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E.J. Hradek of ESPN aks and answers five NHL related questions…
5. Does Ducks GM Brian Burke regret penning his trade deadline diary (published in USA Today)?
No. He at least didn’t have any regret when I spoke with him Monday afternoon. Burke said he agreed to pen his deadline diary upon request from the newspaper through the league office. He said he wrote it himself, vetted it through his PR staff and kept final editorial control.
Since the publication of the diary Thursday, a couple of clubs have quietly grumbled about some of the things he mentioned in the piece. In particular, Canadiens GM Bob Gainey has come under some media scrutiny in Montreal concerning the deal that sent defenseman Craig Rivet to San Jose.
The Anaheim Ducks will be missing a major piece as they continue their chase for the top seed in the Western Conference.
Defenceman Chris Pronger will miss approximately two weeks with a broken bone in his toe, which he suffered during a post-game workout on Sunday.
from the Chicago Blackhawks,
In case you’ve missed it, there is a Blackhawk well on his way to becoming the next Chris Chelios.
Do I have your attention? I thought so.
Brent Seabrook is that Hawk, and I say he’s a future captain who is becoming a stalwart of the blue line. Maybe the Chelios comparison is a bit much, but that’s how much I have come to like this kid. At the ripe old age of 21 we are seeing the second-year defenseman mature before our very eyes.
via the New York Islanders,
After sitting out for over a month, Alexei Yashin will return to the ice Thursday and suit up against the Rangers at the Nassau Coliseum.
“It’s been a long five weeks,” said Yashin. “The doctors said I can play tomorrow, so I hope to help the team for the playoff drive.”
from Damien Cox at ESPN,
So much has happened since ...
A lockout wiped out an entire NHL season. Sweden won Olympic gold in men’s hockey, with Canada finishing seventh. The Carolina Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup. Peyton Manning won a Super Bowl ring. An Italian was selected first overall in the NBA draft. Roger Federer bettered Jimmy Connors’ record for consecutive weeks at No. 1.
All have occurred since that terrible night in Vancouver three years ago Thursday, when Todd Bertuzzi turned out the lights on Steve Moore.
But has anything been learned by those who run pro hockey, not to mention those who play the game?
from the Nashville City Paper,
The Nashville Predators have notified Metro the team intends to drop the “Gaylord Entertainment Center” appellation of the downtown arena it calls home and to re-title the complex, at least for the time being, the “Nashville Arena.”...
Nashville Predators Executive Vice President Ed Lang notified Metro Sports Authority Chairman Kevin Lavender of the intended name change in a Feb. 26 letter, stating, “It is the Predators’ ultimate intention to secure a long-term naming rights partner for the facility. In the interim, though, we believe it most appropriate to return the venue identification to its original name — the Nashville Arena.”
from the Tennessean,
The Predators lost two more players to injury Tuesday when center Scott Nichol suffered a broken thumb and defenseman Marek Zidlicky suffered an undisclosed upper-body injury.
Nichol said he took a two-handed slash to his hand from Detroit defenseman Brett Lebda near the end of the first period. No penalty was called on the play.
“Hopefully the league will review it and we’ll see what they say,’’ said Nichol, who expected to be out at least a couple of weeks.
It wasn’t immediately clear how Zidlicky suffered the injury. Coach Barry Trotz said he didn’t know how long the defenseman would be out, but didn’t think the injury was too serious.
from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
The Penguins will travel to Las Vegas today to explore a possible move, as state and local leaders try to arrange a meeting with the team to get talks here back on track….
Team officials also are hoping to set up a meeting this week, possibly in Los Angeles, with representatives of Anschutz Entertainment Group, manager of the $276 million Sprint Center being built in Kansas City. They also are trying to set up a meeting in Houston, another city trying to attract a National Hockey League team.
from the News & Observer, A
lthough corporate sales and partnerships have jumped about 60 percent this season, team president and general manager Jim Rutherford said, the Hurricanes are 30 percent shy of the team’s high-water mark after its run to the 2002 Stanley Cup finals.
“We’re still not back to where we were at one point,” Rutherford said Tuesday, declining to discuss specific figures. “And it’s important that we do that as we move forward in order to share in [league] revenue sharing. ... It’s very encouraging, the jump we’ve taken related to the worth of hockey coming off winning the Stanley Cup, but we still have to improve on that.”
from the Courier Post,
Amid recent whispers the Flyers might be interested in Mark and Dale Hunter replacing Paul Holmgren and John Stevens after this season, Mark Hunter told the London (Ontario) Free Press that neither he nor his brother has been contacted by the Flyers.
Mark Hunter, general manager of the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, said he was surprised to hear his name mentioned in connection with the job currently held by Holmgren.
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