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from Rory Borlyen at the Hockey News,
Grit, toughness, a fearless attitude, whatever you want to call it; rough-and-tumble pest players are exciting and crucial to not only the game itself, but for attracting people to it.
And in more ways than just what you see on the ice.
The agitator, the annoyance, the grinder; the guy you love to have on your team, but hate to have to face. He’s the worker bee, the proletariat, the supporting cast, and quite often, he’s a fan favorite.
from Ansar Khan at Mlive,
Update from Thursday’s morning skate: Kris Draper will miss at least the next three games becuase of a slightly torn groin muscle. It happened during the western Canada trip a couple of weeks ago but wasn’t detected until he had an ultrasound on Wednesday.
Today at Hockey.com I blogged about the lack of “hard-hitting” interviews, especially during the period intermissions.
Time to try something new…
from Jim Boone at the Hockey News,
Most hockey fans have never heard of the National Hockey League Fans’ Association, or NHLFA. Yes, there is such an organization representing the common, fifth-line fan.
Many people are surprised at the stats of this little not-for-profit organization. The NHLFA has been battling much bigger opponents for a respectable 10 seasons.
It all started in 1997, when two Ottawa schmucks vented over the astronomical offer the New York Rangers had made to restricted free agent Joe Sakic ($21M over three years, which the Avalanche matched to retain his rights). Bob Goodenow was five years into his impressive tenure leading the NHL Players’ Association. The schmucks, along with millions of hockey fans, feared rising ticket prices would severely damage the sport we loved. We knew something had to be done to protect the fans.
CKNW in Vancouver reports that Mattias Ohlund did not accompany the team on its trip to Phoenix and has flown back home where the club is expected to announce that he will have surgery to remove bone chips in his knee.
The bone chips caused swelling and Ohlund was playing through it and was treating it with anti-inflammatory drugs.
from the Barrie Examiner,
...an informal survey of players practising at the Barrie Molson Centre this week revealed neck protection is not popular among this OHL team.
“I’m not for it. I’m against it,” 19-year-old forward Cory McGillis said as he and his teammates got re-acquainted with neck guards this week. They will wear them for the first time in a game tomorrow. “I haven’t worn one for five years. It’s just annoying.”
“Graduating out of ‘AAA’, I was relieved to get rid of the neck guard,” rookie forward Marcus Pepe said. “It was always a pain in the butt, and it was gross throwing on wet. I find it really uncomfortable.
“But I guess it saves lives, right?”
from Empty Netters,
One year ago today…
Pens fans will sure remember...
from Lightning Strikes,
As for Torts quitting? Would you leave $1.3-million in the table? Besides, I’m sure he wants to see Prague (kidding).
So get used to the idea of Tortorella coming back. Things may change, of course. Koules may not get it done. Tortorella might say something even Wilson can’t abide. But given the current lay of the land, I’d say bet even money Tortorella and his staff returns to start the 2008-09 season.
from Greg Wyshynski at the AOL Fanhouse,
Iginla was in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday with the Flames, who lost, 3-2, to the Capitals. Playing in a city consumed by U.S. presidential primary politics, I asked Iginla if he had any thoughts about the historic race between Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton—two individuals redefining expectations and inspiring young fans as much as Iginla has. Although he doesn’t have a horse in the race as a Canadian citizen, is he keeping up with the primaries? And what does the first black captain in the NHL think about Obama’s chances to become the first black president in U.S. history?
Update 2:56pm ET— Comments from Adam Proteau at THN:
I found this column by Washington-based writer Greg Wyshynski fascinating, because it quotes a bona fide NHL star weighing in on a topic considered absolutely radioactive in hockey circles: politics.
That’s right, politics – the ultimate uniting force on the planet today. And a player of Jarome Iginla’s stature actually talked on the record about it.
I’ll give you a moment to return your jaw to its non-slack position.
from the Ottawa Sun,
Seven days ago, the Senators were shut out by the Kings, the worst team in the NHL. It was their third straight loss. They were in serious trouble. Maybe there wasn’t enough time to fall completely out of the playoff picture, but they were certainly shaping up as easy first-round fodder.
Now, suddenly, they’re smiling again. They have rediscovered their scoring touch. Their broken power play appears fixed. They’re doing a much better job of keeping the puck out of their net.
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