September 25, 2008
Here are your Evening Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.
• Icing calls have been in the news this week, from David Lee's reporting on the new TV timeout regulations to The Hockey News columnist Rory Boylen's dissection of the NHL's new icing rule which states that "unnecessary or dangerous contact could result in penalties being assessed to the offending player." Boylen, however, takes this zero tolerance to its next level: "Whether it's incidental or not, whether they mean to or not, whether they think they are playing the puck or not and whether a guy gets injured or not...let's have zero tolerance on, are you ready for it...checking from behind!" [THN]
• NCAA's Hockey East reaches a two-year deal with ESPNU for eight games this season. [Warrior Rink Rat]
• Speaking of television, a fantastic blog by Shane Giroux that covers the NHL's television deals in Asia and Europe, the League's online renovations for video content and some talk about illegal hockey streams. [Avs Talk]
• Ambassador of Fun Brett Hull calls Sean Avery's dancing monkey routine in front of Marty Brodeur "not the way you play hockey" ... and Hull's a guy who knows his way around a goalie crease. He also says he has asked Avery not to embarrass the Dallas Stars organization this year. Good times. [Andrew's Stars Page]
• Winnipeg once again states its case for the return of NHL hockey. [National Post]
• Larry Tanenbaum, chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, calls the notion of an "unfeeling" corporate attitude towards Toronto Maple Leafs fans "B.S.," and claims that Leafs fans would rather see sustained success than a Florida Marlins-esque plan to win a Stanley Cup and then flop for several years. Hey, either way, those tickets aren't getting any cheaper. [Toronto Sun]
• Defenseman Mattias Ohlund's days with the Vancouver Canucks could be numbered, especially if he's asking for $6-8 million a season. Because the Canucks need cap room to offer another $20 million to the next Swedish veteran C-tease that wastes their time. [Waiting for Stanley]
• Ah, here's a wonderful old topic bubbling back into the conversation: Should bloggers be allowed in the press box? [Illegal Curve]
• Ottawa fans rejoice at the end of Sens TV. [Sens Army]
• Finally, here's a commercial for Versus's new "Talk Soup" style comedy show. Mexican wrestling inspires hope.