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from the Arizona Republic,
The Coyotes haven’t gotten much use lately out of their “White Out” tradition of filling their arena with white-clad fans for the playoffs.
But that doesn’t mean they’re going to stand by without a fight and let anybody else take it.
It seems that Penn State has developed a similar tradition, designating some important games as “White Outs.”
And last season, the school had a student contest to design an official “White Out” T-shirt to be sold for a game.
Trouble is, the Coyotes have trademark rights to the term “White Out.” The club registered the term even before moving from Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Phoenix and has reapplied when necessary to keep it up to date.
from the Calgary Herald,
There are a couple of surefire ways for head coach Mike Keenan and Kristian Huselius to put an end to all the snarky speculation and giddy gossip about their relationship.
Keenan can simply keep tapping the Swedish left-winger on the shoulder and firing him over the boards - Huselius has averaged better than 18 minutes a night through the Calgary Flames’ first five NHL outings….
“It’s a different time now than Florida,” emphasized Huselius. “I haven’t thought about it. There’s nothing to talk about it now, I don’t think. It’s a different organization, a different team, a different situation for both of us. I’m just going to make sure I’m ready to play every night and help the team win.”
from the NY Post,
So far, Brendan Shanahan’s season has been a microcosm of the Rangers’. Through five games, Shanahan has 32 shots on goal - including 13 against the defending Eastern Conference champion Senators on Saturday. Yet, he still finds himself with zero goals and his team tied for last place the Atlantic Division.
The 20-year veteran knows it’s still early, and he’s not letting the slow start get to him.
“There’s a difference between a sense of urgency and panicking,” Shanahan said yesterday. “This team is not panicking.”
from the Columbus Dispatch,
At practice yesterday, Michael Peca became the seventh forward since training camp opened to audition for the role skating between Nash and Nikolai Zherdev.
Since an opening-night 4-0 win over Anaheim, the Blue Jackets’ top four scorers from a season ago—David Vyborny, Nash, Fredrik Modin and Sergei Fedorov—have combined for one point.
Vyborny had been the one constant for Nash, but yesterday, the Blue Jackets’ right winger found himself on a line with Fedorov and Curtis Glencross.
“I don’t think we have gotten the continuity yet offensively that we thought we would have,” Hitchcock said.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Maybe the ACC boo-birds will take sensitivity training and back off, or perhaps McCabe will again start playing with confidence and win back popular support.
But there’s blood in the water, and McCabe looks like one rattled hockey player right now. If his troubles continue, does GM John Ferguson, like Fletcher did 10 years ago, fix the issue by shipping McCabe elsewhere?
JFJ would need the defenceman’s permission, of course. But as this lurches into Larry Murphy territory, such permission may not be hard to get.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Ray Emery , the only goalie to take Ottawa to the Stanley Cup finals, is finally ready to return from wrist surgery and reclaim his No. 1 job.
Martin Gerber, who in 12 months has amazingly transformed his game from shaky to steady to sometimes spectacular, has zero interest in giving up the position he’s held since the season began.
Both men said all the right things yesterday. Both want to play, both are content to let the chips fall where they may, both want what’s best for the team.
from the LA Times,
...The NHL on Friday filed an initial response that asks a federal court in New York to reject Madison Square Garden’s demand for a preliminary injunction that would keep the league from taking over the Rangers’ website—and stop the league from imposing a $100,000-per-day fine. The filing also linked the lawsuit to “the sour grapes of one disgruntled NHL team owner.”
The league filing included supporting statements from Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, Minnesota Wild Chairman Bob Naegele and Pittsburgh Penguins Chief Executive Ken Sawyer—all supporters of the league’s new media plan.
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from The Maven at MSG Network,
...Already, we’ve heard from one prominent agent who makes it clear that he’ll be surprised if the majority of players allow Kelly to lead them into another no-win war. “There’s too much to lose,” the agent insists. The problem is this: will the small, but dominating, Chelios clique take another one of their macho, war-like stances?
more NHL bits from Stan…
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
...Again, we’re talking about Martin Skoula here.
Lemaire simply loves him, as displayed by Skoula’s ice time in critical situations. Late in tight games, one constant will be Skoula ... on the ice ... every other shift.
Lemaire has complete faith in him, which is why Lemaire asked Risebrough three times at June’s NHL draft, “What’s going on with Skoula?“He’s the only guy he cared about,” said Risebrough, who then got on the horn and re-signed the veteran to a two-year contract.
from the Detroit Free Press,
Never one to soften his words, Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios delivered a simple message to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday.
“I can’t believe my good friend Gary would want to leave me in Russia,” Chelios said, and it must be noted the “good friend” was deeply sarcastic. “I’d like to have a private talk with Gary one of these days, see what he means.”
Chelios was referring to the latest turn of events in the soap opera that debuted in the aftermath of the 2004-05 NHL lockout, starring Bettman, deputy commissioner Bill Daly and former NHL Players’ Association boss Ted Saskin.
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