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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
"I put my skates on and skated for about a minute-and-a-half in L.A. and said, 'Screw it, we've got to win games -- get me a flight to Calgary,' " said Roenick before suiting up for last night's 2-1 loss at the 'Dome. "This time of year it's not about 'can you withstand the pain?' You've got to suck it up and play."more
from the Edmonton Sun,
The Edmonton Oilers are more than competitive with the upper echelon of the Western Conference. It's the bottom feeders who are dragging them down. With Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild, the Oilers have just 12 wins in 27 games against conference rivals who, as of today, aren't in a playoff position - San Jose, Minnesota, Phoenix, Columbus, Chicago, St. Louis and the Los Angeles Kings, their opposition tonight. The Oilers have left a lot of points on the table.more
from the Asbury Park Press,
Off he trotted, toward the high school rink on the other side of the hallway. Scott Gomez was hustling over to join teammates Martin Brodeur and Brian Gionta for a video shoot. With the postseason three weeks away, an NHL video crew popped by Codey Arena Wednesday afternoon to gather footage for its playoff advertising campaign. Whether that footage ever hits the airwaves will depend on how New Jersey plays over its 10-game sprint to the finish. "To not make it would probably be the most embarrassing thing,'' Gomez said.continued
from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,
There aren't many people in the world who are more passionate about Canadian hockey than Bob Clarke. So when Canada did not win a medal at the recent Olympics, it did not sit well with Clarke. But he doesn't blame those who played and he doesn't blame the organizers. He thinks that the National Hockey League's rule-makers played a major role in orchestrating Canada's demise, a point he made to the assistant coach of Team Canada, Ken Hitchcock, who also coaches Clarke's Philadelphia Flyers.read on
from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet, which has a new and much improved look,
As we come down to the end of a radically different National Hockey League season, it's fair to ask: What hath Commissioner Gary Bettman wrought? Quite a lot actually; and much of it quite good. In less time than it takes to juice up a bevy of Major League Baseball players, the NHL this season appears to have won back a fair portion of its fan base; and at least started down the path toward wooing a new one. The game today is a fast-paced, high intensity product that showcases the primary skills of its primary players.continued
from the Globe and Mail,
Amid harsh criticism of Toronto Maple Leafs management from fans and media, company chairman Larry Tanenbaum has given a vote of confidence to his top executives. Tanenbaum, the chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, said the jobs of MLSE president Richard Peddie and Leafs general manager John Ferguson Jr. are safe, despite the team's disappointing season and calls for dismissals. As for coach Pat Quinn, widely speculated to be fired at the end of the season, Tanenbaum indicated he will continue to work at MLSE.read on relate story also from the Globe and Mail,
But the coup de grâce came the next day when former Leafs executive Bill Watters, now a radio commentator working for Leafs rights holder AM640 Toronto, called for the removal of Tanenbaum as the chairman and the dismissal of Peddie. Watters described them as "stiffs." He said they were a disgrace. He categorized Tanenbaum as a dilettante backed by family money. "He's a PhD," Watters roared. "Poppa has dough." Tanenbaum's response? "A good friend of mine once said you don't get into a pissing match with a skunk."more
from Bob McKenzie (the by-line says AP) of TSN,
As the playoff races get down to the nitty gritty, there is a sense that the three-point game, or the point for losing in overtime or a shootout, is wreaking havoc on the NHL standings on a nightly basis. Well, as much as it may seem like that some days, the cold, hard numbers suggest otherwise. If you adjust the current NHL standings - that is, going into Wednesday's game - to eliminate all points earned by teams in overtime or shootout losses, the impact of the loser point is really quite minimal.continued
One thing about J.R., he guts it out whenever possible. He is in the lineup tonight against Calgary after suffering a chip fracture of his right ankle Saturday night.
from the CP via TSN,
The NHL playoffs may feel like the calm before the storm this year as likely the biggest crop ever of unrestricted free agents hits the market in July. GMs and agents will be running up phone bills like never before. Liberalized free agency in the new CBA saw the age drop from 31 to 29 for unrestricted free agents this summer. It drops even lower to 28 in July 2007 and finally 27, where it will stay, in July 2008. I hink with this CBA, we're all going to work hard at keeping our core, but there's going to be a lot of movement,'' Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland said Wednesday.continued...including a major list of UFAs...
from Barry Melrose of ESPN,
The Buffalo Sabres' six-game skid is just downright ugly. This is not the time to have a stretch like this. Winning is habit-forming, but so is losing. I've always believed that how you're playing going into the playoffs is more important than being the top team in your conference. Rarely do you see a No. 1 team go all the way to a Cup win. ...The Sabres' only way out of this hole is hard work. Continue to work, work, work the opposition both mentally and physically. It might take a few more losses for them to snap out of it.more of the Good, Bad & Ugly from Barry...
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