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Blues goaltender Chris Mason participated in a tele-conference today…
Q. Just wondering, I’m sure this is a question that you have not been asked yet, but do you think you need rest before the end of the season?
CHRIS MASON: No, I don’t, actually. You know, I’m getting good rest on the off days, and they are taking care of me like that.
So I’m definitely saving my energy for the games, and, you know, at this point in the season, you just find the energy. It’s just when you go out on the ice and you’re playing these games that mean so much, you just find the energy. All of the other players are expected to do it, so I don’t see why the goalies can’t, too.
from Greg Wyshynksi of Yahoo,
Shea Weber has never missed playing in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
That’s either an indication of the all-star defenseman’s relative inexperience at the NHL level, or a reminder that the Nashville Predators’ consistency as a franchise is vastly underappreciated.
“Each year is a like an experience you can draw from, and I think everyone’s comfortable about the position we’re in,” said Weber, one day after his team rallied for an emotional 4-3 win at the Detroit Red Wings, moving into seventh place in the Western Conference with 84 points.
“The fate is really in our hands. As long as we do our job, we’re going to get into the playoffs.”
Hockey player, super pest, fashionista and now … bar owner?
New York Rangers forward and former Vogue intern Sean Avery is once again expanding the skills section of his resume, this time by venturing into sharing ownership duties at a new nightspot in Tribeca, a neighbourhood in lower Manhattan.
Reports indicate the most “hated man in hockey” and Rangers fan favourite will partner with club owner Matt Abramcyk and Chris Miller, a former art dealer, to open Warren 77, a bar and restaurant at 77 Warren St.
Abramcyk has described the new nightspot as a “sports bar meets country club” with a vintage sports theme.
Warren 77 seems like a serviceable name… but it’s got nothing on Puckface.
from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,
Copycat ideals in sports are nothing new. If one team is having success doing things in a certain manner, others are quick to adopt those practices. Well, I don’t think cloning is the issue in the Central Division right now, but it certainly makes a strong case for competition breeding excellence.
With two weeks to go before the playoffs, all five Central teams are in the Western Conference’s top eight. I’m not sure all five will ultimately end up in the postseason, but for the moment let’s consider the transformation that is taking place.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
With the Blue Jackets’ first playoff appearance in sight, must be exciting times in Columbus, no?
Well, dropping back-to-back games to Central Division rival St. Louis won’t do much for the angst factor in Columbus, but even with the twin setbacks the Blue Jackets begin the week in sixth place in the Western Conference and season-ticket holders are getting their first chance to buy postseason tickets since the team’s first inaugural season in 2000-2001. About 93 percent of season-ticket holders have anted up for the playoffs, Larry Hoepfner, the team’s senior vice president of business operations, told ESPN.com late last week. That number is expected to inflate to about 96 percent before tickets are made available to the general public next Saturday.
more plus Coyotes, Bruins, CuJo and Gaborik talk…
NEW YORK—St. Louis Blues goaltender Chris Mason, Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin and Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Mar. 29.
Bob McKenzie of TSN was just on NHL Live and didn’t like the hit Steve Ott delivered on Gregory Campbell this past Saturday. Nothing from the NHL yet on the hit.
What do you think?
The 2009-2010 NHL season will begin just as it did last year in Stockholm, Sweden, at the Ericsson Globe Arena when the Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues face off October 2-3. Tickets to both games, about 26,000 total, have sold out.
The Blues and Red Wings will begin their visit to Sweden with exhibition games as part of the NHL Premiere Challenge. St. Louis will face Linköping Hockey Club on September 29 and Detroit will play Färjestad BK on September 30. Tickets for both games will be released tomorrow, Tuesday, March 31.
There are Swedish players on both teams. Patrik Berglund (Västerås) and Alexander Steen (Frölunda) play for St. Louis, and Jonas Junlund, a prospect currently playing for Linköping, could be skating for the Blues by the start of the 2009-10 season. Henrik Zetterberg (Timrå), Nicklas Lidström (Västerås) and Niklas Kronwall (Djurgården) are amongst the Swedes that skate for Detroit.
from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,
Think of a shark in a Santa Claus outfit and you are probably closer to the real Mr. Gillett - because this is a team imploding from the top down, a team whose troubles are tied directly to an overextended owner and his reeling business empire.
There is nothing that can destabilize a team quite like like carrying nearly a dozen free agents, at least some of whom will definitely be playing elsewhere next year. Nothing tells your players you have given up like the failure to come up with significant help for the playoff run.
And nothing undercuts your team like having the news that the club is on the block break just as you are hanging onto a playoff spot by your fingernails.
Remember what Carbonneau said at his post-firing press conference? “It will all become clear with time.”
“You almost can’t lose any games. I saw the standings up there when they showed it. I saw Nashville and St. Louis won. I knew it was even tighter than before tonight. We know we have to win as many games as possible. It’s still the same thing. We just have to play it game-by-game and see the standings at the end. We know there is a lot of pressure, but I think the team is ready.”
-Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller. More on the Ducks from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog.
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