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from the Toronto Sun,
Former NHL tough guys Tiger Williams, Bob Probert and Kevin Maguire played in some hostile venues over the years, but none like this.
The three ex-NHLers are part of a entourage that left Canada yesterday for a week-long tour of Afghanistan, a trip that is scheduled to feature a ball-hockey game versus the troops.
“We’re supposed to play the winners of their tournament,” Maguire said. “Mostly, we’re going to help lift the spirits of the soldiers.
via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
Originally scheduled to be played on Wednesday night, Jan. 16, Atlanta’s first NHL All-Star Game instead will be played on Sunday, Jan. 27.
That is the Sunday between the NFL’s conference championship games and the Super Bowl.
The game time “has not been formalized,” Brown said.
Preliminary events, which typically include a skills competition and a young stars game, now will be held on Jan. 26.
The NHL played this year’s All-Star Game in Dallas on a Wednesday, the first time since 1989 the game had been played in mid-week.
‘Leafs Lunch’ on AM640 (starting at noon ET) has an interesting lineup scheduled to talk about playoff hockey today including ex-players/analysts Darren Pang, Mark Messier and possibly Marty McSorley. Amusing me this morning though, was this poll on top of today’s show notes: “Will the Leafs Make the Playoffs?”
It’s still very early here on the west coast… I appreciate the comic relief wherever I can get it…
fro Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
Look for the Ducks to triumph over the Canucks if for no other reason than fatigue — both mental and physical — on the Canucks’ part.
But if there’s an upset, there won’t be a lot of long faces in the league’s head office. The Anaheim ice is an absolute disgrace and staging a postseason game on that surface is akin to staging a World Series game on a gravel infield.
Two of the league’s most atrocious surfaces — Nashville and Tampa Bay (in that order) — are gone.
Once the Ducks and Devils go, the quality of the overall spectacle will pick up.
more picks from Al, plus other NHL topics…
from the Daily Post,
Ninety-nine years later, when a Colby Armstrong rings the bell of a Patrick Eaves with a shoulder to the head (when a less violent move would have served the same purpose)—and the victim’s bench boss shrugs and says, “That’s hockey!”—stories like the following are a breath of fresh air.
“Bun” Cook was no pantywaist! In 1929-30 he clocked 55 minutes in penalties when the real “bad man” of the NHL, Eddie Shore cooled his heels in the sin bin for 105 minutes. The game’s historians describe him as “determined and dedicated”.
more... a must read for old-schoolers…
On the afterlife: “I’d like to die fast and painlessly at a hockey rink. I’ll watch a game, have a heart attack and go. Then I want my body to be frozen and stored off ***(not revealed, will give it away). Overhead will be a neon sign flashing my NHL numbers, ** and 7, nonstop.’‘
On a family excursion: “When I was a kid, my family moved to Australia because my dad had a crazy idea for supplying our troops in Vietnam with food. Within (a short time) the war ended, and he was stuck Down Under with his thumb up his (butt), so we moved back to ***.
click to find out who it is…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
It’s not as if Forsberg or Tkachuk or Smyth were washouts either. All three played pretty well for their respective teams; one could convincingly argue that without Tkachuk or Smyth, the Thrashers and Islanders might have missed the playoff picture all together.
Still, when the price of a rental is so prohibitive, the expectation goes up too — and in what so often happens in a team game, one player, more or less, couldn’t make the difference in getting his club out of the first round. The Thrashers in fact were skunked; the Islanders and Predators fell in five.
A few weeks ago I pointed out to KK readers the new site design of the Carolina Hurricanes.
Now a little bit more info, via Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),
While the site design will remain the same from team to team, content will vary and be determined by individual teams. The Canes’ site offers an in-depth section that connects visitors to team weblogs, video and news clips. That will allow each club to retain a local voice and allow each site to reflect the club’s focus, said Keith Ritter, president of NHL Interactive CyberEnterprises.
“The way the league explained it is, ‘We’re going to build a house and the clubs are going to have to paint it,’” said Ben Aycock, the Hurricanes’ manager of creative services. “It’s not the extreme extent of complete league control but something between that and being totally on your own like we were up to three weeks ago.”
The Hurricanes’ site provides more evidence that the new team sites will further strengthen the league’s new media efforts. The home page rolled out by Carolina emphasizes large news stories, video content and ticket sales, which are the first option on the site’s navigation bar. Plus, by having one template, it will be easier for teams to share best Web practices.
from The Maven,
* The Islanders’ playoff exit virtually guarantees that Alexei Yashin will be bought out unless a trade is possible and that’s extremely doubtful. There’s no way the Captain and Ted Nolan can co-exist for another year where the coach remains King. The feeling up front is that Yash is too slow for the current NHL and less than super-motivated.
* Tough Question Dep’t.: Where does Mark Messier land in 2007-2008? One possible – though not probable – scenario would have Don Maloney moving into a GM slot giving Mess the possibility of taking over as Rangers assistant GM.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
There was some debate among Canadian analysts that perhaps Playfair, who was fined $25,000 by the league on top of a team fine of $100,000, should have been removed by GM and former coach Darryl Sutter after the Flames were outclassed in Games 1 and 2.
There shouldn’t be much debate now given how the Flames disintegrated into ash in the blink of an eye as Detroit’s 2-1 double-overtime win Sunday eliminated Calgary from the postseason in six games.
more...plus “Code” talk, Sean Hill and GM talk…
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