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“I’m your biggest fan!” a young man screamed in Henrik Zetterberg’s ear.
Hockey’s royalty gathered in Toronto Thursday night for the 2008 NHL award ceremony, but before Zetterberg, Alexander Ovechkin and Nick Lidstrom made it through the doors of the Elgin Theatre, they had to run a gauntlet of rowdy hockey fans along the red carpet on Yonge Street.
Many had waited hours for a glimpse of their heroes…
From Dan Wood at Ducks Blog,
Burke, though, isn’t the only name being bandied about by the out-of-control Toronto media. Reporters who cover the Leafs have also mentioned Doug Wilson of the San Jose Sharks, David Poile of the Nashville Predators, Darcy Regier of the Buffalo Sabres, Doug Risebrough of the Minnesota Wild, Jim Rutherford of the Carolina Hurricanes, Jay Feaster of the Tampa Bay Lightning and even Ken Holland of the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings. Along with Burke, that’s more than 25 percent of the general managers in the league, and the supposed logic is that any or all of them could become available after next season.
If nothing else, Toronto’s “brain trust” has given all of these men tremendous leverage to negotiate new contracts with their current clubs. Even worse, the Leafs brass has created more than one potential conflict-of-interest scenario. What if, for example, any of these general managers happens to swing a trade with Toronto, particularly if the deal might be construed as somewhat one-sided in either the short- or long-term? You think that might just raise some eyebrows at NHL headquarters?
Conn Smythe Trophy winner Henrik Zetterberg has added another honour to his 2007-08 collection, as the Detroit Red Wings forward has been named the first TSN NHL Player of the Year. The honour goes to the most outstanding player of the full season (regular season and playoffs) and was voted on by a 30-member panel consisting of current NHL players, coaches and GMs, the NHLPA executive director and the NHL on TSN broadcast team.
TSN will donate $5,000 (Cdn.) to Zetterberg’s charity of choice in recognition of this honour.
Ottawa GM Bryan Murray was on Fan590 in Toronto a talked a bit about Ray Emery and Wade Redden. It looks Emery will be bought out unless Murray can find a trade partner for him in the next week or so. Murray feels it is better if the part ways even though Hartsburg did coach Emery in Sault Ste. Marie.
Murray talked a little Wade Redden too and said he will not be able to match what Redden can get on the open market, so it looks like he is gone come July 1st.
From Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet.ca,
It is not called the NHL Hall of Fame. I’m pretty sure it’s the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Which is why Tuesday, when the Hall’s selection committee gathers in Toronto to decide this year’s inductees, I hope Igor Larionov gets the nod.
“I think he should too,” six-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings told Sportsnet.ca. “He’s that kind of special player. Watching him when I grew up in Europe, he was part of that Russian Five that never gave up the puck. They had it the whole time. [...] When I had a chance to play with him, I saw that too. He’s such a smart player. He wasn’t a big player but his smarts brought him so much success. He really deserves to be in the Hall.”
Unable to see very well during the last two weeks or so, I have been listening and listening to talk radio via the web.
Two words kept popping up when Mike Babcock was being interviewed and they were fantastic and fabulous when describing everything Red Wings.
Well, I want to steal those words and use them when describing my health at this time. It has been a very rough two weeks for me and I had doubts about my vision returning to normal. I want to thank everyone for their prayers, good wishes and the hundreds of emails I received from KK readers, MSM’s, and those involved in the game. My health is very close to 100% and I feel I can start to contribute to KK once again.
Hopefully Alanah can sleep the whole weekend and catch up on some well deserved rest. Many of you have witnessed what she has done to keep KK alive during my absence and I wanted to publicly thank her for “keeping the news coming”!
From Sam Carchidi at the Philadelphia Inquirer,
General manager Paul Holmgren called Mr. Dvorak a solid player and “fun-loving guy who couldn’t wait for practices to end so he could go and have a few beers. He was a throwback-type guy.”
The two were teammates for two seasons in the early ‘80s.
“He was an older player when he came here, but he was a strong player and a pretty good offensive player,” Holmgren said. “He would be a good player in today’s game.”
Holmgren said Mr. Dvorak reminded him of the “wild and crazy guys,” Georg and Yortuk Festrunk, played by Dan Aykroyd and Steve Martin. The actors played bizarre (and hysterically funny) Czech brothers in a recurring skit for Saturday Night Live.
Dvorak arrived in Philadelphia unable to speak a word of English, played his first NHL game at age 31, and was named the Flyers’ top defenseman in 1984. He also made quite an impression on many hockey fans, judging from the small pile of emails I’ve received about his death since yesterday. A very sad loss.
Update 12:52pm ET: More on Dvorak’s life at International Hockey Legends.
From Adam Proteau at The Hockey News,
So bust out the popcorn, get your shoes all sticky and have a gander at this season’s Oscar-caliber hockey franchises, and those more in line for a Razzie Award:
Movie: The Departed
Plot Summary: The early-season absences of Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne digs a hole even the talented Ducks can’t waddle out of.
Real Review: “Where once the bodies pulsated with life in all its vainglorious furor, here they drop like wooden ducks in an artificial pond.” – Rick Groen, The Globe and Mail
Initial reports came out late last night, but the Senators have now formally announced Craig Hartsburg’s new position.
Hartsburg: “It’s an honor to be coaching back in the National Hockey League again.”
Hartsburg’s last job in the NHL was as an assistant with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2004. He helped Canada capture gold at the IIHF World Junior Championship as Brent Sutter’s assistant in 2006 and as the head coach in 2007 and 2008.
Update 12:00pm ET: The Senators’ website notes that Hartburg’s contract is for 3 years.
*For reference, Hartsburg’s playing and coaching history.
*photo from Sportsnet.ca
From Chris Reidy at the Boston Globe:
Moth-ball those wing-tips, hockey buffs. Give those pumps and penny loafers a night off. As of now, you can purchase customized footwear that celebrates the Detroit Red Wings’ recent Stanley Cup victory.
That’s the good word from Reebok International Ltd., the Canton sneaker brand that is the “authentic outfitter” of the National Hockey League.
And that means customized Red Wings Stanley Cup footwear. Fortunately you can put other NHL logos on your feet, too.
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