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from David Johnston of the Montreal Gazette,
On chinanhljerseys.com Thursday, you could buy a “replithentic” Montreal Canadiens jersey with Scott Gomez’s name and No. 91 on it for only $86.
That same jersey, minus thecolourful adjective, was selling at the Habs Zone boutique at the Bell Centre Thursday for $239 or $399 – depending on whether you bought the official “replica” Gomez jersey or the more expensive official “authentic” one.
The large gap in prices between illegal knockoffs and the two grades of official sweaters manufactured under National Hockey League licence have become a concern to the NHL – and to the iconic Canadiens in particular.
This week, the Canadiens became the first team in the league to start offering fans rebates on official licensed sweaters if they come into Habs Zone and relinquish their counterfeit jerseys.
from Marc Malkin and Dahvi Shira of E Online,
Jaimee Grubbs may have scored a hole-in-one when she allegedly had an affair with Tiger Woods, but the golf pro’s alleged former mistress isn’t having much luck landing other professional athletes….
“Jaimee made a beeline for a table full of [Anaheim] Ducks and [L.A.] Kings NHL hockey players,” an eyewitness tells us. “She walked up, and the guys were just like, ‘Can we help you?’ She said, ‘I’m a model. My name is Jaimee.’ “
When the hockey hunks looked uninterested and a little confused, Grubbs went on to tell them she appeared in Maxim’s February issue. Still unimpressed, we’re told the guys went back to minding their own business.
read on and I would have to question a table of Ducks and Kings players sitting together…
“(Howard) was kind of in a vulnerable position on his hands and knees and I didn’t want to clip him in the head. “I tried to avoid him as best I could. I want to hit them all I can, but I don’t want to hit anyone in a vulnerable position.’‘
-Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes describing how he injured himself by going shoulder first into the boards. Via Ansar Khan of Mlive.
thanks to a KK member for the pointer
Scott Cullen takes a look at all the players who will be available as a UFA on July 1st.
TOP SIX FORWARDS
Ilya Kovalchuk, LW, New Jersey
Stats: 41-44-85, plus-10, 53 PIM in 76 GP
TSN.ca Rating: 88.46
Comment: Marquee name of the free agent class; took some risk by reportedly turning down more than $100-million offer by Thrashers.
Patrick Marleau, LW, San Jose
Stats: 44-39-83, plus-21, 22 PIM in 82 GP
TSN.ca Rating: 90.32
Comment: Hitting free agency at a good time, with a career-high in goals and plus-minus; should be in demand.
from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,
When asked if he was thinking about the fact his could be his final game wearing a Devils’ sweater on Wednesday, Ilya Kovalchuk told Rich Chere of the The Star-Ledger, “No. Because we’re going to win (Thursday).”
Flyers captain Mike Richards and alternate Chris Pronger were told of Kovalchuk’s bold statement following their brisk afternoon skate on Thursday in preparation for Game 5 at Prudential Center….
Pronger: “He could say whatever he wants. Talk is cheap.”
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
There are 30 No. 1 goaltender jobs in the NHL and 30 backup jobs. Right now, at least 22 or 23 teams are reasonably set in net and that number could easily be 26 or 27 when you factor in salary cap constraints and playoff performances.
Evgeni Nabokov is unrestricted, and what the San Jose Sharks do with him undoubtedly centers on what happens in the postseason. Likewise, the Washington Capitals wouldn’t likely be in the market for a new No. 1 if Semyon Varlamov does the job in the playoffs.
If the Chicago Blackhawks were dumped by the Nashville Predators, they might wish they had different goaltending. But they really aren’t in the salary cap position to spend more money on goaltending.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Does Savard expect he’ll be able to test out some “friendly contact” with his teammates at the morning skate prior to Game Five in Buffalo?
“I hope [so] . . . I think I’m cleared to take that kind of [contact on Friday],” said Savard, who has missed 22 regular-season and playoff games because of the concussion. “Some little bumps and gradually get back into it. If somebody hits me tomorrow, then I guess I get hit tomorrow.
from Joe O’Conner of the National Post,
The playoffs are a different kind of hockey beast, an annual rite of spring that is far more life and death than the 82-game preamble. April, May and June are set aside for greatness. The stakes are high, expectations are elevated, and the best players are supposed to find that extra gear.
But you never seem to change gears, Joe. While everybody else is stepping up you always seem to take a step sideways. Or worse, back.
That is what happened last year when your Sharks captured the President’s Trophy as the best team during the regular season and then face-planted in the opening round of the playoffs. You had one goal and four assists in six game. You were a playoff bust. You always have been.
A team with Joe Thornton on it has never advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs. A player that is averaging 1.26 points per regular-season game since the lockout is averaging 0.82 points per playoff game over the same stretch.
from Steve Politi of the Star-Ledger,
The jelly jar hit the wall in the visiting dressing room at the Wachovia Center hard, smashing into bits and leaving chunks of goo on the designer suits belonging to the Devils players.
The incident itself was not a surprise. Given the poor effort late in Game 4 and the 3-1 deficit to a Flyers team that barely made the postseason, a few of the players probably wanted to trash the place themselves.
But the source of the flying jam was not in a uniform. It was a furious Lou Lamoriello who punctuated a tirade at the coaches by grabbing the jar off the postgame spread and hurling it to its sticky end.
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