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from the Philadelphia Inquirer,
In Chicago, the "Bulin Wall" is showing some cracks. "I have to play better," Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin told the Chicago Tribune. "As much as I try to stay away from it and not think about, it's in the back of my mind." Khabibulin had a 3.40 goals-against average and an .866 save percentage entering last night. At the Meadowlands, Martin Brodeur was frustrated with New Jersey's 2-3 start and his 3.60 GAA and .884 save percentage. "It's going to be hard this year," Brodeur told the Newark Star-Ledger. "So many goals. But you've got to win games. I've always had that attitude - to win games and not look at the stats. If you're winning, the stats will take care of themselves."
from the Globe and Mail,
Trent Yawney has been the head coach of the rebuilding Chicago Blackhawks for only six games and already he has a bone to pick with National Hockey League referees. "The [penalties] that are justified, I have no problem with," Yawney said before last night's game against the Vancouver Canucks. "The ones that are putting teams down by two men that are not justified, with the two-referee system, I do have a problem with. It does affect the end result." "I refer to baseball because now we've got the World Series [coming up]," he said. "If one umpire's strike zone is this big and the other one's is that big, it's pretty hard for the guys to adjust in mid-stream. "That's where the consistency factor comes in. There has to be more [communication] from the referees to the players and the coaches."
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from Scott Burnside of ESPN
, When does a young man step out of the shadow of his past? When does a single, isolated moment of brutality cease being his constant companion? Is it in the moment when he skates in alone, scoring his first NHL goal on a highlight-reel breakaway? Or does it take more for Alexander Perezhogin to free himself of the memory of defenseman Garrett Stafford convulsing on the ice in a pool of his own blood?
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from 640am in Toronto,
Jeremy Roenick hasn't been heard from in a week, but he spoke out against the new CBA on Monday. "The owners can sit there and do giveaways and lower ticket prices to get the fans back to the game knowing that what they are really doing is taking it out of our pockets," Roenick said. "It's important to get people back into the arenas to watch hockey, but it is a lot easier to do when [the owners] know they still get money back because they are taking it out of our paycheck. In essence, the players are paying for all the giveaways and free stuff that the owners are doing. Which is all well and good, but you don't hear about it." "When we watch hockey games and see 8,000 fans in [Washington] D.C., you cringe as a player," Roenick said. "Those cities that aren't pulling their weight in terms of drawing fans and revenue are hurting everybody as a whole, not just that city."
from the News & Observer,
The NHL, this season, widened its accessibility by allowing reporters to enter the locker rooms and interview players for a 30-minute period two hours before the start of games. There's plenty of precedent for this. It's standard operating procedure in Major League Baseball and the NBA. But in the tradition-steeped NHL, where the sanctity of "the room" is legendary, opening the door to reporters before games is revolutionary. "I'm sure it sent heads spinning for some of the old-liners, but this is a good decision," said Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford, who was an NHL goaltender for 13 seasons. If nothing else, it expands the opportunity for pregame publicity in this first season after the long lockout.
from the Toronto Sun,
Brett Hull. Gone, not with a quip but with a tear, unable to play in the kind of league he always pined for. Going. Chris Chelios, who once remarked that maybe Gary Bettman should worry about some ill-defined misfortune afflicting his family. Chelios is 43 and pointless in what should be his last tour of duty in Detroit. Another concussion, believed to be his 112th, knocked Jeremy Roenick out of the pre-season but did nothing to still his tongue. "They just love to complain about me because I'm an American who gets more press than their Canadian players," Roenick said of the Canadian media.
from the Edmonton Sun,
Wayne Gretzky and Grant Fuhr are two of the coolest customers to ever grace the Hockey Hall of Fame. Nothing rattled them, nothing ruffled them, nothing ever made them nervous. No matter what the situation, they always seemed in complete control. Then they had their numbers retired in Edmonton. On those nights, neither were any match for the rush of emotions that comes from seeing your dynasty sweater lifted to the rafters while the building you made famous rises for one last standing ovation. They thought they were, but they weren't.continued
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