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Joe Pelletier made me a legend.
I am not much into these types of awards, the publicity or recognition but I must say it is much appreciated, especially coming from Joe.
Tonight, the Avs had a 3-1 lead after two periods and the Jackets were playing like midgets. During the intermission, Ken Hitchcock said something to his players, and whatever it was, it worked.
“Basically, he said, ‘Wake up,’” Jody Shelley said.
Hitchcock would not get into detail about his message, he only hinted: “Let’s just say we don’t have many of those over the course of the season, but today was one of those. A heart-to-heart.”
from Lightning Strikes,
A day after the whole media clowns thing, we decide it would be funny if when coach Tortorella came in to meet with reporters today after practice at the St. Pete Times Forum, we all would wear red clown noses. Low and behold, one of the media relations people for the Lightning said he had a box of red noses from when the circus was in town, and he runs to his office to get them.
So Torts comes into the meeting room, looks at four people with red noses, breathes deeply and says, “Great guys. Can we get going here, please. I have things to do.”
Didn’t even break a grin.
from the Calgary Sun,
“You won one game, big (expletive) deal! Do it right!” screamed coach Mike Keenan in the middle of the Calgary Flames practice yesterday….
“It’s not about winning one, it’s about stringing some together,” said centre Craig Conroy.
“I think that was the major point, ‘Who cares you won one, it’s not breaking any records.’ You’re not gonna win two if you have a practice as bad as we had.
“He definitely let it be known it’s unacceptable and be ready for (today). They’re in a similar situation as us so it’s gonna be a tough game.”
From the Canadian Press,
A statement of claim filed in Ontario court by Moore’s lawyer and obtained by CBC alleges that Crawford pointed to Moore’s name and number on a board in the Canucks dressing room during the second intermission of that game and said “. . . (Moore) must pay the price.”
In an accompanying document, Moore’s lawyer claims Crawford’s statement was disclosed by Bertuzzi while under oath, and by Canucks GM Dave Nonis.
added 8:09am (Paul), Crawford’s reaction to the report via Inside the Kings,
“I don’t think this is the forum to be talking about that. We’ve got enough of our own issues here with the Los Angeles Kings. Those are the things that I’m concerned about. I’m not concerned about anything that’s said otherwise.”
from the Detroit Free Press,
The NBA announced Wednesday that coaches in ABC, ESPN and TNT games will have to wear a microphone on the sidelines during the game, as well as do in-game interviews during TV timeouts.
Players too will be asked whether they will wear a mike. They can decline, unlike coaches.
The league has assured coaches they will carefully edit what content they choose to broadcast. Of course, they won’t be able to use anything with swearing in it, but they’ll also edit out strategy. Or so they say.
Ha, can you imagine some of the NHL coaches doing this? Hey, start skating you bleepity bleep!
via Working the Corners,
Veteran right wing Mark Recchi cleared waivers today and TSN’S Darren Dreger has reported that both the Sharks and the Stars could be interested as the two teams had been in trade talks with Pittsburgh in recent days. A source with the Sharks advises me, however, that I’d be smart not to give any credibility to the idea of Recchi ending up in teal.
So, there you have it.
Ducks have a 6:30pm PT press conference called. Any ideas?
Update 5:50pm ET: From Adam Brady at Ducks Blog,
Now, let me mix in the biggest development of the day. Word has it there will be a press conference tonight at Honda Center just before the game in which Brian Burke will announce ... something. We will report on that press conference immediately after it’s complete and let you know what the announcement is. Spoiler alert: I’m told Scotty’s’ coming back.
“I’m excited to be rejoining my teammates and getting back on the ice,” said Niedermayer. “I would like to thank the Samuelis, Brian Burke and especially my teammates for their patience while I wrestled with this very difficult decision.”
more at the Ducks website…
From Tom Gulliti at Fire & Ice,
There appears to be a slim chance it will happen before tonight’s game against Boston or it might not be until later this week, but the Devils are about to name Jamie Langenbrunner as their captain.
The usually-talkative Langenbrunner became extremely tight-lipped when asked this morning if he had been given the captaincy.
“Something will happen soon,” he said. “Let’s just leave it at that.”
What would it mean to Langenbrunner if he were named captain?
Update 6:37pm ET: Langenbrunner is now officially the captain, it appears. Gulliti updates that he was wearing the “C” in warmups. (*thanks to a KK reader for pointing it out…)
from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,
The NHL - always craving for attention - should create a similar event to baseball’s winter meetings where front-office staff and media converge to create an amazing buzz for fans.
Here’s my proposal: use the February NHL GM meetings as the basis for a trade deadline bonanza.
For example, this year’s meetings run Feb. 18-20 in Naples, Fla., with the trade deadline a week later on Feb. 26. There likely won’t be any deals at this year’s meetings, just like there weren’t last year even though the GM meetings were also just a week before the trade deadline. Sure ‘‘the foundation’’ for deals were laid (if I hear that one more time I’m going to vomit) but the real moves didn’t happen until the 48-hour period leading up the actual deadline.
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