Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Afternoon Scrum 12/16/09

Hockey headlines for the CBJ and from around the league. Mmmmm... hockey

  • I'm a fan of writers who deliver their thoughts in concise and deliberate sentences. When a sports writer is able to do this in conjunction with expressing his or her passion for the sport they are writing about, I will gladly take time out of my schedule to read their work on a regular basis. Consequently I haven't missed a John Buccigross hockey column in years. If you have kids who play hockey, or have a youngster who you hope will play one day, this is a must read.
  • NHL Board of Governors meeting are currently taking place. The issue of headshots is on the docket. A plea to the owners, GM's and the league: please, please, please do something to curtail this dangerous problem.
  • In keeping with the Board of Governors meeting theme, here's an interesting read from the Canadian Press about some of the issues Commissioner Gary Bettman addressed to the owners. The sale of the Coyotes, and the projected salary cap for next season are included. Glad to read the Commish doesn't think the cap will drop much if at all.
  • Senators C Jason Spezza will miss 6-8 weeks with a sprained knee. As The Dude would say, "That's a bummer, man".
  • Interesting read from PuckDaddy discussing the correlation between the league-wide drop in attendance and the rise in games being broadcast in HD and being made available on the internet machines. Do games in HD contribute to my decision to go to the game or watch at home? Yes, it does. But far less so than the cost of going to the game versus the jack I'm shelling out to my cable provider.
  • This article is a couple of days old, but relevant to Jackets fans today. Lightning coach Rick Tocchet is willing to bench some stars in order to send a message to his team. Will Hitchcock be willing to do the same to try and snap the CBJ out of their swoon?

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