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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The Panthers may have been the better team by far in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Leafs, but their accomplishments caused barely a ripple among the local citizenry. As always, the announced crowd at whatever the Panthers are calling their arena this season was as accurate as an NHL news release on its attendance. The claim was that there were 13,233 found-ins, although a better guess would have been 7,000.... This sets a body to wondering whether the Panthers have elbowed their way ahead of the Atlanta Thrashers on the list of NHL teams most likely to change cities. Panthers owner Alan Cohen has deeper pockets than his predecessors, but you have to wonder how long he will let the bleeding continue.more
Deposits are being accepted for season tickets to the Hartford Whalers although the team no longer exists. The Hartford Whalers Booster Club is hoping to persuade a new owner to bring a NHL team to Hartford. Club members said that they hope if they collect enough deposits for season tickets it will convince a potential owner that there is a desire for the team to return to the city.continued...
Steve Yzerman was on Detroit radio this afternoon, talking about the Wings, the NHL and the Lester Patrick Award he is receiving on Monday. Steve mentioned the NHL game is still in transition. The removal of the red line has opened up the game and he really enjoys the bigger offensive zone, and as Steve mentioned, all done without increasing the ice surface. Still feels the enforcement of the calls is too tight. He compared some calls to an NBA game, you know, where all the players are looking at each other about the call that was just made. He believes the NHL enforcement of the calls is too extreme and the physical play has been taken out of the game. He also states if the refs start backing off on some of the calls, a league wide panic may set in again, claiming the game is going back to the old ways of calling penalties. He does hope the game evolves into letting the players somewhat decide the outcome of the game. Steve believes the Wings are improving as a team. Even though their stats may no show it, the Wings are a tougher team to play against and the shots allowed per game is very low, which translates into success during the playoffs. He believes the younger talent is starting to blossom, mentioned Franzen and Lebda are beginning to show what they are made of. He is honored to be receiving the Lester Patrick Award. Credited the Red Wings organization for making the game much more popular in the Michigan area and feels he is accepting the award on behalf of the Wings. On a side note, I will be covering the Lester Patrick Awards in Detroit on Monday. Stories will appear at KK and at NHL.com next week.
"I think it's good we are getting out on the road for an extended period of time with the Xs and Os and all the teaching we have done and the time we have spent trying to teach our team concept. I think when you go on the road and are together with no wives, no babies, no girlfriends, no boyfriends or whatever it may be, you end up being together, and that's where your chemistry starts coming together in the locker room." -- Tampa Bay Lightning coach John Tortorellamore quotes from Phil Coffey's "Quoteworthy" at NHL.com
from the AP via TSN,
Peter Forsberg wasn't going to let his temper get him in trouble twice in one night. The Philadelphia Flyers captain says he was so angry after Thursday's 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay that he left the arena without talking to the media to avoid a possible fine for criticizing officials. "You want to win the game; you're so close," Forsberg said. "We battled back and it could have been a huge win. It's pretty frustrating. "I don't usually criticize the refs, but it's tough when you try to do your best and you don't get a fair chance."more
from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
If you accumulate all the things teams say they need, the Detroit Red Wings would play 150 games a season and criss-cross the continent twice a week, while the New York Islanders and Phoenix Coyotes would only be asked to play about 20 games. All at home. Fact is, regional and divisional rivalries are still the best way to build the game, but you have to give them time to percolate. People often recall the wonderful days of the Original Six, and those teams were competing against each other a dozen times or more a year. And suddenly eight is too many?more...plus attendance problems in some cities...
from the Carolina Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that Ron Francis has joined the Hurricanes front office as Director of Player Development. In his role, Francis will work with and assess players in the Hurricanes system and report to Director of Pro Scouting Marshall Johnston. “Ron’s knowledge of the game of hockey and his experience as a player go without mention,” said Rutherford. “Having Ron in this role will be a true benefit to the players and the Hurricanes organization.”continued
But there is more to examine than just an increase in the number of hat tricks, a rarity in the days of the neutral-zone trap and the clutch-and-grab NHL, which seem like a distant memory. It's the type of hat tricks that happened in October, and the timing of them, many dramatic, many just outright amazing, that is especially noteworthy.Continue reading
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
How about this as the National Hockey League's biggest early-season surprise story: One month into the season, while nobody was looking, everybody's choice for laughingstock-team-of-the-year, the New York Islanders, quietly became a respectable club. Yes, those are the Islanders, holding down sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings, thanks to a 4-1-1-1 home-stand that ended this week and helped them overcome a disastrous 1-3-1-0 start on the road.continued...plus injury talk and the reporting of such injuries...
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
There are so many reasons why Gordon "Red" Berenson is deserving of the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States. He has won a Stanley Cup and a World Championship as a player and two NCAA titles and the NHL's Jack Adams Award as a coach.... "You're a young kid when you get there and many kids are away from home for the first time," said Philadelphia Flyers left wing Mike Knuble, who played with Shields and Ward. "Berenson is a father figure to you and he doesn't baby you at all. He runs the program like an NHL team. He flipped it around from a great school with a so-so hockey program to a great school with a great hockey program....."read on
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