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from Jack Blatherwick at Let’s Play Hockey,
More than any other sport, hockey has become a gold mine for outside experts. As we moved inside from the cold and snow, the added expense practically eliminated inner city hockey, moving it into wealthier suburbs. This fad – high-priced expertise – will finish this demographic change.
It doesn’t end with expensive advice. Folks are charging to test now — not ten bucks, not even a hundred. They come around with bells and whistles, with fancy brochures, advanced degrees and pedigrees, and super-advanced fees. They use big-time language — sometimes Latin, sometimes Greek — designed to impress.
read on... Jack says go back to the old-time hockey ways of training…
from David Amber at ESPN,
This week’s “10 Degrees” counts down the 10 dirtiest incidents.
10. May 29, 1996: Claude Lemieux’s hit from behind on Kris Draper
He has as many Stanley Cup rings as Wayne Gretzky, but Claude Lemieux’s legacy is often tied to a hit that sparked one of the NHL’s best rivalries, something Colorado and Detroit fans will never forget.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
John Ferguson has made a bold move with an eye to capturing the next big thing in hockey — he offered up-and-coming superstar John Tavares a contract to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs’ farm team….
By offering a deal for at least three years or longer, the source said Ferguson hopes to convince Tavares to remain Leaf property and opt out of the NHL draft. Tavares is eligible for the 2009 entry draft.
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,
These days some dear, dear Rangers fans I know remind me of a TV director with whom I once worked.
Whenever there erupted a crisis in our production, Mr. Director would shout, “Oogah.” This was his take-off on Hollywood flicks about submarines in World War II. When it was time for the U-boat to crash-dive, the “OOGAH” signal would blare and all hands would man their battle stations.
I’m hearing too many versions of “Oogah” from the Blueshirts faithful these days.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
...“He’s non-vocal,” said Keenan, the Calgary Flames’ first-year coach. “I don’t know who’s said more words yet, Kiprusoff or Langkow.”
Since Miikka (Kiprusoff, the Flames’ No. 1 goalie) is to the art of conversation what Marcel Marceau is to the world of mime, it gives you a pretty good idea of how hard it is to pry a word or two out of Langkow, on any topic, even the good ones.
Such as: How is it that after 10 NHL games, he has scored eight goals and 14 points, which leaves him in the top 10, ahead of such luminaries as Jason Spezza, Joe Thornton or Dany Heatley?
With the successful U.S. launch this month of NHL Network, the first national network dedicated entirely to hockey, the network today announced the live regular-season game telecast package in the U.S. through November. In all, NHL Network in the U.S. will telecast 50 live regular-season games this season, in addition to classic games, documentaries, instructional shows, highlights and more. To ensure fans receive the best match-ups, NHL Network’s game telecast schedule will be released on a monthly basis. Based on the previously-announced carriage arrangements with Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Time Warner Cable, NHL Network is accessible to 75 million homes.
from the Vancouver Sun,
Vigneault suggested nothing figures to change until the team gets more production from its top forwards.
“Those are the guys who have been able to do it for us in the past and I firmly believe they want to do well,” Vigneault said. ” For some reason, just look at Daniel and Henrik tonight, they weren’t skating well at all and Mo and Nassie weren’t much better. We need those guys to pick their game up and be the front-runners of this team as far as offence and right now we’re not getting that.”
from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,
It’s just like old times for Sather and the Rangers. Spend big. Lose big.
As much as I admire Drury, I hope the Rangers continue to struggle, compared to teams that build the old fashioned way.
From within. Via the draft.
By identifying YOUR guys and locking them up. And then by adding a tiny sprinkle of free agent talent as required.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Everyone was on their feet to salute the 5-3 comeback win.
Parade plans are sure to follow.
If there’s one thing these Flames have demonstrated this year, it’s resiliency.
If there’s one thing they’ve proven, it’s that no lead is safe against them. Even against the league’s top team.
from Spector at his Fox Sports Blog,
Who would’ve believed:
Mike Cammalleri of the LA Kings would be the league’s leading goal scorer? As of this writing he leads all scorers with ten goals. He’s an emerging talent and could be poised to become a big star. Right now, he’s outshining teammates Anze Kopitar and Alex Frolov, as well as more big name “snipers” like Vincent Lecavalier, Dany Heatley, and Alexander Ovechkin.
more would you have believed…
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