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from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,
A perusal of the NHL through the first half of the schedule reveals one constant: streaks—as in winning and losing games in clusters. No team seems immune to prolonged losing, or incapable of extended winning, whether it sits atop its division or languishes near the bottom.
Certainly, losing skids lead to fan angst, but the other side of the equation is that winning streaks provide those same despairing fans with fresh hope.
Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo, Ottawa Senators left wing Dany Heatley and San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Jan. 7.
via the Colorado Avalanche,
Colorado Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles will be sidelined approximately four weeks with a broken left foot. Liles suffered the injury in the first period of Saturday night’s game in Minnesota.
Boston Bruins Executive Vice President, Charles M. Jacobs announced today that the team will honor John “Chief” Bucyk and his 50 years of service to the Boston Bruins by celebrating “Hail to the Chief Night” at the team’s February 13 game against the Edmonton Oilers. The game and surrounding festivities, which are presented by TD Banknorth, will begin at 7:00 p.m. ET.
“February 13, 2007 will be a special day for all of us here in the Hub of Hockey,” said Jacobs. “In our own special way we hope to honor the wonderful contributions that John Bucyk has made to the Bruins and the City of Boston over the past 50 years. Hail to the Chief!”
from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,
The NHL has moved the All-Star game from a Sunday to a Wednesday. It’ll be the first time since 1989 that the game is played on a weekday. And it’s a smart move.
The idea of All-Star Sunday was always a good one, but it never translated into ratings or attention. A spokesman for the league says the move was made in part to get a prime time slot where ratings are better. The only problem is—and, I know, this was supposed to be complimentary and I’m sliding back into my routine, but … the only problem is, the game isn’t prime time on NBC, it’s prime time on Versus. Unfortunately, it’ll be impossible to know what affects the ratings most.
from the CP via TSN,
The Carolina Hurricanes acquired defenceman Dennis Seidenberg from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for centre Kevyn Adams on Monday.
from the Flint Journal,
The United Hockey League is investigating an allegation that one of the Elmira Jackals coaches entered the vacant Flint Generals dressing room minutes before Saturday night’s game at Perani Arena.
Generals officials said a security camera in the hallway between the Generals dressing room and the benches captured the image about five minutes before the opening faceoff and that a security guard witnessed one of the coaches leaving the dressing room after about 60 seconds.
from Bob DiCesare of the Buffalo News,
It’s Darcy Regier’s job as general manager of the Buffalo Sabres to avoid making decisions based on emotion. If he believes the Sabres are better off with Marty Biron as their backup goaltender, if only the grandest of trade offers will spur him to action, then that’s the position Regier must maintain whether Biron, the world’s nicest guy, likes it or not.
via the Copenhagen Post,
Danish ice hockey passed a milestone three minutes into the New York Islanders away game against the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday.
When the Islanders fourth line hopped over the boards and onto the ice, centre Frans Nielsen was a part of it, making him the first Danish citizen ever to play in the world’s best hockey league….
True hockey trivia buffs will point out that Nielsen is technically the second Dane to play in the NHL. Poul Popiel, who emigrated from Denmark at the age of eight, played for a number of teams in the 1960s and 1970s. He was, however, an American citizen when he played.
Nolan previously indicated his frustration with Yashin’s ability to play through a knee injury, leading to a scoreless streak that coincides exactly with the Isles’ slide to 19-19-3. When a Yashin turnover led to a goal by Erik Cole and a 2-0 Hurricanes lead 37 seconds into the second period, Nolan benched the team captain the rest of the period.
“You look through the whole league, and your best players have to be your best players night after night,” Nolan said after the game. “That’s the price you pay to be an elite player. It just comes with the territory.
“Yashin is a premium player, so he’s got to play like that. That’s not adding any pressure on his game, except the facts are the facts. He’s got to play a little bit better, and we’ve got to support him.”
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