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Hockey In 2050

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via Frank Albin of the Seagate Broadcasters Blog,

Recently I went through some old boxes in my garage. I found an interesting/fun video that I produced back in 1990. At the time I was covering the Detroit Red Wings while working for PASS.

This was pre-Sharks and the big story was that the Minnesota North Stars were thinking of re-locating in San Jose.

Great find Frank and thanks for sharing so all hockey fans can view it.

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Frozen Four Seedings

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from David Albright of ESPN,

Boston University sealed its No. 1 overall status in college hockey with a 1-0 win over UMass-Lowell at the TD Banknorth Garden on Saturday night to capture the Hockey East championship. The Terriers’ win kept the River Hawks from making the NCAA tournament field and it also allowed Ohio State to make the field of 16 as the last at-large team. So it’s somehow fitting that the Buckeyes and BU will face each other in the first round of the national tournament.

When the pairings for the 2009 NCAA men’s hockey tournament were announced on ESPN2 Sunday morning, the No. 1 seeds went to—in order—Boston University (Northeast), Notre Dame (Midwest), Denver (West) and Michigan (East).

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Afternoon Line

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“I think first and foremost, I want to win the Cup and whichever team is going to give me the best chance to do that is the team I want to be with,.  I love Vancouver, it’s a great city with great fans. So far, I’ve really enjoyed my time there. Obviously, this year and next year are going to be a key role in my decision.”

-Roberto Luongo on ‘After Hours’ on HNIC last night.  More from Jason Botchford of The White Towel at the Vancouver Province.

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The Next Great Goalie

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Patrick Roy begat Martin Brodeur who begat Roberto Luongo. All goalies from Quebec, all the best at their trade. But who is going to take the torch from them?

Who is the next great one? Is there anybody out there who could win 500 games? Even Luongo, as good as he is, only had 224 going into Saturday’s play.

Have we run the course with goalies from Quebec? Is it going to be a European? Like Finn Pekka Rinne? Or maybe an unassuming kid from Ontario, Steve Mason, who wasn’t even the best goalie on his junior team when drafted?

continued and more hockey discussion…

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Stamkos Gaining Confidence & Getting Advice

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from Steven Stamkos at the Tampa Tribune,

I can just tell, myself, coming to the rink everyday now, I feel more confident, whether it’s in practice or in a game. You have that quiet self-confidence or the swagger that all good players need to be successful and you realize that I have that ability to go out there and be a guy who can make in impact on this game. To have some other players from other teams come and say that to me helps with that part of the game.

Curtis Joseph came over and talked to me after Tuesday’s game against Toronto, which I thought was pretty cool because I idolized him growing up in Toronto….

The last time we played New Jersey, Brendan Shanahan stopped me after the game in the hall and kind of said some of the same things about watching me progress as a player. It’s pretty special that players who are potentially hall of famers, including Gary Roberts, for them to take time to stop and talk to a young guy like me and say those nice things is special.

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Pat Burns Has Had A Great Life

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Scott Morrison did a great interview with Pat Burns that aired last night in the ‘Inside Hockey’ portion of HNIC.

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The Power Of Lidstrom

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from Bruce MacLeod of the Macomb Daily,

The Red Wings’ success with Lidstrom is one of the best runs in league history.

If you do a quickie study of the won-lost record of NHL teams with individual players — estimating won-lost record using individual games played and leveling all seasons to 82 games — Lidstrom ranks third all-time in team wins over losses. In fact, the Red Wings have won approximately 402 more games than they’ve lost since Lidstrom joined the club.

That puts Lidstrom in the midst of 11 former Montreal Canadiens in the top 13 all-time in this statistic. First is Larry Robinson followed by Henri Richard. Then comes Lidstrom followed by Bob Gainey, Serge Savard, Yvon Cournoyer and Jacques Lemaire.

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Redden A Target In New York

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from Doug Fischer of the Ottawa Citizen,

By the time he arrived in New York last fall, however, Redden was only a shadow of that player. Everyone has a theory about why. The most popular suggests he’s never trained hard enough, relying instead on skills that eroded rapidly with age.

Whatever the reason, New Yorkers weren’t interested in anything except results. There is nothing they love more than a sports hero except, perhaps, the chance to excoriate a well-paid sports hero who is underachieving.

And that was Redden, whose Rangers play the Senators in New York tonight….

So when the team began to sputter in late November and New Yorkers went looking for a target, Redden was an easy bull’s-eye.

Led by (Larry) Brooks, said to be the most-read hockey writer in New York, the media began almost to delight in cataloguing his errors. By Feb. 15, and without a goal in 57 games, Redden was being referred to on radio and in print as GSF—Glen Sather’s Folly, Brooks’ shot at the general manager who signed him.

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Just When The Canucks Were Starting To Roll

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from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

These are the ones that get you in the end, the outcomes that keep you up at night and keep you from climbing the conference ladder.

On a night when you expected the Vancouver Canucks to grab the toothless Phoenix Coyotes by the neck, toss them to the ice and stomp the also-rans into submission, they come up with a clunker against the playoff pretenders, who had won just one of their last seven games.

A 5-1 loss on Saturday to end a four-game win streak isn’t the end of the world, but it’s a concerning look into the Canucks’ window of opportunity missed.

“I’m really disappointed,” said Canucks winger Alex Burrows, who foiled Ilya Bryzgalov’s shutout bid by banging home a rebound with 1:45 remaining. “Too many penalties and we couldn’t get any momentum going. We say all the right things before the game, but we can’t sit back and see what’s going to happen.”

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Predators Being Cautious With Arnott

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from Mike Organ of the Tennessean,

There was hope that Arnott, who is out with an “upper body injury,” which is believed to be a concussion, would be able to play again after Nashville finished its last road trip, which ended last Thursday with a 3-2 overtime loss at San Jose.

But Coach Barry Trotz said Saturday that Arnott is not recovering as quickly as hoped and remains “probably questionable” for Tuesday’s game.

“He hasn’t progressed as quickly as we’d like,’’ Trotz said. “We were hoping to get him back for the last game of the road trip or Tuesday, but I would say Tuesday looks a little unlikely at this point. We’re just staying very cautious.”

more on the Predators…

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