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from Fire & Ice,
Although he faces a possible fine from the NHL for criticizing the officiating, (Brent) Sutter did not hold back.
“Both calls upset me,” he said. “The fact that the first call was called five seconds after the incident happens and because the fans yell. If it’s a penalty, call it right away. And I just watched the video and i still don’t know where the second call came from. To put a team down two men with seven minutes to go in a game like tonight, that’s why I don’t get paid the big money to be an official.”
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Did Brian Campbell act in his own best interest by turning down a deal with the Buffalo Sabres, which led to his being traded to the San Jose Sharks?
That question has emerged as an emotional Campbell moved west and hardly looked happy about it.
There are those who suggest that Campbell was under great pressure, quite possibly from the Players’ Association, not to sign a deal in Buffalo that would have undercut the market place of a high-end free agent defenceman.
continued plus more NHL talk…
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Part of the reason Washington GM George McPhee was active at the trade deadline might be the heat he’s feeling. However, getting G Cristobal Huet (Montreal) and C Sergei Fedorov (Columbus) won’t stop the talk McPhee will be replaced by former Dallas GM Doug Armstrong this summer.
more what could have happened at the trade deadline and what may happen this summer…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Now with that part of the task having ended in defeat, the Maple Leafs are going to allow the interim decision-maker to acquire players and upcoming draft selections whom he will immediately hand off to his successor. What if the incoming GM doesn’t like the talent assembled by Fletcher? Shouldn’t the Maple Leafs’ next GM shape the future?
Is there any reason to wonder why this dysfunctional organization hasn’t been able to construct a Stanley Cup champion or finalist since 1967, the end of the Original Six era?
more and other NHL bits too…
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
In the real world, the boss is the boss. Not happy with the boss? Find a way to make things work or look for another gig. In the NHL, the boss is the boss until players approach unrestricted free agency. And that’s when the boss stops calling the shots, and the player becomes the boss….
Unfortunately, it’s not going to change unless owners regain some leverage over players. There’s talk about including term limits on contracts under the next CBA. The issue was considered but pushed to the side during the lockout. No-trade clauses should be outlawed. The NFL-style franchise tag should be included. Teams should be able to negotiate extensions two years before a contract expires, not one.
Last night Elliotte Friedman of HNIC did another great inteview with Sabres owner Tom Golisano. You will get a pretty good picture of the way Golisano thinks and I recommend you watch it.
To get to the video, click here, then select Hockey Night In Canada from the left sidebar, then Mar.1 Inside Hockey.
The video tells story in last night’s Flames/Coyotes game.
from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,
The fact Smyth’s brains got scrambled in the second period was reason enough for Colorado teammate Ian Laperriere to seek out Johnson to inflict some vigilante justice.
“I did what I had to do,” said Laperriere, who admitted he was only following the code of hockey. “I told (Johnson) at some point he was going to have to fight someone.”
But although both men put up their dukes later in the game, the fight never erupted, because L.A. veteran Rob Blake stepped in and made peace before the first punch.
And true to the caveman logic that rules the NHL, Blake was promptly given a two-minute penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.
From the St. Louis Blues,
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that the team has signed forward Brad Boyes to a long term contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Getting Brad signed was one of our top priorities this season,” said Davidson. “We are counting on him to be an integral part of our offense for years to come.”
Update 2:02am ET: From the CP via TSN,
Brad Boyes, among the NHL leaders with 32 goals, signed a new US$16-million, four-year contract with the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.
Jack Johnson of the Kings rode Ryan Smyth into the boards, and his head met the glass partition that starts at the end of the bench.
Smyth was out cold but did come to and he was talking while being strapped down to a body board.
screen shot added at 9:56pm... (below)
added 10:04pm, via TSN,
In the lockeroom after the hit, Smyth was conscious and walking. He was being taken to hospital for tests.
video added 10:41pm... (below)
from the Calgary Herald,
As was the norm in those days, the clunkiest skater on the squad was handed lumpy leather pads, a battered blocker and a tattered trapper, and pointed toward the net.
“I had a passion to score goals,” said Joseph, “but I wanted to be on the team also. So there was a little give and take there.”
Give and take as in Joseph gave up on his dream of being a scorer and took the opening given him. Progress was slow for the neophyte netminder.
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