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From Rick Sadowski at the Rocky Mountain News,
Avalanche center Paul Stastny practiced for the second day in a row this morning and said he felt fine, but he won’t play tonight against the San Jose Sharks at the HP Pavilion.
But Stastny, who underwent an appendectomy Jan. 17, is optimistic about returning to the lineup for Saturday’s game in Vancouver against the Canucks.
“Hopefully, after I skate for two more days, I’ll be ready Saturday,” he said. “It doesn’t feel any different, to tell you the truth. It feels good. Everything is good. I don’t feel any different than I did before I had the surgery.”
from the Chicago Blackhawks,
Former Chicago Blackhawks goaltender and Hockey Hall of Fame member Tony Esposito has joined the Chicago Blackhawks family as an official Blackhawks Ambassador. Esposito will join Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita in representing the Chicago Blackhawks at events at the United Center and throughout the Chicagoland area.
“It is a great honor to be asked back into the Blackhawks family,” said Esposito. “In my heart, I have always been and always will be a Blackhawk. I want to thank Rocky Wirtz and John McDonough for giving me the opportunity to come back to the Blackhawks organization. I love the new approach the team is taking. Everything about the Blackhawks is very upbeat and I am proud to be a part of this new beginning.”
White House Press Release:
[PRESIDENT BUSH]: Welcome to the White House. We’re glad you’re here. Like, have you noticed a lot of security around here? It’s because the Vice President heard there were some Ducks around. (Laughter and applause.)
These Ducks are awfully mighty. It’s such an honor to welcome you. I love welcoming champs to the White House. And these are clearly great champs. You know, the playoffs have got to be tough at that time of year, after you’ve played so long, and your legs are a little tired—except you romped through the playoffs. I don’t know if many Americans understand that, but this team went 16-5 through the first four rounds; became the first West Coast team in the NHL to win the Stanley Cup. And that’s a big deal.
Note: More at the Anaheim Ducks website
From Black Athlete Sports Network,
Why does color have to be an issue here in the USA, but really not in Canada?
Hockey doesn’t need “another Tiger Woods”. They had them while Tiger was down here at Stanford hanging out with his Cali surfing buddies.
And don’t give me that economics thing. There are just as many piss poor Canadians as there are Americans.
Just face it. Until we get out of the mentality that there are only certain sports we’re suppose to play, you won’t see that many Black Americans playing hockey.
Note: the above article is a response to a Time Magazine piece on the subject that we recently linked
from Adam Schwartz of NHL.com,
Here is a hockey fact you might not have thought about. Only seven NHL goalies catch with their right hand.
To Tomas Vokoun, one of the lefties, the difference gives him an edge, a slight one to be sure, but an edge nonetheless. And we all know how goalies love those advantages, however small.
“It’s a little bit easier for me to stop left-handed shots and most of the players in the NHL have left-handed shots,” said Vokoun, the Florida Panthers’ top goalie. “Although, I don’t think it’s a significant advantage. I don’t think a goalie that catches with his right hand has a significant advantage.”
from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,
While speaking to Gainey recently about his rising star on defense, Mike Komisarek, I mentioned that the physical blueliner plays a rough and tumble game, yet doesn’t drop his gloves that often. Through 53 games, Komisarek had engaged in just four fights.
What bothers Gainey is the way Komisarek – and just about all NHLers, Gainey claims – is challenged to fight almost every time he dishes out a solid bodycheck.
“It’s goofy,” Gainey says.
That is an understatement.
The Ottawa Senators should get some much needed help up front on Thursday, as winger Dany Heatley is expected to return to the lineup against the Florida Panthers after spending four weeks on the injured list with a separated shoulder.
“I feel pretty good,” Heatley said after skating Wednesday. “We’ll see how it is when I wake up tomorrow. It’s been feeling really good all along, so we’ll see tomorrow.”
Coach John Paddock was optimistic that Heatley would be ready for Thursday.
“I’d say he’s probable,” Paddock said. “I don’t think he’s going to be at 100 percent until tomorrow, but he’s feeling comfortable, so probable to likely is the impression he gave me.”
via the Calgary Flames,
Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of Dion Phaneuf to a six-year contract extension. As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“It remains very important for us to lock up our key young players,” said Sutter. “Our goal with Dion was to provide an arrangement that will allow him to take his game to the next level.”
“I’m excited about the prospect of playing another six years in Calgary,” said Phaneuf. “In fact, I never thought I would be playing anywhere else. I am proud to be a member of this organization and will continue to concentrate on the job at hand - making and advancing in the playoffs this year and for years to come.”
added 2:44pm, Sources tell TSN that the deal is worth $6.5 million a season.
From The Rangers Report,
If I hadn’t seen Sean Avery and Marek Malik throwing punches at one another during practice today, I wouldn’t have believed it.
But what had been a mere one-on-one battle during drills today quickly escalated into shoves and then an all-out fight between the 6-foot-6 Malik and the 5-10 Avery, lasting maybe 30 seconds before it eventually ended. For those scoring at home, we’ll call it Malik by TKO.
Words were exchanged after that. At one point, Avery could be heard saying, “What are you,a tough guy? Why don’t you play like that in a game?”
*hat-tip to HockeyFights.com for the link
Formerly a pro hockey player overseas, Kerry “Gouche” Goulet writes a short series on his tour of Moscow:
You would think Day two could not exceed day one, but it just got better! Yes it did. After enjoying a typical Russian breakfast we were whisked off to the Kremlin by limousines, where the Professor (Igor Larionov) had organized a personal tour of the Kremlin and the Russian Palace (a separate story to follow). Outstanding! It’s a tour only for dignitaries and Capazoo and the Gouche were there.
Now, the real big deal. Hockey equipment packed up and placed on the bus. The final destination, Red Square. You got it, the Red Square; Cold War, espionage, tanks, missiles etc. But we were only armed with Canadian and American hockey players, hockey equipment and hockey sticks battling only Russian hockey players and of course the cold on an outdoor rink!
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