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A Q&A with Jason Spezza by David Amber at ESPN,
Q: If you didn’t play in Ottawa, where do you think you would have the best time being Jason Spezza, NHL star?
A: Well Jason Spezza, “The NHL star,” would have to be somewhere else in Canada, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, just because you get recognized. But I think I would like to play in New York. It’s a city I really like, there is so much going on, there are so many places to hide and do your own thing. Sometimes, the celebrity aspect is nice, but a lot of times it’s nice to hide, too.
The NHL Digital Studio officially launches into original programming today with the airing of the AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic Preview Show at 3 p.m., ET, on NHL.com. The program, hosted from the XM Digital Studio in the Reebok NHL Store in New York, will feature a flashback profile of the Heritage Classic in Edmonton, interviews with NHL Senior Executive VP Business & Media John Collins and Senior VP Events & Entertainment Don Renzulli, and game insight from hosts E.J. Hradek, Don LaGreca and guest Billy Jaffe.
You know, it’s very difficult to define what hockey necessarily was in 2007. There are so many futile, diverse opinions that I find it fails me to even try.
I feel these stories will do a pretty good job.
10. The NHL’s Rap Sheet
Ryan Clowe’s the most recent alcohol-influenced problem the league has had to deal with in what was a quite inebriated 2007. While they ranged in seriousness from the Staal Bros. drunken bachelor party, to Mark Bell’s uncomfortable legal situation, the NHL might want to do itself a favor and start wrangling in the amount of drinking their players do, at least during the season when they can try to control it. We’ve lost at least one would-be current player (Dan Snyder) and two former athletes (Keith Magnuson and Steve Chiasson) to drinking too much, and driving while intoxicated. The NHL has a lot of problems, but beating it into the heads of their millionaire athletes to call a cab at the end of the night should be (one would think) one of the easier ones to solve.
Spector has a bunch of trade talk today.
Also his site is going through an upgrade so if you cannot access it, you know the reason why.
I invite Spector to use the comment area of this post to keep his readers updated if need be.
Daniel Sedin pulls off the Savardian Spin!
Watch the video…
from the Dallas Stars,
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has extended the contract for Head Coach Dave Tippett through the 2008-09 season. Tippett’s contract was set to expire on June 30, 2008. In addition, the Stars announced that Associate Coach Rick Wilson and Assistant Coach Mark Lamb have also signed extensions through the 2008-09 season.
from the Chicago Sun-Times,
The Hawks have called up eight players from Rockford, including Dave Bolland and Petri Kontiola twice each. In 37 games, they have used a league-high 33 players; they used 41 all last season.
‘‘It’s frustrating because it’d be nice to see what we really have,’’ Tallon said. ‘‘But our guys are playing with character, and the younger guys are doing the job.
‘‘Our farm system is working. We’re very fortunate that we have depth now, and the younger guys are a year closer than they were last year at this time. That’s probably why we’re hanging in there.’‘
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
When the Oilers come to making new year’s resolutions, maybe they could start with doing something about their home record.
* Get out of 30th place in the powerplay statistics.
* Finish some checks. Make some hits. Become a tougher team.
* Close the back door on all those cheap weak side goals.
* Win more games than you lose against Northwest Division opponents.
It goes on and on. But winning games at home has to rank right up there.
via the News & Observer,
Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Thursday afternoon that he is keeping his ears open.
“In the new system and the way things are now, it’s hard to project if you’re ever close to anything or not,” Rutherford said. “So, we continue to look at things. I think the one area—and we’ve talked about this the first half of the season, but it becomes more obvious now—is maybe an enforcer.
“It seems like every week one of our guys is getting hit pretty hard and getting hurt, so we may try to look a little harder at that.”
Rutherford also said the Canes might be in the market for a puck-moving defenseman.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
We speak here of the NHL Network, which now has been made widely available for NHL fans in the U.S., given most all of the important satellite or cable carriers in the country are running the service. Talk about a shepherd finally feeding his flock.
While you can say it’s long overdue, finally the standard NHL fan in the U.S. can be guaranteed of seeing highlights of virtually every NHL game.
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