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from Eric McErlain at NBC Sports,
The bottom line: Love it or hate it—or just not care—the NHL All-Star Game isn’t going away. With that in mind, here are a couple of suggestions to spice things up:
1. Start the season off with a bang: Before the start of this season, the NHL promoted its return with a series of ads designed to remind fans that the league was actually still in existence. Though they were mildly amusing, might it not be better to promote the league’s return with an actual event rather than just a marketing campaign?
That’s right, it’s time to borrow an idea from the past and move the NHL All-Star Game to the start of the season and promote the game by kicking everything off with a showcase for the league’s top talent.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
After watching Toews light the lamp on Canada’s third, fifth and seventh attempts, I’m thinking the NHL should follow the IIHF’s lead and adopt a similar shootout policy.
The league’s current system—which forces a team to use every available shooter at least once before allowing anyone to take a second attempt—pays lip service to the concept of a team game, but what’s the point? The reality is that the shootout is an individual skills competition, not a team event.
from the Arizona Republic,
Coyotes center Mike Ricci, who is one game away from playing in his 1,100th regular-season NHL game, has left the Coyotes to mull retirement.
Ricci, 35, has been a healthy scratch in seven consecutive games, and the Coyotes gave him permission to fly back to Phoenix on Wednesday to discuss his future with his wife and other family members.
from Sam McCaig of the Hockey News,
Here’s what the 30 NHL teams are looking for as 2007 unfolds:
The Anaheim Ducks resolve to…sign Nicklas Lidstrom, Rob Blake, Zdeno Chara and Sheldon Souray to round out their defense corps.
The Colorado Avalanche resolve to…preserve Joe Sakic’s youth by packing him in ice between games.
The Columbus Blue Jackets resolve to…hire Ken Hitchcock five years ago.
from Sports Illustrated,
SI: Did you audition or did NBC just read 20 years of your postgame comments?
Hull: I didn’t audition, so that’s what must have happened.
SI: Googling your name and “outspoken” only produces 15,550 hits. That seems a little low, right?
Hull: Maybe it shows you that some of my outspokenness makes a little sense.
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.
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