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Don Cherry was on the Fan590 in Toronto this morning, talking about no-touch icing. Listen to the conversation.
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,
Wednesday, captain Jarome Iginla and the players were back in full penitent mode after the 1-3 road trip. Vowing to up the intensity, they echoed comments made ad nauseum this season and last about getting serious. Vows that evaporate like a spring snow.
Coming from Iginla, there is at least the sense of sincerity in his resolve. In fact, the captain’s shoulders are a little too broad sometimes. As any dim bulb can see, he’s the Flames’ best player and has gone the long mile to make a success of the team. He’s a consummate diplomat with the media and as good with the fans as any player I’ve ever seen. Iggy shows up for games and fights.
That Captain Canada effort has given some players on the team a free pass, however.
Why do it when Jarome pulls the sled?
from the Vancouver Province,
The Vancouver Canucks haven’t clinched a playoff spot yet and this could look pretty silly if they were to somehow meltdown and miss them, but it’s time to look at what the best possible matchups for this team might be in the postseason.
If they can’t win their division and finish third overall, then clearly getting to sixth would have to be a priority because they would then matchup with another Northwest team. You only need to look at the standings to know that these teams are absurdly close.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
With the end of the regular season only two and a half weeks away, Colorado’s possibilities still run the gamut.
The Avs could:
a) Win the Northwest Division and claim the No. 3 Western Conference playoff seed. Because they will have finished strong and captured international attention with Peter Forsberg’s signing, they likely would become a fashionable darkhorse playoff pick.
b) Miss the playoffs altogether if they struggle and Nashville or Edmonton roars down the stretch.
c) End up somewhere in between, as the No. 6, 7, or 8 seed and going against a division winner in the first round.
from the Owen Sound Sun Times,
Pearce said he has sharpened skates for at least a dozen professional hockey players. It was his good friend and former Detroit Red Wings goalie Dennis Riggin, who helped him design the custom sharpening machine he uses today, specifically for goaltenders.
Pearce operated the first hollow grind machine in Western Ontario after his father purchased it from Winnipeg in the 1940s for 25 cents.
“It was the only machine in our area with a flat ground, cross cut,” said Pearce.
He ended up taking over the skate-sharpening business from his father and set up shop under the seats in the former Kincardine arena in 1948. He was just 16 years old.
Pearce’s secret to the perfectly cut skate, whether it be a hockey, goalie or figure skate, came from a machine he saw while playing hockey in Switzerland with the Kincardine Oldstars in 1977. He brought the idea home and built his own version of the machine.
from the Journal (Queen’s University),
Gare Joyce, author of Future Greats and Heartbreaks and a frequent contributor to ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, is a 20-year sports writing veteran, formerly of the Globe and Mail.
He said the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) is a largely untapped resource the NHL could take a closer look at.
“I think a lot of players who don’t track for the NHL but could be very viable players in the AHL or in Europe, a lot of them end up in CIS schools. It’s a more attractive option then starting down the route of being a career minor-leaguer or heading off to Europe,” he said.
“I think that the NHL overlooks and misses out on at least a couple of players who could fill roles. People look at Steve Rucchin as being as unlikely as a win in a lottery. … I don’t know why they would think that.”
from the Edmonton Sun,
If the Oilers win, they’re three points back of Vancouver for eighth spot, with another head to head game remaining. Lose and the Canucks are likely out of reach for good, and Edmonton will have to set its sights on the loser of tonight’s Colorado-Calgary game.
“I’m just really excited about the opportunity that the team’s created for itself,” said head coach Craig MacTavish.
“That’s all we can ask for, to play well enough to give ourselves continuing opportunity. And this really reeks and smacks of that opportunity. We feel like we’re in a pretty good state right now to handle it.”
from the Miami Herald,
Olli Jokinen, the captain, the leading scorer, the name most associated with Panthers hockey, understands the stakes for his team because he agrees this is the ‘‘biggest game,’’ of the season.
But he also has to have a clear understanding of what this means to him. Personally.
And that is this: He must keep the Panthers winning and pointed toward the playoffs, because if he doesn’t his reputation as a guy who can’t get his team in the postseason will only mushroom.
‘‘Every year you feel like a failure if the team doesn’t make the playoffs,’’ Jokinen said Wednesday. ``All the goals and points—that’s all stuff you want to put away. If the team doesn’t make the playoffs, it’s a failure.
from the Philadelphia Inquirer,
If the Flyers are going to make the playoffs, they will, by most estimates, need 91 or 92 points. So they have to earn nine or 10 points over these final eight games, four of which are against the Rangers and New Jersey Devils, who have given the Flyers problems this season. There are also two games against the resurgent fourth-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins, who have 89 points.
The Flyers are likely going to labor to collect points from these clubs, even if they sweep the remaining two games against the Islanders.
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