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from Slap Shot at the NYT,
The most sobering part of Wednesday night’s Rangers-Capitals game had nothing to do with the game — a 5-4 overtime victory by Washington, which was wildly entertaining unless you are a big fan of goalies — but the lack of people watching in Washington’s Verizon Center.
The team announced the attendance at 12,553, which is laughable. There were entire empty sections. Any camera shot that caught the sections behind the nets showed swaths of empty seats.
from the News & Observer,
Scott Walker may be facing a suspension after the Carolina Hurricanes forward head-butted Ottawa Senators forward Mike Fisher in the face during a fight on Wednesday night.
After Walker collided with Senators goalie Martin Gerber early in the second period of Carolina’s 6-0 loss, Fisher fought Walker and cut him under the left eye. Walker head-butted Fisher, earning a match penalty for attempt to injure. Fisher said he chipped one tooth and may have lost another.
Walker was ejected from the game and now faces an automatic review from the NHL.
“It was cheap. It caught me off guard,” Fisher said. “I’m sure he will get some games for it. He ran the goalie. He made no attempt to get away, and I just wanted to let him know he can’t do that.”
Watch the video, scroll to just past the 2 minute mark to get a clear view of the head butt…
From Stephen Harris at the Boston Herald,
Barring an unexpectedly quick rehabilitation, goalie Manny Fernandez’ first year as a Bruin ended yesterday when he underwent surgery to repair a torn MCL in his left knee.
Fernandez first suffered the injury last season while with the Minnesota Wild, but it continued to bother him and has affected his play since training camp.
“It’s a relief, because we know he’s going to be in shape for next year,” B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli said last night before his team’s 4-3 win over the Thrashers. “It’s likely that he’ll be gone the whole year, maybe not, but he’ll be ready for next year.
“It’s been a chronic thing all year and Manny felt he couldn’t perform at 100 percent. He had to alter his style. I’m not ruling out him coming back this year, but we’re under the assumption that with proper rehab, it’s going to take the rest of the year.”
Pat Hannigan, who played his first National Hockey League game for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1959-60 season and then enjoyed a second career broadcasting Buffalo Sabres games, has died. He was 71.
But in Fort Erie, he was better known for his social justice efforts, helping refugees new to Canada through Casa el Norte, a safe house for newcomers.
More on Pat Hannigan’s life and career at Legends of Hockey
from Fire & Ice,
Devils coach Brent Sutter and right wing Arron Asham got into a heated, profanity-laced exchange near the end of this afternoon’s intense practice at Prudential Center. Most of what was said can’t be printed, but Asham said it started because he didn’t chip the puck in the way Sutter wanted. Asham said something about the puck bouncing and Sutter ripped into him.
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
The door is open, then, for ESPN.
According to an ESPN source, the network could be interested if it saw a fit in terms of cost and content. The network would require playoff hockey and one night of exclusivity during the regular season. “It’s totally in the NHL’s hands,” the source said.
As one media critic expressed it, does the NHL want to be No. 7 on ESPN or No. 1 on Versus? The league does indeed receive more loving care from Versus than it did on ESPN, despite the half-hour show ESPN2 used to give it nightly, but its absence from the cable heavyweight has taken hockey one step further from the national conversation.
From Dan Rosen at NHL.com,
“All the stories I heard about (Russia) weren’t true,” Smith told NHL.com. “I guess back 10 to 15 years ago I remember some of the guys that played on those Canada Cup teams were saying the food was no good, this and that. Even the interpreter that was with us was saying if you were in Russia three years ago you would not believe it was the same place. The people couldn’t believe how much it had changed.
“I went there and was like, ‘Holy Geez, why did everyone lie to me?’ ”
Like the country itself, the game played in Red Square on Dec. 9, 2006 was a must-see-it-to-believe-it spectacle.
Conceived by former CSKA Moscow and Soviet national team stars Slava Fetisov and Igor Larionov, the outdoor game—the first of its kind in Russia’s most spectacular setting—was put on to benefit for former Russian players who have fallen on hard times.
more reflections from Billy Smith and Scotty Bowman
Recchi, claimed off re-entry waivers by the Thrashers on Saturday, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he believes Penguins coach Michel Therrien was too quick to remove him from the top line and No. 1 power-play unit.
“They’ll see,” Recchi told the paper. “I didn’t get 68 points for no reason last year. In the first seven or eight games [this season], I had a point a game until the coach decided to move me down two or three lines for whatever reason. I still haven’t figured it out.”
From Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated,
As the NHL struggles to grab its fair share of the spotlight in so many American markets, it makes good sense to appeal to the most basic emotion of the sports fan: hometown pride. Even the most hockey-savvy crowds aren’t immune to the tug. Look at how Edmonton-born Fernando Pisani is treated by Oilers fans, for example, or how every trade rumor out of Montreal involves Les Habitants bringing home some local boy and granting him his bleu, blanc et rouge birthright.
These connections create excitement. So why not tweak the NHL’s current draft system to create more of those situations, especially where they’re needed most, by giving teams first right of refusal to local prospects?
from Bob McKenzie at TSN,
Just to set the record straight…
It is, apparently, being reported in some quarters of the Montreal media that I went on Montreal radio station TEAM 990 this week and suggested the Canadiens and San Jose Sharks are talking about a trade involving Patrick Marleau, Steve Bernier, Saku Koivu, Michael Ryder and who knows who else.
False. I said no such thing.
Not even close.
continued... and you may have noticed we did not point to this at all yesterday. Posting of this rumor was wide-spread on the net, but something just didn’t feel right about it.
added 2:16pm, from Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
I posted what follows a short while ago, then decided to email TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the source of the current rumors that everybody else pointed to. I just heard back from Bob. And he let it be known in no uncertain terms that other people are putting words in his mouth. Go ahead and read the rest of this post, then at the end, I’ll let McKenzie put things in perspective. It’s a great lesson for all of us in how things can get twisted around.
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