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from Brian Millner of the Globe and Mail:
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is right when he insists that it's far too early to draw any conclusions from the attendance figures. But it's not too early to point out that the NHL continues to lose ground in certain U.S. markets, including some long-standing hockey towns. Or that some franchises are badly run and poorly located, a reality that won't be altered by any of the changes meant to make the game more appealing. "The National Hockey League is going to continue to go through peaks and valleys and I don't think it's constructive for anybody to focus on the significant upticks or hand-wring too much over any of the shortcomings," said David Carter, the executive director of the University of Southern California's Sports Business Institute. "In the macro sense, the league is coming back. In a micro sense, looking market to market, there are certainly challenges."
Jean-Sebastien Giguere took part in a NHL tele-conference today.
Q. Like you said, with a guy like Chris Pronger in front of you, how much more of a calming influence has Chris been for you compared to maybe how you felt last year with some of the other defensemen around? JOHN SEBASTIEN GIGUERE: You know I was really comfortable with what we had last year. But I think having Chris, you know, probably one of the top three defenseman in the league, and having Niedermayer on our team as well, I think those guys on the ice will have to you know, like one is on the ice and the other one comes on the ice. It's a one two punch, and I mean for a goalie they're great. It's awesome having those guys on my team.
Bertuzzi's back is still an issue and he will not dress for the game tonight. He is seeing a doctor about his back and may miss the upcoming Panthers road trip.
By Alanah Downie I've been spending a lot of time lately, indoctrinating a non-hockey friend to the awesomeness of our favorite sport. Not knowing the game very well, it's hard for him to understand the sequence of brilliance that leads to an Ovechkin goal or a Luongo save -- he's learning, but it takes time. So today I sent him the video below just for the hell of it, and surprisingly, this is the highlight reel that finally got his attention:
from Arizona Central,
Shane Doan doesn't deserve this. He needs to find out that the grass really is greener on the other side. He needs to go play for an organization committed to winning. He needs to go somewhere where he has a chance to win.... Doan is the captain. It is his team. He becomes a free agent after the season and although he has stated his desire to stay, why would he want to. The Coyotes are farther from winning now than at any point in their desert existence. Doan could demand a trade and go to a contending team where he would have a chance to win, maybe the Calgary Flames, his hometown team. He could force the Coyotes' hands. Although neither side has attempted to negotiate a new deal at this point, if Doan comes out publicly and say he will test the market the Coyotes would have to trade himmore
Belinda Luscombe (bio), a senior editor at Time, wrote today about the process she went through to become an American citizen. She also used this comparison...
In a way it's probably a shame if I'm the 300 millionth American, because I'm not nearly as excited about becoming one as most of the other folks here. They're mostly beaming and chatting in hushed tones with all the family members they brought to watch a three-and-a-half-hour ceremony with no music, costumes or red carpet. Basically it's three hours of sitting and 15 minutes of picking up paperwork. As spectator sports go, this is up there with a visit to the DMV or an ice hockey game. I figure they keep it dull to provide contrast with with the moment of 300 millionth American unveiling, just like how Jim Carrey movies are so stupid so he can look more funny in them.You can read the full article but what I would like to do is invite Ms. Luscombe to attend an "ice hockey" game with me. I would hope I could change her opinion of the "ice hockey" game!
KK member Joe Pelletier sent in another submission for the "KK Free Friday" last week. I was suffering with the flu so decided to hold off posting this until today.
I have given Joe an open invitation for more of these type of themed articles and hope he takes me up on it. Also, make sure to check out his blogs- 1972summitseries.com & legendsofhockey.blogspot.com.
from the Arizona Republic,
Asked if what has transpired over the first few weeks of the season has made team ownership doubt Gretzky's coaching ability, CEO Jeff Shumway, who said he was speaking for himself and majority owner Jerry Moyes, said: "Absolutely not. In fact, I think it's exactly the opposite . . . The more I've gotten to know Wayne, the more I appreciate his great knowledge and his ability to handle the players and his ability to communicate with them." Gretzky, of course, also owns part of the team. ...A team source said the Coyotes are exploring signing an unsigned veteran center - presumably Jason Allison or Yanic Perrault - to fill in for Steven Reinprecht, who will miss the next seven weeks or so because of a broken clavicle.
from the Calgary Sun,
"I'm starting to get my legs and see my spot on this team," Tanguay said after practice at the Saddledome. "I'm starting to feel this is my team. There was an adjustment seeing different jerseys and now I feel I fit in better." Tanguay's move to the Flames following an off-season trade from Colorado hasn't exactly started with a bang. While the team has struggled out of the gates en route to a 2-4-1 record, Tanguay has had middling success of his own, with two goals and two assists in seven games.read on
from the Detroit Free Press,
"The attack that we mustered in the last three games is very much unlike us," coach Mike Babcock said. "Even earlier in the year, we attacked better than we did. We played a good Buffalo team; we attacked. But for whatever reason, we're not fluid together. We have to attack together and move the puck."... Nowhere has Detroit's problems reared any uglier than on the power play. The Wings are 4-for-46 with the man advantage, and 37-for-54 on penalty kills. "You can't win in the league unless you have good special teams," Babcock said. "The power play has to work for you to win games. We don't believe we've changed that much or that the coaches suddenly got dumb, so we'd like to think our power play will be back."more
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