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Rob Shick Refs His Last Game Tomorrow

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

You know an NHL referee has done a good job when you don’t notice him during the game but realize later that he let the players play and kept everyone in line.

Rob Shick is one of those good referees, but the Temecula resident is retiring after he officiates the Kings’ game against Minnesota Saturday afternoon at Staples Center. He’s scheduled to have 22 friends and family members in the audience.

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Colleen Howe Passes Away

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from the Detroit Free Press,

Colleen Howe, the wife of Red Wings legend Gordie Howe, has passed away.

The Red Wings confirmed that Howe, who was known as Mrs. Hockey, died today in Bloomfield Hills. She was 76.

Colleen Howe had been battling Pick’s disease, a progressive dementia that alters a person’s personality, since 2002.

“We extend our deepest condolences to Gordie, Mark, Marty, Cathy, Murray and the entire Howe family,” said Red Wings owners Mike and Marian Ilitch. “Colleen was a pioneer hockey wife and hockey mom and devoted her entire life to the betterment of the game. She will be sincerely missed by us and all who knew her.”

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Adam Kimelman of NHL.com has a story up too.

added 6:02pm...

NEW YORK (March 6, 2009)—National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released this statement regarding the passing away of Colleen Howe, wife of Detroit Red Wings legend Gordie Howe:
“The National Hockey League grieves the passing of Colleen Howe—a formidable woman, the wife and partner of our iconic player, the matriarch of a remarkable hockey family. On behalf of generations of fans, we send our deepest condolences to Gordie and his loved ones.”

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Early Success

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from Alan Ryder of the Globe and Mail,

What has quickly become the NHL’s spiciest rivalry continues Sunday afternoon in Washington, assuming that Sidney Crosby’s sore groin is ready to go.

Alexander Ovechkin won Round One, capturing the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie in 2006. Crosby won the Art Ross and Hart Trophies in 2007 to claim Round Two. But Ovechkin trumped that last season with an unprecedented sweep of the Ross, Hart and Richard trophies.

These two are such great talents and still so young. So the question just dangles – how good could they be over time?

The answer to this question is in career projections. This exercise is much like trying to forecast the weather over the long term – accuracy is very challenging. But the exercise is awfully interesting.

continued with charts comparing the two to some of the greats of the game…

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, sidney+crosby

Report- Gary Roberts Will Retire

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Gary Roberts’ NHL career is over.

Unclaimed on waivers on trade deadline day, the 42-year-old veteran will not play another game with the Tampa Bay Lightning this season. He had already announced that he would retire at the end of this season.

A formal announcement of Roberts’ retirement is expected from the Lightning.

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A Bunch Of ‘Lines’

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from Chris Nichols of Sporstnet,

Each Friday there are normally two or three “quotables”, but this time around we’re going to dedicate 100% of the blog to looking at who said what following the trade action… along with a few others that were worth repeating.

LECLAIRE ON BEING OTTAWA’S TRUE #1

“I just want to come in and help,” Pascal Leclaire said in a conference call Wednesday afternoon after being dealt from Columbus for Antoine Vermette, as relayed via the Ottawa Citizen. “I don’t come in as the saviour or anything like that. Hockey is a 20-player thing. I’m just excited to be part of that group.”

JORDAN STAAL, ON BEING ANXIOUS

“This is really my first year I was worried that I might get traded,” Jordan Staal admitted to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette yesterday. GM Ray Shero made it clear right before the trade deadline though that despite interest from other teams, Staal was considered one of Pittsburgh’s untouchables.

much more...

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The New-Look Ducks

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The high-wire act that is running the Anaheim Ducks is a compelling tale.

Imagine Ducks GM Bob Murray with a foot on each side of a creek. One foot says the Ducks still want to win this season, and keeping Pronger (at least for the rest of this season) suggests as much. But the other foot says the Ducks need to begin replenishing the organization with younger assets, a process that got under way with the deals at Wednesday’s deadline.

Call it Murray’s split personality, but he’s worn two hats this season; given the circumstances, which included the need to trade in some expiring contracts for assets, he’s done about as well as he could have so far. And it will continue this summer.

There’s a very slim chance both Pronger and Scott Niedermayer will show up at Ducks camp in September.

read on

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A Look At The Devils

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

One of the more interesting races to monitor between now and the end of the season is the Devils’ pursuit of the Bruins for top spot in the Eastern Conference and home-ice advantage throughout the first three rounds, which could be critical since Boston has only four home losses in regulation this season and Washington just six.

Parise’s emergence, and Patrick Elias’s return to form, has changed the Devils’ identity slightly this year – eight forwards have a chance to crack the 20-goal barrier this season and that doesn’t include Brendan Shanahan, who has four in his first 15 games since returning to the team as an unrestricted free agent.

If the Devils have a perceived shortcoming, it is the lack of offence from the blue line, although of late, Johnny Oduya, a free-agent signing back in the summer of 2006, has been quite effective in that role.

read on and many more topics including Eric’s return to NYC.

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The Playoff Race Is On

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A look at the NHL games tonight and below find a breakdown of the remaining NHL schedule which helps you decide who may have an advantage in the playoff race.

 

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Move Trade Day To Sunday

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from Jason Kay of The Hockey News,

Overhyped and over-covered? Perhaps. But, very clearly, there is an appetite for construction (and re-construction) in hockey fandom.

But what about those puck zealots not fortunate enough to have TV or Internet access midday, mid-week? You know, the Joes and Josephines working 9-to-5 who actually have to focus on their employment? Or the scores of students in school, champing to know what the Oilers got for Erik Cole.

On D-day in our Toronto office, we went down to the coffee shop and saw 15 guys craning their necks, trying to glimpse at the lone monitor in order to glean what had transpired at the deadline….

A Sunday afternoon in early March is perfect timing from a hockey fan’s perspective: the NFL is done, MLB is still early in spring training and the weather remains typically crummy in most of the hockey world, meaning the majority of us are indoors anyhow.

And the NHL schedule on Sundays is often light – or could be tailored accordingly – so the deadline wouldn’t have to conflict with a heavy slate of games.

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With The Playoffs Comes Respect

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from Greg Cote of the Miami Herald,

A large sign in the Panthers’ dressing room is a one-word declarative in two-foot letters, white on red:

RESPECT.

Eight consecutive years out of the playoffs and you lose that.

You have to play your way back in to begin to get some back.

That is where the Panthers are today. This is not a franchise fully reborn. Too many empty seats in the house Thursday to say that.

But blind hope has been replaced by a reason to believe.

It didn’t happen Thursday night, but these Cats are clawing, fighting to make this team matter again in the constant shadow of Dolphins and Marlins, Hurricanes and Heat.

It has been way, way too long.

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