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from the Gwinnett Daily Post,
Despite a successful 15-year career, the NHL All-Star Game has meant just one thing to Slava Kozlov: a couple of days off in midseason.
That may not be the case this time, however.
The All-Star choices will be announced beginning tonight, and the Atlanta Thrashers feel that the 34-year-old Kozlov has already gone too long without the recognition he deserves.
“I sure hope he makes it,” said Thrashers coach Bob Hartley, who will be an assistant for the Eastern Conference at Dallas on Jan. 24. “He’s very deserving. I don’t know where we’d be right now without him.”
from the Edmonton Journal,
...Still, the Team Canada brand has rarely been stronger and a huge part of that strength has been the work done by a growing roster of high-profile leaders, led by the likes of Wayne Gretzky, Kevin Lowe and Detroit GM Ken Holland with the men’s Olympic program. Ex-Detroit Red Wings great Steve Yzerman, a gold medallist in Salt Lake as a player, may be the next high-profile name to join the Team Canada management ranks.
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
Cam Janssen is the darling of the highlight reels.
Janssen is also a dinosaur.
His kind is on the endangered species list, a message the New Jersey Devils sent him Saturday, when they shipped the 22-year-old right-winger to the Lowell Devils of the American Hockey League.
In 28 games this season, Janssen has dropped the mitts nine times, taking on all comers, included such noted tough guys as Ottawa’s Brian McGrattan (twice), Jody Shelley of Columbus, Colton Orr of the New York Rangers and Anaheim’s George Parros.
On the flip side, when he keeps his gloves on and his stick in his hand, Janssen is about as threatening as a cardboard cut out of a hockey player.
from the Vancouver Province,
CCM/Reebok has come up with a more form-fitting, tucked-in jersey that will eliminate horizontal striping and design.
The Canucks are about to look more like X-Men than hockey players.
Commissioner Gary Bettman should go to the box for two minutes by himself and feel shame.
Let’s be clear about one thing.
This latest wardrobe malfunction is not about image or, as the league has recently suggested, about further reducing obstruction—this is about money.
more... some all-star game talk too…
from the Calgary Sun,
Around the NHL, an adage resonates that the best players must be your best players.
For the Calgary Flames, the responsibility has been shifted from the injured Jarome Iginla to the likes of left winger Alex Tanguay and goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff.
They are the next two biggest stars on the squad that will be facing the league without Iginla likely until at least after the all-star break.
from Eric Gilmore of the Contra Costa Times,
The Sharks are 64-29-7 in those 100 games, winning at a .675 clip. Only Detroit, Buffalo and Anaheim have done better. Last season Thornton won the NHL’s scoring title with 125 points and earned MVP honors.
This year he’s scored 53 points—tied for seventh through Sunday’s games—and is on pace for 105.
Those are some of Thornton’s key numbers. Here, as Paul Harvey likes to say, is the rest of the story.
Thornton has played much of this season with a broken toe. And a broken finger. Then there was the bout with strep throat. And the pulled groin he suffered compensating for his broken toe. Through it all, he hasn’t missed a game.
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from Lois Kalchman at the Toronto Star,
Life-saving defibrillators in sports arenas may provide some comfort for participants, but studies indicate the equipment is more effective for the older fans on the sidelines than for the athletes on the ice or field.
The sad reality hit home over the Christmas holidays when Alex Corrance, a 17-year-old Oakville hockey player, collapsed and died on the ice during the first period of a game at the Scarborough Ice Sports complex. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound defenceman died in spite of attempts to resuscitate him with a defibrillator. The coroner said it was a heart problem.
from the NY Post,
Lamoriello repaid Rafalski’s loyalty by signing him generously at $4.2 million for last season and this. But this summer, again, the 33-year-old can walk as well as skate.
The Devils would handle it best by extending his current contract with a hefty raise and longer-term deal, the new pay and cap liability not taking effect until next season. His loyalty and performance deserve it.
from Alan Maki of the Globe and Mail:
On the trophy that symbolizes NHL supremacy, and a good chunk of Canadiana, there is no longer a mention of the Leafs’ championship wins of 1942, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1951. Greats such as Frank McCool, Ted Kennedy, Babe Pratt, Turk Broda, Syl Apps, Howie Meeker and Bill Barilko are not on the Cup any more as members of the Maple Leafs.
Instead, the ring around the Stanley Cup that included the six Leafs championships (along with those won in the early 1940s to mid-1950s by the Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins) was recently removed so that a new ring could be added for the Carolina Hurricanes from 2005-06 and future winners.
So where is the silver ring that celebrated the Leafs’ golden era? It has been flattened out and is now on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, along with the original Stanley Cup, which looks a lot like one of your great-grandmother’s punch bowls.
No Howe on Stanley? That’s downright depressing…
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