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from Robert Picarello at Fox Sports,
This is where Gary Roberts is going to be worth his weight in gold and black to Crosby and the Penguins this April in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The gritty Roberts, who has scored 20 or more goals 12 times in his career, was brought over from the Florida Panthers to play on the No. 1 line with Crosby, hoping the aging superstar could open up some room for the 19-year old and his linemate, Mark Recchi.
“I can’t believe I’m playing with those slugs,” joked Roberts, who had 29 points with the Panthers this season.
from the News & Observer,
Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward will be out indefinitely after suffering a deep laceration above his left knee in today’s 2-1 shootout loss to the New York Rangers….
“It actually didn’t feel like that much, feel that serious, then I took a look at my knee and you could see something was wrong,” Ward said. “The Rangers came in the zone a couple more times, and I froze the puck. Once I looked, you could see the muscle.”
from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,
Chris Simon got off easy. He should not have the option of playing in an NHL game until the 2008-09 season. And if that were to end his career, so be it….
That is a mistake. It is part of the problem with the sliding scales of justice in the NHL, the unwillingness to have a blanket punishment for hits to the head or assaults with the stick. It’s nice to judge things on a case-by-case basis, in theory. In practicality, it just keeps the incidents coming.
Bruins-Wngs game on the local Detroit, NBC affiliate HD channel was not on. We were receiving the Rangers-Hurricanes game in HD, then switched to the Wings game about five minutes into the game. But the game is not in HD.
NBC has yet to have a perfect weekend with any of the NHL telecasts, numerous blips each week.
Someone needs to take charge.
Ah, as I am typing this, the game goes HD.
from the Toronto Sun,
The 32-year-old worked out for 25 minutes yesterday at the Air Canada Centre in a track suit, but was able to put weight on the leg and shoot the puck.
“I had to fight the doctor to skate,” Peca said with a laugh. “I was able to go straight away as fast and as hard as I want, turn over both ways and do figure eights, so I was pretty happy.”
His recent x-rays have been encouraging.
“The bone has healed and you can barely see any trace of the fracture,” he said. “The MCL has just about healed perfectly I was able to do a lot of things today that I didn’t think I’d be able to do….”
Lyle just emailed me and asked readers trying to access his site today, to please use this url… http://spectorshockey.tripod.com/default.html
He is working on getting this issue resolved, and will comment in this post when everything is back to normal.
update 3:36pm, Lyle just gave me the all-clear, so you can access his site in the normal fashion.
NEW YORK (March 11, 2007) – New York Islanders forward Chris Simon has been suspended, for the remainder of the 2006-07 regular season and the entirety of the Stanley Cup playoffs, for deliberately using his stick to injure New York Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg during the third period of Thursday night’s game at Nassau Veterans’ Memorial Coliseum.
Simon is suspended a minimum of 25 games, including Saturday night’s game against Washington plus the 14 that remain in the 2006-07 regular season. If the Islanders do not qualify for the 2007 playoffs, or play fewer than 10 playoff games in the 2007 playoffs, Simon would serve additional games at the start of the 2007-08 regular season to satisfy the minimum term of the suspension.
from Ed Willis of the Vancouver Province,
Unlike others who pursued his line of work, Craig Coxe was never resentful or, for that matter, conflicted about what was expected of him.
Fighting gave him a chance to play in the NHL. It earned him the respect of his peers. It afforded him a certain notoriety.
Was there a downside? Well, Coxe says his one fear was being embarrassed in front of 15,000 people. But he’ll also tell you he volunteered for the gig, he wasn’t conscripted, and his only regret is that his ride didn’t last long enough.
Also from the Vancouver Province,
Our panelists agree, with one dissenter, that Bob Probert is the meanest, toughest, best fighter of all time in the NHL. And if he’s tougher than Dave Brown, that’s saying something.
from Wallace Matthews at Newsday,
Thugs come in all colors, shapes, sizes and sports, and Thursday night, Simon was a thug, pure and simple. But for too many of us, the sight of large black men brawling on a basketball court is a riot. The sight of white men brawling on a hockey rink is all part of the game, tough guys blowing off steam. If you think race doesn’t play a factor in that thinking, you are lying to yourself.
Yet, in the NBA, the gangsta culture is allowed to exist everywhere but on the court. In the NHL, it exists only on the ice.
The so-called “thug” league takes a much harder line on in-game violence than the NHL ever has or ever will. In the NBA, a punch leads to automatic suspension. In the NHL, it gets you a job. And maybe a featured spot on a league-sanctioned videotape.
We all know that, we accept it, and - admit it - we generally like it.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The cozy and unseemly affiliation between the executive director of the union and the people who run the NHL is coming to an end. Saskin is out of time. Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly are out of luck. They’ll have to find a new boy. As if….
Saskin’s departure will not be the end of it, not by a long shot. The group of players led by Chris Chelios, Matt Schneider, Dwayne Roloson, Eric Lindros and now-retired Trent Klatt, will continue to press for information that will prove suspected direct communication between agents and NHL officials during the lockout. If such proof is uncovered, these agents will be decertified, and thus unable to continue to represent NHL players. This is the next bombshell.
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