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from the Toronto Star,
Whether it's Pete Rose, Atlanta Falcons safety Eugene Robinson, who was caught soliciting a prostitute the night before the Super Bowl, or Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper, who faces misdemeanor charges after allegedly engaging in public sex acts on a team cruise, there are myriad examples of pro athletes with a lot to lose caving in to temptation. If baseball or the NHL approve a team in Las Vegas, expect more unsavoury scandals. It's a sucker's bet.more
from Chuck Gormley of NHL.com,
There is nothing ordinary about Washington Capitals superstar in the making Alex Ovechkin. Not his life in Russia, not his adaptation to life in America, and certainly not the way he plays the game of hockey.continued
Kevin Allen of USA TODAY gives his view of the NHL season at the halfway point:
Most desirable players two months before the trade deadline: 1, St. Louis center Doug Weight (would have to waive no-trade clause). 2, Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig (GM George McPhee says he isn't trading him). 3, Buffalo goalie Martin Biron (teams need goalies, and Buffalo has a surplus). 4, Minnesota goalie Dwayne Roloson (will be a free agent). 5, Everyone on the New Jersey Devils.read on
from the Toronto Sun,
"People can say I'm a dreamer all they want, but that's all I care about. My wife says 'Go for it.' She's totally supportive. My kids are supportive. My son said 'Dad, if you've got a chance, go, I want you to play.' "I don't want to seem like one of those of old guys just trying to hold on. I don't feel that way. I still have a passion for it like you wouldn't believe. This is what I love to do."read on
from the Star-Ledger,
Newark officials and Devils executives sat down yesterday to temper growing acrimony that has put the construction of a downtown hockey arena in jeopardy. During a four-hour meeting supervised by Prudential chief executive Arthur Ryan and Seton Hall Law School Dean Patrick Hobbs, the team's owners and city representatives tried to nail down a deal to provide enough money to complete the project -- expected to be more than $310 million -- without leaving taxpayers on the hook.continued
from the Globe and Mail,
The Canucks should be vastly better than they are and, according to Morrison, their crafty centre, they're not exactly sure why that's failed to happen. What is certain is that the strain of losing will eventually take its toll on a lineup that hasn't produced as intended. "If we don't show improvement there's a definite possibility something could happen," Morrison agreed yesterday at GM Place. "Guys don't want anything to happen because the bulk of us have been together now for four years and we feel we have some unfinished business. "We want to be the guys who go out and prove we can do it."more
from the NY Post (reg. req.),
The speculation continues regarding who will take over from interim coach Lou (6-5) Lamoriello — or when. Skeptics doubt that Brent Sutter would leave the junior team he part-owns, but he's surely the leading candidate, and the Devils might not be the only possible suitor. Rick Dudley remains the other prime possibility, while Dave Lewis and Paul Maurice seem to have dropped from contention. Instead, Lamoriello might just ride this streak until he loses, letting this era of good feeling grow. "They should feel good right now about themselves," Lamoriello said. "But they can't feel too good because of the position we find ourselves in. "They deserve tremendous credit because of the way they handled extenuating circumstances the past month."read on
from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,
At the recent NHL governors meeting in Phoenix, Bettman speculated the salary cap will rise by at least 8% next year. It will be somewhere in the neighbourhood of $45 million. That means that next year, the average salary will be approximately $1.7 million. In other words, Bettman and his friends shut down an entire league for a year and inflicted untold damage to its future so they could spend roughly an average of $9.2 million more per team that would have been the case had they taken the players' offer. Now the game is back in its more exciting form, and in Canada, where fans always were going to give it a second chance, it's more popular than ever. But in the United States, where Bettman killed the market, the fans are not coming back.more
from the Buffalo News,
"We've talked about how good we're going to have to play because teams are gunning for us," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "It's a speech we've had and a speech we'll continue to have." "We know teams are going to adjust," Ruff said. "Some teams are going to play a real tough defensive game where maybe the first 10, 15 minutes of the game teams aren't even going to try to score and just not turn over the puck or give us chances. "Teams are looking for ways to disrupt our speed and disrupt the things we've got going good. We have to be even better."read on
Raphael needs to practice more. He'll never beat a goalie with those moves (will open wmp video). In case you missed the news, a guy jumped on the ice of a Canadiens practice and tried to beat Theodore.
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