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From Wes Goldstein at CBS Sports:
Fortunately for the Flyers, the baseball club’s World Series presence is hogging the spotlight around town these days, but those who are paying attention to the ice prancers couldn’t be faulted for seeking out the panic button because Philadelphia is the NHL’s only winless team two weeks into the season.
If that seems like an overreaction to a slow start, consider that last season only four of 14 teams that were below the playoff cutoff line at Thanksgiving ended up getting to the postseason. And Philadelphia, which has allowed more goals than anyone already has six teams to climb over as it readies for a home-and-home set this weekend against the surging New Jersey Devils, an arch division rival. In other words, Philadelphia could find itself in a potentially insurmountable hole before Halloween.
from Ben Wright of Blueland Blog,
So now we get to see how he reacts to playing the Thrashers. It would be tougher for him if he was playing in Atlanta, so maybe this won’t be a big deal given that the game is in Detroit. Maybe it will. And maybe it’ll be a big deal to some of his former teammates. Last year the Thrashers went into Detroit and won 5-1 on the strength of a Hossa hat trick. Wouldn’t you love to see Ilya Kovalchuk torch the defending Cup champions for a hat trick of his own? And will former Red Wings Jason Williams, Mathieu Schneider and Slava Kozlov pull out the stops in a building where they all had so much success?
Sportsnet has learned Bret Hedican has signed a one-year, $870,000 deal with the Anaheim Ducks.
The veteran defenceman spent the last six seasons in Carolina and has also spent time in Vancouver, Florida and St. Louis during his 16-year career. Hedican has appeared in 988 career games recording 288 points.
added 4:52pm, More on the signing at Ducks Blog.
from Pierre LeBrun’s blog at ESPN,
I’m scrolling through the NHL stats Thursday morning and do a double take. Keith Tkachuk is tied for the NHL goal-scoring lead with seven?!
What gives Mr. 36-year-old, I’m-supposed-to-be-in-the-twilight-of-my-career?
“I wish I could tell ya,” Tkachuk told ESPN.com Thursday. “I think it’s just being around the net and playing with players who are finding you. Just putting yourself in position and being in the right place at the right time is the reason why….”
from the CP via Yahoo,
Kim St-Pierre has made another breakthrough - playing in goal at a Montreal Canadiens practice.
The 29-year-old goaltender for Canada’s national women’s team was called in when goalie Carey Price missed practice for a second straight day with a flu.
She was on the ice for the full 90 minutes and did not look out of place as the NHL players fired pucks at both her and back-up goalie Jaroslav Halak through a succession of drills.
John Loomis is the manager of game presentation for the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center, and it’s his job to “entertain the fans between the whistles.” From Travis Brillowski of the Minnesota Wild (via NHL.com):
From pregame videos to between-periods entertainment, to anything that happens outside of the action on the ice, it falls on Loomis and his staff to keep things coordinated and organized, and most importantly, keep the building loud. Considering the Wild have sold out every game during their first seven seasons—and season No. 8 is tracking to be another full-season sell-out—he and his crew must be doing something right.
Here is what an average game day is like for Loomis, leading up to the drop of the puck at 7 p.m.
read on for ‘a day in the life’ of entertaining a hockey crowd
from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
• It’s still very much hush-hush but one of the hockey world’s foremost agents is locked in a very nasty dispute with a prominent former client. If the story – no names at the Café Discreet – headlines will be big! …
• How much pressure is being imposed on Dale Tallon? Every aspect of Blackhawks development – TV, marketing, ticket sales, etc. – has grown under the Rocky Wirtz-John McDonough leadership, except on the ice….
many more NHL bits…
Find out what it is like to be a professional hockey player in this new series Day In The Life, premiering tonight on the NHL Network at 10:00 pm.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Rarely in the history of the NHL have 18-year-old players made the kind of impact they are right now.
“First of all, I think it’s due to the draft class this year. As early as three years ago our guys were targeting that draft, that if you were picking in the top 10, you were going to get a guy that could probably step in and play in the NHL,” Phoenix Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky told ESPN.com on Wednesday.
“They’ve proven beyond a doubt … they’re all fitting in nicely and they’re all playing a part on their teams.”
from Graeme Hamilton of the National Post,
Back in the days of Maurice Richard, there were tales of ailing Montreal Canadiens fans who claimed they had been cured by touching his jersey. Today, the young goalie expected to lead the team to playoff glory has been nicknamed Jesus Price. That Montrealers are mad about hockey is no secret, but students at the Université de Montréal will soon be learning that the fervour is religious.
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