NHL in Europe, Hockey Night in Canada in U.S.

From the NY Times.com Slap Slot blog:

Once again this season for the fourth straight year, some N.H.L.
teams are opening in Europe, with six teams — Carolina, Minnesota,
Boston, San Jose, Columbus and Phoenix — beginning their schedule
overseas. The first game on the regular season schedule (this Thursday
at noon Eastern time) features the Hurricanes and the Wild from
Helsinki.

Those six teams are also playing preseason games in Europe, including
two against K.H.L. teams, one of which, Carolina vs. SKA St.
Petersburg
, goes today.

“The N.H.L. has seen a swell of business in Europe, both in terms of
merchandise sales and Internet traffic,” writes Aaron
Portzline in The Columbus Dispatch
. “Roughly 20 percent of visitors
to NHL.com, the league says, are from Europe. That only makes sense, as
26 percent of the N.H.L.’s players – more than 225 players – are from
outside North America.”

These international games also satisfy provisions in the
N.H.L.-N.H.L.P.A. Collective Bargaining agreement on international
competition and the two parties split the revenue from these games.

In a blog post today, David
Pollok of the San Jose Mercury News
asked N.H.L Deputy Commissioner
Bill Daly the question most often popsed in connection with these
European adventures: Is this leading to N.H.L. expansion to Europe?

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30 Comments

  1. Everlasting1 says:

    They don’t give a damn about hockey, they’ll stick with the hookers, blow, and ammo.

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  2. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    How about hockey in Mexico? I’m sure all those drug lords need something to spend their money on.

  3. SeriousFan09 says:

    A game misconduct sort of counts as a game to the NHL so when Cammy got booted that counted as game 1, so this by their standards, a 2-game suspension.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  4. Rudy says:

    Hmmm, I bet this puts a wrench in the introduction festivities planned for Oct 7.

  5. Mr.Hazard says:

    Pretty light suspension if you ask me!

  6. SeriousFan09 says:

    Cammalleri out for the opener, but back in time to help raise Fleury’s jock to the rafters of the Pen’s new arena.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  7. shiram says:

    I cannot see an European expansion as a near future reality. The logistics, jet lag, customs… all that would make so much trouble.

     

  8. Bugs says:

    You haven’t LIVED till you’ve seen a game between the Caroliner Caners and the St-Petersburg…uhh…Jungle-Cats.

    I predict a bench-clearing brawl 6 minutes into the 1st period.

    Quite self-satisfied, I smirk as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of Flannellicity.com comic-book store, and Rent-controlled Tenant of Mama’s Habsbros Basement/Control Centre: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  9. JD_ says:

    You know where you live – and learned – if it takes about two seconds for Spirou to pop into yer head, despite the fact you haven’t seen or thought of him for at least the last 35 years.

    The game and ensuin’ mayhem has 3-methylfentanyl written all over it.

  10. HabFab says:

    http://en.khl.ru/clubs/ska

     

    Team line up. Zubov is out injured.

  11. JohnBellyful says:

    I’d be in favour of NHL expansion to Europe if it was accompanied by contraction in the U.S. and getting rid of the weak sister teams.

    Speaking of predictions, here’s the Habs’ schedule for the first five games. What do you project will be their record by mid-October?

    Oct. 7 At Toronto
    Oct. 9 At Pittsburgh
    Oct. 13 Vs. Tampa Bay
    Oct. 15 At Buffalo
    Oct. 16 Vs. Ottawa

    Although a lifelong Montreal fan who revelled in last season’s playoff heroics, this season’s team has to show me something out of the gate that it has the makings of a playoff team. That’s why I’m predicting 2-3 (I’m ignoring my heart who’s screaming 3-2, and my wife who’s reminding me I haven’t done the dishes. Is it the second Monday of the month already?).

  12. Say Ash says:

    Welcome, and remember: Head on a swivel…

  13. Everlasting1 says:

    “Is this leading to N.H.L. expansion to Europe?” – All part of the NWO.

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  14. christophor says:

    http://en.khl.ru/players/525/

    Bold prediction: Dmitry Shitikov explodes for 3 goals.  The Canes will be a mess on the ice and Shitikov’ll wipe um up 3-ply style.

    SKA 5 Car 2.

  15. Bugs says:

    That’s one Russian who DOESN’T need a nickname, knowumsayin?

    Quite self-satisfied, I smirk as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of Flannellicity’s comix store, and Lone Tenant of Mama’s Habsbros Basement/Control Centre: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  16. Danno says:

    The NHL should look beyond Europe for expansion. They need to set up some teams in Africa starting with Liberia which is a hotbed of Leafs, Hawks, Oilers and Canadiens fans.

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  17. Timo says:

    Maybe they can arrange for the team finishing last (leafs) to move to Europe for a year and only be allowed to move back if they win whatever league they are playing in. Bet it ain’t gonna happen (leafs moving back)

  18. mrhabby says:

    Taiwain???

  19. adam76 says:

    Please – Africa?  Lame.  Only one way to expand – were going to the Moon!!!!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Carolina lost 5-3 for those who were unaware.

  21. christophor says:

    Oh dang it. Already happened and I still couldn’t get it quite right.

    How’d young Shitikov do?

  22. christophor says:

    You run out of French-coloured lipstick?

  23. Danno says:

    When’s this conference call supposed to happen?

    I sense that Colin is cooking up a big old pot of Campbell’s Cream of Suspension Soup.

    Edit — Well I knew it. See above…

    Thanks Harani

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  24. Harani says:

    NHL decides that Cammi’s suspension is ONE game. He will forfeit 32 258$. 

    “It must be love!”,

  25. avatar_58 says:

    Good lord I’m in the wrong business….

  26. Timo says:

    32K for 3 hours of work… nice.

  27. mrhabby says:

    hmmmm nice work.

  28. A. Berke says:

    Already 35 years, my how the time flies when you’re having fun!

    Cheers,

    Ali B.

  29. andrewberkshire says:

    The moon is old and tired, time to go Mars.


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