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via Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
There are some players who probably care less about what’s going on their union than some fans do. With Ted Saskin on paid vacation, who’s running the union? “Maybe the lady who runs the gift room,” Leafs forward Mike Peca told reporters in Toronto. “That’s the person the guys go see the most, anyway, to get the free stuff.”
from the OC Register,
The same league that gives us the Stanley Cup, the most revered and celebrated championship prize in all of sports, also offers the Presidents’ Trophy.
“That’s not our objective,” Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger said. “Our sole objective for the season, there was one goal - win the Stanley Cup. That’s it. No ifs, ands or buts. There is no other goal than that.”
Evidence to support Pronger’s stance can be found in the NHL’s Official Guide and Record Book. This season’s edition features 35 pages of history, information and minutia on the Stanley Cup. About an eighth of a page is devoted to the Presidents’ Trophy, merely listing the winners and runners-up.
On another night, Armstrong’s elbow probably would have drawn a lot more attention. When the Islanders’ Chris Simon took his two-handed stick swing at the Rangers’ Ryan Hollweg on Thursday, however, everything else paled by comparison.
It did not change that Lukowich was so jarred by the hit that he spent the night at a Pittsburgh hospital with concussion symptoms. Remarkably, Lukowich played in Buffalo on Saturday night.
Armstrong not only escaped supplementary discipline from the league, but didn’t even receive a penalty. What concerns Lukowich, however, is the lack of respect players have shown for each other when it comes to dangerous hits that can cause head injuries.
from Don Campbell of the Vancouver Sun:
A few days before the NHL trade deadline, Oshawa Generals coach Brad Selwood fielded a call from a Sportsnet producer who wanted to know if John Tavares was available to appear on the network’s Feb. 27 trade-day show.
Selwood, a career hockey man, wondered what a 16-year-old hockey player, still 21/2 years from being eligible for the NHL draft, could possibly add to the telecast. It turned out Sportsnet wanted Tavares not for his knowledge and insight, but rather to shoot pucks into a washing machine, just as Sidney Crosby did a couple of years ago on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
On his prodigy’s behalf, Selwood said, “No.”
On another occasion, a MuchMusic producer asked if Tavares could appear at 4 p.m. that day, live in studio, with the veejays. MuchMusic offered to send a limousine out to pick up Tavares from school and to deliver him right back to Oshawa afterwards.
No dice. The Generals had practice, so Tavares’ veejay career remained on hold.
via the AP at Fox Sports,
Mike Modano of the Dallas Stars became the 39th player in NHL history and the second born in the United States to reach 500 goals Tuesday night.
He scored with 10:24 left in the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers.
The 36-year-old native of Livonia, Mich., beat Flyers goaltender Antero Niittymaki with a quick shot from in front of the net for his 15th goal of the season. That pulled Modano within two of Joe Mullen for the career lead among U.S.-born players.
pic via the AP
from the Iceman Bloggeth,
I’ll admit that Johnny-come-lately fans can be kind of annoying, especially when they turn something you cherish into just another ‘the thing to do.’ But at the same time, if we’ve been craving success and craving a hockey-supportive city, then this is part of the package. This is what we wanted. If you wanted to keep the Thrashers limited to the hockey-wise fan, then you should have been satisfied with crowds of 12,000. If you want that extra 4,000-5,000, then you’ve got to welcome the newbies.
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
Smyth is well aware that his former team has lost eight straight games, the last seven coming after he was traded to the Islanders at the Feb. 27 deadline, and he feels for the friends he left behind in Edmonton.
“You hope the best for the guys,” Smyth said Tuesday before his Islanders took on the Montreal Canadiens. “There’s no question they’re fighting the injury bug and playing with a lot of young guys and they’re learning about the process of playing in the NHL.
“I just hope for the guys’ sake that they can turn things around there.”
Teemu Selanne took part in an NHL tele-conference today…
Q. Thanks for being on with us today. I’m wondering if you ever remember when you look at the eight teams right now that are in the playoff spots in the Western Conference, if you can ever remember where all eight teams, they all have a good shot at going to the final.
TEEMU SELANNE: You know, you never know what’s going to happen in the Playoffs, and when you play so many times against one team, anything is possible. That’s why Playoffs are so important and exciting.
But I think all eight teams have a really good shot. I don’t think there’s one that is more of a favorite than others. It’s going to be an interesting race.
from the CP,
Samsonov was listed as a healthy scratch for a second straight game for the Canadiens’ outing against the New York Islanders on Tuesday - despite the absence of winger Alex Kovalev, sidelined by a bout of vertigo.
Carbonneau decided to replace Kovalev with rookie Andrei Kostitsyn and leave the underperforming Samsonov - the team’s third-highest paid player at US$3.525 million - in the press box for the seventh time this season.
The decision is largely based on comments Samsonov made in St. Louis on Saturday, expressing regret for signing a two-year free agent deal with the Canadiens last summer, although the Russian winger backed away from that sentiment Tuesday.
“I don’t want to be a distraction,” Samsonov said after the team’s morning skate. “You guys ask me questions and I’m trying to answer as truthfully as I can. That probably wasn’t the right time. I shouldn’t be the subject of talk, we’re fighting for a playoff spot.”
from the Detroit News,
Hasek can’t wait for WrestleMania.
“Get from Columbus and go directly to Ford Field,” Hasek said of his plans that day.
Hasek will attend WrestleMania with his son, Michael, and some of Michael’s friends.
“I used to watch (wrestling) a lot more, but through the years, I’ve stopped a little bit,” Hasek said. “But when I heard that Donald Trump was in WrestleMania, and may have to shave his head, I watched it the last few weeks.”
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