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From Mike Heika at The Dallas Morning News,
Phil Housley feels for Mike Modano. He thought his record would be broken earlier in the season, too.
Housley, the owner of the NHL’s all-time scoring record by an American-born player, has been waiting for the phone call telling him that Modano had eclipsed his total.
But Modano’s slow start has allowed the record chase to drag on a bit.
“It’s tough on him, I can tell,” Housley said by phone as he vacationed in Arizona on Friday. “But I know he’s going to get it. It’s just a matter of time.”
I don’t have to ask myself if I am a true hockey fan, I know I am. I know when my team is playing, I can almost quote my team player’s stats and I live for the greatest sport on earth. There are many out there that would disagree and well that’s ok too. We all can’t be on board for the same thing after all that’s what makes the western hemisphere the greatest place in the world to live.
Name another sport with more contact, lighter equipment, faster pace and using a lethal hard rubber object as the center of the sport and do all that on ice while standing on a 1/8 inch piece of steel. Well… You can’t. There is none.
from the Truro Daily News,
The Pure Power MouthGuard uses neuromuscular dentistry to relax the muscles and place the athlete’s jaw in the optimal position to enhance performance. The mouthguard brings the lower jaw down and forward to align the athlete’s bite. For some it increases balance, breathing or upper body strength.
“This is more than a mouthguard,” said Makkar, who referred to it as a legal performance enhancer.
Now it is being worn by members of NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks, the NHL’s Ottawa Senators, New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens, the NBA’s Indiana Pacers, the NCAA’s Florida Gators basketball and football teams as well as competitors in Ultimate Fighting Challenge.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
...When the Red Wings originally hired Mike Babcock away from the Anaheim Ducks to replace Dave Lewis, they did so knowing the inherent risk. Babcock was the antithesis of the low-key Lewis — he didn’t mind rattling a few cages and asserted his authority when necessary. That isn’t always a popular approach on a veteran team. The tendency for the players is to ask, who does this (newcomer) guy think he is anyway? Sometimes, that manifests itself in a player revolt — and a revolving door in the coaching office. Instead, the Red Wings’ players bought into what Babcock was selling. They are grittier than they were two seasons ago; are more dogged and persistent in their fore-checking; and yet they retain a high skill level, a Red Wings’ characteristic for going on 15 years now.
much more NHL talk, a must read for NHL fans…
via the Carolina Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that defenseman Niclas Wallin will undergo surgery on his right shoulder on Saturday at Rex Hospital. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Marty Isbell of Raleigh Orthopaedic and Wallin is expected to miss three to four weeks.
From John Dellapina at Blueshirts Blog (NY Daily News),
The Garden’s string of courtroom losses was extended today when a federal court judge ruled in favor of the NHL in MSG’s bid to independently control the Rangers’ Web site.
The NHL was going to fine the Rangers $100,000 a day unless they complied with league rules mandating that all team Web sites come under the NHL.com umbrella.
added 5:08pm (by Paul), from Watchdog Blog at Newsday,
MSG officials pledged to appeal the ruling against the injunction and also vowed to proceed with its overall lawsuit against the NHL. “This decision is one step in what will be a very long legal process and we look forward to having the opportunity to present the facts, which support our position.”
Update 12:35am ET November 3rd: More from the Canadian Press
from the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
GM Peter Chiarelli provided an update on Patrice Bergeron, who suffered a Grade 3 concussion six days ago when Philadelphia defenseman Randy Jones belted him into the TD Banknorth Garden boards.
“He could be out a month. He could be out two months. He could be out a year,” Chiarelli said.
Chiarelli said that Bergeron can hold a conversation for several minutes, but then becomes tired and loses focus.
update 9:39pm, also from the Bruins Blog,
Chiarelli’s had enough.
“Those are the terms I’ve been using. Ludicrous and absurd,” said Chiarelli. “I guess I’m angry at some of these takes. Commentaries, web sites, talk radio—you should hear some of the talk radio out of Montreal. They’re saying he’s partially at fault for this. It angers me. It angers the Bruins organization that they’d say it’s his fault in this case. To say he should have been more careful retrieving the puck, to me, is absurd.”
from John Kreiser at NHL.com,
Osgood’s name doesn’t often come up in a discussion of potential Hall of Famers, but he’s going to force selectors to take a long look at him when he retires. Thursday night’s win gave him a career mark of 343-186-66, with 24 overtime losses. He has 43 shutouts, a career goals-against average of 2.44 and two Stanley Cup rings, including a 16-win performance in the run to the 1998 Cup. At age 34—he turns 35 on Nov. 26—Osgood easily could finish with more than 400 wins
much more NHL talk…
from the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,
Called up Mike Modano and asked him about the Eklund rumor that he might waive his no-trade clause for a chance to move somewhere else, and Modano said he has not thought about that and doesn’t plan on asking for a trade or waiving his no-trade clause.
“Yeah, I heard about that, too. It’s not true,’’ he said. “I plan on being there tomorrow and the day after that and the day after that. I’m just going to keep showing up and work myself through this.’‘
How many of these made-up rumors have come true? If you are a true fan of the game, stick to people who actually know the game!
Damien Cox and Scott Burnside do their weekly faceoff on ESPN:
This week’s topic: There has been a real dichotomy between the success of young players and the struggles of older players. Are we seeing the end of the line for some venerable NHL stars?
Damien: Well, let’s not talk in generalities as we celebrate the 73rd NHL season of Chris Chelios. Which players, specifically, do we think are showing those telltale signs of wear and tear and should be thinking about retiring to the broadcast booth?
Scott: Well, we could start with two venerable Americans. First, Doug Weight…
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