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from the Detroit Free Press,
When Scotty Bowman coached the Wings, assistants Barry Smith and Dave Lewis frequently spoke to the media. But Babcock prefers to handle reporters’ questions and leave his assistants free to concentrate on other things.
“That’s the way I’ve always done it,” Babcock said. “We’ve got one message when we come in this room. We got one message when we’re talking to the media.”
Perhaps that extra concentration time has helped his assistants’ contributions to the Wings’ 45-18-6 record and league-leading 96 points.
MacLean oversees the penalty kill and is responsible for changing defensemen during games.
McLellan oversees the power play. During games, he’s either in Babcock’s ear suggesting matchups or talking to forwards.
from the News & Observer,
The Carolina Hurricanes don’t expect defenseman David Tanabe, who has been out since December with a concussion, to play again this NHL season. Whether he ever plays for them again is very much in doubt.
Tanabe hasn’t been on the ice for two months and wasn’t even at the RBC Center for the team picture last week. The Canes may even be forced to consider buying out the final year of his contract this summer.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
It was a memorable offensive night for a number of Calgary Flames: Jarome Iginla established a franchise record for goal-scoring…
“I dreamed of being a goal-scorer,” said Iginla. “I’m fortunate — I’ve been in those situations and good things have happened. But as I get older — I’m 30 years old and I can’t believe how fast things have gone — it’s really cool to set the goal-scoring mark, but I want to win a Stanley Cup. Looking back, I want to be part of the second team that brought a Stanley Cup to Calgary. People still tell stories about ‘89. I want to be part of that.”
more on the Flames game last night…
And I am really dragging this morning. You know that flu bug that is going around, well, I think it hit too close to home for me this morning…
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
How much is too much? When seeking to determine the National Hockey League player who has delivered the least for the most, it’s a subjective question.
There are many candidates….
Todd Bertuzzi, LW, Anaheim Ducks ($4 million)
On his fourth team in less than two years, he continues to befuddle. Even though he’s scored 13 times, he’s no longer the force he once was.
Anaheim teammates are likely asking the same question that puzzled Bertuzzi’s teammates before them in Detroit, Florida and Vancouver—what happened to the old Bert?
from the National Post,
Jason Botterill didn’t want to make a commitment to Marian Hossa just yet. In fact, during an interview last week, whenever the Pittsburgh Penguins director of hockey operations was asked about Hossa’s future with the team, he changed the subject.
“I just think it’s exciting that in the playoffs, we’ll get to watch a team with as much skill and speed as this one has,” Botterill said after being asked a second time about re-signing Hossa.
Botterill, a 32-year-old former Winnipeger who was part of the three world junior championship teams, had his playing career cut short by post-concussion syndrome. But the MBA he picked up at Michigan, where he also won an NCAA championship, helped him become the man in charge of the Penguins’ salary cap.
from All Things Avs,
Never have I encountered a more mystifying person and player than Forsberg. As soon as you feel like things are going to be fine with him, something always pops up. That’s why I was surprised for about, oh, a tenth of a second last night when Avs Vice President, PR man and Official Voice of the Avalanche, Jean Martineau, told me Forsberg wouldn’t play because of a groin issue.
Here’s what I think might be the case: Forsberg wasn’t going to play all along last night. But rather than just say he was too tired to play, they said he had a groin pull.
Why they would do that, though, if that’s the case, doesn’t make a lot of sense. Why get the fans all worried - as they always are about No. 21 - by saying he’s hurt again?
more on the Avs…
from Lew Serviss of Slap Shot at the NY Times,
In the Eastern Conference standings today, you’ll find eight teams in close formation, with the Flyers in the eighth spot. Four points separate them from ninth-place Buffalo.
Over in the Western Conference, the break comes after No. 9 Nashville, tied in points with Vancouver at 78. Five points separate them from three teams tied at 73 points: Phoenix, Chicago and Columbus.
read on for more and find out who has the momentum right now…
[Updated March 10th —Originally posted March 4th. Deadline for contest entries is tomorrow. Details below.]
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from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,
There isn’t a hotter team in the NHL right now than the San Jose Sharks and they don’t sound like they’re done winning, either….
“I feel like we’re peaking at the right time,” Thornton, named the NHL’s third star Monday after putting up seven points in four games last week, said on a league conference call.
“Really everybody is just playing really good hockey,” he added. “We don’t have have one thing necessarily that’s going incredibly well, we’re just playing every game real solid. Good defensive hockey. We’re getting production from our second, third and fourth lines. And obviously the acquisition of Brian Campbell really helped as well.”
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