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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
If the Penguins move after their Mellon Arena lease expires at the end of June, it will reinforce the widely held notion in much of the United States that the NHL is a rinky-dink operation. Imagine what the perception will be if the team folds up its tent days after winning a Stanley Cup.
But here’s the problem for Bettman: What happens if he cannot broker a deal between the two sides and ultimately decides Mario & Co. need to stay put? Does the NHL suddenly find itself in a tug-of-war with one of its greatest players and a Hockey Hall of Famer?
from the CP via MetroNews,
Only five players entered play Wednesday with more points since the NHL lockout. And they’re all recognizable by only one name: Thornton, Crosby, Jagr, Heatley and Ovechkin.
As the odd man out in that group, Savard just continues to hang around the top of the NHL scoring list and fly below the radar.
“For a couple years now things have gone pretty good,” he said Wednesday from Boston. “I think I’m trying and hopefully maybe after this year I’ll start getting more recognition.
“Right now I’m just trying to keep working every day, staying positive and building off each year.”
from Bill McGraw of the Detroit Free Press,
He shoots! He scores! He skates around a pillar!
Hockey can be different in Hockeytown.
The ultimate Hockeytown hockey game took place recently in the basement of an abandoned building on the near west side of Detroit.
Hockey in the basement of an abandoned building.
We are not making this up.
E.J. Hradek of ESPN aks and answers five NHL related questions…
5. Does Ducks GM Brian Burke regret penning his trade deadline diary (published in USA Today)?
No. He at least didn’t have any regret when I spoke with him Monday afternoon. Burke said he agreed to pen his deadline diary upon request from the newspaper through the league office. He said he wrote it himself, vetted it through his PR staff and kept final editorial control.
Since the publication of the diary Thursday, a couple of clubs have quietly grumbled about some of the things he mentioned in the piece. In particular, Canadiens GM Bob Gainey has come under some media scrutiny in Montreal concerning the deal that sent defenseman Craig Rivet to San Jose.
The Anaheim Ducks will be missing a major piece as they continue their chase for the top seed in the Western Conference.
Defenceman Chris Pronger will miss approximately two weeks with a broken bone in his toe, which he suffered during a post-game workout on Sunday.
from the Chicago Blackhawks,
In case you’ve missed it, there is a Blackhawk well on his way to becoming the next Chris Chelios.
Do I have your attention? I thought so.
Brent Seabrook is that Hawk, and I say he’s a future captain who is becoming a stalwart of the blue line. Maybe the Chelios comparison is a bit much, but that’s how much I have come to like this kid. At the ripe old age of 21 we are seeing the second-year defenseman mature before our very eyes.
via the New York Islanders,
After sitting out for over a month, Alexei Yashin will return to the ice Thursday and suit up against the Rangers at the Nassau Coliseum.
“It’s been a long five weeks,” said Yashin. “The doctors said I can play tomorrow, so I hope to help the team for the playoff drive.”
from Damien Cox at ESPN,
So much has happened since ...
A lockout wiped out an entire NHL season. Sweden won Olympic gold in men’s hockey, with Canada finishing seventh. The Carolina Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup. Peyton Manning won a Super Bowl ring. An Italian was selected first overall in the NBA draft. Roger Federer bettered Jimmy Connors’ record for consecutive weeks at No. 1.
All have occurred since that terrible night in Vancouver three years ago Thursday, when Todd Bertuzzi turned out the lights on Steve Moore.
But has anything been learned by those who run pro hockey, not to mention those who play the game?
from the Nashville City Paper,
The Nashville Predators have notified Metro the team intends to drop the “Gaylord Entertainment Center” appellation of the downtown arena it calls home and to re-title the complex, at least for the time being, the “Nashville Arena.”...
Nashville Predators Executive Vice President Ed Lang notified Metro Sports Authority Chairman Kevin Lavender of the intended name change in a Feb. 26 letter, stating, “It is the Predators’ ultimate intention to secure a long-term naming rights partner for the facility. In the interim, though, we believe it most appropriate to return the venue identification to its original name — the Nashville Arena.”
from the Tennessean,
The Predators lost two more players to injury Tuesday when center Scott Nichol suffered a broken thumb and defenseman Marek Zidlicky suffered an undisclosed upper-body injury.
Nichol said he took a two-handed slash to his hand from Detroit defenseman Brett Lebda near the end of the first period. No penalty was called on the play.
“Hopefully the league will review it and we’ll see what they say,’’ said Nichol, who expected to be out at least a couple of weeks.
It wasn’t immediately clear how Zidlicky suffered the injury. Coach Barry Trotz said he didn’t know how long the defenseman would be out, but didn’t think the injury was too serious.
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