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from the Daily Breeze,
Luc Robitaille is not a happy King. Hours before his teammates defeated the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-1, on Saturday night at Staples Center, he said he was angry about being scratched from the lineup for the second consecutive game. "It really bothers me that I'm not playing," said the 39-year-old Robitaille, who was a healthy scratch Saturday for the third time this season. "I feel like I should be playing. It's really disappointing the way it's happened."more
from the CP via TSN,
Wayne Gretzky put his coaching career on hold with the Phoenix Coyotes Saturday night, citing family reasons in a team release. Gretzky's mother Phyllis is battling cancer and he is travelling to Ontario to be with her. Assistant coach Rick Tocchet took over for Gretzky, who became the team's coach before the season. "We respect and support Wayne's decision," Coyotes general manager Michael Barnett said in the release. "Family has always come first to the Gretzkys, as it should.more update 9:30pm, Toronto Star reporting Gretzky has quit...
Wayne Gretzky quit as coach of the Phoenix Coyotes Saturday, citing family reasons. Gretzky’s mother Phyllis is battling cancer and he is travelling to Ontario to be with her.It is the same story from the CP but the headlines and opening paragraph are a bit different.
from the CP via CJAD Radio,
Don Cherry turned his attention to Sidney Crosby yet again during his Coach's Corner segment on Saturday night. Cherry, the popular Hockey Night in Canada commentator, said the 18-year-old star hasn't done anything to warrant being named an alternate captain with the Pittsburgh Penguins. "Please? An 18-year-old kid?" said Cherry, putting his hand to his head for emphasis. "He's going to give them ideas? Come on, that's ridiculous."more
via the AP,
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Mario Lemieux's heart ailment again has forced his absence from the team. According to the Penguins, Lemieux did not travel with team for Saturday's back end of a home-and-home series with the Buffalo Sabres due to an irregular heartbeat, which hospitalized him last week and forced him to miss four games.
Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette picks his Team Canada Olympic lineup. from the Montreal Gazette via the Ottawa Citizen,
RED'S ROSTER Goaltenders: Martin Brodeur; Roberto Luongo; Marty Turco. Defencemen: Bryan McCabe; Rob Blake; Ed Jovanovski; Wade Redden; Scott Niedermayer; Robin Regehr, Chris Pronger. Forwards: Joe Sakic (C); Jarome Iginla (A); Brendan Shanahan (A); Simon Gagne; Ryan Smyth; Dany Heatley; Vincent Lecavalier; Brad Richards; Martin St. Louis; Shane Doan; Joe Thornton; Jason Spezza; Sidney Crosby.read his thinking behind the picks...
via the Columbus Blue Jackets,
The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated left wing Rick Nash off Injured Reserve, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today. Nash, who has missed the past 17 games due to a knee sprain suffered Nov. 3 at Calgary, is expected to be in the line-up for tonight's Blue Jackets game at the Nashville Predators.
The list of potential Olympians just got longer for Canada and every other team that will be participating in Turin. The International Ice Hockey Federation has contacted the respective national federations, including Hockey Canada, to advise them of a new three-man taxi squad that will be permitted at the 2006 Winter Olympics. This taxi squad can be named at anytime between now and 24 hours prior to the opening of the ice hockey events at the Olympics.
from the Detroit Free Press,
Wings coach Mike Babcock has learned a lot about his players this week. Babcock has watched his players interact with loved ones during a special trip that is being paid for by Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch. The players, coaches and support staff were allowed to invite a father, male family member or mentor to attend Monday's home game against Pittsburgh, then come along on the Wings' trip to play Atlanta, Florida and Tampa Bay.read on from Mlive,
They've had better road trips, record-wise, but for the Detroit Red Wings, bring-your-dad-to-work week was a resounding success. Coach Mike Babcock said the club's first fathers/mentors trip was as enlightening as it was enjoyable.more
from the News Journal,
Flyers goaltender Robert Esche will be home for Christmas, nursing a nagging groin strain that flared up again in Thursday night's 5-4 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Esche was re-evaluated Friday and told to rest his ailing right groin for at least two weeks, fueling speculation the 27-year-old netminder returned to the lineup too soon after sitting out three games with the same injury earlier this month.continued
from the Edmonton Sun,
Gary Bettman might be bursting the buttons off that little vest of his upon news that attendance, revenue, the salary cap and everything else is going up, but post-lockout numbers in some of the non-traditional markets suggest all is not well. Not unless it's considered progress when division-leading Carolina is drawing 11,000 a game (announced), or a visit by the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning this week drew just 12,286 in Anaheim, or Nashville is stuck around 11,000 and change. Or that the Panthers, once a sold-out, rat-chucking Stanley Cup host, now boast all the atmosphere of a meat locker. Announced crowds have been in the 10,000 range, but estimates from those outside the Panthers organization are closer to 8,000 or 9,000.more
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