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from the San Francisco Chronicle,
San Jose is racking up mind-boggling numbers with its continued and consistent success skating with at least one more player than the opposition. The Sharks lead the league with a 26.5 percent conversation rate on the power play, a figure that is better than any since Calgary posted a 27.7-percent mark in 1989-90.
“Our power play is phenomenal, the best I’ve ever had,” said Ron Wilson, who is in his 13th season as an NHL coach.
more... and as a Wings fan, It feels like 50% of Sharks pp goals have been scored against the Wings…
Sports Illustrated has a photo slideshow of all the starters for the All Star Game.
Check out the video from the Dallas/Colorado game back in November.
Video is about 6 minutes long and about 60MB.
Press release regarding the HD camera for the NHL All-Star Game.
Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated opens his mailbag…
From Bryan Whitman of Manitoba: With Jeremy Roenick watching the game at a restaurant across the street, who’ll deliver the annual All-Star Game hit?
Now that’s funny! I’ll put my money on Ryan Smyth, with Bouwmeester on the receiving end.
Sharon Hunt of Nashville writes: There’s no basis for this story. Craig Leipold specifically said he would never move the team.
It’s clear that Leipold has no strong desire to move the team, so his opening gambit does a good job of keeping the fans on his side. But remember that this is a business, and the Preds aren’t getting the corporate support they deserve in Nashville. That’s not a tenable situation long term….
from Sports Illustrated,
In the NHL, there always seems to be a tug of war between fans who long for the traditional days—when fighting was in vogue and the NHL had yet to migrate south—and those modern fans who favor a player’s grace and skill, and don’t mind attending games in T-shirts, shorts and flip-flops.
continued... good stuff, especially for the old school….
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
At the risk of sounding like a braggart – and, considering what I’m earning for it, trust me, I’m not – I do a fair amount of radio and TV shows. And lately in the world of pro sports debate, there’s been an amazing phenomenon taking place: when it comes to one subject, and one subject only, everyone – every person, every caller, every panelist, on every part of the continent – is in complete agreement with each other.
The subject is the NHL All-Star Game. And everybody concurs that, at least in its present format, the subject stinks.
They get no quarrel from me.
from Marcie Garcia of NHL.com,
For the families of two Los Angeles Kings scouts, Mark Bavis and Garnet “Ace” Bailey, two passengers who were killed on United Airlines Flight 175 when it crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, they’ve come to realize that though five years have passed, their loved ones aren’t forgotten.
Lew Mongelluzzo, an Ottawa Senators scout who hails from Philadelphia, clearly takes the city’s nickname, “The City of Brotherly Love,” to heart. Mongeluzzo, who owns and operates the thoroughbred-racing stable, Team Power Play Racing, simply combined his two favorite interests to keep the spirit of both Bavis and Bailey alive. Mongelluzzo decided to purchase a New York-bred colt that he named Aces Mark in honor of his two peers.
from Tony Gallagher of the Province,
The Flyers claim they want to re-sign him and there are rumblings the team will approach Forsberg’s tight-lipped Winnipeg agent Don Baizley about that possibility over the all-star game.
Doubtless they will be looking for a considerable discount over Forsberg’s current $5.75-million-US deal and regardless of where the Swede plays next year—assuming he does—it will be at a discount.
But Forsberg doesn’t much care about money at this stage of his career anyway and he feels like he’s ripped off Philly a little by missing so many games.
The storied career of veteran NHL goaltender, Sean Burke is about to add a new chapter.
Sources tell TSN the soon-to-be 40 year-old has been claimed on re-entry waivers by the Los Angeles Kings who, because of injury, are desperate for some stability in their crease.
Joe Sakic participated in an NHL tele-conference today…
Seventeen years ago this Sunday that was January 21, 1990, Joe made his All-Star debut in Pittsburgh and playing on the line with Kirk Muller assisted on the game-winning goal which was scored shorthanded by Muller. Today, 17 years later, the league will be announcing Joe as captain of the Western Conference All-Star Team, and he’ll join Brendan Shanahan who will captain the Eastern Conference team.
Joe is set to appear in his 12th All-Star Game next week in Dallas. Only 12 players in the history of the League have played in more All-Star Games than those 12. In 2004, Joe was named MVP of the All-Star Game, and he is the fan’s choice to start in an All-Star Game for the fourth time in his career.
Q. What do you remember about your first game, and I just wanted to ask you a couple of questions about Ryan Smyth who will be playing in first game. One is what should Ryan expect, and were you always able to wear No. 19, because Ryan is going to have to wear 93 this year, not 94.
JOE SAKIC: Is he? What do I remember about the first game? It was a long time ago and I don’t remember assisting on Kirk Muller’s goal. I just remember how nervous I was, going into the dressing room and sitting there seeing Mario and Ray Bourque and wondering, the year before I was a junior and what the heck I was doing there.
But it was exciting and obviously I’m surprised this is the first time, I thought he was there a couple of times but he is definitely well deserved. He always comes to play every night, and he’s just—for the World Championships and Olympics, he’s the perfect teammate. So I’m really happy that he’s getting an opportunity for his first time about for him to—what to expect. I’m pretty sure he’s going to be nervous, but I think he’s been in enough world championships and Olympic team competitions, he knows most of the guys, so I think he’s just going to fit in pretty nice. It’s going to be easy for him since he probably knows most of the guys.
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