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from Pat Caputo of the Oakland Press,
There is a lot to hate about the Ducks. It starts with defenseman Chris Pronger, who has gotten the best of the Red Wings in their last two playoff departures—last season with the Ducks and during 2006 with the Edmonton Oilers.
This is a turn of events. The Red Wings controlled Pronger when he played for the St. Louis Blues. At 6-foot-6, Pronger is Brian Urlacher on skates. Yet, the Red Wings always took care of him, especially Steve Yzerman’s legendary answer to when Pronger tried to rip off his head with a check—The Captain low-bridged him out of self-defense and tore up Pronger’s knee….
he Red Wings are an Original Six team. The Ducks were founded to promote Disney.
The Red Wings are miles ahead of the Ducks in the current NHL standings, but we learned long ago what that means come playoff time—nothing.
more and some Foppa tossed in too…
from the News & Observer,
Create an award that goes to the league’s best defensive defenseman, the Rod Langway Trophy. (The naming rights for this one are up for debate—Stevens would be another prime candidate—but the need for it is not.)
Langway, who won the Norris in 1983 and 1984 despite putting up only 65 points combined in those two seasons, was so good defensively that his candidacy surmounted his paltry offensive numbers. His 32 points in 1983 were the fewest since Bobby Orr had 31 in a half-season in 1968 and Jacques Laperriere had 31 in 1966.
from the Buffalo News,
Kevin Quick merely needed to keep his head on straight and enjoy the ride, which wasn’t asking too much. He had been selected in the third round of the NHL draft. He had a scholarship to the University of Michigan. He was a freshman getting a regular shift on the second-ranked hockey team in the nation. Now?
The 19-year-old is home in Tonawanda, trying to put his career back together after getting kicked off the Michigan team for what coach Red Berenson called “a total violation of our team trust and rules.” Sources said the defenseman stole a credit card, used it as a personal piggy bank and spent thousands of dollars….
Tampa Bay selected Quick with the 78th pick overall in the 2006 draft. He signed a professional tryout contract with the Lightning’s AHL affiliate in Norfolk on Saturday. He’ll start his professional career at a fraction of what he could have pocketed in a couple years with far more experience and leverage.
After watching 13 hours of hockey related material yesterday, well, we can just about match that again today.
NHL.com has the TV and radio broadcast information for the following games today…
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
Steve Valiquette is the Number One Rangers goalie. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
And if the Long Fellow isn’t in goal for the Blueshirts today in Washington, D.C. I will be very disappointed. I would assume that more than a few Rangers fans will as well.
from Sun Media,
Senators goalie Ray Emery thinks he’s being unfairly targeted by local police.
On Friday night Emery got into a verbal confrontation with a cop after he was pulled over in his Hummer.
Police sources say Emery was “aggressive” with the officer, who pulled the goalie over after he allegedly cut off the cruiser.
Emery, however, said it was the cop who cut across three lanes to get to him.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
It’s the Wayne Gretzky Fantasy Camp, and participants have paid $9,999 each for the pleasure of watching Gretzky coach three games with the Phoenix Coyotes and playing six games themselves on the same ice surface. During a span of six days, the Great One also is host of opening and closing banquets, golfs with them, signs their stuff and hangs out with them like a regular guy in the lobby bar.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
When the Rangers look to next year, Glen Sather’s obligation will be to find a first-line right wing who is compatible with Gomez, rather than to find a first-line center who is compatible with Jagr.
Which is why the Rangers GM is obligated now to find out what he can get in return for Jagr as the Feb. 26 trade deadline approaches….
Again. This is not a cry for the Rangers to dump Jagr. There is no reason whatsoever to send him away on the cheap. He does have the ability to get hot. He does present a huge challenge for a potential playoff opponent.
from the Arizona Republic,
...Players on both teams endured the frustration of at least a dozen broken sticks, a situation Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky called “ridiculous.”
“I have no idea why we don’t go back to wooden sticks,” he said. “These sticks just break continuously. If I was a player, I would step on all those sticks out there. I wouldn’t let anybody use them.
“If a stick would ever cost me a goal in a hockey game, that would have been it. I would have never used that kind of stick ever again. We need to look at it from a hockey point of view, not just our team. From a hockey point of view, it’s ridiculous. I was teasing the guys on the bench - we got to go back to using wooden sticks. They said they don’t make them any more. That shows you how much I know.”
Coyotes equipment manager Stan Wilson said the composite sticks, composed mainly of carbon fiber, were stronger when they first came out.
from the Courier Post,
After the Flyers’ fight-filled 2-0 loss to the Rangers at the Wachovia Center, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren announced that defenseman Braydon Coburn was resting in Temple University Hospital after tearing a muscle in his buttocks.
Coburn, the only Flyers defenseman to play in every game this season, had what Flyers athletic trainer Jim McCrossin described as a fascia release, where the torn muscle is released to promote healing.
more on the Flyers
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