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from Angela Busch of the Naples News,
Sitting at Germain Arena before the start of the Florida Everblades game against Gwinnett, my goal of playing hockey gets a boost.
I jokingly tell a room full of media members and off-ice officials that I want to learn to play. I’d skated plenty of times as a kid in Minnesota, but I’d never worn the gear or had hockey skates of my own. A few chairs away, James Johnstone, an ECHL linesman and former Florida Gulf Coast University hockey player, overhears what I’m saying.
“My dad and I run a hockey academy at the arena,” he tells me. “You should come.”...
I commit a cardinal hockey sin today at my private lesson — much to everyone else’s amusement. In my rush to put on my equipment, I forget to take off my cloth skateguards.
So I hurry out onto the ice, and as soon as the cloth hits the ice, my legs splay apart and I’m on my back. It’s simply impossible to stay upright with skateguards on, apparently.
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
“Right away I told my agent it was a great fit,” said the 33-year-old veteran yesterday.
Actually, it is a solid match. The Flames were in need of a tough guy with Eric Godard moving on to the Pittsburgh Penguins, especially in a division loaded with heavyweights—Derek Boogaard in Minnesota, Scott Parker in Colorado, Darcy Hordichuk in Vancouver and Zach Stortini in Edmonton.
“Every team has somebody who falls into that job—except the Red Wings,” said Roy, from his off-season home in Montreal. “Calgary—it’s a tough, physical team, and that’s a perfect fit for me.”
from Drew Remenda of the Seagate Broadcaster Blog,
One aspect of coaching that will keep you up at night and dominate many meetings with your Assistants is line combinations. I’m sure Todd McLellan has already gone through a notebook scribbling down line combinations and defence pairings as well as Penalty Kill and Powerplay Units. So being a (very) ex-coach I thought I’d try my hand. Of course line combos are open to discussion and criticism.Unlike the real Sharks Coach I will try to explain why I am putting these guys together.
MARLEAU THORNTON CHEECHOO -I know RW tried this last year but he didn’t stick with them long enough- It gives the Sharks a Zetterberg\Datsyuk line if Todd can sell Joe and Patty on a new and necessary style of play.
via Inside the Kings,
There was a report that the Kings might sign defenseman Danny Markov out of Russia. A Kings source said the team talked to Markov but that Markov declined to take a physical in advance and Markov declined. So it seems that unless Markov has a change of heart, he won’t be coming to the Kings.
A Swedish newspaper nearly started an international incident on Sunday as they reported that Mats Sundin has agreed to play for the Vancouver Canucks, a claim that Sundin’s Swedish representative denies.
Sundin’s Swedish based representative Claes Elefalk claims the story in the Daily News is completely false, claiming that reporter Dusan Umicevic contacted him seeking a quote. Despite Elefalk telling the reporter that his information was incorrect, Umicevic published the story anyway.
from the Star-Ledger,
Krawczyk’s sculpture is a 3-story, brushed stainless steel hockey player that will stand at the corner of Edison Place and Mulberry Street in Newark, on the northeast side of the Prudential Center arena….
The hockey player will be outside the entrance closest to Penn Station, and will glow with all the electricity of any big event night at the arena. It will be visible by train, by air, and by thousands of office workers in the glass-and-steel buildings of Newark’s Gateway area.
more with picture…
from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times,
How soon they forget—and for the Blackhawks, that adage is a very good thing.
The club’s first fan convention, which concludes today at the Hilton Chicago Hotel, has been a lovefest.
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
Former Toronto coach Paul Maurice has the pole position in the interview process to determine the successor to Ted Nolan as coach of the Islanders. According to an NHL source, Maurice is expected to meet with general manager Garth Snow tomorrow.
The list of confirmed Islanders coaching candidates now numbers seven. Besides Maurice, the list includes former Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella and his assistant, Mike Sullivan, both of whom have received permission from the Lightning to interview. Snow still is waiting for approval to interview former Atlanta coach Bob Hartley and current Providence Bruins coach Scott Gordon in Boston’s organization.
from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,
The key to success in the salary-capped NHL is to build through the draft and spend your money wisely, two things Gainey has done extremely well. He has spread his money out evenly, with three players in the $5-million tax bracket (Markov, Roman Hamrlik and Alex Tanguay), two in the $4-million range (Saku Koivu and Kovalev) and one earning $3 million (Andrei Kostitsyn).
By comparison, the New York Rangers have five players earning more than Markov: Wade Redden and Scott Gomez ($8 million each), goaltender Henrik Lundqvist ($7.75 million), Chris Drury ($7.1 million) and Michal Rozsival ($7 million). Those five players will eat up 67 per cent of the Rangers’ cap space.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Let the record show that constructing a core around young defensemen can take half a decade.
In 2002, Nashville Predators management (general manager David Poile, assistant GM Ray Shero, and director of player personnel Paul Fenton), with input from amateur scouts, recognized a once-in-a-generation opportunity.
The 2003 draft projected to be one of the deepest ever, prompting Nashville to stockpile 13 picks.
“We made a game plan to try and get a core group of defensemen that could go out and play,” said Fenton, the ex-Boston University Terrier who is now Poile’s assistant. “In essence, we really thought we had five defensemen we were sure could play, then we took wild swings at guys who might pan out. That was our philosophy going in - shore up our defense, hopefully, for the next 10 years.”
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