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Last week I pointed to a story regarding a device used on the dasher boards to make the game safer.
Today, Intek Plastics emailed me a picture of the SoftCap (the blue strip at the top of the boards) used on the boards at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, home ice of the New York Islanders.
David Amber of ESPN does a Q & A with Jean-Sebastien Giguere,
Q: You’ve been fighting a groin injury, but I want to know about the other injuries goalies get. What happens when a shot somehow finds that area where there is no protection?
A: It sucks. We’ve all been through it. Sometimes, you’re late getting into position, so the puck catches you in a bad spot and sometimes it just gets you where you have no padding. It really hurts, but in the heat of the game, you don’t worry about it.
Q: Teemu Selanne and Niedermayer are known as two of the nicest guys in the league. Who wins a fight between them if they drop the gloves on the ice?
A: [Laughs] I don’t know. That would be a fun fight to see, though. It would be a finesse fight. Not a lot of punches thrown, just some slapping!
via the Tennessean,
The Predators have placed goalie Michael Leighton on waivers.
If he isn’t claimed by another NHL team by 11 a.m. on Thursday, Leighton will be reassigned to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League. But Leighton is likely to be grabbed off the waiver wire first.
Anaheim, Leighton’s previous organization, has said it would have interest in re-claiming him.
from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Penguins rookie sensation Evgeni Malkin is one of five finalists for ESPN The Magazine’s NEXT cover athlete.
Each year, ESPN The Magazine’s trademark NEXT issue looks ahead and identifies those athletes whose talent and style will shape the landscape of sports in the years to come. This year, in addition to showcasing the innovations and trends that are changing the games we love, The Magazine has selected five finalists to vie for the prize of NEXT cover athlete: Dwight Howard, Calvin Johnson, Evgeni Malkin, Juan Pablo Montoya and Jose Reyes.
For the second year in a row, fans can log on to ESPN.com, from Jan. 10-17, to vote on who should be NEXT. The winner of the poll will appear on the cover of The Magazine’s NEXT issue, on sale January 31.
read on...Hmmm, maybe we can get the web guy behind the Rory campaign behind this….
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
...At this stage of his career, Joseph is beyond worrying about losing his standing. He is all about the big picture.
“We have to worry about things like putting points on the board, the team, team chemistry, cheering for each other,” Joseph said. “He adds a lot to our team.”
And so, with Joseph closing in on his 40th birthday, the Coyotes might have found two things they couldn’t have imagined when Tellqvist arrived—a netminding tandem that would get them into the playoffs and a goalie for the future.
from Alan Ryder at the Globe and Mail,
Is it important to shoot the puck? The simple answer is “if you don’t shoot, you can’t score”. But a shot is always a choice. And, in some cases, a pass or better positioning may lead to a better chance.
Leafs Lunch reporting Leafs pick up Travis Green off waivers from the Ducks.
Update: 5:45 PM ET
From The Sports Network via WFTV,
The Toronto Maple Leafs claimed center Travis Green off waivers Wednesday from the Anaheim Ducks and assigned forward Erik Westrum to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.
The 36-year-old Green appeared in seven games with Anaheim this season and recorded one goal and an assist.
from Jeff Gordon at St. Louis Today,
Since Andy Murray took over as head coach and cleaned up the team’s defensive play, Legace has been one of the NHL’s best goaltenders.
He was 5-2-3 in December with a 1.96 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage. This month he is 2-2 with a 2.23 GAA and a .909 save percentage.
Legace stole two points for the Blues in Columbus on Tuesday, somehow extracting a shootout win after a so-so team effort.
He is staying up, moving well from side to side and projecting lots of confidence in goal. His teammates are feeding off him, too.
from E. M. Swift at Sports Illustrated,
Ted Donato, who played forward for the Boston Bruins for nine seasons and is now coach at Harvard, is one of the 26 NHL draft picks Hanson has coached. He credits Hanson with being ahead of other high school coaches in using video, creating power plays and forechecking systems, and says Hanson’s practices are more fast-paced than any Donato experienced in college or the NHL. Sometimes Hanson can push the limits: In ‘88 he threw one of his players up against the glass after the kid rolled his eyes at a criticism.
from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News at the Globe and Mail,
So Rory Fitzpatrick won’t be going to the NHL All-Star Game after all.
Say what you want about the authenticity of the game itself, and that it is an otherwise meaningless exhibition with no meaning other than a little payback to the league’s most valued sponsors, at the end of the day, it is still an honour to be selected to play in the contest. It is still something a retired player can look back on with pride: “Hey, I was identified as one of the best players in the league that one year.”
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