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via the Mercury News,
Sharks forwards Mike Grier and Claude Lemieux are returning to the lineup just in time for the Sharks’ final push for the Presidents’ Trophy.
Both forwards have been out since March 3 and missed 17 games. San Jose entered Tuesday night’s game at Colorado with a three-point lead on Boston for the NHL’s best record.
Grier was out with a knee injury, while the 43-year-old Lemieux had an upper-body injury.
I have to run out for a dental appointment but will return around 4:00pm ET.
In the meantime, anything on your mind regarding our great game?
Feel free to rant, praise or just talk hockey in the comments below on anything hockey.
Six and a half minutes of the best saves, goals and hit from the past week in the NHL.
from Brad Holland of NHL.com,
Alex Ovechkin, Blake Wheeler, T.J. Oshie, Niklas Hagman and Johan Franzen have combined to score 143 goals this season. But, one of those goals will stand out among the rest.
That goal, decided by your votes, will be the Fans’ Choice Goal of the Season. So get ready to cast your ballots.
continued and a link is available there to watch and vote on the Goal of the Season.
from the New York Islanders,
The Islanders have signed center Doug Weight to a one-year contract extension. In his first season with the Islanders, Weight is third on the team in scoring with nine goals and 26 assists for 35 points despite missing 29 games due to injury.
Weight originally signed with the Islanders as an unrestricted free agent on July 2, 2008. The contract runs through the 2009-10 season.
“Long Island has been a wonderful place for me and my family,” Weight said. “It was an easy decision to come back for another season. The Islanders have been a first-class organization and I’m looking forward to helping our team continue its development into a contender.”
The National Hockey League Draft Drawing, to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the first round of the 2009 Entry Draft, will take place on Tuesday, April 14th. The result of the Draft Drawing, and the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2009 Entry Draft, will be announced at 8:00 pm, Eastern Time on on TSN (Canada) and Versus (U.S.) as part of a 30-minute live Draft special from TSN’s studios in Toronto, which will also be streamed live on NHL.com.
from Bruce Dowbiggin at the Calgary Herald,
To the consternation of Vancouver management and fans, their best player simply hasn’t stepped up as advertised. Luongo’s erratic play largely escaped criticism while the Canucks’ forwards and defenceman were red-hot in their 20-5-1 streak. The whiffs and bobbles were written off to rust from the extended six-week stay Luongo spent on the injury list. Give ‘im time, they said.
Well, time has passed, but with the club slumping to three straight losses as they head into tonight’s showdown with Calgary at GM Place, followers of the Canucks are coming to the uncomfortable conclusion that Vancouver may have to win in spite of their highly paid goalie. Holy Stan Smyl, could it happen at a worse time for fans of the Orcas? (Or a better time for Flames’ fans?)
Radio talk shows in this city are buzzing with complaints about their one-time hero. Luongo is being roasted for not committing to the Canucks past the end of his contract in 2010 and getting too big for his hockey britches for taking the captaincy. A loss against the Flames and he’ll likely be pilloried for starting the subprime mortgage mess.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
We’ve made our way down to Naples, Fla., to spend a few days with wife Stacy and baby girl Melanie before the two-month playoff road trip begins. Can’t wait.
But first, the playoff before the playoffs continues Tuesday night with a busy slate that includes five games that have our eye. In those games, we bring your attention to five players:
Panthers at Flyers, 7 p.m. ET
The star Florida defenseman has five points (1-4) and an even-rating in his last five games while playing over 27 minutes a night, which has helped key four wins during that stretch. No doubt GM Jacques Martin is feeling a little better.
continued and tonight’s full schedule can be viewed below…
Steve of Puck The Media posts the 2nd part of his Jack Edwards interview,
PTM: [Clunky Transition] Well, speaking of entertainment value, there was this huge, huge hulabaloo in the online hockey community last week at that Philadelphia game where you did sort of the Vincent Price laugh after that Randy Jones hit. First of all, how did that come into your mind, and do you think people are making too much of it? I think it was just fun…
JE: Okay, first of all, everybody has a right to his opinion, and I enjoy strong opinions. What I don’t respect is people who call names and throw mud and don’t actually follow through and consider what the story really is.
If you go back and if you listen to the illegally posted, copyrighted material thats on YouTube [we both chuckle] I clearly refer to “the crowd wants a call for a hit from behind”. That is what was so hilarious. Because even before we knew that Patrice Bergeron had a broken neck on the 27th of October, 2007. Even before we knew what the result of the examination was. While he was still unconscious, the Flyers had issued a public relations release, and the Philadelphia media swallowed it whole, to the point that some columnist in Philadelphia actually wrote that Bergeron knew the hit was coming.
more and if you missed the Edwards call, watch it below…
via Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Canadiens defenceman Mike Komisarek yesterday ripped into Grabovski for his actions, insinuating Grabovski is a coward.
“You are enraged and you are pissed off that a player like that, when the game is out of hand, runs one of your top players like that,” Komisarek told reporters in Montreal. “He knows (Markov) is in a vulnerable position. There’s no need for that.
“Early on in the game, there was a scrum and Grabovski wouldn’t even look you in the eye. (He) runs away from any confrontation with his tail between his legs. So for him to hit Markie like that, it’s something you don’t like to see.”
The hit in question came in the third period of the Habs’ lopsided 6-2 victory over the Leafs at the Air Canada Centre Saturday. While the check itself did not seem dirty, it did come late, something the Canadiens immediately took notice of.
When I first posted this topic a few days ago, the majority of KK readers thought it was a clean hit. Has anything changed since?
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