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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
“I’ve heard some rumours, but I don’t pay too much attention to them,” Hossa, who scored 188 goals in 467 games as a Senator from 1997-2004, told an audience of one following a workout.
“I’m here right now, and my focus is to help this team. Whatever happens, it’s up to management and my agent.
“I feel comfortable here. It’s a great place,” he added. “The main thing is winning the hockey games and having a good team. That’s my priority. I’m not rushing right now to sign a deal ... I want to know how the team is.”
more on Hossa and the Senators too…
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
While the two other major North American winter sports continue to make Christmas games a staple of the season, the NHL decided to just say Noel nearly four decades ago.
The Wings, who downed the Los Angeles Kings 6-2 Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena, play tonight against the Blues and Saturday at Minnesota, then are done until after Christmas.
“I think that’s the way it should be,” Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall said. “It’s a great tradition. It’s a time for everyone to spend with family and friends.
“I think that’s really important. I really appreciate the few days that we get.”
added 8:08am, from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
You see the Canadiens will be in the midst of a road-trip when Christmas Day comes. They play Sunday night in Dallas and then Tampa on the 27th.
The organization planned to fly all the players’ families to Florida where they would meet the team after the Dallas game, and have three days to spend together over Christmas. A classy move.
One problem. It’s illegal.
Under the new CBA, teams can’t provide “anything of value” to players or their families outside of the player contracts. If the rule is broken, the money spent would count towards the salary cap.
from the Tennessean,
Predators players held a closed-door meeting for about 20 minutes following Wednesday’s 5-2 loss to Chicago.
The Predators’ fifth straight loss, and their seventh in the last eight games, left Nashville stuck in 14th place in the
Western Conference standings and struggling to maintain any kind of confidence level.
“It’s been a rough go,’’ Predators captain Jason Arnott said. “We’ve got to start showing more accountability with each other because right now it’s snowballing and getting worse. We’ve got to stick together.’‘
from the Boston Globe,
As Patrice Bergeron the NHL player, who often took 20-minute postgame conditioning rides on a stationary bike, yesterday’s five-minute ride at Ristuccia Arena was a workout hardly worth mentioning.
But as Patrice Bergeron the patient, who’s been limited to short walks for exercise since sustaining a Grade 3 concussion, the morning workout was a momentous occasion that was nearly two months in the making.
from the D.C. Sports Blog,
“Hey Segway guy,” the Park Police officer was shouting at Alex Ovechkin. “You can’t ride in there.”
Ovechkin, wearing his red Caps jersey and yes, riding a Segway, scooted out of the tourist-dotted maze that encircles the National Christmas tree, smiling his gap-toothed smile.
“I’m sorry officer, he got away from me,” apologized Mary Ann Melville, a tour guide from Capital Segway.
continued... very funny with pics…
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
Update 10:58pm ET: Courtesy of the Washington Capitals media relations department, two photos of today’s adventures. Click the images to enlarge.
from Kevin Dupont at MSNBC,
The night of Dec. 18, a stroke before midnight, the NHL went into its traditional holiday roster freeze. Until the opening minute of Dec. 28, at 12:01 a.m., the entire league was issued a No Trade Clause. It happens every season, allowing players nine days not to worry about getting the telephone call that could tip their lives upside down when they’re only two bites into their holiday ham.
In the “old” NHL days, there was no bigger prospect of facing the buzzkill of, say, waking up on Christmas morn as a proud member of the Canadiens, and going to bed as a Winnipeg Jet. Boy, talk about indigestion. Not to mention wind chill.
Truth is, these days it seems the league’s roster freeze begins at the start of October and doesn’t thaw until what is now the end-of-February trading deadline (Feb. 26 this season).
from Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
Players knew they had played poorly and didn’t seem surprised the video session was called. It was the third time the coaches went this route, one player said.
“Just trying to learn from our mistakes, that’s all,” Sharks captain Patrick Marleau said.
Sharks forward Jeremy Roenick acknowledged it wasn’t always a quiet meeting, but stopped short of saying whether players or coaches were the ones ratcheting up the volume.
from the CP via TSN,
“It’s a challenging job and I’ve enjoyed it,” said Keenan. “Even though we had a very hard and difficult beginning in terms of working with the group and assimilating the group, I still wanted to come to the rink badly every day.
“I think the fire’s really burning right now. I’m looking forward to hopefully many more years of this yet because I’ve got that passion back again and it feels good.”
The good vibes are no doubt fuelled by the fact that Keenan’s team is among the hottest in the NHL, having recently become only the third squad in history to sweep a six-game road trip.
from the Chicago Blackhawks,
Former Chicago Blackhawks players and Hockey Hall of Fame members Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita have rejoined the Chicago Blackhawks family and have been named as official Blackhawks ambassadors. Hull and Mikita will represent the Blackhawks at events at the United Center and throughout the Chicagoland area.
continued with response from both Hull and Mikita.
This morning, I was reading this thread of people’s favorite personal hockey stories. This one gave me a laugh:
At a game between Cal State Northridge and Sacramento State while the refs were sorting out the penalties, Bryan Adam’s song ‘Everything I do (I do it for you)’ was playing over the PA system.
CSUN’s goalie takes his helmet off and starts doing some figure skater styled jumps (in full goalie gear) while belting the song out at the top of his lungs.
Anyway, it got me thinking about whether any KK members have a short-and-sweet hockey story they’d like to tell? If so, feel free to tell it in the comments of this post and I’ll do a random draw of all the entries on Friday at 12 noon (ET) for a $25 gift certificate to Ice Jerseys.com.
Just be sure you’re logged into your member account when you leave your comment entry. (And if you’re not a member, you can register here quick and easy).
P.S. I reserve the right to completely disregard bad entries… “I went to a game and saw a fight” doesn’t count! (Well, unless it involves cheerleaders, or something…)
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