December 03 2012 09:41AM
It would be great to receive a boat load of cash for Christmas, and who knows maybe tomorrow's meeting with six owners and a group players will give you NHL hockey for Xmas. As great as it would be to receive that stack of cash, we get much more satisfaction out of giving, especially to those in need.
I'll get to the giving part in a few paragraphs.
- I'm hearing from a few sources that it isn't 100% guaranteed that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will play for Canada at the World Junior Championships. The results from his MRI on his shoulder will play a major role, but there are some close to RNH who aren't sold that a trip to Russia is the best idea. I wonder if he is feeling any pressure from Hockey Canada. Of course no one would ever admit it, but don't fool yourself the Canadian brass wants to win, and they love to take the gold away from the Russians on their home turf. I suspect he'll go if MRI is fine, but it isn't unanimous amongst his inner circle that going to the WJC is a great move for.
- It helps Canada more if RNH is there, but I don't see how it helps him as much. The stands won't be jammed every game like they are in Canada. Playing on the big ice against inferior players isn't a great combination either. I'm not sure the under-20 tourney has that much more positive impact on a player than the under-18 championships, especially when played outside of Canada.
The owners that will take part in Tuesday's meeting are Jeremy Jacobs of the Boston Bruins, Ronald Burkle of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Jeffery Vinik of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Larry Tanenbaum of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Mark Chipman of the Winnipeg Jets and Murray Edwards of the Calgary Flames. Interesting, but not surprising, to see only one owner from the west represented. I know Winnipeg will likely end up in the west in the near future, but it's just another sign that the league likes to cater to the eastern conference.
It would be ideal if they had a player from those six teams but I doubt that will be the case. It would be great to see a Boston Bruins player sit across from Jacobs and then see if he still believes Gary Bettman is the one ruining their game.
Many keep wondering why Taylor Hall hasn't been given a shot to play centre in OKC. Hall told me in the spring that he'd be open to the idea, but only if he could start training camp at centre. He wanted an opportunity to practice and get used to a new position which makes a lot of sense. Switching from wing to centre is not as easy as many suggest, and unless they are committed to him doing it for at least two months, I don't see the point in it. I think long-term Hall is a better fit on the wing.
MONTH OF GIVING
Last year I made a spur-of-the-moment decision to try and help others at Christmas. It ended up being a bit hectic, but we were able to raise over $55,000 for the Christmas Bureau, Santas Anonymous, Operation Friendship Senior Society and the Victory Christmas Dinner. It was a lot of fun, and I was amazed by the generosity of my listeners.
So this year I'm much more organized and we will be starting MONTH OF GIVING today. Every weekday from today thru to Friday December 21st we will be auctioning off a package on my show with all the proceeds going to these four charities.
We will have a new package every day, and the will all have a connection to entertainment, sports and socializing. We will have concert tickets for a year, sports memorabilia, signed jerseys, golf packages, wine packages, jewelry, training sessions for you kids, dinners and more.
A suite for ten at the Edmonton Oil Kings game on Saturday, December 15th. The suite is on the main concourse situated at the blueline. You will have great sightlines.
- Includes four parking passes very close to the Gretzky statue, so you won't have to walk far.
- All the pizzza you want. You can pre-order what kind you would like to eat.
- a $200 bar tab.
A Big thank you to the gang at Crystal Glass for donating the suite and adding in the extras, and massive advance thank you to all of you who will make generous bids in the next three weeks.
Bidding goes from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. You can call 1.800.243.1945 or 780.426.8326 to bid.
** I'm still looking for two great auction items, so if anyone has something they'd like to donate you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.**