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from the Columbus Disptach,
In a sport rife with occupational hazards, blocking shots is among the most painful and least glorified tasks. It is an undervalued art form, one colored by bruises, contoured by bumps and crafted by players who embody the definition of “taking one for the team.”...
“There are times it hurts so bad that you want to cry,” defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen said. “To the average person, it might seem insane stepping in front of a shot, but it’s part of the game.”
Pat Quinn via George Gross of the Toronto Sun,
“Obviously, so far, I haven’t done a good job adjusting. However, if I were approached by the Leafs, I’d have to think about it. Mind you, I can’t imagine that they would approach me, but I can tell you that working for the Maple Leafs was the highlight of my hockey career.
“I sincerely hope that they straighten out their problems. I feel badly about the Toronto situation. I have an affection for some of the players and some people in the organization.”
from On Frozen Pond,
OK, so Rostislav Olesz takes a late hit from Steve Downie, but since the Panthers didn’t do much complaining about it—and didn’t do anything about it—I won’t pile on. But, this could be bad. Olesz bounced up off the ice in a lot of pain.
JM says he re-injured his surgically repaired wrist/hand area, although I’m not so sure. That was Rusty’s right hand and it looked to me like he came up favoring his left. But we’ll see. Either way, doesn’t look good.
from the Vancouver Province,
Holland is one bright guy, but perhaps his biggest talent lies in his ability to keep all this management talent happy and within the Detroit fold, despite numerous offers for many of them to go elsewhere. And this isn’t even to discuss their amateur scouting, which is constantly fending off raids from other teams.
If you want to know why Detroit has been so consistently good over the past 15 years, just take a good look at the club directory.
from the Vancouver Province,
There is, in fact, the overwhelming belief that the current edition of the Canucks has a window of opportunity which is open only as long as Luongo is wearing the whale-thingy on his chest.
The next question is how long does GM Dave Nonis have before that window closes shut, and that’s where things get very interesting for all concerned.
Consider the following:
- The Sedin twins have one more year left on deals which pay them $3.575 million US per, a figure which makes them woefully underpaid for front-line NHLers.
As things transpire, they are both unrestricted at the end of those contracts and it will cost the Canucks, minimally, another two million each to extend them for any length of time.
from the Philadelphia Daily News,
Again, while it is fun to speculate about Forsberg, in Gagne, the Flyers are already getting an All-Star impact player for the stretch run - one who is only going to get better and better as he works his way back into full condition.
“I think I’m in pretty good shape, but I want to get back to game shape, skillwise, get the legs back and all the quickness I had before,” Gagne said.
The Flyers are now 10-3-1 with Gagne in the lineup, 14-12-2 without.
from the Chicago Daily Herald,
My only question is this: On that glorious night when NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman places the Stanley Cup into Hawks captain Jonathan Toews’ arms, who is going to be the goalie?
The point is, the Hawks would appear to have goalie issues that reach beyond the struggles of Nikolai Khabiublin.
It’s likely not going to be Khabibulin who leads the Hawks to that Cup predicted by Savard.
Khabibulin might not even be around when this season ends if the whispers going around the league are true that the Hawks are trying to deal him.
via the Chicago Daily Herald,
Hawks assistant general manager Rick Dudley was seen watching Tampa Bay play Monday.
With rumors of Nikolai Khabibulin being available, it’s only natural to connect the dots with the Lightning—Khabibulin’s former team and one that is last in the Eastern Conference largely because of poor goaltending.
from the Buffalo News,
As Lundqvist made the save, however, Rangers veteran Brendan Shanahan cross-checked Clarke MacArthur into the goalpost. That dislodged the net and caused a faceoff. It also raised the ire of Sabres coach Lindy Ruff.
“There should probably be a suspension on that last play,” Ruff said after the 2-1 loss in Madison Square Garden. “The league definitely has to look at it. That was a definite intent to try to hurt somebody. He could have a broken neck, he could have a broken shoulder, he could have a broken back, he could have a number of things….”
“It was harder than I would have wanted,” said Shanahan. “It certainly warranted a penalty. I’m glad the kid didn’t get hurt….”
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Over at Abel to Yzerman they had a bit of fun over the last week or so testing out the new chat system we’ve been incorporating into KK. Everything seems to be working reasonably well, so now we’ve opened the rooms up on a permanent basis.
The KK Chat Rooms are an added feature for KK members. You can access them at any time by clicking the tab link along side the other KK sections at the top of any page. If you’re not a member, it’s free to register.
We’ve also added some new features since the original testing and we’ll probably make more adjustments as time goes on.
Check it out when you get a chance—we hope they get a lot of use.
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,
“It went well today,” Daly told The Canadian Press on Wednesday night. “We went through our respective views of what was transpiring and the possible causes. We share the same concern with respect to too many young players coming to North America before they are ready to play in the NHL. We talked about possible ways to address it. We have conceived of a possible short-term interim framework to give us more time for us to evaluate what’s going on in the market place.
“That framework is subject to all of the parties going back to their respective constituencies to discuss its merits.”
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