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from the St. Petersburg Times,
"The game is becoming more like European hockey," said former Buffalo great Danny Gare, who played during the brawling 1970s and was equally adept at scoring and fighting. "The game is more free-flowing. You don't have those one-on-one battles. You don't have those big scrums in front of the net because the referees are calling everything that looks like a penalty. "So guys are backing off one another, and as a result, there isn't the stuff that goes on that leads to fights."more
from the Ottawa Sun,
Anything that was under Zdeno Chara's Christmas tree would probably pale by comparison to what the Senators' single-most important skater could wind up with in the next sixth months. A medal from the Olympics. A Stanley Cup ring. A Norris Trophy. A multi-year contract from the Senators. All are within the grasp of the long-reaching Slovakian defenceman.read on
from the Chicago Tribune,
"I have a really close relationship with Mr. Wirtz," Savard says. The Wirtzes "always took care of my family and myself. But I've earned what I'm doing. I sacrifice a lot." It's possible Savard will end up taking the route of former Detroit coach Dave Lewis, who spent many years as Scotty Bowman's assistant before finally getting the top job. But Savard's loyalty and relationship with the Wirtzes may hurt him in another way. It's possible he may never get the head-coaching job because the Wirtzes never would want to be in a position to fire him.more
from the LA Daily News,
Today, at 35, Rick Garcia is simply known as Rico, blade sharpener for the Los Angeles Kings. He's been with the team for nearly a decade, and his zeal for the job is even stronger this year after he took a deep pay cut during last season's labor dispute. Blade sharpening begins as a trade and transforms into an art form. With experience comes style, and then the players call you maestro. But these manipulators of steel have to win the respect of a team before their technique can be fully mastered.more
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The folks at USA Hockey must believe in the Biblical teaching of it is better to give than receive, because boy oh boy, let me tell you, did they ever conspire to give it to Brian Leetch this week... ...Shame on the people running the show for not recognizing that while all Americans are equals, some American hockey players are more equal than others. Shame on those in the administration for not understanding that Leetch — like Granato — had earned respect reserved for the most elite in their society.read on (reg. req.),
Yogi Berra is one of the most well-known athletes in American history. Berra is also a big fan of hockey, especially the National Hockey League. On any given night when the 80 year-old Berra is at home, he can be found in the family room watching NHL hockey on TV. It doesn't matter if it's the New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils or New York Islanders, Berra is tuned in.continued
from the NY Times,
(Marvin) Miller pointed to the players union's eventual willingness to accept a salary cap and to Ted Saskin's controversial ascension to executive director of the union (he replaced Bob Goodenow). Saskin had been the union's senior director of business affairs and licensing. "The whole thing smells bad," Miller said. "It just has a very bad odor. You have a so-called senior adviser who takes the leading role in making one of the worst settlements imaginable and then becomes executive director of the union." Of the salary cap, Miller said: "I don't think it was necessary. All the signs were that the union, having come that far, they had more than a fighter's chance of prevailing. And when the tide turns like that, I get very suspicious of management's role in coercing the membership."read on
from the Union Leader,
On those cold, clear nights of deep winter, the perfect kind for taking out the garden hose and making ice on the driveway, Kyle McDonough finds his way back to his childhood. He finds himself reminiscing about the days when kids from all over town would converge on his house at the corner of Union and Arah streets for hockey games at the McDonough Gardens.continued
PJ at Sharkspage must have all of his Christmas shopping done. He has put together some very interesting shootout stats. Shootouts - 55 Games - 521 % - 10.56 Goals - 122 Attempts - 371 % - 32.88 # of shots needed to decide shootout 4 - 10 5 - 17 6 - 14 8 - 8 10 - 2 14 - 1 16 - 1 18 - 1 30 - 1 more
Sharkspage has some information for USA WJC fans on how we can watch some of the games.
Hockey fans in the United States will have multiple ways to keep track of the happenings surrounding Team USA as it competes at the upcoming 2006 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championshipupdate Tuesday 9:48am, The first two games are taped delayed, the Canada-USA game will be live.
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