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The Montreal Canadiens suffered a major blow with the news that workhorse defenceman Andrei Markov would be out at least three weeks with a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder.
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from the Mercury News,
Tonight at HP Pavilion, the Sharks play Edmonton -- the team directly ahead of them in the Western Conference standings. Which means that when they wake up Friday morning, they'll be anywhere from four to eight points out of a playoff spot. Quite a range. Get used to it. All 39 remaining games this season are against Western Conference foes. And -- with the exception of five against bottom-dwellers Chicago, Columbus and St. Louis -- all are four-point affairs with oversize playoff implications.more
from the Calgary Sun,
When GM Bob Gainey took over head coaching duties Saturday, he said he wanted some of his players to be better. Theodore's name was among those mentioned. "Jose's a very proud guy and he's a competitor but we all have our periods when we're not right there on the mark," said Gainey yesterday. "I thought there could have been other players I could have mentioned but some of the guys I mentioned are some of our best players. "I didn't say they were playing poorly, I said they could play better. I think all of them would agree that was true." Theodore admitted as much. "There was no doubt about it. I wanted to do more, I wanted more responsibilities," said Theodore.read on
from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Penguins owner Mario Lemieux said yesterday that he and his partners have been approached by "a few groups" interested in purchasing the franchise and that he plans to begin negotiating with them. "We don't have a deal," he said. "We're just starting the process." Even if the team is sold, Mr. Lemieux said, the new owners will be bound by agreements he and his partners have struck. That includes a promise to remain in Pittsburgh if a coalition assembled by the Penguins is awarded the license to run a slots parlor Downtown.more To follow this story closely, I suggest you visit Save Our Penguins, They can provide even more details and have been following this and the arena situation on a daily basis.
Although not really hockey related, leave it to Don Cherry to get the dander up. You may have heard Canada is having a difficult time finding a person to carry the Canadian Flag at the opening ceremonies in Turin... from the Toronto Star,
A combination of circumstances, it seems, is limiting the number of high-profile athletes the Canadian Olympic Committee will be able to choose from in selecting a flag-bearer. Gold-medal winning speed skater Catriona Le May Doan, who carried the flag for Canada at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, says Canadians should understand why some athletes don't want the job. "It's a long day, it's a big process," she said during an interview with CBC Newsworld. "That can fatigue them. Hockey commentator Don Cherry doesn't agree. "The thing is, they don't care," he said. "That nonsense about getting prepared — how long does it take? A little walk around. "Come out and say you don't care . . . but don't say `It will upset my performance.' That's ridiculous."read on
from Sports Illustrated,
Do you believe in Life After Miracles? Ask Mike Eruzione, the captain of the 1980 U.S. hockey team, which pulled off the greatest upset in Olympic history. Eruzione laughs about the wave he has ridden since that day. In a typical year he makes between 40 to 60 appearances before corporate entities and charities. He gets paid to play golf, watch sporting events, eat, wave and tell people his story as if he were reliving it for the first time in 25 years.continued
from Alan Hahn of Newsday,
One candidate who is believed to have already made contact with the Islanders is Syosset native John Weisbrod, who is currently a Northeast-based pro scout for the Dallas Stars. Weisbrod not only has a connection to Lamoriello, which is enough of a resume-booster, but also has close ties to Carolina Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette. And, according to several persons with knowledge of the situation, that is the foundation of a second dream scenario for the Islanders. If Steve Tambellini and Brent Sutter don't work out as a GM/coach tandem, another option is Weisbrod as GM and Laviolette possibly being lured back to Long Island as coach and director of player personnel.read on
A serious knee injury forced the perennial National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star to retire last year, ending his dream of winning Olympic gold as a player, but he now hopes to lead Russia to victory at next month's Winter Games in Turin as general manager. "When I was growing up, playing in the Olympics was the ultimate goal," Bure told Reuters in an interview. For us the Olympics were the biggest thing in sports and certainly in hockey. Nobody knew the Stanley Cup even existed. We were all following the Soviet national team and dreaming of becoming the next Boris Mikhailov or Valery Kharlamov," he said.read on
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Forget for a moment what you think of Sid the kid. You may be among those who thinks Crosby is a precocious, petulant prima dona with a bad temper, or you may be in the group who believes he's an ultra-competitive superstar franchise player with dynamic qualities. What matters right now, though, is what happened on Monday night when the Vancouver Canucks ran roughshod over Crosby every chance they got and what happened was nothing.read on
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