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from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
With potential trading partners just saying no, it’s starting to seem more likely that impending free agent Marian Gaborik will remain with the Wild, at least until the new year. Even then he’ll be a tough sell, unless GM Doug Risebrough is willing to lower his demands.
“There’s nowhere near the market for him that you think,” one league exec said. “He’s a highly skilled guy, but the risk is so high. Even if you were able to sign him [to an extension] as part of the deal, you have to consider his [injury] history. I’m not sure it’s worth the risk to a contender or a young team that’s rebuilding.”
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from Jeff Marek of Blogs and Colums at CBC,
I have nothing personal against Gordie Howe and would rank him, like many others, in the top five players to ever lace up the blades. Howe was a great skater with a hard, accurate shot (heck, he could shoot both left and right). He was tough, hit for keeps and played the game the way many believe it should be played.
And to this day he remains a nice man and an excellent ambassador for the game of hockey.
However, like many of you, I’m curious where the phrase Gordie Howe hat trick came from. He was not the first player to register a goal, assist and fight in a game, that distinction belongs to Toronto Arena’s Harry Cameron who did so on Dec. 26, 1917. Yes, he did it on Boxing Day, how appropriate.
from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
Asked what he thinks about the fact many suggested goaltending was one of the big question marks facing the Lightning heading into the 2008-09 season now that his numbers rank among the best among NHL puck-stoppers, Smith smiles.
“Some people are still saying that,” he says with a laugh.
They shouldn’t be.
How to hold a hockey party… from Paul Kukla at NHL.com:
* Total number of hot wings consumed by the 80 or so guests that invaded my home on Saturday: 482
* Number of trips made to the local Coney Island: 5, and 20 Coney Island hot dogs were brought back each time.
* Pizza, varying sizes and toppings: 24
* Cashews and pistachios consumed: 10 pounds of each, gone by 10 p.m.
* Number of hockey-themed cakes that were brought by guests: 4—and 2 were exactly the same. Must have been bought at the same bakery.
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From Emily Weirenga at Christianity.ca:
Off-ice, however, his fists unfolded into helping hands. Grimson was known for devoting countless hours to charitable causes including work with the American Cancer Society, the Canadian and American Spinal Research Organization and local hospitals.
“Most people are kind of stunned when they realize what kind of person I’m like off the ice,” Grimson says with a laugh. “That’s true of most guys who play my position in the NHL; most of them are easy to get along with and soft-spoken.”
read on for more on Grimson’s spiritual and family life.
Or you could just watch the highlight reel below for a whole other point of view…
Sources say Adam Mair of the Buffalo Sabres has been fined $2,500 by the NHL for venturing down a hallway and trying to get at Ottawa Senators players during Monday’s NHL game in Buffalo.
The fine is the maximum amount that is allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
In case you missed the incident, you can view it here.
NEW YORK, Oct 29, 2008—The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced that on October 30 it will offer fans a free trial of NHL GameCenter Live(TM), a new online subscription service that enables fans to engage with live NHL games via TV-quality streaming video.
Are there any good looks for facial hair right now? What would you recommend?
(Avery): Facial hair is still going strong. I am rocking a really red beard that looks like sh*t right now, but I feel fall/winter is the time to do it. I think women like a man with a beard because it reminds them of their dads.
from Craig Kanalley of Hawkey Central,
The Frenchman, Huet, is 1-2-1. The Russian, Khabibulin, is 2-1-2. For those keeping score at home, that’s 3 points for Cris and 6 for Nik….
This situation needs to be resolved, and it needs to be resolved quick. It’s just a distraction, and it doesn’t need to be. The players shouldn’t have to be looking over their shoulders wondering who’s in net one night to the next. Especially when one goalie is clearly struggling compared to the other.
My recommendation is to unload Huet real cheap - he should have never been here to begin with. Ottawa needs a goalie. Give him to them for a draft pick. Hopefully this mess is resolved sooner rather than later.
A hockey website had this headline today: Teams Scouting Gaborik!
I did not read on, but did wonder, are they following him around, checking out his walking ability? He hasn’t played a game in two weeks, so it may be a little difficult to ‘scout’ him these days.
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