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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Beginning with the likes of Fred “The Fog” Shero, who added Mike Nykoluk as his assistant with the bullying Flyers of the 1970s, and the legendary Scotty Bowman, the trusted Claude Ruel forever by his side in his Montreal glory days, coaching has become a complex, multilayered exercise. On most NHL teams today, the head coach has at least two assistants, as well as a goalie coach, and “off-ice” assistants, including those who specialize in video and strength and conditioning.
from Lord Stanley’s Blog at the News & Observer,
The Hurricanes have called a 2 p.m. press conference today to announce their new assistant general manager, by all indications Ron Francis.
You can watch all of the highlights from last night at NHL.tv.
Today we have Wings/Ducks…
from the Washington Post,
And just like that, NHL action is underway. Now we could go on about how nobody noticed the season starting for what’s supposed to be a major sports league, and how hockey gets lower TV ratings than Mahjong tournaments, but that wouldn’t be kind…. We want to go in a diferent direction and find out what people actually LIKE about the NHL, eh?
My favorite response…
...The NBA is pathetic - wouldnt go to a game if someone gave me a pair of court side tickets to the Buzzards. The NHL has some issues - sure - all of the major sports leagues do. The fact that ESPN doesnt show high lights is a plus as far as I am concerned - that means that hockey fans know not to turn on the network and try to listen to the illiterate ramblings of Suart Scott - Booo Yeah!
read on (may req. reg.)
from the St. Peterburg Times,
Is this the last season four of the league’s best players - St. Louis, Vinny Lecavalier, Brad Richards and Dan Boyle - are together as a group?
“If you want to think about that, go ahead,” St. Louis said. “It’s not something we’re going to think about.”
But general manager Jay Feaster admitted, “The clock is ticking.”
And perhaps only a deep playoff run can postpone the alarm.
from the Ottawa Citizen,
If hockey is the most passionate way we define ourselves abroad, then surely our musical expressions of the game are worthy of consideration as substitutes for O Canada. We suggest two hockey hymns that might be adopted as a kind of bifurcated national anthem: the Hockey Night in Canada Theme and Stompin’ Tom Connors’ rink-rousin’ The Hockey Song.
Here’s the way it would work: On occasions when a purely orchestral version of the anthem is acceptable, like during flag raisings at Olympic medal presentations or drowsy state visits by foreign dignitaries, we could blare out a brassy rendition of the Hockey Night in Canada Theme. But when singing is de rigueur, say at the beginning of a Toronto FC soccer match, everybody would belt out Stompin’ Tom’s immortal lyrics: “The good ol’ hockey game, it’s the best game you can name…”
from the LA Times via the Toronto Star,
For truth be told, goal judges are now an anachronism. The two-referee system (phased in during the 1998-99 season and fully implemented by 2000-01) and video replay judges have made it so. As well, league executives monitoring each game from their Toronto offices have the authority to make final decisions on controversial goals.
The NHL also has made good use of high-definition technology and will be spending about $5 million in arenas this season to upgrade that equipment, Mike Murphy, the league’s vice-president of hockey operations, said.
“The goal judge became less and less a factor. Still a factor but quite a factor down the list,” Murphy said, adding the job has become more of a way to signal a goal to those sitting in remote areas of an arena.
from the Eagle-Tribune,
So what would make any sane person - whether they’re a puck-loving hockey krishna or not - think that the Boston Bruins can turn around their decade-plus of lethargy and put more fannies back in the seats at the TDBanknorth Garden?
There’s only one way for that to happen: win games. Lots of games. The B’s open up at Phoenix tomorrow as part of a five-game road trip.
“Boston is a city that’s used to winners,” said center Marc Savard, who led the team in scoring by a wide margin a year ago with 96 points. “We have the personnel in place to do that. This is a team ready to win.”
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
On Wednesday night, Mike Milbury charged into the raging goaltending controversy in Toronto by stating that the Maple Leafs’ decision to start Andrew Raycroft in the opener instead of Vesa Toskala was “absolutely crazy.”
The move “plants seeds of doubt,” he said, in the Toskala, whom the Leafs paid a heavy price to acquire, presumably to be the starting goalie….
But, there was no disputing the quality of his work as a studio analyst on TSN game telecasts. He was excellent. He has a strong presence, is confidently opinionated and brings plenty of colour to his commentary.
Sharkspage points out the NHL/Versus video promos our out on youtube,
The clips of Mark Recchi’s retirement, Briere’s wrist shot, Ray Emery’s pugilist mentality, and Eric Staal taking the ice are the best of the bunch. Game on.
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