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via the AP,
Vancouver Canucks defenseman Rory Fitzpatrick will miss the next four to six weeks because of a hairline fracture in his left foot. Sami Salo (knee sprain) and Willie Mitchell (post-concussion symptoms) are also sidelined, leaving Vancouver with a young, inexperienced defense for its game Thursday night against Anaheim.
DAVID KEON: Good afternoon, everyone. My name is David Keon with the National Hockey League's Public Relations Department, and I'd like to welcome everyone to today's call. With us we have 2006 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Patrick Roy. Thank you Patrick for taking the time today to join us, and thanks to Nicole Beauchard of the Quebec Remparts for arranging the call. On Monday in Toronto , Patrick will be formally inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, along with fellow Canadiens alumni Dick Duff, Calgary Flames owner, Harley Hotchkiss, former US Olympic and National Hockey National Hockey League coach, Herb Brooks. The all time career leader among goaltenders in regular season games played with 1,029 and wins with 551. Patrick is also first in playoff history in games played with 247, wins with 151, and shutouts with 23. He won four Stanley Cups, three Conn Smythe Trophies as the MVP, and three Vezina Trophies as the National Hockey League's top goaltender. Following retirement in 2003, Patrick moved into management joining his hometown Quebec Remparts and the Quebec Junior Major Hockey League, and last season went behind the bench and coached the Remparts to the Memorial Cup Championship. Festivities begin Saturday with the Hall of Fame game between the Canadiens and Toronto in Toronto, and conclude Monday evening with the formal induction on TSN at 7 p.m. eastern time. Again we thank Patrick for taking the time to join us and answer us questions related to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Slam,
Slava Kozlov gives new meaning to flying under the radar. "That's the way it was in Detroit and now here in Atlanta," Kozlov said with a laugh. He was overshadowed in Hockeytown by such greats as Steve Yzerman, Sergei Fedorov and Brendan Shanahan and he remains somewhat overlooked in Atlanta thanks to fellow Thrashers wingers Ilya Kovalchuk and Marian Hossa. Did anyone take into account that the 34-year-old Kozlov sat fourth in NHL scoring heading into Thursday's games with 22 points (8-14) in 18 games?continued
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
"His legacy is taking a group of talented kids that nobody gave a chance of winning to molding them into a group that would play at the top of their ability at the proper time," explained Brooks' longtime friend and confidante Lou Nanne. That's all Brooks wanted.... Speaking at Brooks' funeral in August 2003, Mike Eruzione admitted that he would still feel he had done something wrong whenever Brooks called his home years after the Olympics. Fear, loathing, respect, admiration, all of those were qualities or feelings Brooks evoked in his players, said John Harrington, a member of that team who has been coaching college hockey since 1984 and who recruited and coached Dan Brooks at the University of Denver.read on
from the Philadelphia Flyers,
“It’s not 100 percent yet. It’s obviously not the ankle because the doctor said it is fine. So I don’t think it’s the ankle. I hope it’s not the ankle. I think it’s just a skate problem and we are trying to find a right fit. We have tried plenty of things (including molds and braces) and I hope we are getting closer. There has to be a solution otherwise it’s going to be hard. It’s a little frustrating when you get out there and you feel that you can do more.read on
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The Senators' confidence is oh-so-fragile now and it begins in goal, where Gerber is doing his best impression of Patrick Lalime, circa 2002. Lalime always played just well enough to seduce the Senators into thinking that just maybe, possibly, his goaltending was good enough to carry them to a championship.read on
NEW YORK (November 9, 2006) – For the first time ever, the NHL-All Star Fan Balloting process will be entirely digital. From Nov. 15 through Jan. 2, fans around the world can “CLICK TO VOTE” for the Eastern and Western Conference All-Star starters for the 2007 NHL All-Star Game on-line at NHL.com and through Bell Canada cell phones.
Steve Wozniak of the South Bend Tribune,
Marc-Andre Fleury was supposed to be the savior of Pittsburgh hockey when he was drafted first overall by the Penguins in the 2003 NHL draft. But rather than let the teenager develop further in junior hockey, the Penguins threw him to the wolves in desperation for an immediate winning turnaround. And the wolves, of course, ate him alive, pummeling the overwhelmed rookie and sending the Penguins to another losing season in 2003-04. [...] Pittsburgh realized it had made a mistake in trying to rush perfection, with then-general manager Craig Patrick saying, "We thought it was best for him to go back to his junior club, considering our circumstances, and put him in a situation where he's got a chance to win some championships."continued on matters of the NCAA and NHL draft
Sources tell TSN a modest groundswell of supporters are trying to encourage Mike Keenan to consider coaching Finland in the 2010 Winter Olympics. Keenan hasn't officially been approached by Finnish Hockey executive Jari Kurri, but he has spoken to Florida Panthers captain Olli Jokinen about the job.continued
By Bill Houlihan So, I guess if your team is in the midst of a seven-game winning streak, playing the league's most stifling defense and leading their division, strife in the room is sure to follow. No? Yeah, I find it a bit hard to imagine myself. But, hey, that hasn't stopped Andy Strickland (a self-ackowledged "expert on all things Blues") from claiming today that trouble's on the horizon in Hockeytown and it'll arrive by Christmas. Yep. Andy, writing for Dwayne Klessel's Clearing House For Crap, AKA HockeyBuzz, says he has an in, a mole, an insider, feeding him info from deep within Joe Louis Arena. Young Andy says "someone close to the organization" has pulled him aside and said Mike Babcock's days could very well be numbered. Andy says Babcock's being called to Daddy's office weekly to discuss the team with Kenny Holland, that "star players are complaining to management" and, get this, that Nick Lidstrom is leading the revolt. Ohhhhh..now it makes sense. Now that Lidstrom's involved I can see it. Nick Lidstrom, the rebel. Lidstrom, the muck raker. Andy says Lidstrom's instructed his teammates to stay silent during specialty team meetings (those same meetings that could perhaps lead to improving Detroit's 27th ranked power play). This would be the same Nick Lidstrom who played for one Scott Bowman, a true trailblazer in mind-gamesmanship, for seven years. So, the crux of this issue…just weeks after Marty McSorley was blasted in two countries for making similar claims? Who's your source Andy? Give us a hint. Drop a name, title, organizational standing on us. Exec, player, trainer, reporter? Something other than "someone close". I know you don't have to provide it because, frankly, no one ever does over at Dwayne's Brothel of BS. But, Andy? I have a sneaking suspicion who your source is. Let's see…who would have an axe to grind in St. Louis? Who has a well-deserved reputation of seeking out microphones like a Pred fan to a possum filet (just made that up…thanks)? Andy, if your "source" is Manny Legace, you may want to ask him who HIS sources are. I'm not sure his ex-teammates would be real willing to chat with The Mouth, considering one of the last images they have of him was the prone position of martyrdom in an Edmonton crease. See, he kinda left on bad terms. Is there a chance the Wing players don't give Mike Babcock tummy rubs before practice every day? Yep. They may not enjoy playing for him. But, here's the thing Andy. They're playing his style, and they're playing it well, and they're winning. If the Wings were, say, dropping down the tough Central standings like the Blues, there may be some validity to an unnamed source telling you the Wings will "implode by Christmas." But all you've given us today is a standard Dwayne Klessel menu item…unattributed, sourceless, rumor.
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