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from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
• Much as we admire Sid (Der Bingle) Crosby, some of his on-ice antics are infuriating the (non-Pittsburgh) hockey community. As Bryan Murray notes, The Kid is becoming a master at diving and its assorted penalty-getting variations.
• One owner’s theory on Ryan Smyth is that time will heal the wounds he feels inflicted by the Oilers and he’ll reconsider a return to Edmonton next season. We still like his chances of staying on Long Island!
more NHL bits from Stan…
from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
Bob Hartley is as much a hockey fan as he is a coach. He has a satellite dish at home to watch minor-league hockey in Canada, and his flat-screen television in his Duluth office keeps him constantly updated with feeds from TSN, Canada’s ESPN equivalent.
Right now the fan in him is puzzled. Why, he wondered on Monday after practice, are hockey pundits debating fighting in hockey when the NHL — and the Thrashers — are in the stretch run of an exciting race to the playoffs?
“Why are we not talking about this great race?” he asked. “Tell me a sport where we have seen a race like this, that’s what we should be talking about. Some teams won’t go down. No one wants to go down.”
Martin Brodeur took part in an NHL tele-conference today…
Q. Out here in Vancouver, we wonder how Luongo can play every night. You’ve done it many times virtually playing every night. Do you get into a zone that you just want to be in there every single game?
MARTIN BRODEUR: Well, yeah, I think so. I think when you start playing a lot of games, I think you’re overcoming a lot of the ups and downs of the hockey season. Sometimes when you do take breaks, everything you do is a little magnified.
When you go in, bad game, good game, lucky game, it doesn’t matter. You have that confidence that you’re going to go out there the next time and do it again. I think it makes your season go through a lot easier as far as winning and stuff like that.
That’s what I found. For me playing lots of games, you don’t feel when you lose a couple games that you sit back for a week and wait for your next start; you just go right at it and get it over with and feel good about it.
I think if your body and your mental game is good enough to do it, I think it’s great.
The Detroit Red Wings have clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the 16th consecutive season, the latest milestone for a franchise that has set a standard for sustained excellence not only in the National Hockey League but for all of North American major pro sports. The New York Yankees, who have qualified for the Major League Baseball playoffs in each of the past 12 seasons, have the next-longest streak.
from the CBC,
Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday the NHL isn’t going to debate the issue of fighting in hockey, but admitted the league may have to find a better way to protect its hulking players from fighting-related injuries.
“From a player safety standpoint, what happens in fighting is something we need to look at just as we need to look at hits to the head,” Bettman told reporters after a news conference in Toronto to announce the NHL had reached a new six-year broadcast deal with the CBC.
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
The game is such these days that a lot of players don’t care whether there’s a puck on the ice or not
They’re just out there to run other players. And they’re causing injuries.
In an earlier era, those players would have been held accountable. But with the instigator rule, and the low-scoring games that put a premium on power plays, they’re left alone. If the league scraps the instigator rule and keeps the fighters, those guys would think twice. And there would be fewer injuries.
In the long run, fighting doesn’t cause injuries; it prevents them.
via Sports Business Daily,
Hockey HOFer Scotty Bowman will post his first blog today for NBCSports.com, where he will discuss which teams he believes will make the NHL playoffs. Bowman will blog two to three times a week throughout the season and playoffs.
I did a quick search at NBC but didn’t find anything yet, if you happen to run into it, please post in the comments…
update 3:00pm, from Scotty Bowman at NBC Sports,
This Eastern Conference playoff face is sure tough to figure. Last year, the West was pretty close at the end of the season, but it was for one spot, which is mostly what I’ve seen. But now you could say it’s easily three open spots in the East.
Sure, there’s a couple of important races, and not just for the last few spots. The race between Atlanta and Tampa Bay for the Southeast is important because one of those teams will end up with the third seed while the other will be fighting just to get in the playoffs. Tampa’s got a decent schedule and it gets to play Carolina, which can also sneak up and grab first in the Southeast.
note: originally posted at 9:05am, 3/26/07
from USA Hockey,
USA Hockey today announced its coaching staff for the 2007 U.S. Men’s National Team, including head coach Mike Sullivan, associate head coach Barry Smith and assistant coach David Quinn. Team USA will compete at the 2007 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship April 27-May 13 in Moscow, Russia.
As the race for Stanley Cup Playoff spots approaches its dramatic conclusion, the National Hockey League (NHL) has given fans the opportunity to catch all the excitement by offering special pricing on the Center Ice Online package.
For the remainder of the regular season, plus select games from the Stanley Cup Quarterfinal and Semifinal Rounds (all games subject to local blackout), subscribers in the U.S. and Canada are able to watch up to 40 games per week through Center Ice Online on NHL.com. The one-time fee in the U.S. is now $49 and in Canada it is $43.
To purchase the League’s online subscription package, log on to NHL.com or CenterIce.NHL.tv. NHL Center Ice Online is a portable service; once registered from a home location, the service can be accessed remotely through a broadband connection on any computer throughout the U.S. and Canada.
NHL Center Ice is currently available in the U.S. and Canada on the following League cable and satellite distributors: DirecTV, Dish Network, iNDEMAND, Bell Express Vu, Rogers, Cogeco, Access, Eastlink and others.
via Sports Business Journal, 1.1 Rating and a 3 share- regional coverage.
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