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from Allan Maki of the Globe & Mail,
Dave King can see the possibilities because he’s seen the way hockey is changing in Europe and Russia - the emergence of rich owners, the advent of new arenas and now Russia and Sweden refusing to go along with the IIHF-NHL player transfer agreement, one they believe doesn’t reward them enough for the players they produce.
So a new European hockey league rising out of opportunity or even defiance? Having coached throughout Europe and with Mettalurg Magnitogorsk of the Russian Super League, King knows the mindset, can see it happening.
He can also see the NHL doing little if anything, as a new league proposed by Russian energy mogul Alexander Medvedev is being planned for Russia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Ukraine and perhaps Finland.
from the Toronto Sun,
Leafs coach Paul Maurice, obviously frustrated at losing a 27-minute-a-game defenceman until at least the all-star break, snapped during his post-game press conference, accusing Kostitsyn’s hit of being “a cheap shot” and “a bulls—- play.”
Toronto general manager John Ferguson and Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau were far less critical of Kostitsyn, a sentiment echoed by McCabe.
“I don’t even know exactly what happened,” McCabe said. “We just seemed to get tangled up. It was a freak thing, that’s all.
“I knew something was wrong right away. At first I couldn’t move my hand. Then, when I could start moving it, I could feel bones moving around in there. That’s never a good thing.”
from On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,
Whatever reservoir of support Chris Simon might have had left among his teammates and within the Islanders organization has all but evaporated. His inexcusable attempt to injure Pittsburgh’s Jarkko Ruutu in the Isles’ 3-2 loss Saturday night was mind-boggling for its selfishness on any number of levels….
Even Brendan Witt, Simon’s closest friend on the team, couldn’t alibi for him. “You don’t get any momentum going when you’ve got to kill a five-minute penalty,” Witt said. “That hurt.”
But the one Simon hurt above all is Islanders coach Ted Nolan.
In case you missed the stomp by Simon, you can see the video here...
from Capitals Insider,
I was able to join Alex Ovechkin’s conference call with the Detroit media a few minutes ago. Ovechkin will be playing at Joe Louis Arena for the first time tomorrow night against the league-leading Red Wings, and the local reporters had lots of questions for him.
Q: Can the Caps still make the playoffs?
A: “Last week was very important for us. We play five games and we win four and lose one. We still have a chance. We play better and better.”
Q: How much are you looking forward to playing in Detroit?
A: “Detroit is one of the best teams in the league. It’s a great place to play hockey and I’ve never been here. So I’m really excited. They have great players so it will be big challenge for my team.”
from the Montreal Gazette,
As Dupuis and others can attest, a backyard rink can provide countless hours of fresh-air fun, and building a basic ice sheet is relatively easy and inexpensive.
It requires a few basic materials costing between $300 and $400: wooden planks for boards; wooden or metal stakes to hold the boards in place; a heavy-duty plastic sheet to serve as a liner; and a hose to flood the rink ... and don’t forget the snow shovel.
“The first thing is to put up the boards,” said Dupuis, who uses 10 large planks to construct a rink 25 to 30 feet wide and 60 feet long. Each pine plank is two inches thick, 12 inches high and 10 or 12 feet long.
“I stand them up and use metal brackets to attach them all together and stake them into the ground,” he explained.
The team learned on Sunday that centre Mike Fisher, who suffered an oblique muscle injury Saturday against the Atlanta Thrashers, is out for their two-game road swing through Boston and Atlanta this week.
Fisher, who was on a hot streak going into Saturday with three goals and five points in four games, joins a list of hurting regulars that includes winger Patrick Eaves (separated shoulder) and defenceman Anton Volchenkov (broken finger).
“It’s a substantial loss,” said Senators head coach John Paddock on Sunday.
from the News & Observer,
After the Hurricanes won the shootout for a 6-5 win Saturday after 65 minutes of rough-and-tumble hockey, Carolina forward Chad LaRose stood in the hallway between the two dressing rooms looking for Flyers forward Scottie Upshall.
LaRose emerged from the Carolina dressing room furious with Upshall for “dirty” and “personal” things he said on the ice.
“I even put someone else’s shoes on so I can kick him in the face,” LaRose said.
Hurricanes defenseman Niclas Wallin and video coach Chris Huffine retrieved LaRose from the hallway and LaRose declined to comment afterward. He was escorted past the Flyers dressing room to the Carolina bus by another team staffer.
from Neil Best at Newsday,
Let’s be clear on this: With three local squads on basic cable, and with Versus and NBC also showing games, there is no shortage of hockey action on your TV.
So only passionate fans of a team outside the area or avid fans of the entire league need consider forking over $169 for the season (more than what MLB charges for its online, out-of-market service).
For people in those categories, there are benefits over the comparably priced TV version of Center Ice. They include portability (if you have a good laptop), the ability to see four games at once, real-time stats and archived games.
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,
All indications point to the NHL salary cap rising to about $55 million next season.
Theoretically, that would leave the Flyers about $11 million in cap space to sign unrestricted free-agent defenseman Jason Smith and restricted free agents Jeff Carter, R.J. Umberger, Randy Jones and Riley Cote.
Can they do it?
“We’re going to have to be very creative,” Flyers president Peter Luukko said.
Smith is the Flyers’ top priority. At 34, he still plays a take-no-prisoners brand of defense and his quiet leadership cannot be overstated on a team that desperately needed—and found—a true captain.
from Wayne Fish of Phiily Burbs,
I want to see the Flyers play a game outdoors, just like the Penguins and Sabres are doing on New Year’s Day.
Much to my surprise, Flyers management agrees with me.
In fact, general manager Paul Holmgren already has some plans in mind — namely a game between the Flyers and Penguins at Penn State.
That’s not a typographical error: Penn State, Beaver Stadium, 100,000 rabid hockey fans shouting their heads off, all under the stars.
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