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from Thrashers Blog,
First, Waddell on the Anaheim situation: “I don’t know what they’re going to do.”
But you have spoken with Burke?
“I’ve talked to him. In the last week I’ve probably talked to 15 GMs, there’s been more talk going on than there was before. Whether that means anything, I don’t know. We’ll see. “
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Denial is all the rage in the NHL these days. The league denies it has any real problems on or off the ice to solve; GMs guiding wobbly franchises deny the need to make any drastic changes to their rosters; and goaltenders deny they could survive so much as a deflected wrist shot without the protection of gargantuan-sized equipment.
As a matter of fact, just about every team in the league has at least one area where idealism trumps the truth.
From Blackantehm Military News,
“My mom and dad in Michigan are watching,” said Army Spc. Graham Besonen. “It’s important for them to see me and know I’m safe. I’m really a Red Wings fan, but I came to enjoy a hockey game and for my family to see me.”
Most of the pictures were sent to Versus at least a week prior to the game. However, the network wanted to make sure all of the troops were recognized. Just prior to the start of the game, a group photo was taken and e-mailed to Baker. During the third period, the picture was shown on TV.
“I was really impressed with Versus and the NHL putting our pictures on during the game,” said Army Sgt. Rich Allen. “I’ve always been a hockey fan, and to be deployed and see myself on television during a game was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
from the Buffalo News,
Teppo Numminen returned to the ice with his Buffalo Sabres teammates today, and if things progress as expected, he could rejoin them in a game in a matter of weeks.
The defenseman surprisingly took part in today’s practice in HSBC Arena, less than three months after having open-heart surgery to correct a faulty valve. He took part in skating, passing and shooting drills.
Go Inside the NHL with Nick Lidstrom.
Watch the video…
from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
Evidently frictional drag from skates is a huge problem in the NHL, which makes me look at Wade Belak totally different now (not slow, just heat-deprived). Warming tiny strips of metal surely seems like a semi-rational answer, although I likely would have suggested a telethon to raise public awareness as a better first option.
And the technology is so involved and precarious it raises as many questions as it does provide answers….
What if one of the blades goes all haywire and starts melting ice at a brisker pace? Would the dude just go around in circles?
And will the technology become so advantageous that not having it will render a player virtually useless? Little Jimmy hasn’t seen a minute of overtime cause he’s recharging.
The young Penguins can learn from Roberts, and Savard continues to lead the Bruins.
from Mark Dwyer at the New Canaan News-Review,
I face off against an icy conundrum. Hockey is a sport that fascinates me, but also one I doubt I will ever follow as religiously as I do baseball, college basketball and football….
I don’t know why I never started to follow hockey when I was younger. The more and more I thought about it, the more ridiculous it sounded when I analyzed all the other activities that preoccupied my childhood.
I learned to ice skate where the New York Rangers practiced, though I never felt the need to attend a Rangers practice.
One of my favorite toys was a mini stick which I used in endless games of basement hockey. When above ground, I spent entire afternoons with that stick (which bears the Rangers’ logo), a baseball glove and some ridiculous type of mask while defending my friend’s bookshelf.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Centre Mike Richards, who has emerged as one of the league’s top two-way forwards this season, has agreed to terms on a contract extension with the Philadelphia Flyers, sources tell TSN.
Updated 4:49pm ET:
TSN’s story has been updated with this information,
TSN has learned it is a 12-year extension for $69 million that averages out at $5.75 million per year for the cap hit.
The International Ice Hockey Federation announced Thursday that its member associations and leagues will exercise the option to re-open the player transfer agreement with the National Hockey League.
According to a statement released by the Federation, representatives from the Czech Republic, Germany, Finland, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland made the decision unanimous.
The NHL informed the IIHF on Tuesday that the league decided to exercise the same right. Sources tell TSN a meeting has been scheduled in New York for Jan. 16 with the IIHF and its members. NHL Players’ Association Executive Director Paul Kelly will also be in attendance.
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