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from the Kelowna Capital News,
Sledge hockey has offered Jeff Bourne a way to enjoy a sport he loves despite being paralyzed.
Growing up with a father who played in the NHL, Jeff Bourne had hockey in his blood.
But Bourne, whose dad Bob played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League, wasn’t able to strap on a pair of skates and attempt to follow in his dad’s footsteps.
Bourne, now 28, was born with spina bifida, a developmental birth defect that in Bourne’s case meant he was paralyzed from the waist down.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The June draft is chock-a-block full of defencemen apart from centre Steven Stamkos, who’s likely going No. 1 overall, but keep an eye on Kyle Beach, the hothead Everett Silvertips pivot, who’s the second-best forward in the bunch.
Beach, who was hurt and didn’t play in the Top Prospects game here, has big talent but he rubs people the wrong way. Off the ice, he’s polite; on it, he’s probably the most hated player in the WHL.
“He’s like Eddie Haskell,” said one WHL observer.
much more hockey talk…
from the Worcester Telegram-Gazette News,
Considering what enthusiasm this modest streak has created, can you imagine what will happen if the Bruins make the playoffs and — dare we even suggest? — win a round or two? We’ll need oxygen and defibrillators at every Bruins game after the month of April.
But little steps are what got the B’s this far, and little steps are what they continue to take, which means the players, coach Claude Julien, and general manager Peter Chiarelli are keeping things in perspective.
added 10:10am, for more on the Bruins and numerous NHL topics, make sure to check out Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe...
from the Denver Post,
“He’s huge,” said Per Karlquist, chairman of Denver’s Swedish American Chamber of Commerce. “He’s second to the king.”
So who’s third? Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom maybe?
“No,” Karlquist says. “The queen.”...
“He’s the Michael Jordan of hockey,” said Chris Fuselier, owner of the Blake Street Tavern in LoDo and an original Avs season-ticket holder. “This is one of the three most exciting things to ever happen to the Avs — when they traded for Patrick Roy and Ray Bourque, and now bringing Forsberg back. They had become a nonstory, but things are going to be hopping now.”
from Adam Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
According to numerous NHL sources, Foote threatened to be “a bad teammate, a bad captain and a bad player” the rest of the season if he weren’t re-signed or traded to his preferred destination—the Colorado Avalanche, where his best NHL years were spent.
The Blue Jackets made a final plea, urging Foote to consider all that the Blue Jackets’ ownership group, the coaching staff and the fans had done for him the past three seasons.
Again, according to sources, he responded by saying that he “doesn’t owe anybody anything.”
from Fire & Ice,
Although he faces a possible fine from the NHL for criticizing the officiating, (Brent) Sutter did not hold back.
“Both calls upset me,” he said. “The fact that the first call was called five seconds after the incident happens and because the fans yell. If it’s a penalty, call it right away. And I just watched the video and i still don’t know where the second call came from. To put a team down two men with seven minutes to go in a game like tonight, that’s why I don’t get paid the big money to be an official.”
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Did Brian Campbell act in his own best interest by turning down a deal with the Buffalo Sabres, which led to his being traded to the San Jose Sharks?
That question has emerged as an emotional Campbell moved west and hardly looked happy about it.
There are those who suggest that Campbell was under great pressure, quite possibly from the Players’ Association, not to sign a deal in Buffalo that would have undercut the market place of a high-end free agent defenceman.
continued plus more NHL talk…
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Part of the reason Washington GM George McPhee was active at the trade deadline might be the heat he’s feeling. However, getting G Cristobal Huet (Montreal) and C Sergei Fedorov (Columbus) won’t stop the talk McPhee will be replaced by former Dallas GM Doug Armstrong this summer.
more what could have happened at the trade deadline and what may happen this summer…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Now with that part of the task having ended in defeat, the Maple Leafs are going to allow the interim decision-maker to acquire players and upcoming draft selections whom he will immediately hand off to his successor. What if the incoming GM doesn’t like the talent assembled by Fletcher? Shouldn’t the Maple Leafs’ next GM shape the future?
Is there any reason to wonder why this dysfunctional organization hasn’t been able to construct a Stanley Cup champion or finalist since 1967, the end of the Original Six era?
more and other NHL bits too…
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
In the real world, the boss is the boss. Not happy with the boss? Find a way to make things work or look for another gig. In the NHL, the boss is the boss until players approach unrestricted free agency. And that’s when the boss stops calling the shots, and the player becomes the boss….
Unfortunately, it’s not going to change unless owners regain some leverage over players. There’s talk about including term limits on contracts under the next CBA. The issue was considered but pushed to the side during the lockout. No-trade clauses should be outlawed. The NFL-style franchise tag should be included. Teams should be able to negotiate extensions two years before a contract expires, not one.
Last night Elliotte Friedman of HNIC did another great inteview with Sabres owner Tom Golisano. You will get a pretty good picture of the way Golisano thinks and I recommend you watch it.
To get to the video, click here, then select Hockey Night In Canada from the left sidebar, then Mar.1 Inside Hockey.
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