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Who’s the best player in the National Hockey League? The dirtiest? The most overrated? Which team will win the Cup this year?
These questions - normally reserved for rabid debate among hockey pundits and fans of the game - were posed to the players themselves by ESPN the Magazine, which recently conducted an anonymous poll of 50 NHLers….
64% of players said that Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin was the best player in the sport; the Pens’ Sidney Crosby was second but it wasn’t a particularly close race, with the Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia native receiving 24% of the vote.
The ubiquitous Red Wings were voted as the best franchise in the league, with 60% of those polled saying Detroit was No. 1.
Owen Nolan on Jimmy Howard.
Were you ever in charge of a bachelor or bachelorette and wanted to make sure the soon to be groom or bride had a good time?
Well, everyone of the 19 were in charge tonight.
All had one goal in mind, to make sure Herm had a great time..
Remember, the vast majority of these people had never met, yet it was like a school reunion when we all looked at the name badges being worn by everyone.
Pretty darn tired right now but I can guarantee Herm had a night he will never forget.
Anyone associated with this undertaking deserves a pat on the back for a job well done and somewhere in the range of $5300 was raised for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.
added 11:59pm, Channel 7 in Detroit did a feature on Herm. Read about it and watch the video on the top right.
I am jumping in the shower and then a 15 minute drive to Hockeytown Cafe to kick-off the H2H festivities.
Hopefully I have figured out how to upload pictures via Twitter and my Droid, so keep an eye on my Twitter account for any updates.
I will be back late tonight, then on a somewhat normal schedule on Saturday.
Saturday night, about 40 of the closest friends I have never met will be my guests as I welcome the many of the 19 into my home to watch Wings/Predators.
Who knows, maybe I can sit back and have the guests do some blogging!
from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
By their body language. In the tone of their voices. Given the time the dressing room door stayed silently shut, like the lid of a coffin.
They know it. They won’t say it. And it ain’t official.
But they know.
Call the coroner. Order the wreath. Donate to a charity of choice.
The unmistakable stench of death is upon them.
from Mike Chen of From The Rink,
If you’ve caught any of their games on Center Ice since the turn of the new year, the sights and sounds are obvious—there’s life in them there stands. Some games are fuller than others, but it’s a far, far cry from October when it looked like the attendance at a AHL practice rink.
There’s no doubt that the early season attendance figure was mucked up a bit for PR purposes. We all know that attendance in pro sports is never accurate. Things get rounded, tickets are given away, and everything is spun to look better than it really is. If the Coyotes had an attendance figure of 7,000 on a weekday in October, the actual in-house number might have even been half of that.
Now? Not so much.
from Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post,
While the newspaper industry remains in trouble, one of its enduring charms is the relative lack of facial injuries requiring multiple stitches suffered by its employees. Unless and until they write something about Urban Meyer’s quarterbacks, I suppose.
Not every industry can make such a claim. The hockey-playing industry, for example. Hence, Brooks Laich sitting out two consecutive games, as his face healed from an unexpected collision with a hockey puck during Tuesday’s practice.
“He’s a young buck; he isn’t cut up too much yet,” the asymmetrically-faced Mike Knuble said while discussing Laich’s new facial geometry. “You don’t have a career in the NHL until you break your face once.”
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Travis Moen never saw it coming Monday night, the skate of Ottawa’s Matt Cullen carving into his face like a scalpel.
“It hit me so fast, I didn’t have time to be scared,” the Canadiens forward said Thursday, speaking in the team’s Bell Centre dressing room after a brief morning skate.
Moen’s injury is a grotesque sight, a beautiful/macabre template for any horror-movie makeup artist.
His Canadiens cap, pulled tightly over his forehead, did little to disguise a ragged stretch of about 50 sutures that begins above the bridge of his nose, curves through his left eyebrow, dips into his eyelid and meanders to the corner of and below the eye.
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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
It’s a good thing that Tortorella recognized that The King is as indispensable as it gets in this league, as important to his team as any player in the NHL, and that includes fellow royal court members Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby.
You know, it’s strange. Tortorella came to New York with a reputation for chewing up and spitting out goaltenders. But he’s been a softie with Lundqvist, careful with his words in appraising the goaltender’s play as if he recognizes that alienating The King is the last thing he could afford.
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
It’s time to take a chance and put untested Johan Backlund in the nets Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh.
I know. I know. Last week, I said Brian Boucher wasn’t the Flyers’ biggest concern, that there were other areas _ such as the team’s inconsistent offense _ that were more pressing.
Well, I was 1 for 2.
from Tim Sassone of Between the Circles,
Have we seen the last of Cristobal Huet?
That’s up to Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman and coach Joel Quenneville to decide after another rough outing for Huet Thursday night in an embarrassing 8-3 loss to the Blue Jackets.
Do we have a new goalie controversy – for the backup job to Antti Niemi between Huet and Corey Crawford?
Don’t dismiss the possibility of the Hawks sending Huet to Rockford to work on his game and promoting Crawford for perhaps another start in the last nine games.
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