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from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Yeah, it’s been a trying year here in Sabreland and a few other hockey outposts, but overall the spread of talent has been terrific for the league. Only a few teams are polishing their golf clubs with a month remaining, which makes the NHL standings a daily must-read for hockey lovers from Florida to Vancouver….
Ultimately, the NHL has found a way to create more interest, which is what the league needed most when emerging from the lockout. For all the gripes fans had over the years, playoff hockey wasn’t one of them. And for a good dozen teams out there, the playoffs started a month ago.
from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,
Is it too soon to expect Brule or Brassard to blossom next season? Who takes Foote’s place on defense? Would one strong playmaking center next to Rick Nash be enough to jump-start the offense, or will it take more?
Howson and Hitchcock are smart guys and they know this team probably wasn’t good enough to do what they asked of it. Because of contracts that were inherited, they were mostly forced to play with the roster they were stuck with. Now Howson will have both the money and the latitude to give Hitchcock a gun in place of a pocket knife.
As hard as it to see it in the gloom of a goal-deprived season, the sun might soon be shining.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Brain Teaser. Overtime. Breakaway. Penalty from behind. Penalty Shot. But wait. A second penalty is called. Diving. OK: what happens?
Answer as soon as the NHL, immediately stumped for a response, provides one.
more NHL Talk…
Two of the world’s most famous ballparks could be in the running to host hockey’s next outdoor extravaganza.
Yankee Stadium in New York is at the top of the list of possible sites if the NHL decides to hold a sequel to the wildly popular New Year’s Day Winter Classic in Buffalo, according to CBCSports.ca’s Scott Morrison.
Chicago’s Wrigley Field, home of the Cubs, is also on the short list.
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The decision to make Rucinsky a healthy scratch tonight and perhaps many more times in the final 15 games was a group consensus among Blues President John Davidson, GM Larry Pleau, VP of Hockey Operations Al MacInnis and head coach Andy Murray….
Rucinsky said after today’s morning skate that he understands the Blues’ decision.
“That’s how it works . . . that’s how it is . . . I don’t know what to say,” Rucinsky said. “There’s not much I can do about it. The decision is not mine; it’s theirs. I’m just going to have to live with it. I guess it’s a part of our job. I can’t control those things. What I can control is to be prepared everday for games, and if that decision comes, that I’m going to be in the lineup, I have to make sure I’m ready for it.”
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Brenden Morrow was skating along the boards, interfered with by the Avs Jeff Finger and taken into the glass partition between the benches. Finger gets 2 for interference, Morrow gets stunned and was down on his knees for a few minutes while being treated by the Stars trainer.
Morrow is back on the ice, after missing a few shifts.
Tomas Holmstrom didn’t skate and won’t play Sunday vs. Nashville due to a groin injury he suffered in practice on Friday. Holmstrom said he’ll have an ultrasound on Sunday. He said he’s concerned about it, that it’s worse than it’s felt before.
“I pulled something in the groin area,’’ Holmstrom said. “I couldn’t push away (in practice Friday). Of course I’m concerned. I had something earlier this year but it went away, but never this bad.’‘
more on the Wings…
14 seconds into the Bruins/Caps game…
It is playoff run time folks, every point counts and the passion is here!
added 2:42pm, Chara left the game with a shoulder injury, not expected to return. He hit a Caps player along the boards and it looked like a right shoulder injury.
added 2:55pm, Chara back for the 3rd priod.
from James Duthie of the Ottawa Citizen,
So here’s my “Whoa! Didn’t see that coming!” list. The top 10 surprises of the season, presented in Lettermanish reverse order for dramatic effect. You’ll have to add your own drum roll….
No. 5: Owen Nolan
C’mon, admit it. You thought he retired three years ago. After missing two full seasons, then spending another in Phoenix (formerly hockey’s version of the Witness Protection Program), Nolan has re-emerged as a force in Calgary. He scores (15 goals), he hits, he fights and he’s a major reason no one wants to face the Flames in the playoffs.
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