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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The news that Jacques Demers was functionally illiterate during almost three decades of coaching in the NHL and WHA immediately causes you to plumb the depths of your mind for possible clues. Were there any outward hints or signs that Demers couldn't read or write during his time on the NHL front lines? Certainly, Demers never called to complain about anything that I'd written about him, but I put that down to two factors: That he was a good guy, who operated on the basis that there is no such thing as bad publicity; and two, that most of the notices he received were generally positive.
from Terry Frei of ESPN,
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly recently fined Toronto coach Pat Quinn for knocking the New NHL (too little 5-on-5 time, gimmicks breaking ties and deciding games, stale popcorn, etc.). Boston Bruins team president Harry Sinden was sympathetic to Quinn, pointing out he had voiced similar sentiments during the exhibition season. In essence, Sinden inadvertently reminded us of his relative irrelevancy since dropping the GM title and not having as many opportunities to blame the Bruins' shortcomings on a coach and dodge an architect's accountability. Daly let Sinden off the hook. Sinden should have been whistled for obstructing the New NHL, too. Saying that really was hard.
How much does it cost a family of four to attend an NHL game? According to Fans Cost Index, Devils game are the most expensive at $309.68. The cheapest is Carolina at $170.61. I noticed the Wings had a decrease in cost of about 18%, but the fine print is the reason. I think a few fans around the NHL will find some major errors in this report.
from E.M. Swift of Sports Illustrated,
He had to burn the village in order to save it. Gary Bettman is my Sportsman of the Year. OK, so it doesn't make a pretty cover picture. So Bettman, a stiff, intransigent suit interested primarily in the bottom line, isn't a poster child for all that's wonderful in sports. So he oversaw a league that, for the first time in North American pro sports history, closed its doors for an entire season, causing financial pain to thousands of vendors and ticket sellers and stadium personnel, not to mention emotional trauma for hockey fans and all of Canada. So he comes across as emotionally cold and even a little smarmy.
Manny Legace, the NHL's defensive player of the month, participated in a teleconference yesterday. from NHL.com,
Q. Wanted to get your idea, what you think and the players' perspective on how the league has been re?embraced by the fans, the excitement level from you guys, what you see from on the road and at home. MANNY LEGACE: We get kind of a different view being here with Detroit. Pretty much everywhere we go there's been a lot of excitement this year. Its been that way in the past years, too, luckily being an original six team, wearing the Red Wing on our jerseys. Everywhere we go, people seem to come watch and excitement fills the arena. Overall, talking to other guys, other cities and stuff, everybody seems to be getting back into the swing of things. I don't know if it's just luck or just we have great fans, but everyone seems to be enjoying the game, enjoying more scoring opportunities. The big thing we're hearing is none of those boring hockey games, clog up the neutral zone after somebody gets up one or two goals, shut it down. People just flying through the neutral zone, scoring chances right and left. The people are just enjoying it a lot more.
A River Heights woman who has been battling her local community club over the issue of bodychecking in hockey has been banned from the club's premises. Adeline Nychuk-Jensen believes the children on her 11-year-old son's hockey team at the River Heights Community Centre have not received enough instruction about bodychecking. She's been arguing with the centre's board about the issue. She says the situation wasn't safe: "Do we have to have a sacrificial lamb before someone pays attention to this?"
via the AP,
Sabres rookie goalie Ryan Miller will miss at least six weeks after breaking his right thumb during Buffalo's morning skate on Wednesday. Miller had been scheduled to start against Ottawa on Wednesday night, but he was forced to miss Buffalo's 10-4 loss. He said it was possible the injury could keep him out for closer to eight weeks. "It was a simple little shot that he went to redirect into the corner,'' Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "It missed his blocker and smashed into his thumb.''
from the East Valley Tribune,
The numbers aren't what Shane Doan had envisioned — neither the Coyotes' record nor his statistics. "It's frustrating when you lose, and it's frustrating when you feel that you need to contribute more in order to win," said Doan, who finished 22nd in the league two seasons ago in scoring with 68 points (27 goals, 41 assists). "It's not like we've been getting blown out of games. If I could generate some offense, it could go a long ways. Right now I just don't seem to do that enough." In the past, when experiencing a slump, Doan would deliver a few big hits and, shortly afterward, his scoring touch would return. But with the new NHL rules, players aren't allowed to be as physical as before, so Doan has had to alter his approach.
from the buffalo News,
Dany Heatley's career is moving forward, progressing as the Snyder family had hoped that it would. He's found a new home in Ottawa, distancing himself from Atlanta's visual reminders. He's thriving with a dynamic young center in Jason Spezza, a tandem that could torment the NHL for longer than the Buffalo Sabres care to envision. Heatley said he hasn't been this content since before the lockout, or maybe, he submitted, since before "the injuries."
Anyone else notice 'Thank You Fans' was removed from the JLA ice surface before Tuesday's game against Chicago? But other teams still have it on their surface as of last night.
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