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from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,

The $45-million signing of Bobby Holik by the Rangers in 2002 was cited as one of the reasons why the lockout was necessary (yeah, that stopped those crazy contracts). Now the Rangers are trying to get some of the money back by welching on a bonus payment owed to Holik, now in Atlanta. The case is in a grievance hearing with Glen Sather trying to duck his handiwork.

many more NHL bits…

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Down To The Wire

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

“We play again Wednesday,” said veteran Bruins winger Glen Murray as he left here last night. “Time to focus on that.”

“If you look at the standings,” mused P.J. Axelsson, “all you do is get mesmerized.”

Get our your slide rules, folks, and dust off Mrs. Chagaruley’s dog-eared multiplication tables, the final week of the NHL’s 2007-08 regular season is shaping up as a few days only Bill James or an H&R Block tax geek could love. Round up the numerators, summon your denominator within, and check boston.com hourly throughout the week to find out if the Bruins finally, finally, finally! will make it to the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

read on

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Between The Benches - In The Action

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from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,

When the first TV producer decided to place a hockey analyst between the benches a few years back, the idea looked like it might end up high on the pointless ideas list, just behind the infamous glowing puck….

But this idea, used to great advantage by TSN and NBC, is proving to be one of the best broadcasting innovations since the advent of the second camera.

It was on display during yesterday’s Pittsburgh-New York Rangers game on NBC, with Pierre McGuire stationed between the benches and providing viewers with the kind of insights that only someone in that position could get.

Throughout the game, McGuire told viewers how the coaches were rotating their lines and even what players were saying to each other. When New York coach Tom Renney chastised his players for passing too much and not shooting enough, McGuire passed that on, too.

read on

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Happy 80th Gordie Howe

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from Jim Kernaghan of Sun Media,

I “was” Gordie Howe as a kid 9 or 10 years of age on the pond and in street hockey. A little more than 10 years later, I was once sent to interview him for my newspaper. Imagine, actually talking to Gordie Howe! How would I ever get close to the large, slope-shouldered superstar engulfed by so many people at the Canada’s Sports Hall Of Fame?

Luckily, the essential Gordie Howe radar was unfailing. He glanced over and accurately sized me up as an ill-at-ease rookie reporter, then ambled over and stuck his hand out.

What followed was Gordie’s description of being busy in the off-season, including an incident about falling through the ice during a commercial shoot up north with his young sons, Mark and Marty. Gordie did everything but walk me back to the paper and write the story himself.


added 8:00am, from John McGourty of NHL.com,

Joe Louis Arena erupted in applause as Howe walked the red carpet to center ice, where he was met by current Red Wings’ General Manager Ken Holland, who presented Howe with a more-modern leather Red Wings’ jacket. Howe wore it proudly for the remainder of the day.
“I still have the other one, corduroy. And, it fits,” Howe said. “This thing is heavy. They’ve treated me pretty darn nice here.”

read on and make sure to check out the info box therer for numerous Gordie stories from Mr. McGourty, who must have been in Howe’s back pocket for the last week or so.

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Jagr Being Jagr

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Regarding Jagr and his meeting this week with Omsk, Sather told The Post, “Jaromir has never told me he does not want to be a Ranger next season and I have never told Jaromir I don’t want him to be a Ranger.

“If he meets with Omsk, that’s fine, but I don’t see why he had to tell anybody about it. If this becomes a distraction in any way, I’m certainly not going to be happy about it.”

more on the Rangers…

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Your Doomsberry Playoff Primer

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We have a few days to kill before the next battle with another Sister from within the Division That Little Gary Built.  In that span of time, I think it would be in all of our best interests if you pondered the pain—win or lose—that awaits us.

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Flyers Need To Play Their Game

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from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,

The home team gained three of the possible four points over the weekend, but if you are like me, there was little joy in the process….

To me, it showed again that the Flyers still think they are a better team than they are. They play the Penguins, they try to outscore them, they play the Rangers, they try to outscore them, they play just about anyone, and they treat the first period like an extension of the morning skate.

“We found our legs in the second period and we were fine from there,” Danny Briere said in one newspaper report after the Flyers rallied from a two-goal hole against the last-place Islanders the other night, and I screamed - I mean screamed - “What planet are you skating on?”

read on

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Get Used To It

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from All Things Avs,

I’m officially throwing in the towel when it comes to trying to make sense of anything to do with Peter Forsberg. Really, I give up.
I will never, ever, write anything other than Forsberg is “questionable” to play a game. His latest absence is just another train wreck of head-scratching misinformation/mysteriousness.

I should have known better than to swallow the Avs’ company line - again - yesterday, when I wrote what they said, that he was “likely” to play today in Minnesota. Forsberg did not play today, with yet another alleged “groin” injury.


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Acting Class

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from John Dellapina at the Blueshirts Blog,

...That said, what I don’t get is how the hard-working and utterly honest men who referee NHL games can repeatedly be duped by the same maneuver - you know, that fling back of the head in mock horror in reaction to an opponent’s stick that didn’t come close to striking it. Like, say, the tap to the hip that Scott Gomez gave Crosby, drawing that head flop and a high-sticking penalty in today’s third period.

But even more mystifying is how Jaromir Jagr could have begun his career in Pittsburgh, developed into a superstar here and never learned the diving and face-clutching and horrified equipment shedding that has been part and parcel of Pens hockey ever since Mario Lemieux decided to shame the league into enforcing its obstruction penalties by embarrassing all officials who didn’t do so.

read on

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Follwing The Playoffs From Europe

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from Risto Pakarinen at Hockey.com,

So, every April morning, the fans and national teams coaches alike, wake up and check the NHL scores and start playing fantasy hockey. “Florida out? That means that Olli Jokinen and Ville Peltonen are avaibable.”

Finns follow their players, Swedes are hoping for a Vancouver jackpot, and both Finns and Swedes are wondering whether Mats Sundin will suit up in the blue and yellow sweater once again.


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