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from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,
The increased need for exacting retribution seems evident. Large and physical opponents frequently run at Rafalski, whose back is sometimes a concern. They also seem to increasingly target Lidstrom, whose 40-year-old reflexes have reduced his once Houdini-like talent of always escaping. And among all of the Red Wings injuries last season, at least a couple more than Kronwall’s occurred as a result of a tough, even dirty, hits for which there was no reckoning.
“It’s been a decade-long question,” Holland said. “But I guess the question is do you want Helm on the team, or a tough guy? Do you want (Patrick) Eaves on the team, or a tough guy? Do you want (Kris) Draper on the team, or a tough guy ...?”
Holland went on with the sequence of questions, until he had mentioned several more players.
There clearly was a sense, Holland said, that the Stanley Cup winners in 1997 and 1998 were built on toughness and skill, with Martin Lapointe and McCarty especially suited to the roles of third- and fourth-line forwards, and Brendan Shanahan, Bob Rouse and Jaime Pushor on the roster.
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from edbreadsaid at the Sporting News,
One can only imagine the thrill of being young, rich and a handsome big league hockey player plying his trade in the Big Apple New York, New York. Many of the Rangers reveled in the lifestyle their celebrity granted them. Although not the street corner heroes they would have been had they played in Canada, they found a different type of status here in the playground of the rich and famous. Appearances on talk shows, winning tables at the best restaurants and staying out late at the trendiest discos were Big Apple perks. Over time many players have come to New York and reaped its rewards and just as many have had to leave because of them. Donny Murdoch was one of the latter.
Don Murdoch or ‘Murder’ as the Ranger fans tagged him was the son of a welder who tore up his junior league making him the toast of Medicine Hat, Alberta. The Rangers made him their first pick in the 1976 draft. Lavishing much money on Don he, with his signing bonus, bought his sister and father new cars, put money in Dads account to start a new business and promptly bought himself an $11,000.oo corvette to go with his posh apartment in Long Island. The media loved him. He was a poster boy for sport. With his long hair and dimples there were plenty of groupies and fans tripping all over him to the extent where fans brought him gifts. He even danced with Margaret Trudeau.
Jill R. Dorson of ESPN Page 2 takes a look at the different license plates that are offered by states…
OHIO: Appears to be the only state with a plate for its Major League Soccer team, the Columbus Blue Jackets. All other pro teams are available, too, and all feature a team logo.
from Michael Traikos of the National Post,
Regardless of whether you thought he was genuine or not, Kovalchuk was ready to play in New Jersey for the next 17 years and retire as a member of the Devils.
Is that so bad? Would you rather he become like LeBron James and hop from one team to the next in search of championships? Or would you rather have a player whose likeness does not have to be peeled off billboards every five years?
“This is a marketer’s dream,” one agent said. “Remember, Kovalchuk’s in a market where there is a huge Russian population and he’s now the 100-million-dollar man. When Alex Ovechkin comes to play, it could be, ‘Come see the dueling hundred-million-dollar men, Washington versus New Jersey, at the Prudential Center.’ I just think it’s fun.”
But is it fun for everyone? Do these types of deals, which have been negotiated by New Jersey, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit and Vancouver — give an unfair advantage to teams with deeper pockets? Does it go against the competitive balance that the CBA strived for?
You saw that there were some teams taking advantage of guys in New York; you could see that just watching highlights. That probably won’t be happening as much now.”
-Derek Boogaard of the New York Rangers. More on Boogaard from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press.
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
Many have jumped to the conclusion the Canucks will be forced to keep Bieksa because of Salo’s latest ailment. Some have argued they may not have a choice. If Salo’s recovery is slow, Bieksa is the team’s only right-handed shot, unless Willie Mitchell enters the equation. In addition, if Salo is out, Bieksa is traded, and Mitchell moves on, Shane O’Brien jumps to the No. 5 slot and Andrew Alberts gets plenty of playing time. Not appetizing at all.
But, that said, can Canucks afford to keep Bieksa?
Consider this, Bieksa has missed more games than Salo because of injuries in the past four seasons. Can any NHL blueline afford to have both the injury prone Bieksa and the injury plagued Salo in the same top six? And do it for a robust $7.25 million combined cap hit? Would anyone want to?
It’s not like the team has a lot of room to take risks. The Canucks are already feeling cap pressure. Jannik Hansen’s deal pushed them over the cap and they still aren’t counting Mason Raymond, who could get $3 million in Monday’s arbitration hearing, or Cody Hodgson who carries a $1.6 million cap hit.
from Eliot Kleinberg of the Palm Beach Post,
The team was founded in 1970. Owners had an interest in polo and were fascinated with cavalry, knight and chivalry themes.
Founded in 1926, the owner had commanded a World War I battalion named “Black Hawks” to honor a Sauk chief who sided with British in the War of 1812.
Detroit Red Wings
Founded in 1926 as the Detroit Cougars, the team was renamed Falcons in 1930. In 1932, the new owner, who had once played for Winged Wheelers of Montreal Amateur Athletic Association, renamed team “Red Wings” and adopted winged wheel logo.
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from Matt Vevoda of Ducks.com,
How do you like the team moving forward into next season?
Signing Saku again and adding Toni Lydman on defense, we’re moving forward well despite losing Scotty. We’re a team that is re-grouping and trying to shake off that disappointment. We’ll be hungry. Moving forward, I think we’re going to be good. With Saku back, he is a leader in that dressing room. He’s a big part of the puzzle. When he’s around, he just makes that room lively. We need a lot more guys like him. He’s one of those guys that can lead by example.
“Bobby wants to remain in Anaheim and they want him there.”
-Mark Guy, player agent for Bobby Ryan. More from Craig Custance of The Grinder at The Sporting News.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
It’s not an issue of whether Modano has the will to lace ‘em up in September or October; but what is his will to play out an entire season? That seemed to be an issue in Dallas the past couple of seasons and explains in part why the Stars made the choice to walk away from a player who has been the face of the franchise for two decades.
If we were Wings GM Ken Holland, we’d take a run at Bill Guerin or Paul Kariya to add veteran scoring punch and give one of your young prospects a shot at centering the third line. Less nostalgic, perhaps; but, in the long run, we’re guessing it would be a more productive move with less potential for dressing-room headaches.
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