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In this week’s Head-To-Head, NHL.com’s Evan Grossman and Adam Kimelman debate which superstar is the best all-around player, Washington’s Alex Ovechkin or Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby.
It’s Ovechkin, no contest!
By Evan Grossman | NHL.com Staff Writer
Sidney Crosby and Wayne Gretzky are compared to each other at each and every opportunity. But here’s one you probably haven’t heard before: They are both not the best players of their respective generations.
No disrespect to either guy, but there’s something you people need to wrap your minds around. Gretzky, despite his total rewriting of the record book, was not as good as Mario Lemieux was—just like Crosby, despite his trophy-case first two years in the NHL, is not as good as Alexander Ovechkin….
Sid the Kid is The Man!
By Adam Kimelman | NHL.com Staff Writer
What’s the old saying? Don’t believe the hype?
Take a look at Sidney Crosby. It’s not hype; it’s gospel truth. “Sid the Kid” can’t buy a beer yet, but he’s got a chance to sip something out of that big silver mug the NHL gives away each June….
Friday, October 19th, is the 50th anniversary of Maurice “The Rocket” Richard scoring the 500th goal of his career—the first player to do so in NHL history.
Over at Habs Inside/Out, Dave Stubbs put up some information about that historic goal yesterday, so we thought we’d join in by posting some quotes from the players who have since scored that milestone marker.*
Mike Gartner (NY Rangers)
“It’s probably the quietest 500 goals ever,” Gartner said. “But I feel I’ve gotten recognition within the hockey ranks. That’s important to me. I work at being a goal-scorer. There are some goal-scorers where it’s just a natural thing. I always felt I had to work hard to get my chances. I still feel that way (after 500).” (Vancouver Sun, November 20, 1991)
from the Calgary Herald,
While GM Darryl Sutter was critical of the recent play of his goalie on Wednesday, the Flames still see him as a linchpin in the lineup. And despite the jibes of Sutter and coach Mike Keenan about a slow start, Kiprusoff continues to be bullish on Calgary. (It’s just one Kumbaya short of a love-in.)
As for anything imminent to announce from said discussions, however . . . do not hold your breath. Kiprusoff remains firm about being paid like the top goalie in the NHL—that would be in the $6.75-million US range being enjoyed by Roberto Luongo in Vancouver. And he’s looking for recognition that he’s equally as important to the Flames as is captain Jarome Iginla. He of the five-year, $7-million-per-year payday.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Regardless of whether Meehan is a target for decertification, it is clear some player agents believe the union – and rumored new executive director Paul Kelly – must go beyond a report from investigator Sheila Block and further delve into the circumstances that led to Saskin replacing predecessor Bob Goodenow as NHLPA chief.
Minnesota-based agent Neil Sheehy is one of those people.
“The Block Report established that there were a lot of documents that were shredded, and hard drives that were destroyed,” Sheehy told TheHockeyNews.com. “So the question is, how do we get all the information out?
from the Calgary Sun,
Tanguay yesterday found himself having to discuss a report on the French-language station RDS that said the Flames might be considering a deal with the Montreal Canadiens that would bring Alexei Kovalev to the Stampede City. Kovalev won a Stanley Cup with Keenan in New York.
Tanguay said he had no intentions on following it.
“I’m not planning on wasting any time on that at all,” he said. “I’m here with the Flames, and I think when they brought me here they wanted me to help the team, and as far as I know, it’s still the plan.”
from the St. Petersburg Times,
Tortorella said he wants Sullivan, 39, to take even more responsibility, lead team meetings and be a presence in the locker room, when necessary, to keep the message fresh.
“I’m tired of hearing myself talk, really,” Tortorella said. “The evolution of this team right now is to hear a different voice and a man with different ideas who is willing to challenge to get his ideas across. Sully has the strength to handle that.”
from Fire & Ice,
Center John Madden, a former Selke Trophy winner and defensive specialist, scored his team-leading fourth goal, but admitted he’s not used to these kind of games.
“I’m not at all,” he said. “We had a lot of chances. So did they. It’s definitely different, a different look. Very entertaining for the fans. I’d like to keep the puck out of our net a little more and continue scoring like we have been. I think that’s doable.”
more on the Devils…
from D.C. Sports Bog,
At which point Brashear gave out his e-mail address over the radio. I’ll withhold that address for now, although it’s obviously not that hard to find. And what happened next? Aside from a Junkie saying “silly”?
“Five minutes later I’m getting [bleepin’] emails coming in, coming out,” Brashear said. “I’m thinking, ‘A lot of people want to talk to the players, so why not just start a blog and see where it goes?’ “
thanks to On Frozen Blog for the pointer.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
We all know penalty-killer Maxime Talbot will not finish with more goals than last year’s most valuable NHL player Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh. And Niklas Hagman won’t score 50 goals in Dallas, even if the high-energy winger is on a tear in Texas, but to quote noted sage Todd Bertuzzi: “It is what it is.”
Talbot has three goals. Crosby has two. Hagman has five. Teammate Mike Modano has one.
It’s only three weeks into the NHL season and already things are often a little daffy—Columbus goalie Pascal Leclaire has two shutouts and Martin Brodeur has none. We’ll see who has more on March 18, but for now, here are some oddities noticed:
from Kevin Allen’s blog at USA TODAY,
When Brian Rolston’s family heard that the Minnesota Wild were offering players a mother-son NHL road trip this season they jokingly wondered whether coach Jacques Lemaire understood that his mother, Joyce, might view that as an invitation to do some work as an assistant coach.
“She has a lot of jam,” jokes Brian’s brother, Ron, who is a coach for the U.S. National Development team. “We were afraid that she was going to be telling Jacques and the players how to play.”
thanks to a KK member for the pointer…
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