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from Steven Lienert of the Phanatic Magazine,
With a ‘leader’ like Forsberg, it’s no wonder the Flyers are the worst team BY FAR in the NHL.
In fact, without Joe Sakic, Forsberg wouldn’t be regarded as highly as he is.
Without Sakic donning the ‘C’ in Denver, Forsberg wouldn’t have, couldn’t have led the Avs to two Stanley Cup titles. Without Sakic, Forsberg would have been exactly what he is in Philadelphia: A whiny prima-donna that used an ill-fitting skate as an excuse not play for the worst team in hockey.
from Lubbock Online,
At a news conference held Tuesday, the Lubbock Cotton Kings introduced former NHL star Craig Janney as their new coach.
The 39-year-old Janney, who was a playmaking NHL center for 12 seasons but has no prior coaching experience, is charged with turning around a team that has won only four of its last 16 games.
Janney, who never played a game at hockey’s minor-league level, said he’s been hired on an interim basis.
“I’m excited to get behind the bench and see if I can do it,” said Janney, a Connecticut native who had been living in Phoenix. “... I got this chance, and we’ll see how it goes.”
from the AP via the Globe and Mail,
Tim Connolly will miss at least a week of on-ice workouts because of a stress fracture in his leg, the latest setback for the Buffalo Sabres centre who’s missed more than nine months with concussion-related headaches.
Coach Lindy Ruff said Tuesday that tests revealed a break in a bone just below Connolly’s knee after the player complained of soreness that developed since he began practicing with the team 10 days ago.
“Talk about bad luck. He gets slapped with it again,” said Ruff, who did not say which leg Connolly hurt.
from Ray Slover at the Sporting News,
What do the Coyotes have to offer? It’s probably too much to expect them to serve up Shane Doan, their captain and a heart-and-soul guy who would look great in the Wings uniform. It would be foolish to ship Doan out of Phoenix.
But, Doan is in talks with Coyotes brass about a new deal, one that could let him finish his career with the only team he’s known. However, if those talks fail the Coyotes would be foolish not to explore options for Doan.
The Coyotes also have Owen Nolan to serve up as a rental. The Wings got a first-hand look at the Nolan on Feb. 7 when the Coyotes played in Detroit.
more on the Yotes…
from Stan Fischler at MSG Network,
• Those who believe that Rob Blake will be moved by the Kings have another think coming. For starters, the 37-year-old defenseman has a no-trade pact plus he’s in the first year of a two-year, $12 million contract that carries a $ 6 million salary-cap figure.
• The annual NHL agents’ confab in Toronto last week inspired much talk about which reps do support Ted Saskin and who’s against the NHLPA leader. Two of the most respected agents in the biz, Don Meehan and Don Baizley, back Saskin and that should give him an edge in the ugly union Civil War.
from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
This is a team, ladies and gentlemen, that has tried mightily to match the Montreal Canadiens for sense of ceremony in recent years, and has almost always failed.
The closing of the Montreal Forum received raves.
The closing of Maple Leaf Gardens, by contrast, was a long-winded, confusing evening, with the punctuation point a curious white flag that was supposed to be representative of Leaf history, one supposes. Players milled about on the ice handing it to one another, seemingly uncertain when the ceremony was supposed to end.
more on the Leafs honoring the 1967 Leafs…
A quick hitter from Sports Illustrated,
What was your most embarrassing moment?
In Buffalo [in 1983] after warmups I left the rink through the Zamboni doors. I ended up getting into a fight with the Zamboni driver because I went the wrong way.
Favorite off-day activity?
Sports Business Daily (paid sub) has a weekday feature called Blog Hound. They point to relevant sports issues of the day.
Today it is all hockey…
Blog Hound: Bloggers React To Reports Of NHL Games In London
With the NHL Kings reportedly opening next season with two games at The O2, an arena in London operated by Kings Owner AEG, here’s a sampling reax from the blogosphere.
from Loose Change at the Hockey News, I want you.
I need to hold you.
Don’t let him stand between us.
(Mark Messier sends a Valentine to Glen Sather’s job)
You not only
saved a life
made me believe again.
(Brad Stuart, to The God of Trades)
Japers’ Rink just gave me the heads-up on one of the new NHL ads. Very funny stuff…
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