andy's days are certainly numbered. Only question is when.
- Craig MacTavish (Edmonton) We're told that Oilers owner billionaire drug dealer Daryl Katz has tried to stay out of the team's workings, but a reliable source tells us that he has been getting heavily lobbied by friends to push Craig out.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
2) Well, its now three weeks later Ek, and we're still waiting for our first meaningful deal post-Sundin. Those dominoes may be falling, but it must be at zero G, huh? ; ) Not recalling his own stupid domino theory (or having no one who called him out- detractors are not allowed on his site!) he went from Sundin to Jay Bouwmeester. You know, J-Bo. As he wrote a week after the Sundin nonsense: "A Jay Bo Domino" Recall this nugget from the idiot: "I am hearing the only thing holding back a Spezza to Calgary trade may be the fact that both teams are leading the way in the Bouwmeester sweeps. LOL Perhaps the Spezza to Calgary never took place because the Flames: a) Don't have the cap space to fit Spezza's 7 million salary and/or b) Spezzza is a soft playoff player. The kind Keenan and Sutter hate!
Monday, January 5, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Buffalo vs-Boston: Bruins
Calgary vs-Nashville: Predator
NY Rangers vs-Washington: Capital
Detroit vs-Minnesota Wild
Dallas vs-Edmonton Oiler
NY Islanders vs-San Jose: Shark ( Lock of The Week)
Florida vs-Pittsburgh: Penguin
Ottawa vs-Toronto: Maple Leaf
Carolina vs-Tampa Bay: Lightning
Columbus vs-St. Louis: Blues
Philadelphia vs-Los Angeles: King
Friday, January 2, 2009
- if the NHL and the owners are committing 55% of the projected 2.4 billion in revenue to player salaries that would equate to roughly 1.3 billion
- That 1.3 billion/30 teams equals about 44 million per team of 23 players
- Lets say each team/player gets a base of 11.5 million, or 1/2 million per player (345 million total)
- The remainder of the combined potential salary is put into 'escrow'.
- As teams won games that team would get a higher percentage of the escrowed money.
- Players contracts would differ only in the percentage of the team's earnings they would earn. For example, Alex Ovechkin might negotiate that he is worth 15% of his teams' escrow portion, while 4th liners like Matt Bradley would get <5%,>
- There would be separate regular season and playoff 'pools so by the end of the Stanley Cup playoffs the winning star players would be the highest compensated players in the NHL, while stars that have teams that underperform would get significantly less salary than today. (Vinny Lecavalier)
4) Thus we eliminate guaranteed contracts in a way, without eliminating guaranteed compensation. Players as a whole still get the same compensation as before, but the players who's teams succeed now are rewarded at a much higher level. Anyone believe we'll see teams/players take a night off? Imagine the locker room between periods when a player appears to be 'dogging it' Coaches won't have to place a player in the dog house, his team mates will do it for him!
5) We are not naive, the NHLPA will never willingly accept such a salary paradigm. However, as we have written on numerous occations (even before the current economic melt down) that the owners are likely to want more consessions next CBA (2 more years). We have mentioned that next time guarenteed-contracts would be their target. Also mentioned here--> http://newfaux.blogspot.com/2007/10/new-labour-war.html. However, with our system the players eliminate the argument that some owners now use; that players who are guaranteed money don't give 100%. Its good for the players since its salary neutral. Its good for owners because each team will give all it has nightly. Most of all its good for fans because they know that no matter what their team make up, everyone will be trying to win as many games as they can. Whether it be October or May!