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-"Ziggy, he's a strange bird. He's a guy that I think, on a winning team, would be a great player. On a losing team, sometimes if he didn't feel he had a chance to win, he wasn't 100% into it. He, in my eyes, was one of the best offensive players I ever played with. He's a very special talent. But a lot of the game is mental with him."- Mathieu Schneider (Detroit Free Press) -"They've got a huge problem," Jaques Lemaire said after the Wild's practice Thursday. "And it's not the referees' fault. The league has a problem with the officiating. We have a major problem, and I don't know how we're going to solve it." With referees forced to move faster and watch increasingly quicker sequences all over the ice — all the while avoiding injury as they work in dangerous conditions — it's impossible for them to see as much as they used to, Lemaire said. "It's just too much for the refs," he said. "They can't see everything that's going on. And they will respond to that by saying, 'We can miss calls, and it's always been like that.' And that I understand. You can miss calls. But you can't miss 15 of them in a game."- Pioneer Press -Robitaille scored three goals for his 15th career hat trick and passed Marcel Dionne to become the Los Angeles Kings' career leading goal scorer Thursday night in a wild 8-6 victory that snapped the Atlanta Thrashers' five-game winning streak. ''It's certainly something I'll cherish forever,'' Robitaille said. ''It was an amazing night. Nights like this are always fun when you win on top of it. I wanted it to happen earlier, but it was special to do it at home. I have so many great memories here.''- AP
from Chico Resch of MSG Network,
Can one man make a difference in a team sport? Well, the answer is yes if the name is Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Joe Sakic or Peter Forsberg. But now you can add a new name to that list -- and that name is Patrik Elias. Need some convincing? Here we go:read on
Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Bryan Berard tested positive for a banned substance as part of drug testing for the Olympics. Sources say Berard, who was invited to the U.S. summer Olympic evaluation camp and therefore eligible for Olympic testing, tested positive for the substance nandrolone, an anabolic steroid which is on the IOC banned substance list.read on update 9:44pm, from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The mandatory testing, as agreed by the NHL and NHLPA in the new CBA, began on Jan. 15. The first set of results should begin filtering in any time now. So if there are players out there ingesting performance-enhancing substances, we're going to know and they're going to get punished. Now, is it possible more than one NHL player will test positive? Sure, that's possible when you're talking about a group of 700 players. Is it possible it could be as many as another 230? Possible, one supposes, but plausible? Difficult to imagine, isn't it?read on
from Terry Frei of ESPN,
The sport doesn't have a drug problem, at least within the parameters of modern definition. For many, that's one of the NHL's selling points. The NHL doesn't need to sweep it under the rug, but instead should have implemented testing long ago to emphasize that it has so little to hide. Granted, maybe that's naïve. At some point, many of us also believed that Milli Vanilli really sang, that "A Million Little Pieces" indeed deserved to be displayed in the nonfiction section of the bookstore, and maybe even that illegal sticks were extremely exceptional, not commonplace. But it's our story and we're sticking to it.more
from Let's Play Hockey,
Number 8 in the Capitals’ jersey attacked the zone with his usual disregard for the opponents’ defense. Most “normal” folks see four people back, seemingly in perfect position to defend against the rush. But Alex Ovechkin sees openings, not bodies. Attacking diagonally through the offensive zone, Ovechkin was moving his hands and feet with lightning speed, looking for that perfect moment — a chance to beat the defenseman or to shoot between the legs, using the D as a screen. But this time, as he carried across the zone toward his backhand side, No. 8 saw no perfect opening, and he carried the puck a bit too far. The night before he did the same thing. Maybe even for him, as for mere mortals, skating toward the backhand side makes it difficult to pull the trigger.continued
from John McGourly of NHL.com,
There will be something far greater motivating Canadians when, and if, their team plays Russia and that will be a strong desire to see Atlanta Thrashers forward Ilya Kovalchuk get what they believe is his comeuppance. For his part, Kovalchuk, bidding for his second-straight Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL's top goal scorer, is doing all he can to stoke their ire. And, he's enjoying it.read on
Q & A from David Amber of ESPN with Rick Nash,
Q: You're 21. What's the biggest downside to having a real job? A: Missing out on all the college parties that all my buddies are going to. I call my friends on a Friday night and they're going out to some big kegger and I'm going to bed at 9 o'clock because we have a pregame skate early Saturday. That's not fun, but there is way more upside than downside for me.more
Jaci at Wicked Bruins Fan is keeping tabs on all of the rumors involving the Bruins goaltender Andrew Raycroft. Today, the B's picked up Chicago goalie Craig Anderson of the waiver wires. You may want to keep an eye on Jaci's site, if anything breaks, she will have it.
OLN, the cable home of the National Hockey League, and the ECHL announced that OLN will televise the ECHL All-Star Game on Jan. 26 from 5-7 p.m. ET. "The ECHL is excited about the opportunity to air our showcase event on OLN, the nation's platform for professional hockey," said Glen Thornborough, Senior Vice President of Marketing/Business Development. "Now fans nationwide will be afforded the excitement of ECHL hockey and the opportunity to witness some of hockey's future stars." The ECHL All-Star Game will be played at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. PT.
via the CP,
The Montreal Canadiens suffered a major blow with the news that workhorse defenceman Andrei Markov would be out at least three weeks with a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder.
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