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from Neil Stevens of the CP via the Globe and Mail,
Heated skate blades that are supposed to enhance performance are being used by four anonymous NHL players.
The four teams they play for asked that their names be kept secret so the Thermablades on their feet didn’t draw media attention and their use become a distraction, says Kris King, the NHL’s Toronto-based senior manager of hockey operations.
Today’s NHL teleconference call was with Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane.
Patrick leads Chicago and all National Hockey League rookies in scoring with 28 points on 7 goals and 21 assists, playing in each of the Blackhawks 29 games so far this season. In some ways, his journey to the NHL will come full circle this Saturday when he will play his first professional game in his hometown of Buffalo, New York, when the Blackhawks visit the Sabres at the HSBC Arena.
Q. Are you even a little surprised how well things have gone for you this year?
PATRICK KANE: You know, I think coming into the season, probably the biggest thing for me was to try to make the team. Once that kind of happened, things started coming in. I seemed to get a little more ice team here and there, some more opportunities to play with better players and I had a good start. Before you know it, we’re playing—myself and Jonathan, we’re playing against the top checking lines. I guess you don’t expect things to happen that quick.
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,
He’s never won a Norris Trophy. Actually, he’s never even been runner-up. He’s third in career points among active defencemen. His passing game is among the very best in the league. He’s routinely among the leading offensive defencemen in the league. Right now he actually leads all NHL defencemen in scoring.
So why is it Dallas Stars veteran Sergei Zubov doesn’t get the same kind of attention as perennial Norris Trophy candidates Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger or Scott Niedermayer?
Sheldon Souray will be back in the Edmonton Oilers lineup Tuesday night vs. the St. Louis Blues after missing 25 games with a separated left shoulder.
Souray injured himself on October 13 vs. the Canucks and has been out ever since.
via Ducks Blog,
Moving on, it wouldn’t be a full day if we didn’t have something to say about Scotty. We’ve just gotten word that he definitely will NOT play Wednesday night, and that it’s either going to be Friday against Minny or Sunday against San Jo….
We’re expecting word on a trade later today, but who knows if it will happen. Keep checking back on the home page to see what might have gone down.
added 7:07pm, The official status of Scott Niedermayer is “doubtful”. for tomorrow.
This would be the perfect time for GM Scott Howson to make his first big deal.
Howson probably agrees, but it wouldn’t behoove him to acknowledge it publicly, so he won’t. Right now, it’s a difficult time in the NHL to make deals. It’s even harder for Howson and the Blue Jackets.
The entire NHL has found it difficult to swing trades in the “salary cap” era. The fact that the standings are so murky—everybody’s in the hunt—makes it hard, too. Both of these are affecting the Blue Jackets, but so is something else, something much more sobering, maybe downright depressing for Blue Jackets fans.
From Ken Campbell at THN,
European federations have no problem losing their best young players to the NHL; they’ve grown to accept that as a fact of life. But what they’re finally fed up with is losing top young players and seeing them play in the American Leauge. This season, for example, 64 European players signed their first NHL contracts, but only seven of them are playing in the NHL.
That’s why the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation recently reported it is likely going to pull out of the IIHF’s agreement with the NHL and the Finnish Ice Hockey Federation will probably follow suit. Under the terms of the four-year agreement reached last spring, individual European federations have the right to terminate their portions of the agreement prior to Dec. 31 of this year.
Should the Swedes and Finns pull out of the agreement, it will leave it in shambles. The Russian federation has already opted out of the deal and losing two more federations would make it worthless.
from Lightning Strikes,
...coach John Tortorella, who seemed confident center Brad Richards will play tonight against the Canadiens, but said the final decision would be made at game time.
Even if Richards doesn’t play, it does not sound as if the injury to his left knee is as severe as it seemed it might be Monday night, when he left the game midway through the second period after slamming into the end boards with Toronto defenseman Tomas Kaberle on his back.
from George Johnson at ESPN,
Nobody’s the next anybody,” Gretzky had contended last week on the night his Phoenix Coyotes visited the Igloo in Pittsburgh. “Sidney’s Sidney. Wayne’s Wayne. Mario’s Mario. And that should be good enough. Comparing is part of the fun of sports. I understand that. I do it myself. But I don’t know how relevant it is.”
At the moment, not very.
Crosby only needs four Stanley Cups, eight more Hart Trophies, nine more miniature Art Ross statuettes, three Canada Cups (or the equivalent of), five Lady Byng Trophies, 17 more All-Star Game appearances and nearly 2,600 more points to catch up to Gretzky. Come back in a decade or so and we’ll talk discuss the matter further.
At my NHL.com blog today, I go on a “no more changes” rant.
Enough, play the game the way it was meant to be played.
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