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from the CP via TSN,
Sheldon Souray isn't ready to speak publicly about the breakup of his marriage to former Baywatch actress Angelica Bridges. But the Montreal Canadiens defenceman said Friday it has not been a distraction, either to himself or the team, and has nothing to do with his inconsistent performance on the ice this season. "You (reporters) didn't know, but a lot of people knew," Souray said. "The people who needed to know, knew.more
from Damien Cox, special to ESPN,
In the new NHL, it may be time to simplify again. As in, just wins, baby. Victories are what matter the most, and perhaps should be the decisive issue when it comes to passing on the Vezina legacy. Like save percentage, of course, wins weren't really a big deal for the majority of the NHL's existence. That was a baseball thing, and perhaps it was just generally thought awarding a "win" to a goaltender was giving him just a little too much credit for a team effort.
from the Alberta Daily Herald-Tribune,
He's been a Saturday night staple in millions of Canadian homes for the past 17 years but Ron MacLean admits he might be looking beyond a career in broadcasting. As the longtime host of CBC's Hockey Night in Canada - as well as an announcer for Olympics, Commonwealth Games and World Cup hockey events - MacLean is best known for his straight delivery beside outlandish sidekick Don Cherry. However, what most people don't know is broadcasting was never the route he intended to take.
Help save 'The Instigator', a cartoon developed by Charlie Teljeur which parodies hockey (professional, amatuer, international, etc.). 'The Instigator' is (was?) a regular comic that appeared online as part of the Hockey Night in Canada lineup on the CBC.ca website. For more information, click the image.
One day after their 7-5 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers, the Penguins on Friday placed defenseman Dick Tarnstrom on injured reserve with a torn MCL ligament in his left knee.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In the modern National Hockey League world, it isn't often that a coach will resort to a tactic from a previous era to motivate his team, but the Edmonton Oilers' Craig MacTavish did that this past week. Following a third-period implosion which led to Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche, the Oilers' seventh straight, MacTavish put the team through a "bag skate" the next morning in Dallas. For 50 minutes, the Oilers skated hard — without water breaks, without a chance to think — until they were ready to drop.
from USA Hockey,
It wasn’t long ago that hockey in Tennessee wasn't taken very seriously. Sure, there were a few leagues, a lot of good coaching, and even a local legend in Blake Geoffrion, the grandson of Hockey Hall of Famer "Boom Boom" Geoffrion. Then the Nashville Predators were awarded an NHL franchise, and the game immediately exploded in what is generally considered football country. This part of the South may not be a traditional hockey hotbed, but the sport has taken off in Nashville. In fact, the city is scrambling to find room for more sheets of ice to meet the growing demand of players, from the youth to adult levels.
BETHPAGE, NY and STAMFORD, CT (October 28, 2005) -- Cablevision Systems Corp. and OLN today announced that they had reached an agreement under which Cablevision will include OLN, which has exclusive rights to carry 58 regular season NHL hockey games, numerous playoff games and the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals, as part of its iO digital service. These New York area hockey fans will be able to watch Monday's Rangers game on OLN "We are pleased that we were able to reach agreement with Comcast in a number of areas, including making OLN and its exclusive telecasts of NHL hockey games available to many more Cablevision customers," said Mac Budill, Cablevision's senior vice president of programming. "Beginning with Monday night's game between the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens, OLN's exclusive national hockey telecasts will be available to the majority of our cable customers through our iO digital service."more update 1:57pm, via Media Week, The deal includes other Comcast properties, although neither side would elaborate on specifics.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
It's a good thing Mike Babcock doesn't have commitment issues. Having two former head coaches still in the mix, less financial freedom and a new league to contend with, it might not be the dynamic every new coach would want. But Babcock has embraced the situation as new coach of the Detroit Red Wings. And while many prognosticators figured the Wings would be one of those formerly big-spending NHL teams to become a casualty of the new economic system, the team and Babcock haven't missed a beat.
from Sports Illustrated,
The Nashville Predators aren't all that good. Don't get sucked in by that eight-game winning streak to start the season. This is not a powerhouse in the making. Outside of goaltender Tomas Vokoun, a player who just might be as underrated as Arrested Development, the Preds simply don't possess the mix of superstar power, experienced defense and veteran savvy that true contenders such as Detroit and Ottawa have in spades.
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