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“This year has been the best year since I’ve been there, in a lot of ways. There seems to be more stability there now and there really wasn’t for a few years. Those are the things you think about. But right now there’s not really a lot going on and we haven’t been talking a whole lot, I don’t think. I haven’t ruled anything out. Money isn’t always everything. I haven’t played in the playoffs and that’s obviously No. 1. Where that is, whether it’s Florida or not, who knows?”
-Jay Bouwmeester at the All-Star festivities yesterday. More ASG topics from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News.
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
In the good old days before cable and glitzy television production, French-language radio broadcasts of the Montreal Canadiens were preceded not by pregame analysis, advertisements and anthems, but by a priest reciting the rosary.
Families would crowd together at the hearths and parlours of Quebec to join in, and it was only after the prayers were finished - usually near the end of the first period - that the airwaves were turned over to hockey.
But as French-speaking Quebec’s attachment to Catholicism has waned since the Quiet Revolution of the 1960s, a new breed of secular saints has emerged: the Habs have taken over as Quebec’s unofficial religion.
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
It is difficult to gauge how much a healthy Forsberg would command on the open market, but since the Colorado Avalanche paid him $1.1 million last season for 42 days, it’s a safe bet the Flyers could get him for about the same price.
Which begs these three questions: Why? Why? Why?
In his prime, Forsberg was an absolute force capable of winning playoff series by himself. But that was 10 years ago, before he signed with the Flyers in 2005 and began a three-year injury odyssey that included abbreviated stops in Nashville and Colorado, along with countless trips to foot surgeons and skate manufacturers.
Since having his foot surgically reconstructed in the summer of 2006, Forsberg has played in 66 NHL games in 2 1/2 seasons. After signing with the Avalanche late last season, he played in only nine of their 18 games and missed three more playoff games….
But does anyone really believe Forsberg will be anything more than a distraction on a team that has its best chemistry in years?
from Mark Moore at the Toronto Star,
The reason why the NHL and its players are resisting a simple ban on all hits to the head is this: Bodychecking is part of hockey, and it isn’t just for show or intimidation. Defending in hockey depends on playing the body. Playing the puck is too risky, because skilled players can move it around and leave you chasing air. You defend by stopping the puck-carrier with body contact as far from your net as possible….
However, I believe there are ways to eliminate the problem of hits to the head. Here is my proposal, fully explained:
1. Create a rule banning “high hits” the way we ban high sticks. A high hit could be defined as:
a) Any time a player leaves his feet to make a check;
b) Any part of the checker’s arm being extended above his own shoulder prior to or at the moment of impact;
via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Will Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke be reunited with Ducks D Chris Pronger? That’s the whisper this weekend. There’s a strong belief that if the Ducks fall out of playoff contention in the Western Conference, GM Bob Murray might move the former all-star defenceman. While the Leafs are trying to rebuild, it might make sense to bring in a seasoned blueliner like Pronger, especially if Tomas Kaberle is sent packing at the March 4 trade deadline.
Is the clock ticking on Canucks coach Alain Vigneault? While the Canucks remain in a playoff position at No. 7 in the West, they’re just 2-4-4 in their last 10—with C Mats Sundin added to the lineup. Things have been mostly good since GM Mike Gillis took over, but the word out of Vancouver is Vigneault doesn’t have long to get the club’s act together.
In another report by Garrioch, he writes…
Detroit GM Ken Holland told ESPN.com that Lidstrom has been dealing with tendinitis in his knee.
You see folks, that is how rumors start! It is actually an elbow problem Bruce, not a knee.
Transcript courtesy of the NHL
Q. Can you describe exactly how the discussions about a possible trade, whether to Montreal or anywhere else, have unfolded for you? Who told you, how those conversations have gone, and what your thoughts are about that?
VINCENT LECAVALIER: I can’t remember those three, four days. I remember we were in California. It was a pretty hectic couple of days. Usually there’s rumors, but this one seemed that it had a lot of legs on that one.
So, no, I was just getting a lot of calls from parents, from family and friends. But it was just all rumors until obviously talking a little bit about it with the team and everybody knows here. And what the League came up with was obviously that if something was to happen, they would come to me and ask me or come up with a list or something like that.
It’s basically what you guys know.
Transcript courtesy of the NHL.
Q. Just, I guess, a comment from you on your decision to come here this weekend. There’s been some talk that perhaps if you didn’t come, you wouldn’t be eligible to play in the Penguins’ next game.
SIDNEY CROSBY: Yeah, my plan was to come here from the moment that I decided that I wasn’t going to be able to play due to injury. I’d had a talk with Gary Bettman as to the capacity of me being here, what it was going to be.
I obviously wanted to be here, but still want the focus to be on the guys that are here, too, and not the fact that I’m coming.
I’m happy to be a part of it. I’m probably not here playing like I would like to be, but it’s the second-best thing and I’m happy to be here anyway.
Q. Pavel Datsyuk and Nick Lidstrom will be kept out of their next game on Tuesday evening. How do you feel about that? And did you and Gary discuss that if you didn’t come and take part in some of the events, that that would be the issue for you? And I think you play Wednesday next week.
GLENDALE, Ariz.—- The Phoenix Coyotes announced today that Jeff Shumway has resigned as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the club. Shumway has relinquished his duties in order to focus solely on managing the other business ventures of team owner Jerry Moyes as president of Deer Valley Capital. Shumway had served as CEO of the Coyotes since joining the organization on April 13, 2006.
Moyes will now serve as the Coyotes’ Governor on the National Hockey League (NHL) Board of Governors. Coyotes President and Chief Operating Officer Douglas Moss and Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Maloney will now report directly to Moyes.
Commenting on these changes, Jerry Moyes stated, “Jeff has done a great job in managing the team for me but right now I need him to focus on some of my other projects. Doug Moss and Don Maloney have the team moving in the right direction and I will work closely with them as we move forward.”
from Andrew Ryan of the Globe and Mail,
Canonized by hockey purists, reviled by fans of opposing teams, the Canadiens are a professional sports institution, here and abroad. Travel anywhere in the world and you’ll find someone wearing the red, white and blue of Les Habs.
Hockey’s most storied team receives the tribute treatment in The Montreal Canadiens: 100 Years, 100 Stars (tonight, CBC at 9 p.m.). A TV appetizer to this weekend’s NHL All-Star programming, the documentary parallels the timeline of the Canadiens with the history of Montreal itself. Neither the team nor the city could ever be accused of being boring.
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