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from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
I watched the Dominik Hasek retirement ceremony Tuesday night from the press box and when it ended quietly after around 20 minutes, I was left with a nagging question: That's it?
Still, I saw how genuinely happy Hasek was during his press conference earlier in the day and shook off the notion, turning attention to the game. I was just being grumpy, get-off-my-lawn guy and moved on. Or so I thought.
Then my Twitter feed started to blow up. And so did my replies. Not that Twitter can regularly be used as a focus group for opinions, but this time it sure snapped me back to reality.
Bottom line: That ceremony was flat-out lame.
Two long-time NHL observers I really respect were shaking their heads. One told me after the game, "That's the worst jersey retirement I've ever seen."
If you missed the ceremony, you can watch it here...
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Hasek was in good spirits Tuesday before his No. 39 sweater was raised to the rafters in First Niagara Center. The same man who once seemed larger than life was modest while meeting with the media. He said he was more nervous about making a pregame speech than he was before any game in his career.
Two weeks shy of his 50th birthday, and with salt in his hair gaining ground on pepper, Hasek has aged gracefully and made a smooth transition into a life after hockey. He was complex and often conflicted during his career but has since gained a greater appreciation for his time in Buffalo.
“I don’t think I ever get tired of hearing the sound of Sabres fans,” Hasek told the crowd. “It’s very humbling to be standing here tonight, looking up to the rafters and seeing the names of Gil Perreaault, Rick Martin, Rene Robert, Tim Horton, Danny Gare and Pat LaFontaine. It reminds me that Buffalo is truly a special place in the game of hockey. Knowing my name and my number will be in this group of hockey legends brings a smile to my face.”
Watch the full ceremony below...
from Stephen Whyno of the CP at the Vancouver Sun,
Dominik Hasek used to set up a puck machine, aim it to fire just under the cross-bar and lie down in the crease. With pucks coming as fast as they could fly, Hasek would kick one of his legs in the air with perfect timing and stop the shots.
The hockey world is full of similar stories of Hasek's unique training regimen, and there's a seemingly unending highlight reel of show-stopping saves he made during his NHL career.
Call him crazy, but also call him one of the best goaltenders in history.
"There was definitely a method to all of his madness," former NHL goaltender John Davidson said. "(He could) make saves you're not supposed to make. He was quick, but he knew how to read plays and he could find a way to get it done by twisting his body and rolling over. Whatever it took, he got it done."
A six-time Vezina Trophy winner as the top goaltender and two-time Hart Trophy winner as league MVP, Hasek was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November. On Tuesday night the Buffalo Sabres, with whom he had his best years, will retire his No. 39 before their game against the Detroit Red Wings, with whom he won the Stanley Cup.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray is no different than most GMs in that he looks around the NHL and sees examples of what he wants his team to become, most notably the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings....
How do you approach the buildup to the NHL Trade Deadline, because I'd imagine it become an exciting time for you? I'm sure you're a wanted guy and lots of people are calling to see who they can pick off of your team for their playoff run.
"Right. Right. It's kind of like last year, same thinking. We go down and have our pro meetings and we get ready for between now and the trade deadline. If we can make good deals that are beneficial to the future of this franchise we are going to do that. I don't want to certainly tear the team apart even though we're picking third overall as of today, but I've had a talk with people in my organization, ownership and including a player like Brian Gionta, that we're not going to let pending UFAs leave for nothing. We do have to continue to build this; we're not there. No one can be happy with the record we have and I don't blame them, but we are where we are. It is a rebuild. It wasn't a retool. It wasn't a quick fix. It's a rebuild so that we can be good for a long time. That's the mindset. In saying that we signed Brian Gionta, we traded for Josh Gorges, so we were still able to acquire good players, but we have to be able to acquire good players going forward if we're going to fix this fairly quickly."
read on for four more questions and answers...
His remark starts around the :25 second mark.
Fighting in hockey is a lot harder than it looks. With that said, most fighters don’t find it so difficult that rather than punching their opponent they accidently punch themselves like Patrick Kaleta did against Jared Cowen.
“The American League guys came up from Rochester and you get a chance. You don’t hope to do OK. You’ve got to give something more, especially when you’re depleted the way we are. They didn’t play like they wanted to stay here.”
-Ted Nolan, head coach of the Buffalo Sabres after a 6-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. More from Nolan and the game by Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
“I can’t even figure out why goals don’t count, so I’m certainly not going to comment on that,” said Claude Julien when first asked about the Matt Bartkowski hit on Brian Gionta in the first period. “First of all, [Eriksson] doesn’t hit him, he barely touches his glove.
“It’s kind of a flash screen is what we call it and he’s in position. I guess it’s another non-goal that I’m sure we’ll hear should’ve been a good goal later on. But it’s what we keep going through.”
Watch the no-goal below, scroll to the :19 second mark...
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
The night’s signature play came with 5:52 left in the first period. Foligno was attempting a pass up the middle and the 5-foot-7 Gionta stretched for it just inside the Buffalo zone but was hit high by the 6-foot-1 Bartkowski.
Bartkowski’s shoulder seemed to contact Gionta’s shoulder and head before his elbow followed through on the hit. Gionta cartwheeled through the air and landed face-first on the ice, appearing to suffer a cut before skating off the ice for good under his own power.
“I was a little ahead of him so I kind of saw him just hit the ice,” winger Brian Flynn said of Gionta. “I knew it must have been bad. I got back to the bench and guys said the hit was a little early and to the head.”
Coach Ted Nolan had no update on Gionta other than to say he was “a little shaken up.” But Nolan acknowledged Foligno is going to be out a while after suffering a major hand injury while battling Bartkowski.
“The head hits are dangerous hits,” Nolan said. “We’ll let the league look at that and make the correct call.”
more on the game...
Watch the hit and fight below...
from John Law of QMI AGENCY at the Toronto Sun,
When the cancer diagnosis came, Jeanneret was defiant. He wasn’t going to let this be how his career ended. It would be on his terms.
The first couple radiation treatments felt fine. Then the pain hit. And the pain medication followed, which Jeanneret was told was “20 times stronger than heroin.”
In all, there were 33 radiation treatments over seven weeks. He stopped eating solid foods Aug. 15 and just recently resumed. He lost 43 pounds.
“Even though they tell you what’s going to happen, it’s the unknown,” he says.
“I can tell you, there were some dark times. Anybody who’s been through it knows what I’m talking about. You’re sitting there wondering, ‘Is this working? Am I going through all this pain and everything only to be told at the end it didn’t work and you’re dying anyway?’ Whether you try to bar those thoughts from your mind, they’re there.”
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