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David Amber at ESPN does a Q & A with Daniel Briere...
Q: Alexander Ovechkin gave you a shot from behind a few days ago and got kicked out of the game. What happened there? A: We got stuck in our zone chasing the puck for a while. Finally, I got the puck, dumped it out and I skated to our bench, and about 3 or 4 seconds after I dumped the puck, I got hit from behind. I had no clue anyone was coming, so I wasn't protecting myself. It was a very gutless play on his part, I was defenseless, I couldn't protect myself, I couldn't see him because he was coming from behind. At the same time, I have to do a better job protecting myself, so I take some of the blame, too.read on
from E.J Hradek of ESPN the Magazine,
Listening to several different sources in Pittsburgh, though, I get the sense the Penguins will remain in Pittsburgh. Contrary to current public perception, however, those same sources agree it probably won't be because of the Pens' deal with the Isle of Capri. No one with knowledge of the situation rates the Isle of Capri as the favorite to get the nod; they believe the Forest City Enterprises/Harrah's Entertainment bid stands the best chance of winning the license. Why? Why else: money.read on
from James Mirtle at the Globe and Mail,
The best buys to this point in the season? Ducks rookie Dustin Penner, who has nine goals while making $479,000 — just more than the league minimum — and the Buffalo Sabres Thomas Vanek, who has 17 goals to show for his $942,00 salary.read on... James breaks this down with some great charts...
from Bill Meltzer at NHL.com,
It started in 1946 with an eager, inexperienced group of athletes getting together in the frigid Moscow winter to chase a makeshift “puck” around a flooded tennis court for hours on end. Within a couple decades, it grew into a world hockey power. Removed from its political undertones, the story of the Russian hockey program is one of the sporting world’s most dramatic success stories of the last century. On Saturday, a group of legendary Russian hockey players and retired NHL greats from around the world will gather in Moscow’s Red Square's brand new outdoor rink – the largest in Europe – to play an exhibition game with both symbolic and practical meaning.continued
Time to take a brief look at the ticket prices for the January 2nd game against the Ducks, which is also the night the Wings hang #19 from the rafters. According to StubHub, the highest ticket price for one ticket is $2650.
from the Edmonton Sun,
"It'll be fun going back in there. It seems like an awful long time ago,'' said Laviolette, whose club had a busy summer and difficult fall since hoisting the Cup. We've been through a lot this year ... those are the things that are first and foremost in our minds right now. "But it will be fun to go back.'' Once more for old time's sake. "It won't be the same atmosphere," said Ward. "It would be pretty tough to top that, but it'll be a sold-out building and the crowd will be excited."more
from the St. Petersburg Times,
In his rookie season with the Buffalo Sabres, Dave Andreychuk would anxiously skate through warmups. Then a wide-eyed 19-year-old, Andreychuk would scan the stands for several seconds before finally "getting the signal." It was his father, Julian, waving from behind the glass. The steel mill worker made the 90-minute drive from Hamilton, Ontario, for most of his son's home games. "I'd see him and know everything would be okay," Andreychuk said. "I was inspired by him."continued
With a paper ballot no longer an option for All-Star voting, how do teams encourage their fans to vote? The San Jose Sharks are bringing the ballot to the fans...
SAN JOSE – Beginning Dec. 7, 2006, HP Fan Balloting Stations will be installed at HP Pavilion providing access for fans attending Sharks home games to log on to NHL.com and vote for their favorite Sharks players for the “Cold-Fx/NHL All-Star Game, to be held Jan. 24 in Dallas. Hewlett Packard has donated six HP dv6000 laptops that will be placed throughout the HP Pavilion concourse for all Sharks home games for the month of December, in addition to voting stations that will be set up inside the Sharks Store, at Logitech Ice and Sharks Ice at Fremont. Fans who vote could win a trip to the 2006 NHL All-Star Game and a chance to meet NHL legend Mark Messier, courtesy of the NHL. Four Sharks are included in the ballot to determine the starting line-up for the Western Conference squad: Captain Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton, Jonathan Cheechoo and Scott Hannan.Another example of pro-active thinking by the Sharks!
from the Vancouver Province,
Not only are the Canucks the league's lowest-scoring team with an average of just 2.11 goals per game, they've managed only five goals in their last six outings and have scored two or fewer goals in 14 of their last 16. "The way we've been playing for a while, we're probably pretty easy to defend," said Canucks captain Markus Naslund, who found himself on a new line at practice Tuesday with Brendan Morrison and Jan Bulis. "We're not generating much real quality offence and that has to come from wanting to make a difference."more
The talk this morning was the move by Pierre-Marc Bouchard during a shootout against Chicago last night.
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