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from the Star-Ledger,
If it were at all possible, the Devils would probably pack up and say goodbye to Continental Airlines Arena even before they completed their final season in the building.
Although no one was specifically blaming the bad ice last night for groin injuries suffered by key forwards Patrik Elias and John Madden, there were enough complaints to suggest their poor home-ice conditions have done more to hurt the Devils than the rest of the NHL.
Call it an ironic, yet sweet coincidence!
Two big-time hockey fans, almost at opposite ends of the country, living in small towns, and running daily hockey blogs with all the passion of the sport, both entrenched in a battle for supremacy in the Kraft Hockeyville competition.
Both bloggers feels their towns worthy of the title.
from the Denver Post,
With the thunderous force of a hammer striking an anvil, the puck rang off the post of his goal, and Peter Budaj did not flinch.
What makes or breaks a goalie in the NHL can be found in the eyes. The best ones never blink.
Colorado will not win the Stanley Cup this year.
But, maybe, just maybe, the Avs have found a goalie who can take them to a championship.
It is safe to hang a No. 31 replica jersey in your closet.
Budaj is going to hang around. At age 24, he has grown up. One of the toughest jobs in Denver sports would make a lesser man crack.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
WARNING: The following information may offend or upset naive hockey parents in this province.
The NCAA scholarship road is drying up for Ontario hockey players. The opportunities that once existed are becoming fewer.
An investigation of the top 10 teams in U.S. college hockey this season shows only 59 Canadian players on those rosters, and only 11 of those from the Greater Toronto Area.
Eleven Toronto players on 10 teams? Sixteen on the top 15? That’s sixteen over four years of college.
Mike Chen just emailed me with the news his blog has been hacked.
He should be up and running in a few days.
He has his opinion on who did it, but I will let him comment on that if he wishes…
added 2:52pm, Mike is getting back on his feet…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
“Next week is not out of the question,” said Shanahan, whose team will follow weekend games against the Thrashers and at home the next night against the Bruins, with matches at the Garden Monday against the Penguins and Wednesday against the Flyers.
“[Within] 10 days is definitely my goal. From the time I first got on the ice [Monday], the thought the best case scenario would be under two weeks. When I first was hurt, I was thinking I’d be back for the playoffs. Then, I was aiming for the last week of the season. Now, I’m hoping it’s a little sooner.
from the Pioneer Press:
It’s a strange life being an enforcer, and more complicated than it used to be. Once simply a matter of intimidating opponents through brute force, the role has become more nuanced in the new, end-to-end era of NHL hockey.
And Derek Boogaard is getting very good at it.
The Wild’s 6-foot-7, 255-pound tough guy straddles two worlds, working on his skating and stick skills so he can play an effective shift without getting into a scrap, but also scouting opponents for potential trouble.
And that’s where his brother Ryan comes in.
from Kevin McGran of the Globe and Mail:
As if it isn’t enough they are paid millions of dollars to play a game, have fans screaming their names and stay in the best hotels in the best parts of the best cities, NHLers have another perk in their life: the afternoon power nap.
It’s a hockey tradition, probably as old as the game itself.
“It’s not a matter of `Will I?’ It’s a matter of `How long?’” says Maple Leafs centre Travis Green. “It’s just something we do.
“I guarantee we all look forward to it. It’s great. Even when I get home in the summer I tell my wife I’ve got to shut it down in the afternoon. We’re like robots.”
Steve Brisendine, AP, via Belleville News Democrat,
Kansas City, jilted by one NHL team, is dusting itself off and moving on.
The Pittsburgh Penguins’ decision to stay put leaves the Sprint Center, scheduled to open in October as the centerpiece of Kansas City’s downtown revitalization, still without the anchor tenant promised to the voters who approved it.
But despite their disappointment, local sports officials said that even being considered as the new home for one of the NHL’s best teams can only help them land another one - or, possibly, an NBA franchise instead.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Forsberg was acquired at such a high price to help push the Predators over the edge in the postseason. But the less he plays in the regular season, the greater the angst over whether he can deliver the goods once the stakes go up April 11. And of all the teams headed to the postseason, the Predators may face the highest stakes.
In some ways, the futures of Forsberg, the elite player, and Nashville, the emerging elite team, are tracking the same path—the future enticing, yet unknown.
Babcock would like to see Bertuzzi get in nine games, but it’s more likely going to be four or five and then it’ll be playoff time. He was not in Nashville on Tuesday and will not accompany the team on its two-game swing through Western Canada this weekend.
“He doesn’t have to be ‘the’ guy, just be one of the guys,” Babcock said of the big forward.
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