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from Bob Duff of the Wndsor Star,
“Our second night in Kandahar, they took us over to see the spy planes,” Probert said. “We were in the one of the rooms getting briefed on the spy planes and all of a sudden the sirens start going off.”
“They came in an escorted us right to the bomb shelter. The bunker, they called it.”
While there, Probert looked around at his fellow retired NHLers and spied Dan Daoust, Mike Pelyk, Lou Franceschetti, Dave Hutchison, Dave (Tiger) Williams and Kevin Maguire, all of them former Toronto Maple Leafs and decided to add a little levity to a tense situation.
“I said, ‘Apparently, they found out the Maple Leafs were here,’” Probert said. “That didn’t go over too well.”
from the AP via the Akron Beacon Journal,
“We have gone this far, it would be foolish not to see what’s out there,” Gomez said. “That doesn’t man anything. It doesn’t mean I am leaning one way or I don’t want to be here. I have talked to all the guys that have played here and gone through this. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Gomez went to arbitration last summer and was awarded a one-year, $5 million deal.
After collecting 13 goals and 47 assists in the regular season, and four goals and 10 assists in the postseason, Gomez can expect even more next year.
from the CP via the CBC,
An NHL team and a European team will square off next year in what the International Ice Hockey Federation hopes will become an annual exhibition series, a source told The Canadian Press on Monday.
IIHF President Rene Fasel is scheduled to make the announcement Tuesday during a news conference at the IIHF World Hockey Championship. The series will take place in September 2008.
Ideally, the IIHF would like to have the Stanley Cup champion meet a European champion but that won’t be the case for the first event.
Player movement talk during the summer is beginning to heat up and Spector covers all the talk.
We are less than two months away from the UFA signing period and teams are still trying to lock up their players before they hit the open market.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The Hockey Hall of Fame committee is going to have their hands full this year when they vote after the draft because they can only let four skaters in and there’s five, for sure, that should get in. Mark Messier is a lock. Ron Francis is close. Al MacInnis (Norris trophy, Stanley Cup ring), Scott Stevens (Conn Smythe trophy) and Igor Larionov (Russian trailblazer) are also on the ballot. So is Claude Lemieux, who won Cups with three different teams and had 19 game-winning playoff goals,
much more NHL talk…
from The Kingston Whig-Standard,
Kirk Muller and Doug Gilmour have been Kingston’s poster boys for the NHL for two decades, playing for a combined 13 teams. Last night, at the 12th annual Kingston and District Sports Hall of Fame, the boys came home.
“Who said you can’t come home? Thank you, I appreciate it tremendously,” said Gilmour last night before a sold-out Hall of Fame crowd at the Ambassador Motel.
“To be going into the same hall with a group of people I grew up cherishing is a very special honour,” Muller said.
from Tricia Garner at the Sporting News,
What better place to find out how casual, normal fans think than a town called, uh, Normal? I walked up to every normal-looking guy I could find in Normal, Ill., and asked him a handful of questions about the post-lockout NHL. Questions like ...
What network are the playoffs on?
(The answer: Versus, primarily, and NBC.)
“It’s not a big network. I know that.”
“Um ... I don’t know, but I know it’s hard to find.”
And then one man, definitive in his response: “Fox News.” Pause. “I mean, Sports. Fox Sports.”
The result: The biggest vote-getter—nearly 20 percent—was ESPN. ABC, CBS, ESPN2, FOX Sports and TNT all drew guesses. Sixteen percent said either Versus, the Outdoor Life Network or “the network that used to be OLN.”
from the NY Post,
And that view was not definitive, possibly because the NHL has yet to install high-definition cameras for the overhead looks that virtually always are used to determine whether the puck entered the goal. According to Campbell, the league hopes to have those video improvements in place by next season.
“We haven’t gone to it sooner because the technology is getting better month by month,” Campbell said. “You don’t want to buy something that is outmoded right away; there’s a lot of rewiring involved.
“We have sent [senior vice president of broadcasting] John Shannon to a show in Las Vegas to look at what’s available before we make a multimillion dollar investment in new equipment. I have an estimate on my desk now.”
via the New York Times,
In Tuesday’s game, Campbell said they had the best available situation because the overhead shots were from high-definition cameras. But none of them provided a picture that showed the puck entirely over the goal line.
“We’ve tried to perfect it, or at least make it as flawless as possible,” Campbell said. “But there’s always going to be judgment involved.”
from Ivar Ekman at the New York Times,
But with little to offer except a faint smell of rotten fish when the wind blows from the direction of the pulp mill a few miles away, Ornskoldsvik continues to churn out great hockey players like a factory.
Perhaps there is something in the water here. Or the pizza. Apart from skates, sticks and pucks, the one thing that all of Ornskoldsvik’s great hockey sons have in common is that they have fueled their growth with food from the town’s unofficial hockey pizzeria, Mammamia. The hockey-loving pizza maker, Giordano Sternad, denies adding a secret ingredient to his pies. But he admits to being an important part of a close-knit hockey community that comprises most of the town.
from Scotty Bowman at NBC Sports,
To keep out of danger in your own end, what you’ve got to do is get to loose pucks quick, and make quicker decisions. You have to have your mind made up before you do it. I know a lot of coaches nowadays don’t want their defensemen to clear the puck around the boards, but on the glass—just make sure you hit the glass! That’s why that automatic penalty for shooting it over the glass is so effective in causing scoring chances. The most-skilled guys will be able to put it in the right place, and it will be tougher for the pinching ‘D’ to keep it in.
much more from Scotty on numerous NHL topics, well worth a visit…
Detroit fans, anyone have a feeling we just may be seeing the recommendation above tonight?
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