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A recent interview with Georges Laraque at HockeyFights.com.
Q: In your opinion, how do you feel the game in the NHL has changed since the 2003-04 season? Also, in terms of entertainment value, do you prefer today's NHL to the one of years past? A: I think it's too much of a special teams game now, and both team can never really get in a rhythm of a good game since there's so much whistle blows. Q: What did you like least about the “new” NHL this season compared to years past? A: The rules are fine, it’s just a little too exaggeration on the penalties where they call soft hooking and stuff. Q: If the instigator rule were to be taken out, how do you feel the NHL would change? Would it be for the positive? A: It would be a cleaner game, not as much cheap stuff, and most importantly, more fights. More fights would definitely boost the audience!read on
from Jerry Green of the Detroit News,
...Yzerman's post-playing assignment with the Red Wings still is to be determined -- and likely has not yet even been considered. There are contributions to be made, other then as a twiddling goodwill ambassador. Steve, actually, has been the Red Wings' goodwill ambassador ever since that day in 1983 when the club drafted him during the barren years between Stanley Cup championships. He has been the face of the franchise; the Red Wings' marquee and billboard; the poster person. He does not deserve the mushroom treatment. "I got the mushroom treatment," said Gordie Howe. "You know what I mean -- where they keep you completely in the dark, and every once in a while they come in and throw manure on you. "And that's the position I've been in."more
from the Philadelphia Inquirer,
I've been a dedicated Flyers fan since age 9, which, since I grew up in Montreal, has been a real labor of love. Is there any way that general manager Bob Clarke will be let go any time soon? I can barely count the ways in which he is holding this great team back. There are stingy GMs out there, and there are overly aggressive ones. There are GMs who are fooled by big names, and GMs who hate big names. But I can't think of a single other GM who is as fundamentally out of touch with the game today as Clarke is.continued
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, -This is how long Yzerman has been around: In his rookie year, he played on a team that included current Wings GM Ken Holland, New York Islanders coach Ted Nolan, NHL vice-president Colin Campbell, ESPN analyst Barry Melrose and Hall of Famer Brad Park. -Some Leafs players quietly have lobbied against the acquisition of Gary Roberts. Turns out they don't want to lose playing time or power-play time to an old man. -Pat Quinn, who has been all but silent since being let go, is telling some people he didn't mind being fired by the Leafs, but he didn't want to be fired by "that little twerp".
from the Calgary Sun,
Filling out his roster just in time for Stampede, Darryl Sutter indicated last week his team is now essentially set in stone. However, Flames fans should hope when the coach and GM watches some of the world's toughest competitors take part in the rodeo, he'll be inspired to add one more key ingredient -- a fighter. ...However, the art of fighting and intimidation still plays an important role in the game, which was glaringly obvious this spring when Iginla's rare loss to Francois Beauchemin in Game 6 marked the moment the series turned in Anaheim's favour for good.read on
from the Vancouver Province,
It has long been known the annual NHLPA general meeting at Whistler this week would be lively, given the histrionics surrounding the new CBA this year, but now there's a hint it may turn out to be downright volatile. Former executive-director Bob Goodenow and his long-time right-hand man Ian Pulver have been invited to attend the meetings this week by the dissident group led by Trent Klatt. Chris Chelios and others wanted their side of the story to be given a fair hearing by any member who cares to attend the meeting.continued
from Larry Brooks of the Ny Post,
Brendan Shanahan, a three-time Stanley Cup winner in Detroit and one of the NHL's most accomplished veterans, was seeking a new challenges. He'll find them next season on Broadway with the Rangers. The Post has learned the 37-year-old free-agent left winger has accepted a one-year contract worth approximately $4M to join the Rangers after spurning more lucrative offers from both the Red Wings and Canadiens.continued (reg. req.)
from the New York Daily News,
Brendan Shanahan thought he was going to become a Ranger three times before. One of those times, in fact, he was so certain he was on his way to Broadway that he was looking at apartments in Manhattan and houses in Westchester. Will the fourth time be the charm? Shanahan was back in the city Wednesday to be wined, dined and shown around the club's two facilities by Rangers brass. To complete the pitch, his likeness superimposed above a Rangers No. 14 jersey briefly appeared on the Garden's Seventh Ave. marquee accompanied by the words: "New York Rangers Welcome Brendan Shanahan."cotninued
You may recall the ruling earlier this week that the Thrashers (and Atlanta Hawks) could not sign anyone for more than 1 year, well here is a follow up... from CBS Sportsline,
However, the ruling does not impact any negotiations already begun by either team, and since it came nearly a week after NHL free-agency began, it will allow the Thrashers to sign any free agent they have already spoken with. "One thing that was clear was that any player we initially started conversations with for contract negotiations, we can continue on with that," Atlanta general manager Don Waddell said. "Quite a few players fall in that category." Waddell said he wasn't concerned about having his options restricted in the short term since most of the team's players are already under contract. Atlanta has one player, Niko Kapanen, scheduled for arbitration, but even then, the two sides can settle on a multiyear deal because they have already talked contract, Waddell said.more
from the Philadelphia Inquirer via the Mercury News,
It's OK to be Ordinary. That is, if you're the Carolina Hurricanes and you've won the Stanley Cup. It's OK because all you had to do if you were general manager Jim Rutherford was re-sign your key players, such as Eric Staal and Erik Cole. It's not OK to be Ordinary if you're Bob Clarke. That's because his Flyers haven't won a Cup in three decades. Some people, including Clarke, are facing the prospect of having to choose between season tickets and disability insurance.continued
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