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from the CP via Yahoo,
Brent Sutter said he's not leaving his Red Deer Rebels for the NHL anytime soon and wishes the speculation on his future would die down for the sake of the major junior hockey team he owns, manages and coaches.more note: I am at the Wings game tonite so updates may be brief in nature.
Amid ongoing speculation Roberto Luongo is, or will be an available asset, Sportsnet has learned it is the Florida Panthers intent to sign their star goaltender to a multi-year contract. Sources told Sportsnet Luongo has been offered a five-year deal believed to be worth as much as $30 million US.more
from Stan Fischler of Fox Sports,
Denis Potvin, Steve Tambellini, Brent Sutter, Neil Smith — where are you now that the Islanders need you? The same may be said for Dave Lewis, Butch Goring — and once more, Brent Sutter. ...Whatever happens, we are witnessing a monumental change in the Islanders and one that Wang hopes will turn his franchise back to respectability. "Making the playoffs is not enough," Wang concludes. "We want to bring another Stanley Cup to Long Island."read on
Gary Bettman was just on Fox News with Neil Cavuto. It was about a four minute interview, done live and Bettman handled himself well. Cavuto asked a few questions about attendance, fighting and mentioned scoring was down (Neil admitted he doesn't know much about hockey) and Bettman corrected him. The best thing about the interview, while they were talking a highlight clip was playing and featuring Crosby, AO, Spezza and even the Malik shootout goal. Finally, they NHL is getting it!!!
from the Philadelpia Flyers,
The defending 1975 Stanley Cup Champion Philadelphia Flyers became the first team to defeat the Central Red Army hockey team on January 11, 1976. In honor of that tremendous victory, during the Flyers-Colorado Avalanche game on Saturday, January 14, the Flyers’ will reunite members of that remarkable team. “It was important that we upheld the prestige of hockey in North America,” said Joe Watson. “We wanted to prove that we were the best team in hockey. We played with a lot of emotion and it showed throughout the entire game. Our intensity never let up and we were very proud of our accomplishment.”more Want more about this game?...
Instead of pointing to all of the Messier stories available today and probably tomorrow, I decided to pay tribute to him in pictures while with the Rangers (except the last one). Celebrating a goal Waiving goodbye Moose with Susan Sarandon and Timothy Robbins A painting of Mark Skating with the Stanley Cup Big Head Mark Caricature Yucking it up with Jagr Messier with hair and Gary Coleman
from Hockey Refs,
If the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) follows through with its plan, American hockey could spilt between two rival governing bodies. A source familiar with the plans told HockeyRefs.com that it has to do with the ongoing dispute with the AAU and USA Hockey over the governing of inline, which also involves the USOC-backed USA Roller Sports. “(It’s) political posturing,” said the source, who wished to remain anonymous. “If ice won’t get out of inline, then inline will play ice.”read on
The Columbus Blue Jackets are willing to wait on prospect Gilbert Brule, as the club sent him back to Vancouver of the Western Hockey League on Thursday.
Though he was not happy when he originally heard the news, Dave Andreychuk certainly has calmed down since. Two days after being placed on waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning Andreychuk conducted his own press conference Thursday at his restaurant, right across the street from the St. Pete Times Forum. "I'm gonna do something. Can't sit at home and bug my wife every day. I'm looking forward to being a part of this organization, if they want me to."more
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Could the Rangers have engineered this Prague-on-the-Hudson success story if Messier had decided to stay on; or if Brian Leetch had returned as a free agent? It's doubtful, even if both players still had something to give. Sometimes, the hardest part of playing professional sport is learning when to cede your place to the next player in line. It also illustrates, in a round-about-way, the problems facing one of the Rangers' divisional rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins. In much the same way that Messier's departure helped the Rangers turn the page, it may have been necessary for Mario Lemieux to step away in order for the Penguins to allow Generation Next to come to the fore.read on
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