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from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
The philosophical underpinning for the Brodeur Plan, floating around since the early years of the NHL’s Dead Puck era, is unassailable: By being allowed to ice the puck without consequence, the penalized team is inherently rewarded….
“If you ice the puck now, you can’t change,” Brodeur said, “so you’d get tired penalty killers out against a fresh power play. That’s a better advantage [for the team with the extra skater]. It’ll force [penalty killers] to flip the puck like the in old days, land it soft, without icing it. They have to manage the game better, which is also a skill.”
from the Tennessean,
Predators center David Legwand and defenseman Ryan Suter returned to practice Wednesday but might not be back in the lineup for tonight’s game against Edmonton.
Although both are healthy enough to play, Coach Barry Trotz said he was happy with the performance of the players he used in the Predators’ shutout at Dallas on Monday and did not feel particularly compelled to change….
“No team in this league scares me enough to say, ‘We are over our heads here,’ ” Trotz said. “We’re not gifted enough to have passengers. We have to be good as a team, and that’s what we did in Dallas.”
more on the Predators…
Brad Holland of NHL.com is working hard, covering the WJC in Prague!!!
A nice quiet New Years, with the people I love in a foreign country. Sounds nice, safe, and quiet, doesn’t it? I thought so.
A photo of our group, who braved the cold and the crowds in the Prague to take in the downtown fireworks, is on the group profile.
What I wasn’ prepared for was perhaps the most amazing, awe-inspiring, incredible disregard for public safety in my life. The result? Well, I can’t lie…
It was the best fireworks display I’d ever seen.
Brad is 2nd from the left in the picture and you can read all of his WJC blogs here.
from the blog of Jamie McLennan at the Hockey News,
We have also been experiencing some neat things here. The first night here the team threw a party for us at a local restaurant. The whole organization, including coaches, managers as well as company executives, were present and they proceeded to welcome us with speeches and some of the local traditional drinks (Sake).
It was quite exciting until they asked us to stand up and make a speech. The quickest thing I could come up with was having the translator explain how Nasher would need a windshield off an old car for a visor.
The boys seemed to enjoy that as we proceeded to the next stop, a karaoke bar, where we dominated the microphone for hours.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
There is currently a battle taking place for hockey’s soul. On one side are the forces of enlightenment represented by the Wings. On the other are the forces of darkness represented by all who would drag the game back to the dead-puck era.
For the NHL to grow and gain a wider audience, it must embrace those qualities represented by the Wings and the only way for that to happen is for Detroit to win the Stanley Cup.
That’s, at least, something to look forward to in the second half of this NHL season. As for the first half, here’s a look back at some of the highlights and lowlights:
from the St. Peterburg Times,
The decline starts from the top and is more notable because rookie Karri Ramo has provided in his five starts goaltending that gave the team chances to win.
Richards, a league-worst minus-23, has zero goals in eight games and one in 11. St. Louis has two goals in eight games.
Lecavalier, who leads the league with 56 points, has six shots in his past three games and is minus-3 since Dec. 1.
Since scoring 12 goals in his first 18 games, Prospal has just five in 22.
from All Things Avs by Adrian Dater,
That was the worst loss of the season for the Avs tonight, and there could be some hell to pay. I’m not saying Joel Quenneville is in immediate danger of losing his job, but a second straight loss to the Coyotes - and fourth overall, third straight at home - is going to put the heat on.
I don’t care if Joe Sakic and Ryan Smyth were out of the lineup tonight. That was an abysmal loss, characterized once again by an Avs team that didn’t come out ready to play, had to play catchup, then let up and ran out of gas after they’d finished tying it up….
Let there be no doubt: a terrible loss, one that could have repurcussions. And I don’t want to hear any injury excuses either.
from Rosie Dimanno of the Toronto Star,
Wellwood, along with other younger Leafs – except none are very green and scrubeenie anymore – have been treated with excessive gentleness in their prolonged adjustment to the NHL. It’s as if they were dainty creatures – the Stajans and the Steens – overly praised on the nights they acquit themselves decently and usually protected from reproach on the more frequent nights when they don’t.
It’s as if an entitlement has settled upon the more youthful members of this club, itself an extension of franchise arrogance, where one win a fortnight is sufficient to quell anxiety and as you were, boys. This is evidenced in the dressing room, as well, where young pros without the chops to support such haughtiness can be witheringly snide and condescending to reporters. Where they learn such attitudes is a mystery because they certainly aren’t emulating the class of a Mats Sundin or Tomas Kaberle.
from the National Post,
Canadians may not know his name, but they know his voice. They have been listening to it for decades accompanying highlights of the Pittsburgh Penguins, describing the action on the ice with non-sequiturs such as “scratch my back with a hacksaw,” and “buy Sam a drink - and get his dog one, too.”
Mike Lange does not always make sense. And it has taken years of practice.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
For Brendan Shanahan, one of the architects of change, the view from ice level, two-and-half-years after the lockout, looks pretty good. Not perfect, but considering where the NHL was in the not-too-distant past, not bad at all.
“What I like most is people don’t call it the new NHL anymore, they’re used to it now,” Shanahan was saying Wednesday morning, as his New York Rangers began a swing through Western Canada. “Every once in a while you’ll see an old playoff series on that hockey channel. You just sit and watch that now and it’s ‘oh my god, look at that hook, look at that guy getting mobbed or held.’
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