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Gut the Roster

From Aaron Portzline at Puck-Rakers (Columbus Dispatch),

I’ve asked Ken Hitchcock this a number of times, and he won’t go there publicly, which I totally understand. But a lot of the players here don’t have it in them to compete in 82 games a year. Yeah, they have moments where they look capable, and they say the right things, but they just don’t have the heart and guts to do it. Every five or six games, they prove that.

The Jackets are under-talented, yes. We’ve written that a bunch of times. But a roster gutting needs to be done to bring in some hyper-energetic guys who have fire in their bellies and the confidence that they’re good enough to outplay players on playoff-caliber teams.

Let’s face it: we’ve see what a lot of these players can do, and it’s simply not good enough.

more…

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Willing Combatants Only

From Jeff Marek at CBC,

Well, by now we’ve all seen the video of Patrick Roy’s son Jonathan attacking Chicoutimi netminder Bobby Nadeau.  If you haven’t seen the clip yet, have a look.  QMJHL commissioner Gilles Courteau will rule on the incident sometime Tuesday.

We all have our opinion on the incident itself. It appears that Patrick Roy motioned to his son to skate down the ice and attack the other goalie, who wanted no part of the encounter as is evidenced by the video.

I can never condone that.

more… plus Marek’s thoughts on Patrick Roy’s future as an NHL coach, perhaps of the Avalanche

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  Tags: coaching, fighting, jonathan+roy, patrick+roy, qmjhl

Watching The Game

NEW YORK (March 25, 2008)—Fueled by unprecedented League-wide competition for playoff spots and positions, the NHL is on pace to obliterate its March attendance records. A per-game average of 17,900 fans—97% of capacity—has filled NHL arenas this month. The existing March record average of 17,331 was set last season.

The late-season surge has ensured another season of record NHL attendance. The 2007-08 per-game average of 17,194 is running 1.7% ahead of the 2006-07 campaign, which concluded with a record figure of 16,961. The NHL will surpass 20 million in total attendance for the seventh consecutive season and will, for the first time in its 90-season history, conclude the regular season with a per-game average in excess of 17,000.

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Dipping Into The Email Bag

Emails answered at my NHL.com blog today.

Still trying to find out who sent the last one listed there!

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They Had Idols Too

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

For Saku Koivu, it was Jari Kurri. For Chris Pronger, Mike Bossy. Plenty of current NHL stars had heroes growing up, especially when it comes to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

continued

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Morning Line - Part 2

Gordie Howe from a Q & A in the Detroit Free Press,

“I always said I believed in religious hockey, and that it is better to give than to receive. I remember one guy said he tried to hit me all game but all he saw was tape. When I was playing, a coach might say, “You don’t like so and so?” And I’d say, “I don’t like any of them out there. When the game’s over, I like a lot of them, but on the ice is not a place to be liking people.”

more

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  Tags: gordie+howe

Phaneuf Is A Punk

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Phaneuf is a punk, by the way. And some day he’s going to get his, and it’s not going to be pretty for him. He’s going to hit one backside of a player too many, and somebody is going to rip that shield off his face and hand him his teeth….

This is a 22-year-old guy, at the top of his physical powers and who really has a lot of talent. But he doesn’t play an honorable game.
He hits you when your back is turned. Then, when you get mad about it and try to hit him back, he backs away and hides behind his shield, mouthing off. He’s got a lot of Bill Laimbeer in him.

read on

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf

Morning Line

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

Talk is veteran referee Mick McGeough is retiring at the end of the season and might have worked his last game in Montreal last night. You see the size of the bucket he wears? That thing could hold 12 of his favourite beverage. Pull up an easy chair and enjoy retirement, Mick.

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  Tags: mick+mcgeough

More NHLPA Email Talk

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

On the eve of a player agent meeting in Toronto tomorrow, the NHL Players’ Association has given to at least one veteran player copies of dozens of emails exchanged between disgraced former union executive director Ted Saskin and Don Meehan, hockey’s pre-eminent player agent.

Player agent Neil Sheehy and several other agents rebuffed in repeated attempts over the past months to obtain the emails from the union are scrambling to obtain the Meehan-Saskin emails hoping that they’ll reveal whether Meehan played an undisclosed role either in helping Saskin maintain his grip on his job, or in helping Saskin oust his predecessor, Bob Goodenow.

continued

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  Tags: don+meehan

Blues Respond To Savard Comments

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

On Monday, as the Blues were preparing for tonight’s game against Detroit, some took exception to Savard’s comments.

“Deni Savard trying to question our toughness or question our methods is beyond me,” Jackman said. “He played in a day and age when there was a fight every whistle and gloves in faces. If he’s got a problem with it, then he’s just not looking at what he played through.

“Those are their two best players. If they want to play in this league a long time, it’s going to be a situation where they’re going to have to face some adversity and that’s having to play through things. Kane had his stick on our goalie every whistle and Toews was standing in front of the net. If they want to go to the net, it’s a physical game. Sorry that we hurt their feelings.”

more

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  Tags: barrett+jackman, denis+savard

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