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from Wallace Matthews of Newday,
Note to Gary Bettman: Cancel the rest of your meaningless regular season. Trash-can your endless rounds of playoff games between teams nobody knows or really cares about.
Just match the Rangers and Islanders in a best-of-seven for the Stanley Cup.
Start it on Monday, get it over by Easter, resurrect your dying league and let us all get on with our lives.
from Alan Adams at Sportsnet,
• Doug MacLean is a great guy, but it’s obvious his plan to take the Blue Jackets to the next level is off track. If the Blue Jackets’ ownership wanted to make an astute move, they’d find a way to pry Jim Nill away from Detroit where he’s the longstanding assistant GM of the Red Wings.
• Lets’s face the facts here. The Coyotes are not a success on the ice and off the ice the team is said to be losing bucks. So why not have the league’s head office in New York create a job for Gretzky. Make him the NHL’s Hockey Ambassador. It’s better than watch a star fall to earth.
more NHL bits…
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Superstitious, Dany Heatley is not.
At least when it comes to his stick and his health, anyway.
The Senators sniper conferred with those who would know before reporting yesterday he goes through “16 dozen” Stealths in a single season.
That’s a total of 192 Synergy sticks—and a retail value of approximately $57,600 to spare you the arithmetic.
from On the Islanders Beat blog at Newsday,
According to an Islanders spokesman, Ryan Smyth did not suffer a significant injury in the final seconds of the Islanders’ 2-1 loss to the Rangers, and he is expected to play in their next game against Washington on Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum.
Smyth’s injury received considerable attention at the end of the game telecast, and team officials at first said they had no information. Coach Ted Nolan also said he hadn’t spoken to Smyth. But word came shortly before midnight that Smyth is “fine” and will not miss any time.
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
“When I became GM, I didn’t think it was the right thing to do to trade Vinny. I said I won’t be the guy who traded Vinny Lecavalier — that won’t be my legacy,” Feaster said. “Since then, he has been MVP of the World Cup of Hockey, helped us win a Stanley Cup and win two division titles and chasing a third, and he’s on the verge of being the leading goal scorer of the National Hockey League. Why would I consider it now?”
The message is clear: The Lightning aren’t going to trade Lecavalier this summer.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
“[Simon] has been a pretty honest guy his whole career, but that was disgusting,’’ said the Rangers’ Sean Avery, a vital force again. “I don’t think he should be allowed to play another game the rest of the year.
“I mean, that was just as bad as [Marty] McSorley. I was in shock. Let’s see if the league makes a statement here.’‘
added 7:55am, via the New York Times,
“I’ve always been known as a clean guy and I just feel bad for letting my team down,” Simon said. “I just don’t really want to say anything about the incident right now because I have to talk with the league first.”
Hollweg did not express anger at Simon.
“I’m a little surprised,” Hollweg said. “As far as I knew we respected each other as hockey players and that’s it. I just play my game. And playing my game helped us win, so that’s good.”
added 8:33am, from Spector at his Fox Sports blog,
What will it take for the league to get serious in cracking down on this crap?
Three and five game suspensions aren’t enough to get the message across. It’s long overdue for the NHL to put some real teeth into the punishments they hand out for these kind of infractions.
From AP via KDKA.com,
The future of the Pittsburgh Penguins looks a little brighter after a four hour meeting in Philadelphia Thursday evening.
Owners Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux, Gov. Ed Rendell, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman met in Philadelphia for negotiations for a new arena for the team.
The talks ended shortly after 11 p.m., and the sides agreed to meet again next week.
“We had a very constructive meeting where significant progress was made,” the team and elected officials said in a joint statement. “The parties have agreed to meet next Wednesday. They have also agreed that no further comment will be made.”
Update 12:34 a.m. ET:
Video footage from KDKA televisions news with Penguins fans’ reaction to the situation.
Simon got run into the boards, takes it out on Ryan Hollweg… A blatant, two hander across the neck, mouth and lip area which drew blood.
Hollweg skated off on his own.
Simon is looking at a big time suspension.
Added 11:12 pm—From HockeyFights.com, includes video,
Hollweg laid Simon into the boards hard. Whether or not that hit was legal will probably be something that’s debated for a long time to come. What came after that, Simon getting up and catching Hollweg in the face with his stick, won’t be.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
It is difficult to imagine a scenario where Ted Saskin remains as executive director of the NHL players’ association.
The only question, it would seem, is whether there is a move to terminate Saskin, which some are suggesting is the basis for an NHLPA executive committee conference call on Sunday, or whether he resigns voluntarily.
continued... Settle this now. With the most exciting time of year for hockey fans just around the corner, we want hockey, just hockey. No court fight headlines, no he said this, just hockey.
from On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,
Alexei Yashin will make a huge leap from the injured list for the past 16 games into the thick of the playoff push against the Rangers tonight at the Coliseum in a game that figures to be played at maximum intensity. It’s a tough spot, and if Yashin shows he’s not up to it yet, his role in the third period likely will be limited.
Coach Ted Nolan plans to use Yashin to center left wing Viktor Kozlov and right wing Miroslav Satan, a combination that relies on skill and finesse. If the Islanders can stay out of the penalty box and get into more of a rhythm rolling four lines, their skill might make an impact on the scoresheet. But they probably only have two periods in which to do it, especially if the game turns into a nasty, physical affair.
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