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via Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
Leksand, Sweden — United States defenceman Jack Johnson is not leaving the University of Michigan to join the Los Angeles Kings.
There was a buzz at the 2007 world junior championship yesterday that Johnson, the third overall selection of the 2005 National Hockey League entry draft, had already packed his bags and was primed to make his debut with the Kings next week.
But Johnson’s father, Jack Johnson Sr., said Thursday night that the rumour was fictitious.
“He committed to [Michigan coach] Red Berenson for the entire season,” Johnson Sr. said. “He’s going back to school.”
from Mike Chen at Fox Sports,
From the Home Office (as in my home office where my fax machine and filing cabinet are, along with my two-foot tall Wayne Gretzky MacFarlane figure) in Palo Alto, Calif., here are the top 10 NHL lessons learned in 2006:
10. JR is Employee of the Month: When Jeremy Roenick says he has rededicated himself to the game of hockey, he means it. That is, if rededicating himself means finding the best place in Vancouver to have a beer and eat dinner while your teammates are working hard doing, you know, what they’re getting paid to do.
Carolina Hurricanes defenceman Bret Hedican will undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left ring finger on Friday. Hedican is expected to miss three to four weeks of action following the surgery.
The 36-year-old leads all Carolina defencemen this season, averaging 20:53 of ice time per game and ranks third on the team with 61 blocked shots.
from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Emerging from his Downtown meeting this afternoon with state and local leaders, Penguins owner Mario Lemieux said he heard “very positive” comments from Gov. Ed Rendell, county Chief Executive Dan Onorato and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. But Lemieux didn’t rule out moving the Penguins to Kansas City, Mo.
Lemieux said he hopes “to move forward (on a decision) in the next week or so.”
“We had two great meetings today, one in Kansas City and one here tonight,” he said.
from Annie O’Neill of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Professional hockey players know a thing or two about playing hurt, but some of the Pittsburgh Penguins got new insight yesterday from a young man from Warren, Ohio….
He was sitting in a hospital bed with fresh stitches in a shaved patch on the right side of his head following brain surgery the day before. Mr. Segel is 20, a year older than Mr. Crosby and two years older than Mr. Armstrong. His perspective on life belied his years.
“Sure I have a little pain here and there,” Mr. Segel said. “The day that I let my pain bother me is the day that I say. ‘bye.’ And that’s not going to happen.”
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from Evan Grossman of NHL.com,
In no order of importance, the first requirement is to have been good. Another is carrying yourself or playing with a personality that was larger than life, an aura that helped that player to almost stand for the organization he played for. Winning is another rite of passage to the rafters. And last but most certainly not least, you should have been loved by the fans.
You don’t get your jersey sent up there if you were the worst player on the worst team who the fans booed every time you touched the puck.
This week, Gross Misconduct takes a peek around the league and predicts which players the 30 teams should eventually send to the rafters.
from Eric Duhastschek of the Globe and Mail,
But the biggest change is Luongo. Instead of a handful of journeymen that have passed through Vancouver since the Kirk McLean days, they now have a bonafide star in goal.
“I can’t say enough about him, not only his performance on the ice, but just in what he brings to our group in terms of a professional standpoint,” said Linden. “He is a complete professional in the locker room. He’s extremely confident in his ability. For me, it’s really refreshing. You see it in Jarome (Iginla) a lot. He’s one of those guys, where there is no ego involved - and that’s pretty much what I can say about Roberto….”
from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,
For the record, Allison would like to play again. But he’s not about to jump at just any offer.
“If you look at my career, I’ve been a point-per-game player every year,” said Allison, who had 17 goals and 60 points in 66 games with Toronto last season, in an interview with The Hockey News Thursday. “Some years I’m just under a point-per-game; other years I’m over. I know I probably won’t get the money (now) that I think I deserve, but I’ve made a lot of money in my career and I’m not in a position where I have to jump at the first offer that comes my way.”
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A good one from “The Instigator”.
from Eric McErlain at NBC Sports,
The bottom line: Love it or hate it—or just not care—the NHL All-Star Game isn’t going away. With that in mind, here are a couple of suggestions to spice things up:
1. Start the season off with a bang: Before the start of this season, the NHL promoted its return with a series of ads designed to remind fans that the league was actually still in existence. Though they were mildly amusing, might it not be better to promote the league’s return with an actual event rather than just a marketing campaign?
That’s right, it’s time to borrow an idea from the past and move the NHL All-Star Game to the start of the season and promote the game by kicking everything off with a showcase for the league’s top talent.
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