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from the Los Angeles Times:
Avery has been penalized for diving four times since October, but it has yet to hit him in the wallet. The NHL implemented harsher penalties this season, with a $1,000 fine for the second offense and a possible suspension for the third offense.
Those penalties are discretionary, a league official said.
Avery, who was called for diving against the Edmonton Oilers in Monday’s game and against the Detroit Red Wings Saturday night, said the league had not contacted him. He was also called for diving against the New York Rangers on Oct. 30 and against the Phoenix Coyotes on Oct. 19.
Doesn’t that take the “detrimental” part out of fining diving?
from the St. Peterburg Times,
But the Lightning captain still faces the strong likelihood of serious hip surgery at the end of the season, putting the 12-year NHL veteran’s career in jeopardy.
“There’s no getting around it anymore,” Taylor said by phone Wednesday. “I’ll cross that path when I come across it. I’ve been told that no one has come back to play hockey afterward, but I’m going to do everything I can to get back.”
from the Patriot Ledger,
Dave Lewis is not the sort of coach who names names when things go wrong.
That almost doesn’t matter these days, because Lewis wouldn’t have the time to recite the name of every player on the Boston Bruins’ roster, anyway.
Stuck in a post-holiday funk in which they have been unable to control their generosity, the Bruins try again tonight to right themselves in a game against the New York Islanders at TD Banknorth Garden.
‘‘It’s an everybody thing,’’ Lewis said after practice yesterday. ‘‘It’s a collective effort - exactly the same as when you win.’’
NEW YORK (Jan. 10, 2007) – As part of the 2007 NHL All-Star Celebration, American Airlines will serve as the title sponsor of “NHL Salute to a Generation of Stars,” held on Monday, Jan. 22 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. This salute, hosted by Academy Award-winning actor and long-time hockey fan Cuba Gooding, Jr., will serve as a showcase of two generations of hockey players: those who dominated and those inspired by their greatness. This presentation will follow open practices of the 2007 Eastern and Western All-Star teams, presented by Verizon Yellow Pages.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
The thought of Brett Hull on NBC hockey telecasts that begin this weekend should send shivers up the spine of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman if, and only if, what happened on Wednesday’s conference call can be taken on to the telecasts.
Hull was at his outspoken best when he ripped the current NHL schedule, which limits visits by Sidney Crosby and others to Western Conference fans as “asinine”. He also carved up the new form-fitting uniforms as “completely ugly”.
He took shots at the way the New Jersey Devils play and the L.A. Kings for “muzzling my friend Sean Avery.”
from the Courier Post,
“He looked terrific,” Stevens said after watching Forsberg participate in his first practice with the team since Dec. 15. “It’s the most energized I’ve seen him in a long, long time.”
Despite reassurances from more than a dozen doctors that his right foot is perfectly functional after offseason surgery, Forsberg said he still is not 100 percent satisfied with the way his right skate fits his foot, insisting the foot is “a little crooked.”
“I don’t think I’ll be playing my best hockey, but I have to keep on battling,” Forsberg said. “We have a lot of injuries, everybody’s hurt, and I’m trying to come back as fast as possible.
“Is it 100 percent? No, it’s not 100 percent. But I have to play.”
from the Arizona Republic,
Wayne Gretzky expects the Coyotes to make the playoffs this season.
“Absolutely,” Gretzky said, inspired by his team’s seven-game winning streak. “But I also know we’ve got our work cut out. It’s a tough conference with a lot of good teams, but I believe if you look at our team . . . they’re answering all the questions you need to answer to at least have a chance. Now we still have a long way to go. Don’t get me wrong. But at least we’ve put ourselves into position to be in that (race for the postseason) now.”
from the Edmonton Journal,
Edmonton Oilers fans know their club needs some help on defence and like antsy, bouncing-off-the-walls small children on Christmas Eve, they want GM Kevin Lowe to deliver a puck-moving defenceman N-O-W!...
But since Lowe is not given to impulsive moves, it may be a while before any talent-upgrade moves are made. One thing we do know is there is no Chris Pronger available, so if and when the Oilers do make a move, it is likely to be either a rental, a la the
Bruins’ Brad Stuart, who becomes an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, or a solid but unspectacular upgrade a la ex-Oiler Eric Brewer, who might be available if St. Louis head man John Davidson begins to off-load assets with a view to the rebirth of the Blues.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Let’s face it. The Rangers simply don’t have enough players with gumption. They don’t have enough young legs. They don’t have role players who productively fill defined roles. They don’t have a line that’s capable of planting the opponents’ defense’s faces into the glass. They don’t have a unit that can provide an energy boost by sacrificing their bodies for 40 seconds at a time.
They had that line last year. They had the perfect hard-hat, blue-collar force in Dominic Moore, Jed Ortmeyer and Ryan Hollweg, then they went and sent Moore away in exchange for Adam Hall over the summer in what quickly has become the most misguided deal of Sather’s tenure.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Ferguson’s plan for the Maple Leafs this season was rather elementary: Be better in goal, cut down on the goals against, be more effective on the penalty kill. “We don’t have to score more,” the fledgling general manager said, “we have to give up fewer goals.”
Ferguson’s blueprint, while interrupted but not disguised by the steady onslaught of injuries, has never come to be. The team he envisioned, the team he intended to build, is not this team. The plan he had has been exposed as inefficient.
Go back to the off-season and remember: At the June draft, Ferguson traded for Raycroft. When free agency hit a few days later, Ferguson spent almost $10 million US a season for Kubina, Hal Gill and Michael Peca.
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