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It might be a sign that Mathieu Schneider’s playing days in the NHL are nearing an end.
On Tuesday, the Vancouver Canucks placed the 40-year old blueliner on waivers. Schneider is now eligible to be claimed by Noon et on Wednesday by any club, with the Canucks on the hook for half his remaining salary. If he clears waivers, the Canucks can opt to send him down to the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League.
In 17 games this season, Schneider has two goals and three assists.
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Pierre LeBrun of ESPN answers some emails,
I hate this NHL scheduling. The Devils always get screwed over. They had such a big break before Christmas and then had a game on the 26th. They barely practiced, so obviously they would come out flat against the Caps. They also get less games at the beginning of the season and, at the end, they get games piled up back to back and so they get tired and lose games and momentum before the playoffs. BS!
Dude, I almost fell off my chair when I read this. Are you kidding me? The Devils get to sleep in their beds almost every night. Try on San Jose’s travel schedule for a month and let me know how your back feels after spending half your time in an airplane. New Jersey, the two New York teams (Rangers and Isles) and Philadelphia have the cushiest schedules in the NHL.
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from Dan Shaughnessy at Sports Illustrated,
The NHL rarely gets it right. Professional hockey is a consensus Number Four (and we don’t mean Bobby Orr 4) whenever we get around to ranking sports that grip the American mind. Like Ringo, hockey is always the caboose, rarely taken seriously and unable to compete with John, Paul and George.
But now hockey owns New Year’s Day the way baseball owns the Fourth of July and football owns Thanksgiving. Sure, there’s still plenty of college grid action on the first day of the year, but many big bowls have been pushed back in the name of ratings and rankings. The NHL has stepped in with the Winter Classic which will be held this year at Fenway Park, featuring the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers.
Outdoor hockey brings the sport to its roots. Most of the players who make it to the NHL spent time skating on ponds, rivers, or open-air rinks. Putting the world’s best players outdoors is decidedly old school and makes for great television. It’s the Currier & Ives effect. Even the neutral zone trap looks good inside a snow globe.
from Dan Martin of the NY Post,
Garth Snow never doubted whom he would pick with the Islanders’ top selection over the summer and John Tavares has made the Islanders’ GM look good for much of his rookie season.
Lately, however, the young center has seen his production slip significantly, as Tavares only has one point in his last eight games.
But that’s not a cause for concern for Snow.
“He’s 19 years old,” Snow said of Tavares, who has 28 points (16 goals, 12 assists) in his first 40 games in the NHL heading into tonight’s match against Columbus at the Coliseum. “Any time a young guy is going to come out of juniors or college hockey into this league, it’s not going to be a seamless transition.”
from Dr. Charles Tator at the Toronto Star,
Recently, at the Regina workshop, I indicated that the “rock ‘em, sock ‘em” type of hockey espoused by commentators such as Don Cherry can no longer be the culture that dictates our game. We need to depart from the “win at all costs” mentality and return to the game when players had respect for their own bodies and respect for their opponents.
This message has been given by many others, such as the McMurtry report on amateur hockey violence in Ontario in 1974. In my book on sports and recreational injuries published last year, the cost of all sports and recreational injuries in Ontario was estimated at about $3 billion.
However, the costs in terms of grieving families and suffering athletes is much more important and of even greater magnitude than we had imagined, as demonstrated by the work from Boston University reported recently in the Star. This report included the case of former NHL player Reggie Fleming whose brain had major damage after repeated concussions.
from Ian Johnson of the Wall Street Journal,
The host nation this year is under intense pressure to win gold. Canada invented the modern game of ice hockey, and people there feel they ought to win. Check out a Canadian newspaper or Web site these days, and it’s almost impossible to miss the discussion, or the immense pressure on Mr. Yzerman, the executive director of Team Canada. The media regularly track the players who are up and down this season, speculating whether it will influence Mr. Yzerman. Web sites have offered votes on who should be the starting goaltender, and podcasts are devoted to hashing and rehashing the possibilities.
“I don’t know if it’s pressure,” says Mr. Yzerman. “But a lot of people have a lot of opinions.”
The 44-year-old Mr. Yzerman retired in 2006 after 19 seasons as captain of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, helping to turn the club into a model of success. He was also a top scorer on Canada’s Olympic club in 2002, helping lead his country to its first gold medal in 50 years.
In such a talent-rich nation, Mr. Yzerman and his deputies have choices—almost too many. Does he go for the highest scoring players in hopes of outgunning opponents? Or does he take advantage of the fact that the series will be played in smaller North American rinks (as opposed to larger international-standard rinks) to fill his team with brawny players who can grind down opponents?
from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,
Tippett, who did not join the team until a week before the season, said his players jumped on board quickly.
“They’ve been a real good group as far as buying in what we’re trying to do as a team,” he said. “Players finding their niche, finding their roles on our team, and everybody taking the responsibility to make sure they do it to the best of their ability.
“The simple things - we want to play well as a group; we recognize what kind of team we have; we’re going to play a strong defensive game to give ourselves a chance to win.”
Tippett has liked the way that many different players, with their “pack mentality” mind-set, have contributed.
“The one thing about our group, they’re have been different guys step up at different times and not that that they were playing bad before, but get hot,” he said.
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