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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Dan Craig also once created a rink on top of an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
Needless to say, he has this rink-building thing down to—pardon the pun—a science. And you don’t need to remind him how much his ice matters to the event.
“You’re going to have 70,000 people there, and seven million watching on the tube,” Craig said. “You know CBC and NBC have corporate partners they have to keep pleased. I’m very conscious of that.”
A sell-out in Chicago last night to watch the Blackhawks defeat the Oilers.
from the Bleacher Report,
Trade rumors buzzing around the Big Apple—about a multiplayer deal that could make a short- and long-term impact for both teams involved:
Jaromir Jagr, Michal Roszival, and Petr Prucha to the Phoenix Coyotes for Shane Doan and Ed Jovanovski.
The deal makes sense for both clubs.
I am beginning to lose faith in some of the hockey bloggers. After Jagr leaves Phoenix as quickly as possible at the end of the season, what does Phoenix do then?
from Lyle Richardson at the Hockey News,
So if you want a good forecast of which players are most likely to be dealt over the next two months, check out the list of potential unrestricted free agents.
It includes Marian Hossa, Brian Campbell, Mike Commodore, Cory Stillman, Pavol Demitra, Daymond Langkow, Kristian Huselius, Ron Hainsey, Joe Sakic, Mike Ribeiro, Nicklas Lidstrom, Brian Rolston, J-P Dumont, Brendan Shanahan, Jason Smith, Mats Sundin, Markus Naslund and Olaf Kolzig.
Don’t expect to see most – if any – of those players changing addresses by the trade deadline….
As long as those teams are in the playoff picture, none of the aforementioned will be dealt.
Instead, expect lesser lights or fading stars like Bobby Holik, Dmitri Kalinin, John-Michael Liles, Dick Tarnstrom, Keith Carney, Michael Ryder, Paul Mara, Brad Stuart, Marek Malik, Barret Jackman, Mike Johnson or Matt Cooke to become possible trade candidates.
from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,
The unfortunate thing about the Flyers going into the Christmas break on a six-game skid is that they have found the level of consistency they have been searching for, but it isn’t good: They are consistently finding ways to lose games they would have won earlier in the season.
The surprise team in the East early in the year now sits tied for last in the Atlantic Division in points with the Islanders, and tied for 12th in the Eastern Conference. Some of this has to do with Simon Gagne being out of the lineup since Nov. 8, but more of it has to do with the fact that they are not the “Broad Street Bullies.” They need to play tougher and desperately need to play better in their own end.
more on the Flyers and some consistency talk regarding NHL refs. In case you want to see the video Moran is referring to, here it is…
via Slap Shot at the NY Times,
Through Sunday night, Western teams’ records vs. Eastern teams was 38-27 — a decisive winning percentage of .585.
Last year, Western teams won 82 and lost 68 vs. the Easterners, good for a .547 winning percentage.
And in the first year of the current schedule, 2005-06, it was the West 79, the East 71 — a .527 winning percentage for the Westerners.
It may pain those of us who have always preferred the Prince of Wales Trophy to the Clarence Campbell Bowl, but the numbers don’t lie: the Western Conference is better than the Eastern Conference. And getting so much better all the time.
from the Edmonton Journal,
With seven minutes left in the second period their star winger was drilled on his left knee by Blackhawks forward Martin Lapointe. Hemsky hobbled off the ice, in enough trouble that he was not able to return….
“It was a dirty hit,” said Edmonton head coach Craig MacTavish. “He threw his knee out at him. It should have easily been (a five-minute major). It’s interference. It’s kneeing. How do you even brace yourself for that type of hit? There’s no need for a guy to do that. We have one of our best players taken out by a guy who plays 10 minutes a game.”
“I was just going to go around him,” Hemsky said. “I don’t know if he stuck out his knee or not but I hit it. It was knee-on-knee.”
watch the video of the hit…
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
If there’s one gift Tom Renney needs before the Rangers resume their post-Christmas action, it is a new drawing board.
His club needs a revised strategy - nothing major, however, - to get back on track.
Surely Santa can afford that drawing board for Tom.
As it happens, the Rangers coach has until Wednesday night, December 26 - known in Canada as Boxing Day - to complete some serious brainstorming.
via the Mercury News,
(Doug) Wilson isn’t ruling out anything if the situation continues. But he wouldn’t set a timetable for action other than the obvious one - the NHL’s Feb. 27 trade deadline.
Wilson said his team’s success on the road overshadows its problems at home. It shows the Sharks are capable of winning in unfriendly environments where the other team gets the final move on line matchups. And in the playoffs, that matters.
In fact, Wilson said, he might be quicker to act on the current situation if the team were winning at home and losing on the road.
from the Columbus Dispatch,
A handful of Blue Jackets sat in a hush-quiet dressing room, trying to find the right words last night after a 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators.
One player, out of sight from the media, broke the relative quiet by screaming: “We (expletive) choked!”...
“This is a brutal loss,” left winger Jody Shelley said. “(Nashville) played last night, and they were coming into our building.
“No excuse right now. We’re not happy, and we shouldn’t be.”
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