Sunday, September 16, 2012

Dave Maloney is a hockey analyst for MSG Network, which owned by the company that owns the New York Rangers. As such, he works on the broadcasts of Rangers games.
He also has a Twitter account – @DaveMaloney MSG.
Before Saturday, Maloney last tweeted on June 20.
Yesterday, he tweeted three times.
1. So you shut your league down 7 years ago and claim victory and now you have to blow it up again. Am I missing something here? #NHL
2. Long term lucrative extensions being offered and agreed to down to the wire under a system that "doesn't work" I don't get it #NHL
3. And finally. They agree not to talk. Great #NHLlockout
Oh boy, do I ever agree with Maloney!
I simply do not understand how NHL owners send Gary Bettman out to deal with the media and bitch and moan about how bad the present system is/was, and all the while they are negotiating new contracts with various players.
The gang at has done the numbers and it seems that 179 players have been signed to US$1.67 billion – BILLION! – worth of contracts singe July 1. (That may not include a couple of late signings from Saturday.)
This weekend, with the league headed for a lockout like a runaway train about to go over a cliff, NHL owners coughed up more than $200 million in contracts and extensions.
On Saturday, there was Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins signing for $18 million over three years, and Cam Fowler of the Anaheim Ducks getting $20 million over five years, and Tyler Ennis of the Buffalo Sabres signing for $5.625 million over two years. It just went on and on.
After the Winnipeg Jets gave Evander Kane $31.5 million over six years, former NHLer Jeremy Roenick went to Twitter: “Evander Kane is a good player but 31 mil for 6 yrs?? 214 games 63 goals 63 assts career. And we wonder the problem?? Holy crap.”
The NHL has done nothing but boast about its improved revenues over the last few years. That, of course, is due mostly to the way fans streamed back to the game after the lockout that erased the 2004-05 season, including the Stanley Cup playoffs.
This time, you wonder if the fans will come back.
After all, fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice . . .
The Calgary Hitmen have dealt Russian F Alex Gogolev, 20, and a 2013 fourth-round bantam draft pick to the Victoria Royals for F Zane Jones, 18, and a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2013 bantam draft.
Gogolev had 57 points, including 25 goals, in 69 games as a freshman with the Hitmen last season. As a 20-year-old import, he is what is known as a two-spotter.
Gogolev joins F Jamie Crooks and D Tyler Stahl as the Royals’ 20-year-olds. The club’s other import is Czech G Patrik Polivka, an 18-year-old freshman who to this point looks like the real deal.
Jones, a fifth-round pick by the Chilliwack Bruins in the 2009 bantam draft, had 32 points, 14 of them goals, in 68 games with the Royals last season. He is from Olds, Alta.
The Hitmen still have four 20-year-olds – F Trevor Cheek, D Spencer Humphries, F Brooks Macek and F Cody Sylvester. Their roster shows Swedish F Victor Rask, 19, and Ukrainian F Pavlo Padakin, 18, as the two imports.
The Everett Silvertips have traded D Tye Hand, 17, to the Regina Pats for a sixth-round pick in the 2014 bantam draft. Hand, from Yellowknife, was a second-round pick by Everett in the 2010 bantam draft. He was on Everett’s season-opening roster a year ago, but didn’t get into a game before assigned to the AJHL’s Drumheller Dragons. . . . The Silvertips also assigned D Michael Zipp, 16, to Drumheller. The Edmontonian was a fourth-round selection in the 2011 bantam draft. . . . That got Everett’s roster down to 27. . . . Moving Hand and Zipp gets the Silvertips down to eight defencemen, including Ryan Murray. Obviously, Murray’s arrival precipitated these moves because as long as he’s in town and as long as the NHL lockout goes on, he will eat up a lot of minutes.
JUST NOTES: F Jason Trott, 20, who lost out in the 20-year-old numbers game with the Portland Winterhawks, has joined the BCHL’s Salmon Arm SilverBacks. He had five points in 36 games with Portland last season. . . . The Red Deer Rebels are down to 24 players after releasing F Ryley Bennefield, 18, from his tryout. . . . Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix reports that Blades D Duncan Siemens was a healthy scratch on Saturday as the host Blades lost 4-3 to the Regina Pats. According to Nugent-Bowman, Siemens missed a team meeting. Also missing for the Blades were F Ryan Graham (back), F Shane McColgan (knee), G Alex Moodie (hamstring), F Lukas Sutter (shoulder) and D Dalton Thrower (groin). . . . According to Matthew Gourlie of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald, the Warriors released sophomore G Spencer Tremblay, who will turn 18 on Thursday, on Saturday. That leaves the Warriors with two goaltenders – Justin Paulic, who will be 17 on Oct. 7, and Daniel Wapple, 17. This is an interesting development, as Paulic, the pride of Thompson, Man., has played one regular-season and three playoff games in the WHL, while Wapple, from Saskatoon, has exactly one WHL exhibition game under his belt.

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