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from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
It is considered a fact of NHL life that legs will be heavy when a team returns from the road, and that legs will be even heavier when a West Coast trip was part of the itinerary.
The Blue Jackets did nothing to dispel this notion last night, when they were beaten by the last-place Los Angeles Kings and their butcher of a goaltender, Dan Cloutier.
The Jackets lost 3-2 in a shootout and, as soon as the game was over, more than a few members of the home team noted that they spent Saturday flying cross country from San Jose, where they had lost in overtime Friday night.
from Tony Gallagher of the Province,
What’s troubling, at least to hockey fans, is that UFC and WEC are doing promos and buying time on NHL telecasts, further linking hockey with fighting in the minds of Americans and almost certainly turning off women and mothers with young children from the game of hockey.
In the U.S. public eye, hockey has forever been associated with fighting, long before this unseemly unofficial association began taking shape. Jokes from such comedians as Dave Letterman and Jay Leno quickly spread to big time sports commentators, who are simply too lazy to learn anything about the sport. But since the NHL got turfed off ESPN and began showing its games on Versus, hockey and fighting seem inexorably linked in the minds of sports fans in the U.S. This association is becoming more pronounced, and it has to be turning off a lot of fans.
from Lynn Zinser of the New York Times,
The Rangers treasure that contract because Washington still pays half of Jagr’s $8.36 million salary based on the conditions of the 2004 trade that sent him to New York. And after 17 seasons in the N.H.L., Jagr will not make that kind of money in a new deal.
This has led to rumors that the Rangers will deal Jagr before the trading deadline Feb. 26, although that seems unlikely with a playoff run still in reach.
Jagr said he did not want to play anywhere else. He has relished his role in the Rangers’ return to respectability the past three seasons. He wants to be the player who leads a team to a Stanley Cup, he said, to play the role that Mario Lemieux did for Pittsburgh in 1991 and ’92. Jagr was part of those Penguins teams, winning Cups in his first two N.H.L. seasons.
Just breaking news from the Panthers/Sabres game, Richard Zednik just took a skate to the neck from Olli Jokinen.
Zednik was raced to the lockerroom… no update yet…
The arena is silent…
8:17pm, screencap added.
8:19pm, Sabres broadcast crew reporting Zednik is in stable condition and being transported to hospital.
8:23pm, After about a 15 minute delay, the game continues. They had to bring out the Zamboni to clean up the ice, there was a large amount of blood on the ice.
8:36pm, TSN link describing what happened…
8:46pm, Jaques Martin in his post game presser stated Zednik was conscious while being transported to the hospital. Florida trainer went to the hospital with him and Martin is just waiting for an update.
9:05pm, video added…
9:16pm, MSG reporting Zednik in surgery.
10:43pm, Numerous reports are Zednik is out of surgery and resting.
12:23am, Should the game have continued?
11:21am, An interview with Denis Potvin this morning, who called the game last night for FSN Florida.
via Sports Ticker,
Philadelphia Flyers left wing Simon Gagne missed the final two periods of Sunday’s 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins with a mild concussion.
“After further consultation, Simon Gagne’s injury will be listed as a mild concussion,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. “Simon will be re-evaluated [Monday] morning.”
from Sports Ticker via the National Post,
Malkin scored a goal and registered three assists Sunday, recording his fifth consecutive multi-point game to lead the Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Last season’s Calder Trophy winner, Malkin has led Pittsburgh to a 6-2-2 record since January 18, when Crosby was hurt in a 3-0 loss to Tampa Bay.
“We’ve all seen him in practice everyday,” Penguins linemate Ryan Malone said. “We know what type of player he is. He will make all of those amazing plays you see. He’s a top-notch player.”
Malkin has eight goals and 13 assists in his last 10 games, while the Penguins (31-19-5) have catapulted into first place in the Atlantic for the first time this season.
more on the Pens win today against the Flyers…
from Robin Short at the Hockey News,
Every now and again, seven years after that horrible September day, Rob Cimetta closes his eyes and sees the silhouettes of heroes. The grizzled faces of New York’s bravest, climbing into their rescue gear, about to walk through death’s doorway.
“We’re running out and they’re coming in,” recalled the former NHLer of a meeting cut short by the World Trade Center alarm bells on Sept. 11, 2001. “I remember seeing a jet engine in the middle of the street, like a 100 yards from the building and we finally figure out what happened.”
Spector breaks down the latest trade talk and rumors.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
His last words on the subject of a potential trade had Sundin remaining loyal to the end, not wanting out of Dodge. But he’s not talking about it anymore. Ditto for Fletcher. But two GMs, unwilling to speak for the record, in recent days said they believe Sundin has given his blessing to go - provided it is to the “right” team.
In this case, “right” is likely code for Detroit, a club that could win it without Sundin, and one that becomes a prohibitive favorite if he has the Winged Wheel on his chest
much more NHL talk…
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…
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