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fropm the Star-Ledger,
What must Cherry be thinking these days, with fighting and physical play way down in the new-rules NHL, and the league so heavily populated by European players that no one bats an eye at the fact that 11 of the 30 teams are captained by a European?
Cherry passed on a request to answer that question, but others in the NHL aren’t that surprised by the influx.
“The NHL’s come a long way,” Brendan Shanahan, the Toronto-born left wing and Rangers assistant captain said a few weeks ago when asked about the proliferation of Euro captains. “In past years, there was definitely a stereotype and a prejudice against Europeans, and probably for some people, there always will be.
“But most knowledgeable hockey people realize that it doesn’t matter now where you’re born or where you grew up playing; desire is desire and leadership is leadership.”
from the Columbus Dispatch,
“This is really important. If your best players are your best players by the way they play the game and not just because they have skill, then everyone is forced to follow,” said coach Ken Hitchcock, who deserves credit for demanding that Nash become more than a scoring threat. “If Peyton Manning is his team’s best athlete, great, but if he doesn’t play a team game — make everybody else feel valuable — then they never can have success. The same with us.”
The evolution of Nash reminds Hitchcock of Mike Modano’s transformation under the coach’s tutelage in Dallas.
from the Toronto Sun,
As a result, Ovechkin said yesterday he would like to see Capitals management augment the team’s talent base through free agency over the summer.
“We have to sign good players and I hope we do,” he said yesterday. “I want to play on a good team.
“Don’t get me wrong. We have good guys in this dressing room and we have a lot of fun. But the team has to get better.”
from the CP via the Ottawa Sun,
A dispute over scorekeeping at a women’s senior hockey game has resulted in a Medicine Hat man being charged with assaulting a referee.
But Kevin Maurice Romaniuk, 40, said yesterday he was provoked by the referee as he and his 12-year-old son were attending a game being played by his wife, Tracy.
Romaniuk, who was working the scoresheet at the game, said the dispute started over a disagreement about how to keep track of a penalty with nine seconds left in the first period.
After being ejected from the game, Romaniuk said he was walking off the ice, which is the only way to exit the arena from the timekeeper’s box, and the referee “skated alongside me, demeaning me.”
I have often written about the lack of knowledge the radio media in Detroit has about hockey. Another example last night.
This was on the Wings radio flagship station during the post game. After recapping the Wings 4-3 victory over Nashville in a shootout, Dan Gutowski started passing on the scores from around the league. This one caught my attention- Nothing was settled in the shootout between Pittsburgh & Ottawa, so the game ends in a 4-4 tie!
Again, on the Wings radio flagship from a person who handles pre-game and post-game shows during the season.
from the AP via NHL.com,
Rangers forward Marcel Hossa could miss a month with a knee injury sustained in Monday night’s 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders.
The 25-year-old left wing sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee with about 5 minutes left in the second period. He limped to the bench but came back on the ice with about 1 minute remaining in the frame. That was his final shift of the game.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
A meeting will be held later this week in Pittsburgh involving all the interested parties, including NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, whose presence would appear to be two fold….
It appears the two sides have the basis for a deal in place, but there are concerns with the possibility of cost overruns on a new arena and who would be responsible for them.
That’s apparently the sticking point right now.
The smart money suggests that with Bettman prodding both sides, they will come to a workable compromise.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
The 2010 Olympics will likely introduce a new hockey scheduling format.
There is a push to change the current system of two pools of six teams, to three pools of four teams.
A preliminary round robin would determine the top team in each pool and a bye into the quarter-finals.
from Scott Morrison of the CBC,
It appears inevitable now that the NHL general managers, when they next convene, will again be reviewing the issue of hits to the head – intentional and otherwise, clean and otherwise.
Early in the season there was a run of hits, all declared clean – because there were no elbows, no jumping, no late hitting, no charging – that the GMs reviewed and declared that, while injuries are unfortunate, hockey is a physical sport and if a shoulder hits a head by accident, in the act of applying a check, they were prepared to live with it rather than risk losing more hitting from the game.
That vote, by the way, was unanimous.
from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
The most nervous people in the room after Ted Saskin?
Why the 30 NHL owners, of course.
Saskin may be getting happy feet after months of being hounded by Chris Chelios - remind me to never get that guy mad at me - Dwayne Roloson and Trent Klatt, which some very smart agents helping out in the background.
But while you might think NHL owners are enjoying the spectacle, they’re not.
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