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from the Calgary Sun,
The Calgary Flames' hard hat has morphed from a scratched-up green lid to a shiny, golden prize. Maybe, then, it's fitting the helmet has been awarded to game stars rather than the unsung hero a couple of times this season -- albeit to the dismay of former Flame Craig Conroy.read on
from the CP via the Edmonton Sun,
It was the kind of accident that hockey players, their families and their coaches have nightmares about - a high-speed, head-first crash into the boards that leaves a strong, young player broken and paralyzed. Players with the University of Moncton's Blue Eagles hockey team were struggling to cope yesterday with the news that their teammate, 24-year-old Sebastien Savage of St. Albert, Ont., is paralyzed from the chest down as the result of an accident during a weekend CIS game in the New Brunswick city. "We all know an accident like this can happen, we just always hope it doesn't happen," head coach Bob Mongrain said in an interview.
from the Edmonton Sun,
Hindsight, the staple and sustenance of know-it-alls, I-told-you-so guys and talk radio, is a piece of cake. Obviously, Edmonton Oilers’ GM Kevin Lowe overestimated Michael Peca, thinking he’d be able to shed the shackles of his primarily defensive gig on Long Island and become the 70-point centre the Oilers needed. Clearly, Lowe was mistaken in thinking Ty Conklin and Jussi Markkanen, neither of whom had established a record as an NHL starter, could carry the mail when the season began.
from the Mercury News,
A hockey player named Ray Ferraro, who played for six NHL teams over 18 seasons, was once asked why he was in a slump. Summoning all of his experience and insight, Ferraro sighed and answered: ``I'm doing too much of not enough.'' Welcome to the San Jose Sharks of 2005. As they begin the second leg of their six-game trip tonight in Dallas, the mission for our beloved Los Tiburones is not complicated. They need to put more pucks in the net. And they need to do it by not worrying about style points.
from the St. Petersburg Times,
The mud is thick. The wheels are spinning. The more they rev the engines, the more they don't seem to go anywhere. Win one, lose one, win one, lose one. The Lightning lurches forward one day, then drifts back to the same spot the next day. It all seems to be missing, including the big stars. In fact, if you're looking for a reason why this version of the Lightning looks nothing like the old edition that ended up on a Stanley Cup, look down the stats sheet: Brad Richards: two goals. Marty St. Louis: three points. Dan Boyle: minus-4. Fredrik Modin: zero assists. Pavel Kubina: no goals. Dave Andreychuk: no goals. Ruslan Fedotenko: two goals.
from Fox Sports,
In this episode, Roenick touches on his career, the numerous places he's played, his former coaches - from the lunatic to the tactical geniuses, and why the NHL won the latest round of negotiations. Roenick (on former coach Mike Keenan): "He was nine cents short of a dime when he coached us in Chicago, but I really got along with him. He taught me how to be a gritty player. He taught me how to have heart, how to be a winner and a competitor."
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Going into Tuesday night's NHL action, there were only 95 fighting majors in 128 games played, down 49 per cent from 188 fighting majors in the same period two years ago. What you really need to know is that if these early-season numbers hold firm, fighting in the NHL will be at its lowest level since the 1969-70 season. In fact, four of the seven most frequent fighters from the 03-04 season -- that would be Oliwa, Matt Johnson, Garrett Burnett and Doug Doull -- are no longer in the league. If a tough guy can't play some minutes, contribute something over and above an arranged fight with another tough guy, it would appear his days are numbered.
Hurricane Wilma may be gone from South Florida, but still is impacting the Florida Panthers. The NHL announced Tuesday that Saturday's game between the Panthers and Washington Capitals has been postponed due to the impact of Hurricane Wilma on BankAtlantic Center. No makeup date has been announced.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
There was a time when Terry Kane knew pretty much everything there was to know about the current hot-button topic in today's National Hockey League — the groin injury. Kane, along with former Calgary Flames' team doctor Winne Meuwisse, ran the NHL's injury surveillance program for years. They (but mostly Kane) would analyze data submitted to them by all 30 teams and then send their findings to the league's Injury Analysis Panel, chaired by former NHL goaltender Dave Dryden.
from Spector of Fox Sports,
Expectations were high in Edmonton with GM Lowe's off-season additions of all-star defenseman Chris Pronger and two-way forward Mike Peca, but the Oilers are presently mired in a six-game losing skid, thanks to poor goaltending and a lack of offense. That led to rumors over the past week that Lowe was planning to shake things up. There's talk he contacted the Buffalo Sabres about either Martin Biron or Mika Noronen and the Washington Capitals about Olaf Kolzig. In addition to Lowe's supposed interest in Havlat, it's been rumored he might dump struggling tough-guy forward Georges Laraque and perhaps even make a pitch for New Jersey Devils center Viktor Kozlov.
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