Tip Ins: Gretzky Gets Paid, Life of a Goon, and the Ottawa Centurions

Posted: December 7, 2013 by Lamar Lester in Tip Ins
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Tip Ins is a weekly update for all the news that happened in the NHL.

Wayne Gretzky hasn’t been officially involved with the NHL since coaching the Phoenix Coyotes in 2009. (Getty Images)

Wayne Gretzky hasn’t been officially involved with the NHL since coaching the Phoenix Coyotes in 2009. (Getty Images)

  • The NHL recently reached a settlement with hockey legend Wayne Gretzky to pay him money owed from his time with the Phoenix Coyotes. It was worth close to $8 million (U.S.), according to one source. To be honest, it’s about damn time. Gretzky hasn’t been officially involved with the NHL since coaching the Phoenix Coyotes in 2009. (The Star)
  • Seth Wickersham of ESPN The Magazine has concocted a riveting article on George Parros, his life as a tough guy, and his bout with concussion issues earlier this season. Oh boy, Information City. There’s some serious behind the scenes reveals in this piece. There is some seriously informative stuff, as well as some just plain stupid stuff in regards to the “Code”. Planned fights, fighting friends, mentally approaching a fight, it’s all here. From the article: As (Sabres tough guy John) Scott says, “In one of my first fights, my team was down three goals in the third. I said to George, ‘You wanna go?’ George said, ‘Not really. But you’ll owe me one.’ Now anytime he wants to fight me, I will.” It’s a great read. (ESPN)
  • Unbeknownst to me, there’s a small of people who want to rename the Ottawa Senator the Ottawa Centurions. Also, this isn’t new. Others have called for a name change for the team. Here’s a kicker. At one point during the inception of the team, in trying to stick with the centurions theme, Roman Hamrlik was to become the face of the franchise. Unfortunately Tampa Bay drafted Hamrlik and killed the plans. Let’s Go Cens? (The Globe and Mail)

  • Let’s play Take a Dump On An NHL teams’ Top Guys. Today’s team, the Winnipeg Jets. More specifically, Andrew Ladd, Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little, Toby Enstrom and Dustin Byfuglien. Columnist Gary Lawless essentially gave them a literary curb stomping in his latest post. “This year, it’s Wheeler playing like a point guard and firing up one three-pointer after another. The crease? That’s something in Wheeler’s pants, not an area on the ice with which he’s familiar.” Haymaker, body blow, uppercut, KNOCKOUT. Ring the bell! Yikes! (Winnipeg Free Press)
  • Mike Commodore was a bit of a… personality during his NHL career. That apparently rubbed some people the wrong way. He’s with Admiral Vladivostok of the KHL now. He didn’t like the way his NHL career ended, with frustrating stays with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings. He did an interview where he claimed Scott Arniel(former Blue Jackets coach) was “jealous” of him. He also said of Red Wings coach Mike Babcock that he “(doesn’t) trust him”. He really went in-depth with how his signing in Detroit came about and how he almost didn’t do it saying,”My gut screamed ‘Say No!’ This coach screwed me over nine years ago.” Needless to say, it didn’t work out. Another good read if you have the time. (Puck Daddy)
  • The Handsome “King” Henrik Lundqvist signed a fat contract extension with the New York Rangers for 7 years and $59.5 million on Wednesday. That means Lundqvist, a 32-year-old goaltender will count $8.5 million against the salary cap until 2021. Now for the Pros and Cons of that contract, including but not limited to: Pros of this contract; You have Henrik Lundqvist locked up long-term, Cons of not doing the contract; You don’t have Henrik Lundqvist. It’s pretty simple, really. (Sporting News)
  • In this interview, Capitals star Alex Ovechkin discusses the 2014 Sochi Olympics, how much he bench presses, his nose, his (missing) tooth, and his money. Cause of the missing tooth? A hockey stick. He’s wait until his career is over to get it fixed because “In hockey pucks fly like bullets”. Good idea. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)
  • With TSN losing broadcasting rights to the NHL, they’re going to be in a bit of a bind when the contract kicks in next season. Without national broadcasting rights, TSN will legally only be allowed to show three minutes of NHL highlights per hour. That small amount can be classified as “news”, but any more and TSN would be breaking some laws. Now, in the past TSN and Rogers have made deals where they would trade the rights to their content, but Rogers might not have much incentive to do so anymore. This could get interesting. (Last Word On Sports)
  • Penguin superstar Evgeni Malkin has become the first regular season victim of the NHL’s stupid new jersey tuck rule. Since adopting Rule 9.5, which was approved by the NHLPA and mandates how the uniform is worn, a member of hockey ops has been in contact with teams whenever it spots a player who tucks in his jersey. Well, Malkin was spotted and assessed an “illegal equipment” penalty. Alex Semin was penalized in the preseason for the same infraction. To be fair, Malkin seemingly ignored a series of warnings before getting sent off last week. (Sportsnet)
  • The Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings Stadium Series jerseys have been revealed complete with “OC” and “LA” patches on the shoulders. Lots of orange and lots of gray. In my opinion, the Ducks jersey is “meh” at best. But I kinda dig the Kings jersey. I’m a big fan of black/white/gray/silver. What can I say, I’m a simple man. (Icethetics)
  • VIDEO: Here’s a preview of “NHL Revealed” that will show behind-the-scenes footage of the teams and players competing in the outdoor NHL games and 2014 Olympic Games. Hint: It’s exactly what you saw/will see with HBO’s 24/7. Still cool though. (YouTube)



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