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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
..No, right now the best thing the Leafs can do is stay the course and continue to lose games with staggering regularity. If they keep it up, they’ll be in the draft lottery for the first time ever; and perhaps even in a position to select No. 1 for the first time since the Wendel Clark draft in 1985. That didn’t turn out so bad, did it Leaf Nation?
Forever and ever, no matter who is running the show, the temptation in the Maple Leaf front office is to go for the quick fix, which results in the mess you’ve seen lately. They end up with a team good enough to tease and flirt with success, without ever really having the talent to legitimately challenge for a championship.
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
As it happens, Minnesota can make a fairly respectable claim to being the state of hockey, even though there would be some dispute from Michigan and Massachusetts.
Still, there’s no disputing that Minnesota is definitely a hockey hotbed and that people in that area are passionate fans.
But they lost their original NHL team when Norm Green found a way to make a mess of that great market.
They got Bob Naegele, who talked a good game but never got around to backing up his words with on-ice achievements.
And now they’ve got Craig Leipold.
They deserve better.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Interest from at least five teams is believed to have been narrowed to two with Curtis Joseph contemplating the resumption of his NHL career in either San Jose or Calgary.
Sources tell TSN both the Flames and Sharks are keenly interested in bringing the 40 year old goaltender on board, with Joseph expected to make his decision this weekend, if not sooner, perhaps as early as today.
From the Minnesota Wild,
Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has activated center Mikko Koivu from injured reserve and that center Dominic Moore has been claimed off waivers by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
added 1:27pm, from TSN, the Leafs have recalled goaltender Justin Pogge.
Check out the Eastern Conference roster at NHL.com!
from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
• Disappointments? Who else? Boston. While their resurgence this year may seem passable, remember where they live. Oh, you’re in third place in your division are you? That’s nice dear. Mr. Brady, you were saying…
• Teams to watch out for? Just one: Philadelphia. Have you seen what they do to guys with their heads down?
• I must also admit I’m pretty upset with the National Hockey League about a couple of things.
What ever happened to the easy accessibility of the old ice-time stat? Where has it gone? It’s harder to get than a cheerleader’s phone number.
Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch did a live Q & A with John Davidson and Blues fans….
Do the blues have any interest in acquring a more experienced Goalie like Curtis Joseph to backup goaltender Manny Legace if he would go down with an injury? Thanks for your time.
Jeremy Rutherford (typing for J.D.): No. We feel stronogly about Manny finishing the season the way he’s played all season. We feel that Hannu Toivonen has earned the opportunity. He’s a great teammate. He’s above .500.
much, much more…
Ovechkin and Jordan Staal wore microphones during a recent game against each other…
Watch the video…
from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
Upon hearing of the enormous contract extension his friendly rival signed on Thursday, you can just see Crosby between periods of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ game at Tampa, screwing up his face, tightening his fists, and letting out with another stammer:
Is Ovechkin worth $124 million over 13 years? Is anyone? He beat Crosby to the Calder, scores buckets of goals, beautiful goals, and comes across as a genuinely engaging, effervescent presence in a sport populated more and more by the bland and the suspicious. Still, even with his deeds of derring-do, the sad sack Capitals are tied for 27th in a 30-team league, and quite probably doomed to miss the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season.
from Heather Whipps at Live Science,
Finns looking to cut back on travel time were the first to use ice skates about 5,000 years ago, a new study suggests.
The southern portion of Finland is the only place icy and flat enough to make traveling by skates – at that time made of animal bones – worth the energy, scientists discovered.
“We found this by measuring heart rate, oxygen consumption and speed of people skating on replicas of bone skates and by means of a computer simulation of several 10-kilometer [6.2 mile] journeys in five areas,” said Federico Formenti, a human biomechanics specialist at the University of Oxford and co-author of the study.
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