Monday, August 25, 2008

Back from vacation tidbits

Summertime thought: don't you find that gazing out at the water...

Is equally seductive as gazing on a newly-Zambonied sheet of ice?

It may seem quiet right now, but there's lots going on to prepare for next season. At HF, we're having a meeting tomorrow to discuss coverage for next season. How much change there will be is an open question. Some have noticed the boards were slow today. The admin said "The majority of the slow loading seems to be Firefox 3.x related." So if you have trouble, try another browser for now.

According to USA Today, former Thrasher Mark Popovic will sign with a Russian team. The writing was on the wall for his departure at the end of the season, so I went ahead and said a proper goodbye to him then. He was always really good to me over the years. I first saw him play in Cincinnati before he was traded to the Thrashers and thought he was underrated. I hope he succeeds wherever he goes.

Lyon Messier, son of Mark Messier, will be an invitee on the NY Rangers team for the Traverse City Prospects Tournament. The Thrashers roster will look a lot like the group who came to prospect camp this July minus the Europeans.

The QMJHL will not ban fighting. For a league that is already kind of the red-headed stepchild of the CHL for not producing as many NHL players, this is probably a good move to stay in step with what the others do.

MONTREAL — There will be tougher sanctions on brawling, but no outright ban on fighting in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season.

A committee examining hockey violence following a melee during the playoffs in the spring did not include an automatic ejection for fighting ...

Instead, it calls for stiffer penalties for brawling and other acts of "gratuitous violence,"' for files to be kept on repeat offenders, better support for players, coaches and officials and an anti-violence campaign.

And in a story near and dear to my heart, fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld says he has a problem with journalists...

“Only if they are really stupid, or if they’ve got bad breath, or if they smell. Yesterday [at the Chanel couture show] I had a problem. I said, ‘I’m sorry, you’ve got to tell this woman that she needs to be taken away. Her smell is not possible.’”

Note to self: stock up on fragrance if moving from covering hockey players to fashion designers. The entire interview with Lagerfeld is a hoot, by the way.

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