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Neil Smith, former general manager of the New York Rangers, will be the guest on the NHL Hour today. Hosting the show today will be Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.
The NHL Hour broadcasts live Thursdays from 4-5 pm ET on NHL Home Ice, (XM channel 204) and NHL.com. The show will re-run on XM Satellite Radio and NHL.com, with archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.
From the CP via TSN,
“I was cut before in my face and I didn’t even feel it. This time, it was kind of like a stab, I felt like somebody stabbed me,” he said. “After it wasn’t the pain, it was more what was going to happen.
“I kind of got a bit weaker when I got to the bench and then I don’t remember much but I remember I was talking to our trainer Zenobi and a doctor was putting so much pressure on my neck I couldn’t breathe. ..
“I was just wishing, `OK, let’s go to the surgery, give me some injections so I’m going to be sleeping and I can wake up after.’ It was painful just the pressure they were putting on my neck.”
His carotid artery on the right side of his throat was nearly completely severed. Surgery to reattach it at Buffalo General Hospital took an hour.
more from Zednik as he addressed the media today
Update 3:25pm ET: ESPN provides video (below) of the press conference:
From Marcie Garcia at NHL.com,
Four years later, Laraque credits yoga for sharpening his competitive edge against the younger, bigger foes trying to make a heavyweight name for themselves in the NHL.
“Most guys that fight use the weights, weights, and weights, and they’re so big in their bodies that the muscle doesn’t matter,” Laraque said. “Yoga helps your core strength and that is way better than weights. I’m not the strongest guy weight-wise with enforcers in the NHL, but I’m strong, but not because I bench press six plates. If you do yoga, you don’t need to do weights that much because it’s like a weight exercise, but instead of using weights, you’re using your body.”
from Marty Henwood at Hockey.com,
All it took were a few dreaded words from a concussion specialist Tuesday for the Philadelphia Flyers to subtly slip into full-blown desperation mode.
Moments after completing a trade that sent Jim Vandermeer west to Calgary, the Flyers learned they will be without forward Simon Gagne for the remainder of the season.
Not exactly welcome news for a team that hasn’t won in eight games.
Update 4:02pm ET: (alanah) Marty contacted us acknowledging the error in his original article, and made the correction which we’ve also reflected above.
(*Hey, we all have “blonde moments” where we accidentally invert some vital information—I’m just happy it wasn’t me for once!)
from Edward Fraser of the Hockey News,
Coming out of the lockout, fans and media types alike were promised a new era of accessibility to NHL players.
Promises, I suppose, are meant to be broken.
Despite the fact opening up to the media is beneficial to the league, teams and players (more access equals more fans; more fans equals more revenues), the give-‘em-the-bare-minimum credo continues to rule across most league lines.
The team-first, boast-free attitude - the womb from which this issue is born - is ingrained in the vast majority of hockey people. So it’s easy to understand where the league’s seeming disdain for cameras/microphones comes from; and how it will never change organically.
PJ Stock on Team 990 radio in Montreal mentioned Marian Hossa to Boston is a hot rumor right now, but it was all a joke.
Looks like some of the rumor fools picked it up and even confirmed it had legs to it!!!
from Scott Cullen of TSN,
The NHL trade deadline is less than a week away and as the deadline draws near, there will be more and more talk. While the talk won’t necessarily result in a lot of blockbuster deals, there will surely be movement as some teams gear up for the playoffs while others set their sights for the future.
Here is a breakdown of upcoming free agents, prospects and other players that may be among those discussed in trade talks.
continued... note this is a breakdown of the Eastern Conference teams…
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Amid published reports out of Montreal, that the Canadiens have ordered equipment for Hossa in the event they secure his rights, and out of Ottawa, where the Senators are apparently in a holding pattern on Hossa, the focus in Atlanta today is strictly on the Thrashers’ game tonight against Carolina.
Sources say Atlanta GM-head coach Don Waddell is in full coach mode today and won’t be working the phones or advancing any trade talk for the talented winger who is likely to be dealt before Tuesday’s NHL trade deadline.
But sources also told TSN that before Waddell resumes trade talk on Hossa, he wants to take one final stab at seeing if he can sign the winger to a contract extension.
from the Vancouver Sun,
The sounds you heard out of the managers’ meetings in Florida this week were of frustration, of anger, and of determination to cut through all the horsedoodle the Goaltenders’ Benevolent Protective Association has been dispensing for years about how reducing the size of their padding is a safety issue.
The GMs have always known it’s not true. The only difference is that now, having turned the rulebook upside down in an effort to create more offence, they have been forced to confront the obvious: It’s the goalies, stupid.
“We’re tired of the conversation,” said Detroit’s Ken Holland, himself a former netminder.
“We’ve got to shrink the goalies. If we can’t get this right, then we have to sit down and look at the alternatives. And obviously bigger nets is one of the alternatives.”
No one wants bigger nets. No one wants the game’s history bastardized by tinkering with the dimensions of hockey’s most fundamental focal point. But there is no mistaking the threat.
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald via Faceoff.com,
GM 1: “Do me a favour, will ya’? Don’t make any trades.”
GM 2: “Why not?”
GM 1: “Because if you make one, then my owner’s going to expect me to make one. And that never works.”
GM 2: “Good point.”
This hypothetical conversation pretty much sums up the bluffer’s poker that’s going on in the NHL’s dormant trade market….
Which is not to say the trade stalemate is a bad thing. Stupid deals are stupid deals no matter when they’re made, and if the GMs are having sober second thoughts about mortgaging the future for six weeks on a guy with a bad knee and a worse attitude, then good for them.
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