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NEW YORK (Dec. 8, 2008)—Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne, Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews and Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Sunday, Dec 7.
from Empty Netters,
We know complaining about Don Cherry being a bigoted rube is like complaining about water being wet. It’s just one of those things that’s never going to change. That’s why we don’t take Cherry seriously and you shouldn’t either.
We actually like Cherry. He’s an entertainer. He’s an act. A very good one at that. But nothing more. How can you take a guy who wears daisy-printed suits seriously?
But this jab against Malkin is pretty pathetic. Labeling him as a puck hog is clearly incorrect.
Update 5:00pm ET: More on Malkin from Darren Eliot at SI,
Malkin seems at ease wherever he plays, either at his natural center ice position, shifting to the wing, or manning the point as he has done this season with injuries to point men Ryan Whitney and, particularly, Sergei Gonchar. Malkin is growing as the powerplay quarterback in Gonchar’s absence. It is yet another sign of his development that was accelerated last year when Crosby went out of the lineup with an ankle injury.
When I asked Crosby if he was surprised by Malkin’s calm demeanor while handling the puck at the blueline, he chuckled, noting that, “Gino is calm in everything he does. There could be ten guys out there and he wouldn’t rush.”
From Jay Feaster at The Hockey News,
Brian Burke arrived in Toronto to great fanfare and he wasted little time before demonstrating why he is a media favorite. From quipping that former Leafs captain Mats Sundin has “two dollars less than God” and thus won’t be making a decision based on money, to stating that the Leafs’ third and fourth lines need to bring “belligerence” and “testosterone,” etc., Burkie blew into town like a perfect storm.
While that is the Brian Burke the public and media often see, I want to give you a glimpse into the “other” Brian Burke some of us inside the game are fortunate enough to know: in short, the “kinder and gentler” Burkie.
via Sam Kasan of PittsburghPenguins.com,
Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury practiced with his teammates for the first time since suffering an undisclosed injury in a game against the Buffalo Sabres on Nov. 15.
Fleury had been taking shots in pre-practice sessions with the Penguins for the past week but participated in a full team practice, splitting time with John Curry, for the first time since the injury.
from A.J. Perez of USA TODAY,
What’s the biggest misconception about playing on Long Island?
Weight: The Islanders, and Long Island in general, doesn’t get a fair shake. I think when organizations and teams are in stretches like this team has gone through, players are going to second guess about coming here — and rightfully so. It’s tough to bring free agents here. But they’ve done a great job of trading, drafting and building from within.
Canton, MA / New York, NY (December 8, 2008) – In celebration of one of the National Hockey League’s most anticipated events – the NHL Winter Classic 2009 – Reebok is offering fans an unprecedented experience through “NHL Winter Classic Reebok Lost Logo Challenge,” a unique contest for both U.S. television viewers and in-stadium attendees that challenges fans to find the NHL player who is missing the Reebok logo from his jersey.
On New Year’s Day, 2009, Reebok will give each of the more than 40,000 fans who attend the NHL Winter Classic game between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks at Wrigley Field a pair of binoculars to find the NHL player on the ice without a Reebok logo. Fans in the stands and those watching on television will have a chance to win. In-stadium contestants will be asked to enter via text or phone, while those tuning in on television will be able to enter online.
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
Tobin Wright is the Minneapolis-based agent who works for Manhattan Beach, Calif.-based agent Ron Salcer, the agent who represents Marian Gaborik, Brent Burns and Derek Boogaard.
As I reported Sunday morning, Wright has been banned from the Xcel Energy Center event level. I couldn’t report the reason Sunday. I can now.
Salcer is accusing the Wild of banning Wright as punishment for refusing to testify against Willie Mitchell in his arbitration case against the Wild.
Mitchell claims he had a bulging disc in his neck that prevented him from playing during the lockout. If you were not medically cleared to play as of Sept. 15, 2004, players were supposed to be paid their NHL salaries until they were medically cleared. Mitchell is claiming he was unfit to play, and thus should have been paid his $1.775 million salary from the Wild.
from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,
Even Fox News, a network that can’t be watched by anyone with an IQ higher than a zucchini, jumped all over the story last week. I was checking out of a Wyoming hotel when my jaw dropped at this intro from the Fox anchor: “The National Hockey League, known mostly for its brutality and bloody brawls ...”
Huh? My New NHL? Third man in? Anybody out there remember the last bloody brawl in the NHL?
Whatever, Fox went downhill from there. For a full five minutes, the anchor and two panelists revealed such bottomless ignorance of the league and the issues involved that they might as well have been talking about cricket. The only male on the panel, who claimed to be a hockey player himself, referred to the NHL as a league where “you get two minutes in the penalty box for assault and battery.”
Try telling that to Todd Bertuzzi.
from Lewis Lazare of the Chicago Sun-Times,
It’s a good thing Wrigley Field is sold out for the so-called “Winter Classic” hockey match on New Year’s Day because the new television commercial from Young & Rubicam/New York intended to spark interest in the game between the Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings doesn’t spark much of anything except a big ho-hum. Hockey fans already have snapped up about 41,000 tickets to the game—which in truth is a publicity stunt more than anything else.
In case you have not seen the television commercial, you can view it here.
Rochester-area billionaire Tom Golisano is looking to sell the Buffalo Sabres, according to a report out later this week.
The report in Western New York Hockey magazine, which cites an unnamed source, says that talks are in the exploratory stage. It goes on to say that Golisano is listening to offers and prices are being discussed. The source claims that there is a group with NHL expertise involved in the discussions.
The December issue of WNY Hockey will be out Thursday. The author of the article is Jim Kelley, the magazine’s managing editor….
The source says that Sabres minority owner Larry Quinn is actively looking to find a buyer, and that Canandian businessman Jim Balsillie has been approached by Quinn or an associate.
added 10:50am, BUFFALO, NY (December 8, 2008)—- Statement from Buffalo Sabres Managing Partner Larry Quinn on the Sabres being for sale:
“We are not in negotiations to sell the team and as we have stated in the past, we will never entertain discussions to move the team out of Buffalo, NY.”
added 3:22pm, Much more on this from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet...
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