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from the AP via the Centre Daily Times,
“He’s a big dude,” winger Nils Ekman said of the 6-foot-3, 243-pound Laraque. “When you see him without hockey equipment on, you can see he’s just huge.”
Forward Erik Christensen said, “I really started to appreciate how big he was when I shook his hand and my hand disappeared into his.”...
“If I didn’t enjoy it,” Laraque said, “I wouldn’t do it. So yes, I enjoy it.”
“It looks like this will be dynasty for years to come, and for a veteran to be a part of it and do my role of looking after them, it’s just an honor.”
from the New York Times:
Alexei Morozov of Ak Bars Kazan, the leading scorer in the Russian Superliga, had an assist in the first period of his club’s 6-2 victory over Metallurg Magnitogorsk last Tuesday, giving him 80 points for the season. That broke the single-season record for points at the top level of Russian or Soviet domestic hockey, set in 1980-81 by Sergei Makarov of CSKA Moscow.
Later in that game, Morozov scored his 33rd goal of the season, which also led the league. But with two games left, he is well short of the single-season domestic record: Venyamin Aleksandrov had 53 for CSKA in 1962-63.
...plus a look at the Preds attendance…
Morozov’s an unrestricted free agent, so an NHL team could theoretically sign him, but they’d have to waive him per article 13.23 of the CBA.
from the Miami Herald,
Jacques Martin will coach his 1,000th regular-season game in the NHL tonight, a milestone tinged with elation and reverence as he remembers his mentor, close friend, former colleague and idol, the late Roger Neilson.
Martin will become the 12th coach in league history to accomplish the feat and tie Neilson, who was the Panthers’ first head coach.
‘‘I feel honored to still work in this league,’’ Martin said of the milestone. `I’m wondering where the time has gone.’‘
from KK Member SteveNJ
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via the CP,
Cam Janssen of the New Jersey Devils has been suspended for three games for his hit on Toronto defenceman Tomas Kaberle during the second period of the Maple Leafs’ 4-3 shootout win in East Rutherford, N.J., on Friday night.
Kaberle, who was conscious and communicative after being taken off the ice on a stretcher, spent the night under observation in hospital.
added 5:09pm, from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,
Of course, I can’t be completely happy with this decision because of the explanation.
Campbell’s statement did not mention that Janssen hit Kaberle in the head. If Janssen had hit Kaberle late but not in the head, it’s very unlikely there would have been an injury. There certainly wouldn’t have been the scary scene that followed the brutal hit. As a matter of fact, it wouldn’t even have been noticed. Late hits happen all the time. Guys shake them off and catch up to the play. Just another part of the game.
Like blows to the head, unfortunately.
from the CP via the Hockey News,
In a season of failure and disappointment for the Edmonton Oilers, Raffi Torres and Joffrey Lupul find themselves unwilling but worthy poster boys for expectations unfulfilled.
After coming within a win of a Stanley Cup celebration against the Carolina Hurricanes last spring, the Oilers face the prospect of missing the playoffs in the Western Conference altogether.
from Wayne Scanlan at Canada.com,
What will it take to turn things around? Probably, the club will have to leave the hands of Wirtz, a man so despised by hardcore ‘Hawks fans, they relished a trashy book by one of their own entitled: Career Misconduct: The Story of Bill Wirtz’s Greed, Corruption and the Betrayal of Blackhawks’ Fans.
In that book, lawyer and author Mark Weinberg sets out the pattern of Wirtz’s ownership, designed to make money and engage his offspring in family business. Winning a championship for loyal fans doesn’t enter into the picture….
“You don’t have to be winning the Cup all the time,” Hull says. “But you have to be in contention.”
To a ‘Hawks fan, contention seems a distant dream as long as people named Wirtz and Pulford are running—some say ruining—the show.
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A KK reader emailed me this morning, stated he registered for NHL Center Ice Online last night and watched games online.
He also mentioned it worked great.
I am trying to get more information on this.
from the Ottawa Citizen,
For the first time since 1972, the best hockey players from Canada and Russia may play a series in the early autumn of 2008, according to yesterday’s edition of the Russian hockey fans’ bible, Sport Express.
Under a huge banner headline that read, “4 games in Russia, 4 games in Canada,” the Moscow-based daily newspaper predicted yesterday such a “dream series” would stir memories of the epic eight game Summit Series that Canada and the Soviet Union played in 1972—a tournament most Canadians and Russians alike regard as the most exciting hockey that has ever been played.
added 8:55pm, Eric Duhatschek on the CBC Hot Stove menitioned he does not believe this will take place. Not much interest in it on this side of the Atlantic.
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