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from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
The simple fact is this: Unless the NHL alters its style radically in the next few years — and there is absolutely no reason to believe that it will — every single one of Gretzky’s meaningful records will still be intact.
Crosby might be able to overtake one of Gretzky’s regular-season marks, but only because the rules have changed since Gretzky’s day. And even that one is still very much in doubt. If Crosby does manage to take over any of Gretzky’s spots in the record book, it will almost certainly have to be in the area of All-Star records, a relatively meaningless category since the annual game is played without almost any intensity.
via the STATS Wizard at Elias Sports Bureau,
For the second time this season, the Rangers and Bruins played 65 minutes without either team scoring a goal. On Oct. 20 in Boston, the Bruins prevailed in the shootout, and on Sunday afternoon in New York the Rangers won the shootout tiebreaker.
It’s been more than half a century since a pair of NHL teams played two goalless games against each other in the same season. The Bruins and Red Wings played to a scoreless tie in the first two of their 14 meetings in the 1955-56 season.
NEW YORK—Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur and San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending March 9.
from Ted’s Take,
I expect us to play hard and to play with desperation from here on out. We are still in the race. We have been playing terrific hockey.
You have to feel pretty bad for Caps rookie of the year candidate Nicklas Backstrom with his “own goal” yesterday. In case you missed it you can watch the video…
from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,
The most sought-after unrestricted free agent next summer could be a third-liner.
That’s right, if the New York Rangers don’t lock up super-pest Sean Avery with an extension, you can bet your bottom dollar the NHL’s other 29 teams will get into a bidding war for his services.
Avery is clearly an effective player whose team has much better results with him in the lineup than it has when he’s out.
Spector lists his Top UFAs for each team at his Fox Sports Blog…
read on for the rest of the teams…
added 11:58am, At his Hockey News blog, Lyle talks UFA goalies…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
“I have a pretty good idea what I’m going to do next year, and I’ve known for three or four weeks, but I’m not going to say anything. I don’t want that to become an issue,” Jagr said. “I’m not going to say something that’s going to be a distraction to the team.
“It’s not about me or my future. It’s about doing the things we need to win the Stanley Cup.”
from Mike Imrem of the Daily Herald,
The impression is that Savard doesn’t want to stress out his youngsters just yet. Better that they enjoy the journey for now.
To their credit, the players are responding. They won nine of their last 14 games and earned points in 12 of their last 16.
The Hawks clearly are playing like they want to qualify for the playoffs and just might if they keep playing hard over the season’s final 12 games.
But when you want to win, the pressure isn’t as intense as when you need to win.
So again, don’t tell the young Hawks that they can expect the heat to rise along with the expectations next season.
from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,
The day after the Buffalo Sabres got away with a goal despite having too many men on the ice, there was a cry for more video replay in the league.
But there are only certain goals that are reviewable, and a goal scored on a missed call by the referees on an offsides, or too many men on the ice, isn’t one of them. Well, it should be.
How do you argue against that? More delays in the game? Fan distraction? Sorry, but if an illegitimate goal is scored then it should not count, and if the officials fail to see it but the bench coach does, it should be reviewed in Toronto, just as kicked-in goals or goals scored on high sticks are.
more NHL topics…
from Jonathan Lansner of the OC Register,
The Anaheim Ducks, defending Stanley Cup champs of the National Hockey League, opened a market for what’s called “Dibz,” a deal that lets you buy the rights to buy playoff tickets.
For the Ducks, “it’s one of those things, a nutty thing, to stay on the cutting edge,” says ticket chief Steve Obert. “We’re not really doing it for the revenue right now.”
How Dibz works is a modest mind twister. These deals mimic commodities trading in “futures” where, for example, oil producers and gasoline makers try to lock in demand and supply. That’s how oil trades for $100 a barrel.
With Dibz, you start out with a relatively cheap tool. For Ducks playoff games, the Dibz – a right to buy tickets, and who must buy them if the game’s played – were initially priced from $8 for guaranteed upstairs tickets for the first round to $44 for club seats for the Cup’s fourth and final round.
A Dibz buyer gets his or her tickets at face value when a given game is cemented on the playoff schedule. The Ducks, in their case, are supplying roughly 40 tickets per potential game.
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