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Q & A with Derek Boogaard, from the Star-Tribune,
Q Do you like fighting?
A Oh, yeah. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t be doing it. You can’t sit there and just do something. You have to have a passion for what you do. There has to be intensity. If that’s not in your fighting, you’re going to get hurt or beat badly a lot. ... You have to know when to turn off the switch and flip on the switch. It comes with age, just like anything. Gabby [Wild winger Marian Gaborik] is faster than he was when he was 18. It’s just the way it is.
Q Why do you think it is still a viable part of the NHL game?
A It’s always been a part of the game, and if you try to take it out ... I mean, they’re putting little rules in and stuff like that where they’re trying to “ix-nay” it, but I think it would be bad for the game. You would see a lot of high-sticking. Guys won’t respect each other as much. A lot of stuff that’s not good.
from the Washington Post,
Ovechkin and his teammates are keenly aware of how important winning is to attracting fans and holding their attention. The Capitals played themselves into playoff contention last month by winning seven of nine games, but have since dropped seven of their last eight and are on the fringe of the race for the team’s first postseason birth since 2002-2003.
Ovechkin added: “Capitals fans are great fans. But sometimes there’s not many. I want more. When you go to the ice and you see lots of people, it’s a better atmosphere. When Washington has lots of people, it’s unbelievable.”
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The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired defenseman Ric Jackman from the Florida Panthers in exchange for a conditional draft pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
from Scott Burnside or ESPN,
There is already a sense of the past tense about Peter Forsberg.
At age 33, it is no longer news when Forsberg gets injured (as he was early in the Flyers’ surprising 3-2 victory over the Islanders on Tuesday), but rather when he plays.
And when—or if—that might happen again is anyone’s guess, especially Forsberg’s.
“It’s the same problem as before. It’s just coming back,” the slick center told Philadelphia reporters after he went to the dressing room with a groin pull after playing 6:59 of the first period Tuesday. “It’s frustrating because it goes on and on. So we’ll see what we can do. We’ll try to figure it out. We’re working and working and working….”
from Ben Wright at AtlantaThrashers.com,
The team has been tested lately as several players have missed time with injuries and illness, particularly on the blueline. How does it feel to finally have enough depth to rely on during these stretches?
This is the most depth we’ve ever had at every position starting with goalies right through defense and forwards. We know we’re going to have injuries. We went through it last year and we’ve gone through it every year. There’s no doubt that we feel good about the guys that have been able to jump right in and play. With Coburn coming in and doing well and with Popovic playing a few games for us- we feel that he can step in right now also. It’s a nice luxury to have, but you can never have too many quality defensemen, especially at this time of year because you know that injuries are always going to be a part of the game.
Does Foxsports.com contributor Alanah McGinley-Downie have the proper qualifications to bring her hockey musings to the world? Of course she does.
Looks as if Alanah will be asking for a big raise now- she too joins the Fox Crew.
Maybe we can work something out if she hooks me up with Jillian Barberie.
David Amber at ESPN in a Q & A with Ray Whitney,
Q: Any crazy characters from those great Oilers teams?
A: I remember Ken Linseman had a couple of dozen sticks in his rack and he’s flexing them and weighing them and really checking them out. Then, he took a few sticks and put them aside. The rest, which was more than a dozen, he wrapped up and wrote on them in black marker “NFG.” So, I go up to him and say, “What’s NFG mean?” He says, “It’s No F-ing good,” and he tells me to send them all back. [Laughs]
Q: So, he was pretty picky with his sticks?
A: Yeah, he was really picky. Gretz was the other way. He always had a few dozen sticks on his rack and he would come in and say, “Cut me five today.” He didn’t look at them once. He felt comfortable with whatever stick he used.
via the Detroit Free Press,
Center Pavel Datsyuk was a surprise scratch for Tuesday’s game. Wings spokesman Mike Brinich said Datsyuk was day-to-day with an undisclosed injury, believed to be a groin.
Anyone who watched the game, saw Datsyuk get wacked on the wrist and then possibly the arm or ribs, all courtesy of Rob Blake.
He skated off the ice in pain, and did not return. Did he hurt his groin skating to the bench?
from E. M. Swift at Sports Illustrated,
On a night when the past was being honored in Detroit—Steve Yzerman’s jersey was hung from the rafters alongside those of Gordie Howe, Sid Abel, Terry Sawchuk, Ted Lindsay, and Alex Delvecchio—the future was also being foreshadowed:
Anaheim versus Detroit, two clubs that match up against each other like, well, Ducks and Wings. The best in the west (Anaheim is now 28-8-6, despite losing three straight) against the best in the NHL over the last 10 games (Detroit is 8-1-1). The Wings won Tuesday night’s game against the injury-plagued Ducks, 2-1, but look for these teams to meet again in May in the Western Conference finals.
from the Hockey News,
As for the Tournament of Tournaments, I think the competition would be as follows (some forwards have been moved around due to exceptional talent and a dearth at certain positions):
Team 1990s: Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman, Jaromir Jagr, Ray Bourque, Scott Stevens, Dominik Hasek.
Team 80s: Mark Messier, Wayne Gretzky, Mike Bossy, Paul Coffey, Denis Potvin, Patrick Roy.
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