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from the News & Observer,
"Each All-Star break, all the doctors get together," said Peters, who usually has to treat three to five serious eye injuries a season. "As eye docs, the biggest thing we talk about is, how can we talk these guys into wearing visors? We're all real frustrated from the standpoint of saving these guys' vision." The NHL has changed its rules, added a salary cap and moved forward from a debilitating lockout, but, when it comes to eye protection, the league and its players have largely chosen to remain in the dark ages.more
from the Edmonton Sun,
“There’s some guys on their team who could take a penalty every second shift,’’ said Teemu Selanne, tearing a strip off an officiating crew (Bill McCreary and Kelly Sutherland), that let everything go last night. “They (the Oilers) get away with so much stuff. Then, it’s just amazing what they called on us. I’m really disappointed about that.’’ Selanne says the standard of enforcement has slipped a notch down the stretch, and it was virtually non-existent yesterday. “It was a jungle out there,’’ he said. “If that’s going to be the case, tell us. Nobody is complaining."...read on
from the Delco Times,
"The award reads ‘defensive player’ but the people who win are really two-way players," Hitchcock said. "They’re players that can kill penalties, play against the other team’s top players and they’re great in both ends of the rink. Those are the kind of players that win the award, and for me that’s Simon Gagne. "Yeah, he’s got 45 goals, but he’s a great penalty killer, he plays against the other team’s best players and if I have a player that needs to get shut down, he does that." It wouldn’t be unprecedented for a player with Gagne’s gaudy offensive statistics to win the award.read on
from the Tennessean,
Hartnell had played in the first 79 games of the season and was none too pleased about missing out on a chance to play in every contest. He's fourth on the Predators with 24 goals, including a franchise record seven game-winning scores. "It's a little disappointing to work my butt off and then to sit out with three games left in a perfect season," Hartnell said. "That's a little unclassy, but if they feel like they need to do that to help them win, great." Hartnell had posted just one point (an assist) in his last six contests, but Trotz said he was more concerned about the rest of Hartnell's game. "He's a talented player who can take the puck to the net and has a good skill game," Trotz said. "But he's got to play a better two-way game. He's got to be more complete."read on
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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The next stop for Tyler Arnason could be the press box. Senators coach Bryan Murray didn't mince words after last night's 5-4 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers when he was asked about the lack of playing time the club's centre had in the third period. "He didn't play at all," said Murray. Why? "I just benched him," said Murray.read on
from the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Ken Hitchcock promised that the Flyers would approach last night's game against the New Jersey Devils like a must-win playoff game. "It's going to be treated," Hitchcock said, "like a sudden-death one." It wasn't exactly sudden death - more the slow, meticulous type that occurs when a team still trying to establish its identity goes against one that is peaking just in time for the playoffs.... "Everything was said before the game, and everything was said between the periods, and nothing really happened," Derian Hatcher said. "Everyone has to take it upon themselves. There's three games left." "We know we have the guys," Eric Desjardins said. "We have good players, good veterans, good young guys that play really well. We're pretty confident in what we have. In the playoffs, you never know. We go in and feel decent, feel better about our game, anything can happen. That's what I believe in. You never know."more
from the Buffalo News,
The Buffalo Sabres expect to turn a profit of more than $1.5 million this season, even if they make an early exit from the playoffs, and the figure could top $5 million if they go all the way to the Stanley Cup finals. Team officials updated their profit projections, while announcing that their season-ticket prices are remaining roughly the same for next season.... As the regular season ends, the Sabres turned a profit of about $600,000, slightly below earlier projections, because of the many injuries that required minor-league players to be promoted at major-league salaries. Under the league's complicated new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Sabres expect to make a net profit of $500,000 to $600,000 for each home playoff game. They're assured of at least two home games, which would put the total profit over $1.5 million.more
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