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Left wing Alexander Semin has committed to return to the Washington Capitals next season, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced. The Capitals and Semin have reached a two-year agreement, beginning in 2006-07.
from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,
-The good news for those who give a damn about the NHL’s welfare is that Gary Bettman has no plans to go bye-bye. The bad news for his collection of chronically vitriolic foes is that the Commish is dedicated to leading the league to new-found prosperity. -And, by the way, how come John Ferguson, Jr. gets no credit for the brilliant goaltending addition of Jean-Sebastien Aubin? The 28 year-old could be a starter for the Leafs next year. -Any player who says this ought to check his contract and paycheck: “I don’t know why we weren’t ready!” Latest to utter this garbage is Ryan Smyth.more
The LA Kings will be streaming Luc's retirement conference at 3:00pm EST today. A nice tribute to Robitaille from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
On draft day in June, 1984, the Los Angeles Kings were so sure of Luc Robitaille's Hall Of Fame potential that they used their ninth pick, 171st overall, to select him from the Hull Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Five rounds earlier, with the 69th pick in the draft, the Kings chose what they considered a surer bet - a Minnesota high school prospect named Tom Glavine, who never played a game in the National Hockey League, but went on to have a pretty good major-league baseball career, mostly with the Atlanta Braves.continued
from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Marc-Andre Fleury has spent the past few months trying to establish himself as a No. 1 goalie in the NHL. And he's done a pretty good job of it. But for all the good work he has produced while laboring behind the NHL's worst team, his greatest challenge might not come for another week or so, after Fleury joins one of the best clubs in the American Hockey League. For it is only after the Calder Cup playoffs begin that Fleury will be able to convince skeptics -- and there seem to be many -- that he can perform well in high-stakes games.continued
In this week's Facing Off, the man dubbed "Baby Lidstrom" discusses how he became the most unlikely of Olympic heroes, why everybody (including his own brother) had better keep his head up on the ice and why the Red Wings deserve to be considered Stanley Cup favorites. Q: Who is the best offensive player in the NHL right now? A: I haven't played [Jaromir] Jagr myself, but he is putting up incredible numbers. Joe Thornton is also a top guy. He is huge, he's a really good skater and he can handle the puck as well as anybody. My teammate Henrik Zetterberg has also been awesome this year.more
from John Buccigross of ESPN,
I often get e-mails from you saying how much you enjoy the e-mail bag. So, with just over a week left in the regular season, let's blow out the e-mail bag.In response to a recent Wirtz article, John responds,
It will be yet another playoff picture without Boston and Chicago. Boston's fan base has yet to be obliterated like the fans in Chicago, but it is teetering. The reason why the Red Wings are the Red Wings is because owner Mike Ilitch LOVES sports and LOVES competition. Bill Wirtz and Jeremy Jacobs do not. Their passion is concession and parking numbers. That's not a knock at Wirtz or Jacobs. And it's not intended to be a compliment to Ilitch. It is what it is.read on
Share your Luc Robitaille memories at ESPN's SportsNation. Mine is very easy to remember, seeing Luc skate around with the Stanley Cup- I never saw anyone so happy in my life, the raw emotions in his face will never be forgotten. added 11:45am, Luc is also the answer to a nice trivia question...Which active NHL player has been a teammate of five of the top six point scorers in league history? Luc has played alongside Wayne Gretzky (No. 1 in career points), Mark Messier (No. 2), Ron Francis (No. 4), Marcel Dionne (No. 5) and Steve Yzerman (No. 6). The only top-six scorer he didn't play with was Gordie Howe (No. 3).- via the Union-Tribune...
from the Hockey News,
We've decided to identify which actual movie titles best summarize each of the 30 NHL teams' 2005-06 campaign. As well, we've sought out professional movie reviews that, though first intended for each particular movie, also apply to the domain of Gary Bettman's Guaranteed Moneymaking Machine. Boston Movie: Ice Age: The Meltdown Summary: Another wasted Bruins season features the trading of captain Joe Thornton, who goes on to finish No. 2 in league scoring. GM Mike O'Connell pays the price for ownership's meddling, losing his job before the season ends. Real Review: "Forgettable, completely harmless, sporadically amusing, and not at all ready to go up against the real masters.” -- Dustin Putman, THEMOVIEBOY.COMread on for the rest of the teams...
from the Chicago Tribune,
After a long day of oral, maxillofacial and dental implant surgery, and before a recent Blackhawks game, in which the home team got creamed by the Dallas Stars, Dr. Eric Pulver made his way through the team entrance.... ...he told about an incident a few years ago, when a Carolina Hurricanes player "somehow came off the ice without his two front teeth." "Anyway, this guy came off the ice without his two front teeth -- he didn't know where they were. ... I went down to take a look, and yeah, they're not there. "Some of the guys went out on the ice to look for them. Two minutes later, they found one and brought it back. The other one got pushed up to the floor of his nose ... way up high.read on
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