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from the Times Herald,
Now, with fines starting to be handed out, someone could make a good living off the financial penalties being handed out for diving in hockey games. In what has become a performance art of sorts, players all over the NHL - and every team has at least one - are doing their best Greg Louganis impersonations. Problem is, the league is inconsistent. For example, wunderkind Sidney Crosby must have seen an oasis on the Wachovia Center ice Wednesday, for he dove at least three times. He was whistled for it once, and started mouthing off to the refs. Did he get the letter in the mail saying, "You've been a bad boy Sidney?" Don't know. They're kept secret. But will Sid the Kid, the poster boy for the new NHL, see a financial fine? Doubtful.
from the San Gabriel Valley Tribune,
Luc Robitaille, good natured as always, laughs at the jokes from teammates and coaches. Robitaille can't possibly get any slower, they say, so he might as well play with a fractured bone in his leg. That's exactly what Robitaille intends to do soon. Robitaille, who has missed eight consecutive games, participated in practice Thursday morning for the first time and could return within a matter of days.
from the Toronto Sun,
"We played a great 40 minutes and that has been the story so far," Bruins star Joe Thornton said after his team was booed off the ice. "We're just not getting 60 minute of efforts. You go into the third period when you're short-handed so much of the time and you're bound to lose a game."
from the Edmonton Sun,
With eight of their 15 wins coming against Chicago, Columbus and sad-sack St. Louis, the Detroit Red Wings had been accused of padding their record against the dregs of the NHL, all of which conveniently reside in their division. It seemed like nit-picking at first, but after an 0-for-3 trip through the Northwest that began with losses in Vancouver and Calgary and culminated with a 6-5 defeat to the Oilers, there might be some validity to the charges. "It's (a road trip) we'd like to forget, simply put,'' said defenceman Mathieu Schneider. "We played well in spurts, but that's not good enough to win in this league, especially when you're playing teams as good as the ones we played over the last three games here.
from the Globe and Mail,
Wayne Gretzky used to make $25,000 a month playing hockey for the Edmonton Oilers. Come next month, the contract he signed his name to could be worth as much as $25,000 (remaining figures U.S. unless noted). Gretzky's first contract with the Oilers -- the 10-year deal he signed on Jan. 26, 1979, his 18th birthday -- is up for bidding on Lelands.com, the New York-based sports auction service that handled the sale of the Mickey Mantle and Jackie Robinson collections.more The Gretzky contract can be viewed here.
via the AP,
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis was back in the lineup for Thursday night's game against the New York Islanders less than a week after fracturing a bone near the tip of his left ring finger. It was first thought St. Louis, who sat out two games, would miss two to four weeks. The 2004 NHL MVP also damaged his nail bed after being hit in the hand by defenseman Darryl Sydor's shot in practice last Sunday.
from the Cp via NHL.com,
Sergei Fedorov had to ask someone Thursday whether the big guy standing nearby was indeed Rick Nash. Once he got the affirmative, he went ahead and stretched out a hand to the young Columbus Blue Jackets star. "I didn't recognize him at first," Fedorov said in a phone interview. "But I finally asked the trainer: 'Is that Rick Nash?' Then I went over and introduced myself."
via NHL.com, Doc takes us (wil open wmp audio) around the NHL on a weekly basis.
New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur has been named to the Competition Committee, the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players' Association announced today. "I am excited to be a part of the Competition Committee since it plays such an important role in the future of the NHL," Brodeur said. "I look forward to representing the goalie fraternity as part of my role."
via TSN & RDS,
TSN's sister station in Quebec RDS reports that Montreal Canadiens netminder Jose Theodore is nursing a groin injury and may not play Friday when the Habs visit the New Jersey Devils. According to the French-language network, Theodore experienced the discomfort in a Nov. 8 game against Tampa Bay and it bothered him to the point that he did not start Tuesday's game against the Florida Panthers.Plus a full detailed article on all of the injuries NHL players are experiencing.
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