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From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News, their weekly look at players of the future to keep an eye on:
1. John Tavares, C – Oshawa Generals (OHL): The phenom continues his dominant ways, notching 18 goals and 41 points in just 17 games.
2. Steven Stamkos, C – Sarnia Sting (OHL): Excuse the pun, but until further notice, it’s Stammer Time.
While John Tavares may get all the publicity, it’s Sarnia’s Stamkos who is the front-runner to be drafted No. 1 overall at the NHL entry draft this year.
And why not?
continued… with 15 picks total, including a sleeper pick each week
The best hits, save and goals from the past week in the NHL…
from Pierre LeBrun at Sporstnet,
Given Monday’s setback in Sweden when Forsberg left practice with the national team after feeling some discomfort in his right foot, who knows what it means for his NHL future?
Which brings things back to Sundin.
His contract is up after the season. He’s the perfect rental. Whether or not Sundin would want to leave Toronto and whether or not Ferguson would want to trade the big Swede is a question no one has the answer for at this point. Sundin insists he wants to win in Toronto and doesn’t want to leave. Time will tell.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
At thehockeynews.com, we don’t ask how or even how many. We ask: How many of them were important?
That’s the crux behind Campbellnomics, a statistic unique to THN.com that measures meaningful goals. We’re not concerned with who scores the sixth goal in a 6-1 game. We’re more concerned with the players who can be counted on to contribute when it matters most.
continue to see why Crosby leads the league in this stats breakdown…
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
This is not an out-of-the-blue development, but all indications are Eric Lindros will finally get around to announcing his retirement in his hometown of London, Ont., when he will be part of a news conference with University of Western Ontario sports injury guru, Dr. Peter Fowler, on Thursday afternoon.
fro PR Newswire via CNN,
Level 3 maintains the largest HD fiber network in the United States, with direct HD connectivity to more than 100 professional sporting and multi-purpose venues in the U.S. Level 3 is now leveraging its HD expertise to help usher in the HD video age to the Internet.
“Level 3’s HD broadcast backhaul services are an important element of the NHL’s delivery of live events, and we are pleased to see Level 3 has added streaming to its portfolio of content delivery services,” said Grant Nodine, vice president technology for the National Hockey League. “The delivery of HD streaming services is a natural extension for Level 3 and will enable rights holders to meet demand for high quality, online distribution of live and on-demand video.”
from Kevin Kaduk of the Northwest Herald,
It didn’t take long Monday for Rocky Wirtz to answer the questions many of us have been wanting to ask for about, oh, the past two decades or so.
At any point, did he ever set dear old Dad down for a talk about TV and its magical ability to provide a free three-hour commercial for his product, Chicago Blackhawks hockey?
And did he ever try to argue against the archaic notion that televising home games would hurt the turnstile count?
He had to have said something, right?
“Absolutely,” Wirtz said of his father, Bill, who died in September. “And it usually started and stopped about there.”
from the Columbus Dispatch,
Melrose credits the structure created by coach Ken Hitchcock, the commitment of the players and the goaltending of Leclaire as the major factors in the Blue Jackets’ turnaround. Several national hockey pundits expressed similar opinions about a team that began yesterday with the NHL’s third-best record.
“I don’t think anyone can truly say they saw this coming,” said Brian Engblom, an analyst for the Versus television network and a former Blue Jackets television color commentator.
from the Edmonton Sun,
Last night Raffi Torres played his 201st consecutive regular-season game for the Edmonton Oilers. It’s a streak that dates back to Feb. 21, 2004 and is currently the 16th longest in franchise history.
“I don’t know what the secret is,” said Torres prior to facing the Minnesota Wild.
“I’m just going out there and trying to play the same game every night. It’s not like I’m playing a shy game or anything like that, I guess I’ve just been fortunate to stay healthy for such a long time.”
from the Ottawa Sun,
“I would feel real good leaving next year and see them win the Stanley Cup,” he said, sarcastically.
So, with that in mind, Redden admitted to Sun Media he would consider taking a pay cut from his current $6.5 million salary to stay….
Redden has no idea how much he’s willing to leave on the table to stay and be a part of what is going on here. He’ll have to talk to Meehan about that, he said. But that should be encouragement enough for Senators GM Bryan Murray to be proactive—as he has been so far—to keep Redden.
Update 12:42pm ET: (Alanah) Some Senators/Redden salary cap math from Mike Chen a few days ago.
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