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You can check out part one of “Notable Quotes” right here.


Day two at the PrimeTime Sports Management Conference brought another great bushel of smart/funny/interesting quotes from smart/funny/interesting people, and since not everyone could be there, I’ve sifted through the panels to grab a selection of what I thought were the best.

The panels I took in were: Issues affecting the operation of sports leagues, associations, and federations, Building your branding and selling out your events, Legal issues affecting players, teams, leagues and facilities, Utilizing new media to generate a return on your investment, and Developments in television, broadcasting and sports properties. You can see who spoke at those here.

There was also a “fireside chat” of sorts with Donald Fehr, head of the NHLPA. Again, if things are Brian Burke-centric, it’s because this was a sports conference, not hockey, so he’s the most relevant to us here.

Let’s dive in!

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bri burke

I was fortunate enough to be invited along with a few employees from theScore to take part in the PrimeTime Sports Management Conference Monday and Tuesday, and with all the smart people and interesting insight that got tossed about there today, I thought some of the commentary would be fun to pass on. Specifically that of one man, as you’d expect.

The panels included “The Business of Sports: Meeting the Challenges of a Competitive Market” (Burke, Tim Leiweke, Bob Popko and others), “Developments in Drug Testing, Awareness, and Enforcement” (Steve Fehr, Serik Galas, and Clark Griffith), “Current Issues in the World of Sports” (Bob McKenzie, Elliotte Friedman, Nick Kypreos and Sam Cosentino), and Athlete Evaluation and the Role of Analytics” (Kevin Abrams, Kevin Cheveldayoff, Dave Nonis, Patrick Morris and Alex Rucker), among others.

Oh, and Gord Miller interviewed Gary Bettman one-on-one, then Rene Fasel (IIHF) and Bob Nicholson (Hockey Canada) together. Needless to say, there was a lot of good stuff, and day two looks fairly stacked itself.

If it seems like there was an inordinate amount of Brian Burke quotes, that’s because he’s the quotiest quote machine ever to be quoted, soooo, yeah, that’s bound to happen.

So! The most notable lines were:

* Brian Burke, on watching a hockey game on a phone: “Watching hockey on a 2.5 inch screen is simply imbicilic.

Tough to argue with that actually, but hey, sometimes you get desperate.

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Toronto Maple Leafs v Boston Bruins - Game Five

On Friday, former assistant GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs was on Oilers Now discussing a rumour that the Oil have interest in Dion Phaneuf, when he apparently chose to not mince words about the Maple Leafs captain.

“Dion Phaneuf should be dispatched as soon as they possibly can and the story I hear is that Edmonton’s interested and if they are tell [general manager Craig MacTavish] to take him and have fun with him. I find him to be the most overrated, undernourished hockey player in the history of the NHL and whoever made him the captain of the Maple Leafs should have been fired six years ago.”

Under…nourished? Is Phaneuf really skinny, did I miss something?

I live in Toronto, and I’m pretty consistently blown away by what a polarizing player Phaneuf is. He’s a 28-year old 6’3″ 215-pound d-man who logs a lot of minutes against tough competition and was on pace for a 48-point year last season, according to this article by Jonathan Willis. He makes a healthy paycheck and probably earns a few more nickels than he should at $6.5M, but he isn’t grossly overpaid when you consider that he’d probably get that or more on the open market.

Yet because he’s perceived as a dick – and make no mistake, that is the general perception – some people think he’s the biggest plug in the league. In fact, calling him “overrated” at this point is like calling Patrice Bergeron “underrated.” The pendulum has swung so far counter to old perception that the two might want two switch labels (not a knock on Patrice, there’s just no denying everyone everywhere slobbers over the guy).

I have no idea if the Leafs are trying to trade Phaneuf or not, and I have no idea if the Oilers want him, but I do know that Watters’ comments on Phaneuf are borderline-kind compared to what the general public says about this guy. I’m not sure how we got here (maybe he’s a part-time baby-puncher?), but it sure feels like Phaneuf the Player gets a tough rap thanks to Phaneuf the Dude.

Russia v USA - 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Quarterfinals

Pavel Lysenkov is the NHL editor for Sovietsky Sport (Russia), and this week he was able to lock down an exclusive interview with Ilya Kovalchuk, who had a lot of interesting things to say, though nothing quite touches his line that I’ve included in the headline. I just adore the idea that those are comparables to Kovy.

You can check out the full interview here (I suggest the “Translate to English” option), but below is the highlight. Rough translations, but you get the idea.

How do you feel about the critics who say that Kovalchuk chase for big money? A judge Jeremy Roenick general accused you of stealing.

- Very quiet. Everyone has their own opinion on the matter. I stole something from someone? A normal person understands that it is said purely on emotion.

Roenick was a good hockey player. And I think in his career there were situations where it was necessary to make a decision that is best for the player and his family.

I’m not going away to the moon, not in China or Japan. A home that is home to my mom, sister, where all my friends. I’m much more comfortable in Russia.

That kills me.

2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Four

That’s kind of a “Mad Libs” headline, but whatever, apparently it’s not that far off true?

Over the weekend had a story about Horton discussing his decision to leave the Bruins and sign a seven year, 37.1 million dollar deal with the Blue Jackets, that includes the following chunk about a really #neat zoo trip that apparently served as a big convincer.

“They brought out all the baby animals. We got to see a big cheetah, they brought him out of the cage and it was pretty cool,” Horton said with a laugh. “Not too many people get to do that. It was really exciting; it was kind of scary at the same time.”

Dylan loves penguins…

Dylan’s his five year old son.

…So the zoo brought one out so he could pet it. The family was won over.

“It was unbelievable,” [John] Davidson said. “They brought a penguin out and the little guy was holding a penguin! I even went over and gave him a little pet.”

Horton said he felt at home everywhere he went around Ohio’s capital city.

I know that you know that I know that this isn’t the sole reason why Nathan Horton signed with the Blue Jackets, but let’s just pretend it is, because that would be hilarious. (This Bruins fan seems to think it’s a large reason, and isn’t happy about it.)

That Horton, man. He sure loves the zoo.

"Wait, what'd he say?"

“Wait, what’d he say?”

All Cory Schneider wanted was to be set free. To be what he believes he is and what he’s paid to be, a true number one goalie. A starter with a backup who gets in the crease only when he needs a break, a headache free relationship without competition…some normalcy.

I don’t think he’s going to get it.

Once stuck behind/in-front-of/with Roberto Luongo, he found himself dealt to the Devils to play with Martin Brodeur. It appears as though in that relationship he’ll once again be splitting time, this time in the role of Aaron Rodgers behind Brett Favre, waiting for the old guard to retire so he can finally, alas, have the crease all to himself.


Here’s what Brodeur had to say today:

“It’s an interesting move for me. I feel I could really help Cory. I’ll play my share of games, if our relationship is good it may drive me to stay a few more years.

“Before the trade I was probably looking at next year as my last year. Now maybe not. I see that more of a possibility now.”

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I thought this was a pretty entertaining press conference. Partially because Jagr says stuff like “when I won the Cup the first time I didn’t speak English and was homesick,” and “the mullet is going to come back,” but mostly because he sounds just like Goat from the old Adam Sandler skits (NSFW)

Jaromir Jagr is one interesting dude.

(S/t Kukla’s Korner)