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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Now, no one’s asked us for our input, but if we waited to be asked, we’d be a pretty boring lot, so herein our suggestions for the remaining spots.
Assuming a standard 23-man lineup that will feature three netminders, seven defensemen and 13 forwards, here’s who we like for the annual celebration of full-contact schmoozing and, for the most part, non-contact hockey in Dallas….
Martin Brodeur: First in the league in wins and shutouts, second in goals-against average, doesn’t the guy ever get tired? The short answer is, no. See you in Dallas, Marty.
Cristobal Huet: A pleasant surprise for a Montreal Canadiens team that has surprised many with their play in the East.
Starter (as voted by fans): Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres.
Ice Chips at TSN keeps you informed of all the NHL team news…
Anaheim Ducks: Jean-Sebastien Giguere’s optimistic outlook of a return before the All-Star break is now looking like a faulty prediction. The goalie isn’t ready to practice and said his problematic groin isn’t improving the way he hoped…
The Toronto Sun’s Rita Demontis has some yummy ideas for Hockey Day in Canada:
In honour of this prestigious event, we’re offering a handful of mouth-watering celebrity recipes offered by some of hockey’s brightest stars. From former Toronto Maple Leaf Wendel Clark’s scrumptious burger recipe to Vancouver Canucks’ centreman Brendan Morrison’s lip-smacking West Coast Salmon Marinade, each and every hockey fan is guaranteed to score big with these goodies.
And when the show’s over—grab your friends, some sticks and get out to work off the calories in a game of old-fashioned street hockey.
I’ll take a Wendel burger, just ketchup and mustard, please…
from Stan Fischler at MSG Network,
• Peter Chiarelli isn’t hiding the fact that he’s after a backliner. Big question is what would Boston provide in return? We’re wondering whether the Blackhawks would be interested in dealing just-benched Adrian Aucoin in a biggie with the Bruins.
• You won’t hear this from the Rangers but one NHL GM tells us that he’s certain Glen Sather will make a meaningful move in the not-too-distant future. Translated: major trade!! Then again, that’s what they’re saying in Edmonton about Kevin Lowe. If you want to put two-and-two together, Kevin and Glen are buddies.
from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,
Several seasons ago, Dwayne Roloson watched Dominik Hasek bat a puck into the air and down the ice. Hmmmm, thought the apprentice, that move just might come in handy one day.
The head coach of the Edmonton Oilers thought otherwise.
“I, like everybody else, was in shock—until I questioned him on it,” coach Craig MacTavish said as he looked back on the first time he saw Roloson’s unorthodox puck-clearing move. “He assured me it’s a tactic that he’s perfected.”
via the LA Times (reg. req.),
Cloutier, sidelined since Dec. 23 by hip and knee injuries, had his hip reexamined by a specialist in Colorado to determine the extent of damage. He will meet with team officials this week to decide on the best course of action, which could range from extended rest to surgery.
“We’ll sit down with Dan and his representatives and the doctors and see what the best avenue is,” Coach Marc Crawford said. “It could be the surgical avenue and could be the rest avenue. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
Kings officials do not believe the hip injury is career threatening. Cloutier, who signed a two-year, $6.2-million contract extension in September, is also suffering from tendinitis in his knee, believed to be caused by compensating for his hip injury.
Update: This article was originally posted on 01/09/07 at 1:00 PM ET. Because it is getting so much attention, we have moved it up to the top of KK for all to read.
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By Bernie Czarniecki
[Images scattered throughout this article can be clicked on for enlargement. A great collection of clippings and memorabilia.]
On Tuesday, Jan. 2, Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch celebrated the storied, magnificent career of his long-time All-Star captain and center Steve Yzerman by retiring his jersey number 19, hanging it high into the rafters of Joe Louis Arena.
But as Ilitch celebrated the career of Yzerman with a spectacular ceremony, he simultaneously and purposefully desecrated the career of one of the Detroit’s earliest and true hockey heroes – right wing Larry Aurie.
Aurie, a fearless and talented right wing, played for Detroit from 1927 through 1939. Through his tireless, selfless play, he thoroughly impressed then-owner James Norris. In fact, Norris’ admiration of Aurie motivated him to retire Aurie’s jersey No. 6 in 1938. Aurie became the first-ever Red Wing to be honored in this manner
from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,
What’s the right number of games to give a starting goaltender?
It’s a question that NHL coaches are answering in all kinds of ways this season, whether it’s Ron Wilson’s two-man tandem in San Jose or Jim Playfair’s ride-him-till-he-drops strategy in Calgary. The netminder with the heaviest workload so far this season is — surprise, surprise — the New Jersey Devils’ Martin Brodeur…
from Robin Brownlee of the Edmonton Sun,
It’ll also help if Smyth and the Oilers can hammer out a contract. Negotiations kick off in the next day or so, and how long they last is anyone’s guess.
“We’re imminently close to starting,” said general manager Kevin Lowe, who has no idea how long things will take, or if they’ll even get it done before the Feb. 27 trade deadline.
“He’ll be weighing his options, between committing here long term and seeing what’s out there in the summer.”
Conventional wisdom says that you don’t want to let an impending UFA get past the trade deadline unsigned because you risk losing him for nothing in the summer. Lowe doesn’t want to get into hypothetical what-ifs, but admitted yesterday that Feb. 27 will loom very, very large in all this.
from Mark Spector of the National Post via Canada.com,
It can’t be good news for a 37-year-old defenceman with a lot of miles under the hood, whose strengths are just not the priority they once were. The fact that Marchment was plus-8 in 37 games for Calgary last season—and plus-51 over the last five seasons—wasn’t enough to make his phone to ring this past fall. It seems the old Chicago Stadium break-out pass—off the glass and out—just isn’t worth what it was years ago….
It wasn’t so long ago that when a team found itself giving up too many goals, the GM went out looking for a solid, stay-at-home guy. A defenceman who could “settle things down back there.” Now the solution is to find a guy who can transport the puck out of the defensive zone—by pass or rush. It makes sense, assuming our little transporter can gain possession of the puck in the first place.
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