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With two weeks to go until the NHL Trade Deadline, TSN today announced it has acquired John Ferguson Jr. as a guest analyst for the NHL on TSN and TradeCentre 08, marking the former Toronto Maple Leafs GM’s debut as a television analyst.
“I made many trades over 10 deadlines in management with St. Louis and Toronto,” Ferguson says. “I look forward to plying a new trade with TSN this deadline.”
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
...GMs will have to decide whether they want to be buyers or sellers. And if they’re sellers, just how far do they go?
That’s a tricky question, and the answer will vary from team to team. But one thing is certain: Whether you’re a GM or a fan, you should never fall into the trap that so many people want to plunge into. In today’s game, it’s not wise to “blow it up and start over.”
The proponents of that tactic are often vehement.
“It’s the only way,” they say. “Start at the bottom and get top draft picks and build that way.”
Earlier today, Denis Potvin was on “Hockey This Morning” (NHL Home Ice XM 204) describing the scene last night in Buffalo regarding the horrific injury to Richard Zednik. Denis was doing color for FSN Florida last night.
Our thanks to Hockey This Morning on NHL Home Ice XM 204 for the providing the audio for KK readers.
Note: details of last night’s events were previously posted here on KK (including video).
Update 2:04pm ET: An update from the Panthers states that Zednik is still in stable condition, but remains in the intensive care unit.
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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
The NHL is very good at disciplining and suspending its players.
Someday, it would be nice to see them apply some performance standards to their on-ice officials outside of firing the ones they don’t like at the end of the season.
Yesterday afternoon, the Red Wings and Ducks went at it in an humdinger of a hockey game, won 3-2 by Anaheim. The crime, however, was that the Wings clearly scored in the final minute of play on a Nicklas Lidstrom shot from the point that beat J.S. Giguere but had it incorrectly waved off by veteran official Dan O’Halloran.
You can see a video of the non-goal at A2Y.
Update 1:20pm: More on the refs from Michael Farber in Sports Illustrated today.
from the News & Observer,
Create an award that goes to the league’s best defensive defenseman, the Rod Langway Trophy. (The naming rights for this one are up for debate—Stevens would be another prime candidate—but the need for it is not.)
Langway, who won the Norris in 1983 and 1984 despite putting up only 65 points combined in those two seasons, was so good defensively that his candidacy surmounted his paltry offensive numbers. His 32 points in 1983 were the fewest since Bobby Orr had 31 in a half-season in 1968 and Jacques Laperriere had 31 in 1966.
added 6:56pm, As a KK member pointed out in the comments, Hockeyfights.com is reporting this,
The collison gave linesman Pat Dapuzzo a bad facial laceration and broken jaw after Downie’s skate inadverently struck Dapuzzo in the face. CSN Philadelphia reports Dapuzzo needed approximately 60 stitches to close the cut.
As is the case when this type of news just breaks, it is hard to get the complete injury report. I am sure we shall soon see an official word on the injury suffered by Dapuzzo, and whatever it is, it sure wasn’t pretty to watch.
from the AP via NHL.com,
It was a typically feisty meeting between these rivals as several fights broke out. Six players dropped their gloves at one point in a very physical second period.
Linesman Pat Dapuzzo left the game after he was hit in the face by Steve Downie’s skate following a hard check by Rangers defenseman Fedor Tyutin against the boards.
While Dapuzzo was helped off the ice, leaving behind a trail of blood, a brawl ensued. Downie exchanged blows with Tyutin; Riley Cote and Colton Orr traded shots, and Jim Dowd and Ryan Hollweg went at it.
thanks to a KK reader for the update on Dapuzzo regarding the broken nose and twenty stitches, that according to the Rangers broadcast.
picture via Reuters
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Speaking on HockeyCentral@Noon, (Marcel) Dionne blasted the league’s skills competition that was held Jan. 26, the night before the game in Atlanta. Dionne reserved his harshest comments for the breakaway challenge….
“They made fools of themselves,” Dionne said. “(The event) should be scrapped altogether. Whoever thought of that should be fired.”...
“They probably think in the South that hockey’s like mini-basketball or something,” he said. “We can’t jump up and down and put it in the hoop.
“Obviously there’s guys that can do a lot of little tricks with the puck but it’s never in a situation where you’re on a breakaway … with someone chasing you.”
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
Views evolve, and mine have.
Mine have, because it has reached the point where every time I’ve heard a coach or general manager of a team with something like a 20-19-7 record brag about being “over .500,” or caught a team-paid broadcaster’s reference to “getting points in 11 of the last 15 games,” or even a writer parroting the propaganda that a team “has gone three games without a loss in regulation” …
… I WANT TO SCREAM!
Geez, just stand up there and run your fingernails over the blackboard.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Phaneuf became just the latest 22-year-old — just emerging from his entry-level contract - to cash in on his potential as opposed to his current production. Because for all the things that Phaneuf does well — he shoots, he hits — he’s still learning the art of playing defence. This is not mean as a slight either — few defencemen of his age and relative inexperience level can contribute the sort of invisible minutes that characterize the true greats at the position, and in this day and age, that starts with the Detroit Red Wings’ Nicklas Lidstrom, who is putting up his usual numbers in another Norris Trophy-worthy season for the NHL’s top team.
read on, much more on this topic, trade talk and NHL bits…
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