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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.
via the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury will be sidelined six-to-eight weeks and forward Maxime Talbot will be sidelined two-to-four weeks, each with a high ankle sprain, it was announced Wednesday by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Both players were evaluated by team physician Dr. Chip Burke on Wednesday morning.
via the Detroit Free Press,
Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom missed practice today because of a sore knee, and said he doesn’t think he’ll be able to play tomorrow when the Wings host the Oilers.
Mike Babcock said Mark Hartigan would be called up from Grand Rapids. Babcock didn’t know what line combinations he would use, but Mikael Samuelsson skated with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg today.
from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,
And with each passing day it becomes more evident GM Jay Feaster is going to have to trade one of the Big Three…
All three are decorated. St-Louis led the NHL in scoring and was named most valuable player in 2004; Richards won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP the same season and, a few months later, Lecavalier was the MVP of the World Cup. He won the Rocket Richard Trophy for leading the NHL in goals last season.
Making the prospect of a deal more complicated is the fact that of the three, only Lecavalier does not have a no-trade clause in his contract. For Feaster to trade Richards or St-Louis, he would need their permission.
Richards might be inclined to move to a team where he can play on the top line, but it’s hard to imagine St-Louis wanting to leave Lecavalier’s side – unless, of course, his new team was interested in signing him to a contract extension.
National Hockey League games are among the first programming to be offered through Apple’s iTunes video download service to launch Wednesday, Apple Canada has announced.
Apple began offering videos for download in the U.S. in September 2006, but the service has not been available in Canada until this week.
The top NHL games for the 2007-2008 season, a selection of Stanley Cup classics and a five-game bundle of great Stanley Cup final games is to be made available, Apple said in a statement.
from BenWright of Blueland Blog,
I’m not one to ask you to do something I wouldn’t do myself, so here’s what I’ll do. If you guys can get Kovy voted into the starting lineup of the NHL All-Star Game I’ll let someone shave my head at a game or practice (logistics to be determined later). Seriously. I’ll bring the clippers and pick a fan or reader (or maybe even a player if I can pull some strings) and let them buzz off all of the hair on my scalp. Do we have a deal?
from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,
And as much fun as it may be to speculate about trades that would bring Vincent Lecavalier to Montreal, the simple truth is that Lecavalier doesn’t want to play here. Pity, because he is a fair modern imitation of Jean Béliveau. The goal he scored on a knuckler last night was his 20th of the season to go with 26 assists.
Forget that fellow Sidney What’s-his-name: If we’re choosing sides for a little shinny, Vinny is our first pick. Any game that includes Lecavalier, Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis should have more sizzle than last night’s rather humdrum affair.
more on the Canadiens…
from the Ottawa Citizen,
When Ray Emery unveiled his new helmet yesterday, the Ottawa Senators organization held its collective breath.
Memories are still fresh of the firestorm Emery ignited two seasons ago, when he briefly donned a helmet carrying images of convicted rapist Mike Tyson.
So a great sense of relief washed over everyone when Emery’s new helmet was revealed to be carrying two images of The Greatest, Muhammad Ali, who was everything to boxing (and humanity) that Tyson wasn’t.
continued... with picture.
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