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from George Johnson at ESPN,
Sid the Kid may have 10 years, nine points and three games in hand on his side of the ledger, but Jarome Iginla’s backers are resolutely contesting every inch of ice. And will continue to do so right until the bitter end.
“Catchable?” questioned Calgary Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr, with a what-turnip truck-did-this-yokel-fall-off expression on his face. “Of course. No one’s untouchable.”
Not even the most audacious prodigy since Mozart, it would seem.
“There’s still a half season left,” reminded Iginla. “Definitely, I think I can take a run at some things.”
from the AP via Mlive,
A somber Chris Chelios met with the media on Thursday, describing for the first time in public the sorrow he felt upon learning that two employees of his downtown eatery had been stabbed to death.
The longtime NHL defenseman, who plays for the Detroit Red Wings, said the Tuesday deaths of Megan Soroka, 49, of Dearborn and Mark Barnard, 52, of Detroit were “senseless .. and there’s no explanation.”...
“I’m just going to try to get through this day by day with everybody,” said Chelios, who did not play in Detroit’s 2-1 win against Anaheim on Tuesday night and was not traveling with the team for its game Thursday night at San Jose.
KK member RemyM points out Versus has indeed introduced their HD channel. Now it is up to the different carriers to pick it up.
The talk is most Comcast subscribers will have this channel, but nothing official yet.
from the Mining Journal,
This is an NFL column, I know, but watching the fabulous ceremony honoring retired Detroit Red Wing Steve Yzerman earlier this week, I had the urge to contact FSN Detroit to ask a favor:
Please send a tape of the event to Terrell Owens and ask him to watch carefully. Then ask him to pass the tape on to other NFL players who just don’t understand what being a team player means.
Because if there ever was a prototype for a true leader, a complete team guy, it was Stevie Y, “The Captain.”
from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,
Watching yesterday’s tough, grinding game between Canada and the U.S. at the world junior tournament yesterday, you couldn’t help noticing that with players such as Crosby and Phil Kessel already gone to the NHL, there was a noticeable lack of skill up front for both teams. The stars were all on defence and in goal and fortunately, Canadiens draft pick Carey Price made the last save in the shootout.
But with the frozen pond now frozen on the sepia pages of old hockey books, you can’t help but wonder, as you stare out at your green and snowless back yard, if the hockey we saw yesterday isn’t the hockey of tomorrow.
from the Rocky Mountain News,
Joe Sakic never has liked talking about statistics, especially his own.
So it came as no surprise Wednesday when the Avalanche captain almost had to be coerced into discussing his latest accomplishment - becoming the 10th-highest scorer in NHL history.
“You have to play with great teammates, stay healthy and you have to play a lot,” he said, adding he never envisioned his career turning out the way it has when he broke in with the Quebec Nordiques as an 18-year-old in 1988-89.
“I just wanted to play, try and play for 10 years and try and play well. Statistics, you never really think about that when you’re starting out.”
from the Boston Globe,
“It’s good to be back,” said Kessel, back at his appointed locker, between P.J. Axelsson and Milan Jurcina, following the late-morning practice at Ristuccia Arena. “I feel good. Now it’s up to the trainers and the coaching staff.”
Habscheid, the team spokesman while head coach Dave Lewis made his way back from Steve Yzerman Night Tuesday in Detroit, offered no return date for Kessel. He said doctors must first clear Kessel for contact drills, then approve his game readiness. Assistant general manager Jeff Gorton later added that Kessel’s status for now is day to day, pending the good-to-go edict from MGH doctors.
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
The ovation was compelling and passionate.
For Steve Yzerman?
Yeah, his too.
On Tuesday, the night the Detroit Red Wings honoured Yzerman by retiring his No. 19 sweater, the Hockeytown faithful also embraced the return of Windsor’s Bob Probert to Joe Louis Arena.
Wearing his familiar Red Wings No. 24 sweater on the ice there for the first time in nearly 13 years, Probert, 41, clearly appreciated the warm welcome from Detroit fans.
“It was a great reception and a great feeling,” Probert said.
Q & A with Derek Boogaard, from the Star-Tribune,
Q Do you like fighting?
A Oh, yeah. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t be doing it. You can’t sit there and just do something. You have to have a passion for what you do. There has to be intensity. If that’s not in your fighting, you’re going to get hurt or beat badly a lot. ... You have to know when to turn off the switch and flip on the switch. It comes with age, just like anything. Gabby [Wild winger Marian Gaborik] is faster than he was when he was 18. It’s just the way it is.
Q Why do you think it is still a viable part of the NHL game?
A It’s always been a part of the game, and if you try to take it out ... I mean, they’re putting little rules in and stuff like that where they’re trying to “ix-nay” it, but I think it would be bad for the game. You would see a lot of high-sticking. Guys won’t respect each other as much. A lot of stuff that’s not good.
from the Washington Post,
Ovechkin and his teammates are keenly aware of how important winning is to attracting fans and holding their attention. The Capitals played themselves into playoff contention last month by winning seven of nine games, but have since dropped seven of their last eight and are on the fringe of the race for the team’s first postseason birth since 2002-2003.
Ovechkin added: “Capitals fans are great fans. But sometimes there’s not many. I want more. When you go to the ice and you see lots of people, it’s a better atmosphere. When Washington has lots of people, it’s unbelievable.”
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