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from the Vancouver Province,
They’re too defensive-minded. They’re not defensive-minded enough. Alain Vigneault is too hard on his players. He’s not hard enough. They rely on Roberto Luongo too much. They don’t rely on him enough.
But for all the powerful intellects who’ve attempted to unravel the Canucks’ conundrum, the most obvious answer seems to have escaped their notice.
Could it be the Canucks simply aren’t that good?
It’s a radical proposition, we know, but in light of recent events perhaps it merits further consideration.
from George Johnson at the Calgary Herald,
A child prodigy was brought before the great man, and the child proceeded to play passages on the piano written by the master himself. The maestro listened attentively. After the child had finished, Chopin is reported to have patted him on the head.
“You can play the notes,” he said kindly. “Someday, you may be able to play the music.”
Right now, the Wings are a symphony orchestra in full voice.
From Allan Maki at the Globe & Mail (Friday edition),
William (Boots) Del Biaggio III, who would own as much as 49 per cent of the Predators if they are sold to a collection of mostly Nashville people, spoke glowingly of one of his recently added partners, Windsor-born Doug Bergeron, then added: “I don’t mind telling The Globe and Mail I’m very excited to have a Canadian billionaire as part of my group. It’s refreshing to have someone who respects the NHL, respects the process and the tradition of the NHL.”
That comment was aimed squarely at Balsillie, who had offered more than $220-million (all currency U.S.) for the Predators, only to upset the NHL by accepting season-ticket deposits in Hamilton, where he had hoped to take the team.
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
Although Waddell would still prefer to name a permanent coach, it seems more likely each day that he will retain the title as interim coach for the remainder of the season.
Several factors might be pushing him toward that decision, including the fact that most of top assistant coaches around the NHL don’t have in-season out clauses and their general managers won’t give Waddell permission to talk to them until the summer.
Second, with the Thrashers’ ownership in limbo because of a legal squabble, Waddell could have trouble securing ownership approval for a long-term hire.
from George Richards at On Frozen Pond,
At first, I didn’t think much of seeing Joe talk to the team during the second intermission. Especially when Zednik was called for an early penalty giving the Canes a chance to break the game open. But then things started to go Florida’s way, and lo and behold, the Cats took advantage. Haven’t seen much of that.
A lot of the guys were praising Joe’s speech, the captain of the team saying it really inspired them.
Now, why would Joe’s voice hold more credence than that of coach/GM Jacques Martin? Or Olli himself?
from the CP via TSN,
A day after taking heat for not speaking French, Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu spoke a few words in a pre-recorded feature shown before a game Thursday night at the Bell Centre.
A surprised crowd cheered as Koivu said ‘‘ici Saku Koivu, voici mon equipe’’ (Saku Koivu here, this is my team) before reading out the Canadiens lineup in a mix of English and French on the video scoreboard.
I recently spoke with Easton Hockey’s product manager Mike Mountain, about the company’s new S17 stick, which has an elliptical bulge below the lower hand, called “Torx” technology, which is supposed to help reduce energy loss and the tendency of composite stick blades to “open up” when they hit the ice.
There are a lot of products out right now that claim to strengthen the bottom of the shaft in terms of blades twisting, but when I saw this product, it just made intuitive sense to me, so I was really excited to talk about the concept of using an ellipse to strengthen the shaft.
I led off with the question at hand, asking about the physics that make “Torx” work:
I have created the following video to show yet another perspective on the popularity, or lack thereof, of the NHL in the United States.
In this video I use a tool created by Google, called Google Trends, that is used to graphically show the popularity of certain terms that are searched for on the Internet. Google Trends is very nice to use because it allows us to compare two terms against each other to determine which of the terms is most often searched for.
This video clearly shows that “Nothing” is more popular than the NHL as a search term used in the United States. This is absolutely embarrassing for me as a hockey fan.
*thanks to a KK reader for the heads up on the link
From Eric McErlain at the Sporting News,
What a long strange trip it has been.
Confused? I’m sure you are, but then again, so am I.
Why? Because while this column is serving as my introduction to the hockey-loving audience at Sporting News, it’s also something of a milestone for me. I didn’t set out to become a sportswriter; it just sort of happened.
Just wanted to send a shout of congratulations to Eric for his new gig. And for more hockey news, readers can always check out Eric’s well-known blog, Off Wing Opinion.
from the CP via TSN,
The 27-year-old forward will have served his 15-game suspension after Toronto plays in Montreal on Saturday night. Bell will make his Maple Leafs debut on Tuesday in Ottawa.
Practice has taken on a different feel as his debut draws closer. Bell has been around the team all year and looked downright giddy on Thursday as he contemplated actually getting into a game.
‘‘It’s been a long time since I played,’’ said Bell, who last saw the ice for San Jose on May 7. ‘‘I’m just looking forward to getting out there with the guys.’‘
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