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from the LA Times,
Just as two linchpins of the Ducks’ defense corps are set to return to the lineup, the team will likely lose Scott Niedermayer — at least for Sunday’s home game against the Dallas Stars.
Niedermayer, who has been nursing a stress fracture in his right foot but hasn’t missed a game yet this season, said it may be some time before he is back in skates.
After seeing a foot specialist Thursday, the Ducks’ captain said his injury isn’t improving.
“It may be another week or so,” he said, casting doubt on whether he will play Wednesday when the Ducks host the Phoenix Coyotes.
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from Larry Wigge at NHL.com,
While some goaltenders refuse to even talk on the day of a game trying to be as focused as possible for one of the toughest jobs in sports, Turco spent the week wearing a mike and earpiece to try to let the fans in on just what goes through the mind of a player in this perilous, can’t-win position. And there he was just over one hour before the All-Star Game in Dallas sitting in the press lunch room with his dad, Gino, chatting away about all things hockey.
“I don’t want to think about what happens to me out there on the ice ... until I have to,” Marty laughed. “All-Star Games tend to be a graveyard for goalies and I’d just as soon not overthink for this one. It’s like night and day’s difference from the regular season. It’s get-in and get-out without much damage for one period without every getting comfortable with zero warmup, except for the starting goalie.”
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
The NHL’s All-Star Game is gone until next season, but International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel is angling to put on a different battle of the stars: The Stanley Cup champion vs. the best team in Europe.
“We must have a club championship – the winner of the Stanley Cup against the winner of the European Hockey League,” Fasel told The Hockey News in an interview with Paul Romanuk. “It is a must for the NHL and it is a must for us. It is a must for the hockey fans and for the game of hockey. Hockey needs it on both sides.”
from the Amesbury News;
The Jan. 13 golf ball-throwing incident at the high school hockey game between Amesbury and Newburyport found its way into print on the Left Coast last week, appearing in an edition of the Los Angeles Times. The four-paragraph blurb highlighted the tossing of a squid onto the ice, a practice started by Detroit Red Wings fans long ago. The six tentacles of a squid represent the “Original Six” teams of the National Hockey League
An octopus has eight tentacles, which represent eight wins to win the Cup, not six for the Original Six…
The Vancouver Canucks will be without centre Ryan Kesler for the next three to four months following hip surgery.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Still, GMs must be cautious; too many additions can upset whatever chemistry or personality has been developed in the room. Witness Buffalo’s decision a season ago to stand pat, a move that paid off as the Sabres went to the Eastern Conference finals.
For this season’s deadline, here are 10 teams that will need to make a move:
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Two GMs, attending All-Star festivities in Dallas, said the market is still pretty much dead, for two obvious reasons — one, that 29 teams still figure they have a chance to qualify for the playoffs; and secondly, the longer they wait, the less of a salary-cap hit they’ll have to absorb — and one less obvious one.
Some teams that are potential sellers have been quietly contacting player agents to see if the future unrestricted free agents on their rosters are interested in signing contract extensions with their current teams.
much more from Eric in his weekly wrap…
from the AP via Yahoo,
It prompted the first of many conversations the two would have, and a reason Miller, in the days leading up to making his NHL All-Star game debut at Dallas this past week, credited Izzo as having had a significant influence on his career.
“It was big,” Miller said. “It was my first real step in the right direction.”
Miller was 21 and entering his junior year when he was drawn to Izzo. The goalie was searching for ways to deal with the pressures that came after he was named college hockey’s MVP, and the expectations of fans wondering why he couldn’t get a shutout every game.
STAMFORD, Conn. (January 26, 2007)—VERSUS, the national cable television home of the National Hockey League (NHL), garnered a .7 HH rating which translates to 474,298 viewing homes and 672,948 total viewers for its telecast of the 2007 NHL All-Star Game on January 24. This was the first time the All-Star Game has been played since 2004. The viewership figures propelled VERSUS to a Top 15 ranked cable network in all of ad-supported cable television from 8:00p-11:15 p.m. ET on January 24 among the key male demographics: Men 18-34 (ranked #12), Men 18-49 (ranked #13), Men 25-54 (ranked #14). All figures are according to Nielsen Media Research and VERSUS Research.
The 2007 All-Star Game on VERSUS showed a bigger rating increase over its regular season average than any All-Star Game since at least 1999. The game on VERSUS was up 250 percent in HH rating from the regular season average (.7 vs .2) and in contrast, the All-Star Games on ABC showed a much smaller increase of 64 percent in both 2004 and 2003 (1.8 rating vs 1.1 rating, both years).
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