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from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
Looking down from high above in the press box, I half expected to see Gerard Gallant standing behind the Blue Jackets bench. Last night’s 3-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings was circa 2003-04 or 2005-06….
‘ll spare you the details. Here are the thumbprints of the disaster:
The most angered people in Nationwide Arena were the fans. They chanted “Wake Up, Jackets!” instead of “Let’s Go, Jackets!” When the NHL “War Room” confirmed a `no’ goal late in the game, the chants went “Toronto Sucks!” Very clever, very funny. Made an ugly night at the rink somehow memorable. But, then, the fans have never been the problem here in Columbus.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Sakic, Svatos, Salei, now Stastny. Last year, it was Sakic, Smyth, Stastny, Svatos, Sauer and Skrastins.
All of the above Avs S-Men have suffered some serious injuries in the past 12 months, but tonight was a real killer.
Thanks to Brett Clark’s penalty with 1:33 left in regulation (and I’m not throwing Clarkie under the bus for causing Stastny’s injury here, just stating a fact), Stastny had to do penalty-killing duty with the Coyotes on a 6-on-4, and because of that, he was in the way of Olli Jokinen’s big slap shot that fractured his forearm.
The words of Rangers coach Tom Renney after blowing a 4-0 lead and eventually losing 5-4 to the Capitals in OT.
Watch his post game press conference below.
from Damien Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,
Christin Kolzig was trying to hold a conversation when son Carson climbed into her lap and whispered in her ear. “Can we do it now?” he asked. “I can’t now,” Christin said. But Carson, who turns 8 on Jan. 1, was persistent in his quest for help setting up a favorite video game on his laptop. Christin laughed like she was being tickled and called husband, Olie, to get their son settled. “You learn to appreciate these moments,” Christin said. “You just realize what a miracle it is to have happy kids. In our world, you forget about that stuff.”
The Kolzigs’ world changed forever when Carson, at 15 months, was diagnosed with autism. It was devastating, said Olie, the Lightning’s backup goaltender. And it took time for the family, which now includes daughters Kendall, 6, and Ashlyn, 5, to realize what it faced.
CHICAGO, Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/—Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane will unveil and use personally-designed skates and sticks during the upcoming Bridgestone NHL 2009 Winter Classic at Wrigley Field in Chicago on New Year’s Day.
Kane, working with designers and developers at Bauer Hockey, designed the skates and stick this past summer for exclusive use during the outdoor game. Only 88 skates and 88 sticks were created for this special event and Kane will personally sign and auction off a portion of the limited edition product to raise money for breast Cancer research in Chicago and his home town of Buffalo.
“It’s something I’ve been interested in from the beginning - designing your own skates and stick is a pretty unique experience,” Kane said. “It’s really exciting to look at a skate and design it to exactly how you want it to be made. To be able to give back to the community makes the whole experience even more special.”
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The NHL hasn’t taken over control of the Phoenix Coyotes, but it is taking an active role in trying to find new investors or ownership for the financially strapped franchise and is being kept apprised of any “significant” financial decisions the team makes, ESPN.com has learned from team and league sources.
The league also is trying to help broker changes to the existing lease with the city of Glendale in the hopes of making the situation more attractive new investors or owners.
Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes is in dire financial straights, with his outside business interests—most notably Swift Transportation, a large trucking firm—having been hammered by high gasoline costs, followed by the dramatic downturn in the economy.
added 11:08pm, from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
It appears the league is now the only benefactor to which the Coyotes can turn.
Financial documents obtained by The Globe and Mail show the team has pledged the franchise and all its assets, including all forms of revenue (with the possible exception of arena-naming rights), as collateral for loans from New York company SOF Investments LP.
SOF Investments is a subsidiary of the MSD Capital hedge fund, which is controlled by computer tycoon Michael Dell.
In a recent visit to Vancouver, Gary Bettman sat down with Kristin Reid to talk about the challenges and the perks of the job. He talks about the Olympics, his favourite teams, and best buildings in the League.
via Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,
...the Kings were, until late last week, in the running for Chicago goalie Nikolai Khabibulin. No longer, it seems. Talks ended without a deal, but it had nothing to do with Khabibulin’s salary or any injury concerns. But that should answer the question about whether the Kings are willing to go after a veteran goalie this season.
from P.J. Stock of Blogs and Columns at CBC,
Best of the season to everyone except those that rip me about my blog entries. I hope many of you get coal in your stockings and reindeer manure under the tree. For all the others, a WII, a new car, gum, whatever you’re looking for, I hope you get….
Deserving of a gift:
1. Boston Bruins
Why? Despite competing with three other teams in the city that are all champions (Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox) and an owner who has a bad reputation in the city as a frugal man, the Bruins are back.
They have a star youngster, who, one year after being scratched for games in the playoffs because he wasn’t competing enough, responded by being one of league’s top scorers. That’s Phil Kessel….
more gifts and coal being passed out too…
from Hey, Missy at the Chicago Tribune,
In particular, the Red Wings will have to navigate a particularly steep and narrow set of about 15 steps down from the tiny visitors clubhouse and make one of the longest walks in baseball to the dugout and then out to the rink. Three times. For the last portion before getting to the dugout, anyone over six feet (and with skates on, that pretty much applies to everyone), they also have to be careful not to bump their heads.
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