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from the CP via the Hockey News,
In a season of failure and disappointment for the Edmonton Oilers, Raffi Torres and Joffrey Lupul find themselves unwilling but worthy poster boys for expectations unfulfilled.
After coming within a win of a Stanley Cup celebration against the Carolina Hurricanes last spring, the Oilers face the prospect of missing the playoffs in the Western Conference altogether.
from Wayne Scanlan at Canada.com,
What will it take to turn things around? Probably, the club will have to leave the hands of Wirtz, a man so despised by hardcore ‘Hawks fans, they relished a trashy book by one of their own entitled: Career Misconduct: The Story of Bill Wirtz’s Greed, Corruption and the Betrayal of Blackhawks’ Fans.
In that book, lawyer and author Mark Weinberg sets out the pattern of Wirtz’s ownership, designed to make money and engage his offspring in family business. Winning a championship for loyal fans doesn’t enter into the picture….
“You don’t have to be winning the Cup all the time,” Hull says. “But you have to be in contention.”
To a ‘Hawks fan, contention seems a distant dream as long as people named Wirtz and Pulford are running—some say ruining—the show.
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A KK reader emailed me this morning, stated he registered for NHL Center Ice Online last night and watched games online.
He also mentioned it worked great.
I am trying to get more information on this.
from the Ottawa Citizen,
For the first time since 1972, the best hockey players from Canada and Russia may play a series in the early autumn of 2008, according to yesterday’s edition of the Russian hockey fans’ bible, Sport Express.
Under a huge banner headline that read, “4 games in Russia, 4 games in Canada,” the Moscow-based daily newspaper predicted yesterday such a “dream series” would stir memories of the epic eight game Summit Series that Canada and the Soviet Union played in 1972—a tournament most Canadians and Russians alike regard as the most exciting hockey that has ever been played.
added 8:55pm, Eric Duhatschek on the CBC Hot Stove menitioned he does not believe this will take place. Not much interest in it on this side of the Atlantic.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Ultimately, players need to be aware of what they want in their lives - money, stability or the chance to win – and act accordingly. That way, when contract negotiations do break off 20 minutes before the trading deadline and they suddenly find themselves with a one-way ticket to Long Island, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. Nor much of a reason to spill a tear.
Christy pulls a Kramer and gets “face” time.
Shouldn’t you be studying Christy?
from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,
I don’t care if they keep ignoring me and every other voice of reason out there (see Jack Todd, Montreal Gazette, for one). I don’t care if every testosterone-filled idiot wants to call me a girl.
Somebody is going to die.
I thought I had just witnessed it. Just minutes ago, here at Continental Airlines Arena.
But the league got lucky again tonight when the Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle somehow raised himself off the ice after Devils winger Cam Janssen hit him in the head, feet from the boards, sending him crashing awkwardly into the boards and crumbling to the ice.
from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,
The dinosaurs are pleased to announce that news of their death has been greatly exaggerated.
National Hockey League beat cops had one foot in the grave when this season began and it had been widely accepted that another year in the kinder, gentler and faster post-lockout era would be the end of them for good.
Well, you might want to hold off on the dirt and shovels. Turns out the Tough Guy and Enforcer’s Union is still kicking. Or, at least punching.
from the Toronto Star,
Then there are the stories about general managers asking the hometown stats keepers to add a few hits per game to particular underachieving defencemen to pump up their trade value. So it’s buyer beware when it comes to lies, damn lies and statistics.
read on if you are into statistics…
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