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From Mike Heika at The Dallas Morning News,
The face of the franchise has led the team since the Minnesota North Stars drafted him first overall in 1988. But with Ribeiro, 27, signed up at $5 million a year, the career of Modano, 37, appears in flux.
“To tell you the truth, I’m not really sure what my role on the team is,” Modano said Tuesday before the Stars left town for tonight’s game in Chicago. “I think it’s changing.”
The Stars have pondered Modano’s transition for a few seasons. He could follow the pattern of Joe Niuewendyk and spend the last two years of his contract as the No. 2 center – complete with a gold watch and Conn Smythe Trophy.
But there’s a problem with that scenario.
From David Amber at ESPN,
10. Maurice “Rocket” Richard, Montreal Canadiens, 1944-45
Richard established an NHL benchmark for greatness during the 1944-45 season when he became the league’s first 50-goal scorer, accomplishing the feat in just a 50-game season. In a season in which Richard didn’t win a Stanley Cup ring or even the scoring title, the significance of 50 in 50 cannot be diminished. It would take another 16 years before anyone else would manage to score as many as 50 goals in a season (Bernie Geoffrion in a 64-game season). Not until Mike Bossy scored twice in the final five minutes of the Islanders’ 50th game in 1980-81 did another player match Richard’s feat of 50 goals in 50 games. For the Rocket, the 1944-45 season blasted him into iconic status, a superstar in the NHL and a living legend in his home province of Quebec. Considering this was the only season Richard would score 50 goals speaks volumes to how important that number was and still is today in hockey lore.
from Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated,
With the Devils’ Martin Brodeur, the Islanders’ Rick DiPietro and the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist all among the NHL’s elite, the debate over who’s the best hearkens back to the days of Willie, Mickey and the Duke.
via Red Wings Corner,
This was e-mailed out to the media this morning. Sounds like something significant, but who knows. This could just be something to hype the web site ...
RED WINGS TO MAKE PLAYER PERSONNEL ANNOUNCEMENT
The Detroit Red Wings will make a player personnel announcement today (Jan. 9) at 11:45 am via www.DetroitRedWings.com
added 10:55am, from the CP via TSN,
The Detroit Red Wings have signed goaltender Chris Osgood to a three-year contract extension.
Osgood is earning US$800,000 this season and was slated for unrestricted free agency July 1. His new deal will average close to $1.5 milliion a season, a source told The Canadian Press.
The team was expected to make it official later Wednesday.
Looks like the secret is out…
from Pete Maher at the Calgary Sun,
The best broadcast location I ever worked in was in the old Olympia in Detroit, but for only two seasons before it was replaced by the Joe Louis Arena.
The Saddledome now has the best broadcasting seat.
Our location is suspended from the roof just over the final row of seats in the lower bowl on the penalty-box side.
Broadcasters are also additionally stimulated by crowd response—when the Sea of Red is in prime form, nothing rivals the Saddledome.
The new location in San Jose is just below the roof.
more of the best and worst broadcast locations…
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
“I think it’s a great idea to have player input, but the competition committee should report to the managers,” he said. “Which players are on the competition committee? Which group do they speak for? Sixty per cent of our league plays a certain kind of hockey, 10 per cent play a certain kind of hockey ... what’s the composition of that group, and what’s their goal? What are they trying to accomplish? Are they trying to do what’s best for their particular group?”
Currently, the players on the committee are Brendan Shanahan, Jarome Iginla, Trevor Linden, Marty Turco and Rob Blake. The GMs are David Poile (Nashville), Don Waddell (Atlanta), Bob Gainey (Montreal) and Burke’s arch-enemy, Edmonton GM Kevin Lowe. Philadelphia chairman Ed Snider rounds out the group.
“Players don’t vote for rule changes in any other sport,” said Burke. “So either we’re revolutionary, and it’s a great idea, or we’ve got it bass-ackwards. And I think we’ve got it bass-ackwards.”
from Sports Ticker via Yahoo,
“I think I found a home,” Bryzgalov said after stopping 30 shots in the Coyotes’ 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. “I feel here it’s my best year in the NHL.
“I feel trust. I believe in the guys. The guys believe in me. I think we have a great future if we continue working hard and believe in ourselves.”...
Bryzgalov has started 22 of 24 games for his new team, posting a 13-8-1 record with a 2.15 goals-against average and .930 save percentage.
from the National Post,
Standing near the Calgary Flames dressing room yesterday morning, Don Meehan scoffed.
The agent confirmed that those numbers blowing out of the east all winter—a five-year extension at US$30-million for Dion Phaneuf, a 10-year extension worth $60-million—are, in fact, fabrications.
“You know, I think it’s people making guesses, really,” said Meehan, who, of course, would know—he is the representative of Phaneuf, who is facing restricted free agency this summer. Calgary’s young defenceman yesterday was elected as a starter for the first time for National Hockey League All-Star Game later this month.
from Inside the Kings,
“This is first game in months we played poorly and we played awful tonight,’’ Crawford said. “It was a stinker, there’s no two ways about it. You can’t mask this one in any way. It was awful and we all have to take responsibility for it.
“I think it starts with me. You have to look at the coach and say hey, these guys got scored on quite a bit early in the game. We’ve addressed that but we’re still having it happen. We can’t point fingers at (the players). I think we’ve all got to look at having some ownership and some accountability of it, myself included, and look at some ways we can address our games right now. From our coaching staff, I can assure you we’re burning the midnight oil analyzing and maybe overanalyzing our games.’‘
from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,
Interestingly, while goals decline, individual accomplishments have not. Nine players, including Vincent Lecavalier, Jarome Iginla and Sidney Crosby, at mid-season were on pace for 100-point seasons, and seven had a legitimate shot at 50 goals.
The league has been invigorated with the double-whammy presence of Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin, and fans should be salivating with the idea that John Tavares will make his NHL debut in October 2009.
If anything, though, there could be a wider gap now between the league’s best and everyone else. More than a few coaches this season have made note of the lack of secondary scoring throughout the league. Many teams have a couple of fairly prolific forwards, precious little afterward.
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