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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The great ones make a hard game look ridiculously easy.
Gretzky. Orr. Mario. Howe. Beliveau. Lafleur.
You can add Nick Lidstrom to that pantheon.
Since Orr retired 31 years ago because his knees gave out, Lidstrom and Ray Bourque have been hockey’s pre-eminent defencemen. Paul Coffey, who had 1500 points, was close. So was Denis Potvin, a mean customer. Chris Chelios, Larry Robinson and Scott Niedermayer have a following as game-managers. But, Lidstrom, who’s remarkably only missed 22 of 1,201 total games (some forced to rest him for the playoffs) is, in his 16th NHL season, a machine.
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
“I remember (Nike CEO) Phil Knight saying at the time that hockey was North America’s fourth-most culturally-significant sport,” said John Collins, a former senior executive in Nike’s hockey division. “He wanted in.”
Nike would wind up paying a frothy $395 million (U.S.) for Canstar, a 50 per cent premium above the level its shares were trading in prior months.
Industry executives now say even though a number of suitors will probably emerge for NikeBauer, it’s doubtful the division will sell for more than $150 million – less than half what Nike originally paid for it.
from The Maven of MSG Network,
This news might get stuck in your craw but it has to be reported nonetheless. Another NHL Work Stoppage could very well happen when it’s time for the NHLPA to renew the current CBA.The angst centers on two critical areas:
1. Choice of the next union boss;
2. Whether the small but vocal Chris Chelios-led militant unionists control the show.
read on and more NHL talk from Stan…
from Tom Gulitti at Fire & Ice,
Brent Sutter clearly wasn’t happy after this one and held a closed-doors meeting before the media was allowed in the locker room. In fact, Sutter pulled Arron Asham, who scored his first goal as a Devil in the second period, out of a live interview with the Devils’ radio team so he wouldn’t miss the meeting.
from the Vancouver Sun,
Less than 48 hours after avoiding a serious knee injury, Vancouver Canuck goalie Roberto Luongo was back on the ice and practising with his teammates….
“I was able to get through the practice so that’s a good sign,” Luongo said. “This morning it felt much better than yesterday and I was able to walk on it fine. Obviously if it was going to bother me on the ice, I was going to get off. Once it was warmed up, I was fine.”
from the AP via the Santa Barbara News-Press,
Wayne Gretzky, the leading scorer in NHL history, will hold a sale of personal items to benefit two local schools.
Gretzky and his wife, Janet, will sell home furnishings, off-road vehicles and limited-edition autographed jerseys on Oct. 27 at Oaks Christian school to raise money for construction of the school’s new baseball stadium.
“We have to change the way we do business a little bit, come up with some new ideas and make things a little bit fresh.”
- Steve Yzerman, tonight on the FSD pregame show.
from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,
Can’t help but cheer for a guy like Chris Mason, named the third star by the NHL on Monday after the Nashville goalie stopped 63 of 64 shots in leading the Predators to a pair of opening wins. With Tomas Vokoun traded to Florida, Mason finally gets a chance to become a No. 1 goalie in this league, something I know he’s craved for a long time. He could be one of the best stories of the season.
more NHL bits plus some Forseberg talk…
from The Blueshirts Blog at the Daily News,
Do not, under any circumstances, consider this a precedent. Because I have no intention of spending time and space on this blog shooting down ridiculous rumors—I already have a full-time job, thank you.
But as so many of you have asked about “reports” that Ed Jovanovski is headed to the Rangers, I’ll make an exception.
This makes no sense on so many different levels it’s difficult to know where to start. But let’s start with some simple math:
From Scott Morrison at CBC,
Every now and then, reality intrudes in to the world of fun and games, offering us a reminder that professional athletes are really no different than the rest of us.
They laugh, they cry and, sadly, they get sick.
Just like the rest of us.
The latest reminder of how some times we forget, in all the excitement of the games, in all the angst over the winning and losing, that the players are just people, too, came in the troubling news Monday that Maple Leafs winger Jason Blake has been diagnosed with cancer.
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