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from the Iceman Bloggeth at the Atlanta Journal-Cosntitution,
When I heard on the radio this morning that Don Waddell had been named the sixth-best GM in hockey, I did a classic Danny Thomas spit take with my morning coffee.
When I then realized that, no, in fact, Don Waddell had been named the sixth-best GM in all of sports, I accidentally swallowed my coffee mug whole, getting it lodged halfway down my throat in a horizontal position, so that you could clearly see the outline of the handle framing my Adam’s apple.
If you missed the Forbes article, it was pointed to from KK last Friday…
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
Yeah baby, old time hockey is back. Thank you God, thank you Jesus. Thank you Gary Bettman, general managers and the board of governors and everyone and anyone who gave Colin Campbell, the Director of Hockey Operations, the tacit OK.
No more of this no-touch, finesse hockey for the NHL. Eric Lindros, Chris Drury, Pat LaFontaine, Kaberle, Ron Francis, Paul Kariya be dammed, who wants to see them anyway. Show me the replays of Scott Stevens laying guys out. I want to see the second coming of Tie Domi’s elbow on Scott Niedermayer’s face. Hey, what’s Marty McSorley doing these days?
from John McKinnon of the Edmonton Journal,
I don’t know precisely when the male jocks lost it, but they clearly have and it must stop, so let this stand as a collective slap in the tear-drenched face….
But Darcy Tucker, as chippy and over-the-top an NHL disturber as ever wiggled into a jockstrap, crying at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday night after returning from an injury? That’s rich, considering all the players his cheap shots have sidelined.
via the Hartford Courant,
Hartford Wolf Pack defenseman Darius Kasparaitis has been given a personal leave of absence after leaving practice last week because of shortness of breath.
Kasparaitis, a 14-year NHL veteran on his second assignment from the Rangers, was taken by ambulance to Middlesex Hospital, where he had tests and was later released. He will be sidelined indefinitely and no other details about his condition were released.
from Pierre McGuire at NBC Sports,
Gazing around the league, here’s what’s striking me right now as the post-trade deadline stretch unfolds:
• Roberto Luongo for MVP. That trade by GM Dave Nonis in Vancouver has had more impact than any other in the league this season. Luongo has helped the Canucks change their whole organizational mindset. They really are New Jersey West, and that is a compliment.
• Monday night’s Islanders-Rangers game should be a great watch. The Islanders look even better since they added Ryan Smyth at the deadline. The Islanders are made up of an angry group that has created an us-against-the world mentality. That is tough to beat.
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from Al Strachan of Fox Sports,
In the United States, even though there are hardcore fans in every city, most players tend to be nothing more than names or numbers.
If violence increases and players get hurt, it is of considerable concern to Canadian fans. In the United States, that’s not the case.
So the NHL finds itself in the position of trying to balance the two sides. It wants to allow, or perhaps even encourage, a high level of violence to cater to the American psyche, but at the same time, it has to appease the Canadian fans who are vociferous and, for the time being at least, paying a highly disproportionate amount of the league’s costs.
Perhaps being an international league isn’t such a good thing after all.
“Facing mounting uncertainty” in their quest for a new arena, Penguins officials say they’ve reached an impasse in negotiations and “will aggressively explore relocation.”
In a letter addressed to Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Penguins owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle blasted officials for their failure to reach a deal in a timely fashion.
added 3:27pm, More from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette...
Research In Motion Chairman and co-CEO Jim Balsillie will step down as chairman of the Canadian maker of the popular BlackBerry device. The resignation comes in the wake of reports that the company misstated $250 million in stock options. Balsillie will stay on as co-CEO of RIM. According to a statement released by the company today, RIM will restate its 2006 earnings by $250 million. The error came to light following an accounting review.
thanks to a KK member for the heads-up.
Update from practice Monday: Tomas Holmstrom will be out for the next couple of games because of an undisclosed upper-body injury. It apparently happened during the third period of Friday’s game against Chicago but Holmstrom was able to play through it Sunday.
When Tommy Salo’s club Frölunda Indians surprisingly missed the playoffs Salo announced that it was the end of his goalie career. A career that gave gold in both in the Olympics and World Championships, he also played in 526 NHL games. The highlight of his career was perhaps when he saved Paul Kariya’s penalty shot in the Olympics 1994, a save that gave Sweden the gold medals. But despite his succesful career he will probably be most remembered for the dreadful and unfortunate mistake he made in the 2002 Olympics when Belarus eliminated Sweden in the quarter finals.
added 2:00pm, If you want to watch that Olympic goal again…
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