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from Alan Hahn of Newsday,
One candidate who is believed to have already made contact with the Islanders is Syosset native John Weisbrod, who is currently a Northeast-based pro scout for the Dallas Stars. Weisbrod not only has a connection to Lamoriello, which is enough of a resume-booster, but also has close ties to Carolina Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette. And, according to several persons with knowledge of the situation, that is the foundation of a second dream scenario for the Islanders. If Steve Tambellini and Brent Sutter don't work out as a GM/coach tandem, another option is Weisbrod as GM and Laviolette possibly being lured back to Long Island as coach and director of player personnel.read on
A serious knee injury forced the perennial National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star to retire last year, ending his dream of winning Olympic gold as a player, but he now hopes to lead Russia to victory at next month's Winter Games in Turin as general manager. "When I was growing up, playing in the Olympics was the ultimate goal," Bure told Reuters in an interview. For us the Olympics were the biggest thing in sports and certainly in hockey. Nobody knew the Stanley Cup even existed. We were all following the Soviet national team and dreaming of becoming the next Boris Mikhailov or Valery Kharlamov," he said.read on
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Forget for a moment what you think of Sid the kid. You may be among those who thinks Crosby is a precocious, petulant prima dona with a bad temper, or you may be in the group who believes he's an ultra-competitive superstar franchise player with dynamic qualities. What matters right now, though, is what happened on Monday night when the Vancouver Canucks ran roughshod over Crosby every chance they got and what happened was nothing.read on
NEW YORK - January 18, 2006 - The NHL on NBC will feature three regional games Saturday, highlighted by the network debut of rookie sensation Sidney Crosby as his Pittsburgh Penguins host the Eastern Conference leading Philadelphia Flyers at 2 p.m. ET live in high definition. Also at 2 p.m. ET, the Colorado Avalanche will host their archrival the Detroit Red Wings, and Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks will visit the Los Angeles Kings at 3 p.m. PT (West Coast only).more
from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,
The Kings organization simply didn't do its job during the lockout. Not general manager Dave Taylor nor coach Andy Murray. Not the entire scouting unit. This team didn't need to be looking for goalies or monitoring the progress of prospects. It needed to be calling in witches or exorcists -- curse breakers of any kind -- to address the club's most serious concern from the previous two seasons: an unimaginable run of injuries. Certainly, Taylor and Murray probably believed it would stop. After all, how much bad luck could one team have?continued
from the AP via the Centre Daily Times,
Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury feared the worst when he was told his coach wanted to speak with him Wednesday morning. But instead of sending him to the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre, coach Michel Therrien told Fleury he will be with the Penguins for the rest of the season.read on Who knew today would be filled with Penguin news?
via Al Morganti of Comcast,
If you want an idea of why there are some basic problems with the NHL allowing its players to compete in the Olympics, consider this quote from former Flyer Janne Niinimaa who was recently traded from the Islanders, to the Stars: "The Olympics were definitely my big goal for this year and obviously, it was a huge disappointment," he said. "I was frustrated because I wasn't playing to my strengths. Team Finland would probably categorize me as an offensive-minded defenseman and, when the points weren't there, they didn't pick me."more...bottom of the article...
from today's online chat with Alexander Ovechkin at NHL.com,
Hello Alexander! Do you have a role model in the NHL? Who have you modeled your game after? Alexander Ovechkin I want to be a passer like Pavel Datsyuk and a scorer like Ilya Kovalchuk. I admired Pavel Bure and Igor Larionov growing up. I watched Owen Nolan and the San Jose Sharks and Jarome Iginla and the Calgary Flames a lot before I came to the U.S.more
from Harris Interactive,
Professional football continues to surge in popularity as one-third (33%) of U.S. adults who follow at least one sport say it is their favorite sport. This is up three points from last year. Baseball slips slightly again this year, dropping to 14 percent, down one point from last year. Coming close on the heels of baseball is college football (13%) followed by auto racing (11%). While both of these have seen a rise in the past year, racing is up four points this year, most likely as a result of NASCAR’s increasing popularity.see the results...hockey (5%) followed auto racing but is on the rise...
from the CP via Slam,
Only three years removed from a 39-win season with the Ottawa Senators, Patrick Lalime is coming to grips with riding the buses in the American Hockey League. "It's a little bit back to reality here in Peoria," Lalime said this week from a hotel room in the Illinois town he now calls home.continued
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