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from the Globe and Mail,
Legendary Hall of Famer Yvan Cournoyer admitted over the weekend that his passion for hockey had dwindled not too long ago. Even though he could watch games in the wonderful Bell Centre atmosphere, Cournoyer no longer had the enthusiasm to attend National Hockey League games in 2003-04. "I only go to about half the games now, but I think I will start going to more," said Cournoyer, who along with Dickie Moore had their number 12s retired by the Canadiens in a pregame ceremony before the Leafs' 5-4 overtime victory. "Hockey is a wonderful game, but it hurt to watch the old game. Once a team got a lead two years ago, the game was over. But I think the game is exciting again. Teams can come back and win games."
from the Toronto Sun,
A schoolyard argument is brewing in the National Hockey League, with lots of boasting that: "My division is tougher than your's." Only three times since the Maple Leafs moved to the Northeast in 1998 has a divisions finished with nothing but .500 teams. This year, with every club on mostly equal footing because of the rules and salary cap, the Northeast, Northwest and Pacific have five teams either at, near or above the break-even point. "We talked about it in Buffalo on Friday," Leafs defenceman Alexander Khavanov said. "This is probably the toughest division in hockey right now. Looking at statistics is dull, but everyone is at .500 and you have to play them all eight times.
from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,
In the National Football League, it is a serious transgression to mislead the public with regard to injuries. In the National Hockey League, it's all but mandatory. You may remember, for instance, the 'flu attack that took Scott Stevens out of the New Jersey Devils lineup for a few days. Then a few weeks. Then a few months. Finally, Stevens retired. There never was any 'flu. He had a career-ending concussion. Last month, it took constant media grilling to get Leafs general manager John Ferguson to disclose any information about the nature of Mats Sundin's eye injury, even though it was obvious to everyone that this was more than a minor problem. In their defence, hockey people say they want to protect their players. But did Ferguson think that opponents would target Sundin's eye? The Philadelphia Flyers are refusing any comment about the status of Keith Primeau other than to say he has a concussion. Even Primeau himself, who usually is highly co-operative, is avoiding the media.
from North Jersey,
The Devils' defenseman had been leveled by a surprising, bone-crunching check from Washington's dynamic rookie, Alexander Ovechkin, Friday afternoon, but appeared to admire the 20-year-old Russian's aggressiveness. "It wasn't really a happy smile, I guess," White said. "It was clean. It wasn't dirty. That's part of the game. He looks for those types of hits. ... You give some and you take some. Obviously, you'd rather give them." If Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby is the next Wayne Gretzky, the edge Ovechkin plays with and his size (6 feet 2, 216 pounds) might make him the closest thing you're going to get in today's no-touch NHL to the next Mark Messier.
"This is one of those things that slipped through the cracks when we put the shootout in," said Mike Murphy, the NHL vice president of operations. "You knew there would be problems, but you weren't sure where." That is the quote from Murphy when talking about the Roenick shootout goal that should have not been allowed.but the NHL rules state you cannot use replay to review a shootout goal. Murphy also states it will get fixed but is not sure when. My question is WHY? I know the BOG has to approve it but is there some secret swear-in-code that must be performed before the BOG says yes? Hey Mike, just call them, send them an email, just get it done. No NHL team should lose a point because the NHL can't cut through some red tape and make this happen.
from the Boston Globe,
The Boston blue line is now officially the Boston HELP! line. It is painfully obvious, after back-to-back losses, that the back end of the Bruins attack is challenged to survive on a nightly basis. Is help on the way? ''That's a question you'd have to ask Mike O'Connell, said coach Mike Sullivan. The GM did make the trip here. Asked if he felt the club needed to acquire help for the blue line, the ever-stoic Sullivan said, ''I am trying to coach the team and make it the best we can be. We believe in these guys, and we'll stand behind them."continued
from the St. Petersburg Times,
Saturday was supposed to be a day off for the Lightning. It should have been a good day to play a round of golf, or sip ice tea by the pool, or watch college football. Some day off. The Lightning held a 90-minute video session and meeting in hopes of finding the answers to breaking a season-high, six-game losing streak. The meeting was called by coach John Tortorella, but the players were left to themselves to watch the worst parts of the six-game train wreck.
from the Chicago Sun-Times,
First time someone said the Hawks were going to sign Nikolai Khabibulin, I just paused and waited. It sounded exactly like, "A horse walks into a bar with a parrot on his shoulder, and ...'' So you wait for the punch line. The Hawks don't sign superstars. The Hawks don't spend money. And the idea that they had gone out and gotten arguably the best goalie in the world, well, that just seemed laughable. But it was no joke, of course. And on the day they signed the Bulin Wall, Hawks general manager Dale Tallon said, "The Blackhawks are back.'' But as it turned out, this was the biggest joke of all because the Blackhawks still stink.
via the NY Daily News,
According to a Tampa police spokesman, Fedorov suffered a swollen eye and possible broken nose when he was struck at approximately 3 a.m. near the entrance of Club Prana in Ybor City, where he and several teammates were celebrating that night's victory over the Lightning. He declined medical treatment and did not press charges.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
-Los Angeles Kings president Tim Leiweke can expect a call and hefty fine from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, if there hasn't been one already. Leiweke, who doubles as president of the Anschutz Entertainment Group (the owners of the Kings), told a Kansas City newspaper last week the Pittsburgh Penguins could be the major tenant of a new 18,500-seat rink there scheduled to open in 2007. Bettman won't take kindly to those comments. -Houston is the top prospect if an NHL team moves. A return to Winnipeg is a long way off. -Speaking of the Blues, keep an eye on the future of C Doug Weight. The word is the club is trying to move Weight and his $5.7 million (all figures US) salary and there may be interest from the Blue Jackets.
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