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from Capital Insider, the blog of Tarik El-Bashir at the Washington Post,
I wrote last month that Ovechkin’s defense has improved significantly this season. Well, I’ve noticed, particularly in recent games, that defense is not the only area where he’s getting better.
As one person who watches him regularly said today, “It’s like he’s got rocket fuel in his skates” in recent weeks. Another person said he’s playing with greater “intensity and determination” than the first two months of the season.
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via RDS (translated),
Rangers of New York lost patience with the defender Sandis Ozolinsh, whose name was placed at the ballot.
The 34 years back obtained three points in 21 matches this season. It presents also a ratio less eight.
Ozolinsh touches wages of more than three million dollars this season.
Episode 7 : Dave Tippett and Sydney Crosby
Host: Doug McLeod - NHL TV play-by-play announcer
Hockey is hot deep in the heart of Texas where Head Coach Dave Tippett runs the Dallas Stars. This week, Doug McLeod catches up with Coach Tippett at a hotel on the road to talk about the game and his coaching philosophies.
Also, Christmas means Crosby to lots of people; in hockey, that means Sydney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He’s also the Grinch to the Flyers. NHL.com’s Phil Coffey comments.
via the AP,
The Red Wings on Monday recalled forward Matt Ellis from the team’s AHL affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins.
Ellis, 25, was expected to make his NHL debut Monday night in Detroit’s road game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He has 10 goals and nine assists through 30 games this season for Grand Rapids.
NEW YORK (Dec. 18, 2006)—Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Nashville Predators goaltender Chris Mason and Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Dec. 17.
Each Monday, the NHL will recognize three players who delivered the League’s top performances over the preceding week.
from Brad Fay at Sportsnet,
This week, with a handful of shopping days remaining, here’s a list that may inspire a gift idea.
Top five third (or alternate) jerseys in the NHL.
Atlanta Thrashers—A cool blue colour sets them apart as does the unique lettering spelling Atlanta that runs down one arm. Their regular uniforms are crap—these are sweet.
from Adam Ptoteau of the Hockey News at the Globe and Mail,
That’s why the NHL still hasn’t gone far enough in the statement it makes about fighting. That’s why we still see sideshow acts such as the one that took place at the Air Canada Centre Saturday night, featuring Rangers tough guy Colton Orr and Toronto’s designated enforcer Wade Belak.
Five-minute punishments obviously don’t deter players from indulging impulses they easily ignore come playoff or international tournament time. But suspend an NHLer for a game or two, or eight, or 20, or put a serious-type dent in his bank account the way Stern likes to do, and maybe then he’ll discover other avenues by which to release his frustrations.
via Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),
When Florida Panthers Chief Operating Officer Michael Yormark visited New York for a Rangers game earlier this season, he called NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and asked if he could spare a few minutes to meet with Yormark and one of the Panthers’ sponsors. Bettman cleared 20 minutes out of the day for the meeting to sit down with the sponsor and discuss the league.
“There are not many commissioners who would do that,” Yormark said. “I found it absolutely remarkable.”
“He’s got a strong, healthy league he’s leading right now,” said Jeremy Jacobs, owner of the Boston Bruins. “We owe him a real debt of gratitude for working through it.”
Sustaining current interest and increasing the popularity of the sport remain Bettman’s biggest challenges. He’s already addressed it in part with steps to improve the quality of the product on the ice, but the league’s future on TV will be critical to propelling long-term growth.
It happened overnight- Welcome Alanah to the KK blogging group.
This should be fun folks, but she is looking for another job after about five hours at KK.
from Kevin Baxter of the Miami Herald,
The first thing Detroit’s Brett Lebda does when he gets a new shipment of hockey sticks is grab a marker and write an inscription on the back.
‘‘I have a little superstition,’’ says Lebda, who has religiously adhered to the practice since he was kid playing on the frozen ponds of Illinois. ``Just something that means something to me.’‘
Keith Tkachuk of the St. Louis Blues, meanwhile, makes sure he takes his three kids with him every time he steps on the ice, writing their names—Matthew, Braeden and Taryn—in neat script on the nob of his stick.
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