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Stan Fischler of MSG sat down with the three New York area GMs and discussed the above mentioned topics.
from All Things Avs,
...He fires up the opposing team, and crowd, too much by trying to be Steve McQueen on the ice and going after anyone who hits him. What happens is, Player X from the other team lays a big hit on him. Foppa gets mad and either tries to run said player, or lifts his hands in frustration to the ref over a non-call. Then the home crowd gets into it, mocking Foppa for whining and the home team gets into it because they know they’re getting Foppa off his game mentally, so they keep hitting him.
So, by then, Foppa is rattled, the home crowd makes it a sport to mock him and goes nuts when the next home team player lays the next hit on him. Forsberg would be much better off just letting it go, playing a skill game and avoiding all the rough stuff.
more on the Avs…
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The Atlanta Thrashers are embracing a unique way of building a Stanley Cup contender. Instead of holding management accountable for errors, ownership appears set to reward those mistakes with job security.
It’s a novel concept, one we’re sure GM and interim coach Don Waddell favors given that he appears set to return for yet another kick at the can despite the fact the Thrashers will complete their eighth season of play without having won a single playoff game.
A drive from the bottom of the circle…
from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Many fans want the Blues to play their kids more, to see what David Perron, Roman Polak and others could do in the remaining games.
But I can see why Murray doesn’t go there. His long-term challenge is to create a winning culture within the organization. His immediate challenge is to stave off a total collapse and keep his players from becoming demoralized.
He must find new ways to present his message and enforce his expectations. He must find ways to refresh the atmosphere.
from 850 The Buzz,
Conventional wisdom says the Carolina Hurricanes playing home games during the height of hoops season is a recipe for sparse crowds at the RBC Center. So much for the conventional way, since the Canes sold out games opposite the Duke / UNC season finale and the ACC Tournament Final.
listen to the Rutherford interview…
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer!
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The NHL has its destroyers (Georges Laraque), true heavies (Jody Shelley, Derek Boogaard) and agitators like Zack Stortini of the Edmonton Oilers and Daniel Carcillo of the Phoenix Coyotes.
Agitators are often big on talking and hitting, but they also back it up.
Carcillo, in particular, spends an inordinate amount of time sitting next to the timekeeper in the penalty box.
from the Chronicle Journal,
Lines were forgotten and cheeks became flush, but the North End Flames‘ foray onto the national stage couldn‘t have gone any better.
This Saturday night, the Thunder Bay atom hockey team will share the spotlight with their hockey heroes as they introduce Hockey Night In Canada as part of the program‘s pre-game show, Scotiabank Hockey Tonight. The segments were taped Tuesday afternoon at the Tournament Centre with many family members and supporters on hand adding to the pressure.
“Awesome,” said Flames goalie Christian Palmquist, 11, when asked what the experience was like. “It‘s like you‘re a star.”
from Simpson on Hockey,
The fact that the Edmonton Oilers are even in the playoff race with nine games to go is in itself an accomplishment.
But winning nine of 11 at such a critical time in the season to get them there is even more impressive….
The players who head coach Craig MacTavish hoped would someday be the leaders of this team have developed at such a fast pace that they are leading this team through one of its most challenging seasons.
from the Star-Telegram,
The Dallas Stars’ latest run has been forgettable.
They’ve lost five of their past six games. They’ve lost their lead in the Pacific Division. They’ve lost, at least for now, home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
They’ve just done too much losing.
But, after a two-day hiatus from the ice, the Stars say they haven’t lost their focus. In Stars land, the glass is still half full.
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