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from Drew Sharp & Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press,
Six months after he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, Detroit Pistons owner Bill Davidson died Friday at the age of 86.
Davidson became majority owner of the Pistons in 1974. He also owned Palace Sports & Entertainment and the WNBA’s Detroit Shock. He owned the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning until 2008.
from Scott Cullen of TSN,
Amid all the financial doom and gloom coming out of the GM Meetings in Naples, Florida this week, it seems like an appropriate time to look ahead to this summer’s free agent market, when teams will be forced to make a lot of tough decisions.
Here’s an early look at the unrestricted free agent market:
Marian Hossa, LW, Detroit - Signing a one-year deal with the Wings seemed a little risky at the time and seems that way even more with the prospect of a shrinking salary cap in years to come. Nevertheless, Hossa’s done his part, scoring 34 goals in 61 games.
TORONTO – Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McCormick has been suspended for two games, without pay, for a high sticking incident in NHL Game #1014 against the Minnesota Wild, the National Hockey League announced today.
McCormick was assessed a double minor for high sticking Minnesota forward Cal Clutterbuck at 11:47 of the second period.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, McCormick will forfeit $5,618.28. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
McCormick will miss Saturday’s game at Edmonton and March 15 at Vancouver. He will be eligible to return March 17 when the Avalanche face the Wild in Minnesota.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Thanks to a cap-induced leveling of the playing field, the must-win games for the league’s bubble teams start popping up early in March instead of the middle of April. Six teams are in contention for four spots in the Eastern Conference (even though the Flyers are just two points ahead of the Habs, I consider them a lock). So who will bemoan a season of missed opportunities while cleaning out their lockers a month from today? All will be revealed below.
Currently: Fifth place, 80 points
Last 10: 6-3-1
Remaining: 14 games—9 at home, 11 vs. teams below them in the standings
The Skinny: Give Bob Gainey credit for this much: he recognizes a losing hand when he deals one.
read on for more on the Eastern conference bubble teams…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In the years leading up to the 2006 entry draft, Phil Kessel was projected as a legitimate candidate to go No. 1 overall because of his breakaway speed and shifty moves. Gradually, over the course of that season, his stock dipped and he ended up sliding to fifth overall to the Boston Bruins. The Blues, one of the teams that passed him up (they took Erik Johnson first overall instead) tried to remedy that at the deadline, but couldn’t coax the Bruins to part with him in a package for Keith Tkachuk and David Perron. Anaheim also made a pitch for Kessel, but was turned down as well.
After adding Steve Montador in a deadline deal with the Ducks, the Bruins now boast five ex-Flames in their line-up: Stephane Yelle, Chuck Kobasew and Andrew Ference, all of whom played on Calgary’s 2004 Stanley Cup finalist team, plus Marc Savard, Jarome Iginla’s ex-centre.
many more hockey notes plus a feature on Martin Brodeur…
from Chris Kuc of Icing,
Winger Martin Havlat said following the Blackhawks’ morning skate at the United Center that he would return to the lineup for Friday night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
more on Chicago including Huet will be in goal tonight.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Let the build-up of the hype begin.
Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur will head to his hometown of Montreal with a chance to tie Patrick Roy’s all-time wins record Saturday night against the Canadiens.
Brodeur notched his 550th career win in tonight’s 5-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at Prudential Center.
“There’s something to be excited about now,” Brodeur said afterward. “We’ve talked about it before it was kind of hard. We had to win this game to make this a possibility on Saturday so definitely I’m happy that we won today and I’m happy that I have a chance to tie him up in Montreal. I think it just adds up to the story. You can’t ask for a better script to a certain extent. It will be interesting.”
from Bill Davidge (radio analyst) at ColumbusBlueJackets.com,
It is impressive for all of us to observe the seedling grow into a plant that has expanded its roots a little deeper into the foundation of success. We are all ready for the next stage of success as the trunk gets a little more chaliced for the trip to compete against the Division rivals for the next month.
It begins in Chicago tonight. The start of these Division games is now as important as any games in franchise history. They take on new meaning to all that follow this hockey team. Fans from England, Sweden, and all of North America are embracing the Jackets for who and what they are all about…they are true soldiers dressed in Red White and Blue!!! The teams around the NHL outside the Division are cheering on the plight of the team as they charter through unknown waters.
from Greatest Hockey Legends,
Sad news to pass along your way tonight: New York Ranger Alf Pike has died at the age of 1991.
Alf Pike has one of the game’s all time great nicknames: The Embalmer.
Pike did not earn his nickname by being one of the game’s great villains like you might expect. No, he came about his handle much more innocently and literally - he was a licensed mortician.
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