Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Joke That Is The NHL Suspension Policy

Over the past few days we have seen the degree to which the NHL office and their inconsistency with regards to suspendable/non-suspendable hits has made a mockery of all the rhetoric.  Eric over at does a great job looking at every case and that was certainly true in the last few days analyzing the Carcillo and Thornton incidents here:

HF Ranks Ranger System 9th

Stick Salute to Dave Shapiro at Blue Seat Blogs for finding the organizational ranking of the New York Rangers farm system from this past Wednesday and alerting people to it.  You can read his take on their rankings by clicked on the blog name as I have linked his article.  The Hockey’ Future organization put the Rangers in a strong 9th place this season after having them in 12th last year.  What makes that more impressive is gone from last year’s 12th place ranked prospect list are graduates Michael Del Zotto, Artem Anisimov, Matt Gilroy; traded Bobby Sanguinetti and Heikkinen who went back overseas.  

Shocking News: Todd White Clears Waivers

Slow real news Saturday, but Todd White has cleared waivers and if you could not tell from the sarcastic intent in the headline no one should be at all surprised that he did.  The Rangers will keep doing the dance for as long as their regular forwards are out injured and then I expect White to finally be sent to Hartford for if he cannot consistently crack the lineup with all these guys missing he never will.

The Development of Our Young Leaders: Dubinsky Has Earned the 'A'

The most appropriate definition of leadership for my thinking at the moment that I could find was the following from the business dictionary:

In its essence, leadership in an organizational role involves (1) establishing a clear vision, (2) sharing (communicating) that vision with others so that they will follow willingly, (3) providing the information, knowledge, and methods to realize that vision, and (4) coordinating and balancing the conflicting interests of all members or stakeholders. A leader comes to the forefront in case of crisis, and is able to think and act in creative ways in difficult situations. Unlike management, leadership flows from the core of a personality and cannot be taught, although it may be learnt and may be enhanced through coaching or mentoring.

The Rising Cost of Keeping Dubinsky Anisimov Callahan

Early in the season when people started to try and project the Ranger salary cap situation for next season the talk was re-signing what is the top line of the club during all the injuries would take somewhere in the range of I believe 7-8 million. I also wrote before in discussing the play of those three early in the year that the only downside as fans to their tremendous work in carrying the club was that the cost of keeping all three of was going to keep rising. Right now if you were to guess at the costs of keeping all of them the projection would go from the initial 7-8 million to possibly as much as say 13 million which is a huge differential and while their play has supported a significant jump I am not sure it is in the long term best interest of the hockey team to spend that much.