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from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,
The NHL is as soft on crime as the most liberal, feeling-sorry-for-criminals judge in the Dominion, so don’t expect Dwayne Roloson to be suspended for his uppercut, goalie stick chop at Daniel Cleary’s private parts.
But Roloson deserves to be out a few games for that one. Imagine the upset and anger in Edmonton if an opposition goalie did that to Ales Hemsky.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed rookie goaltender Steve Mason on injured reserve retroactive to February 4, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. Mason was diagnosed with mononucleosis on January 29.
Mason, 20, has posted a 19-12-2 record with a 2.09 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and seven shutouts in 34 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He leads the NHL in shutouts, while ranking second in goals-against average, seventh in save percentage and is tied for 10th in wins.
Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat wrote this before the Islanders lost 1-0 tonight in Tampa…
I survived the pirate invasion during the Gasparilla Festival parade and came away with a handful of colored beads for my effort this afternoon in downtown Tampa, but the Islanders might be another story. An afternoon nap is part of the pre-game routine for some players, but that was next to impossible at the team hotel located on Sedon Channel, where cruise liners and pleasure craft alike dock within walking distance of the St. Pete Times Forum, where the Isles meet the Lightning tonight.
Radio color commentator Chris King reports that a large flotilla of private boats docked in the marina outside the hotel kept up a cacophony of loud music and cannon fire the entire afternoon as revelers dressed in pirate costumes partied like it was 1784. Let me tell you the toy cannons they fire from the boats in the channel and the floats in the parade pack quite a wallop.
continue if you want to read more about the Gasparilla Festival (which I happened to witness first hand in the early 1990’s.)
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Off the ice, the Wild’s top priority is working on a contract extension for Backstrom, 30, an All-Star goalie who can become a free agent this summer.
“Negotiations are going on,” Leipold said. “We like Nick Backstrom. He’s a great goalie in this league. We want to have him here. He wants to be here. Hopefully we’re going to work it out. That’s really all I know. I would hope that we could get Backstrom signed, and I’d be surprised if we didn’t.”
Backstrom said Friday, “Nothing’s going on. Time will tell.”...
And yes, Leipold still maintains he has high hopes that the Wild can re-sign Gaborik rather than trading him by the March 4 deadline.
“Our only intention was re-signing Gaborik. It is still our only intention,” Leipold said. “Unfortunately the injury caused everything to shut down. It’s our hope that we’ll still re-sign him. I think he’d like to play here. We’re not done yet.”
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that Paul Kariya will have surgery on his right hip on Tuesday, Feb. 10. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Marc Philippon in Colorado. Dr. Philippon performed surgery on Kariya’s left hip on Jan. 5.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Although the Devils had announced that there would be no morning skate today, I suspected Brodeur might be at Prudential Center today and stopped by on the way home from the airport. Brodeur was among a handful players who skated and worked hard during the 40 minutes he was on the ice….
Brodeur looked sharp as he was peppered with shots from all angles byt head coach Brent Sutter, assistant coaches John MacLean and Tommy Albelin, and left wing Jay Pandolfo, who will be a healthy scratch again tonight. No one held anything back and Brodeur showed no signs of rust or problems with his left arm. Many of the shots were aimed at his glove side and he threw up his left arm without hesitation or limitation to snag pucks out of the air.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Boogaard was especially displeased by his own union chief, Paul Kelly, being quoted in a Canadian Press story, saying: “If it’s a staged fight between two superheavyweights that perhaps arranged it a day before the game, I’m not so sure those are the fights that we need to continue to have in the sport. And if they’re the most dangerous fights, we ought to take a good, hard look at those. ......
Boogaard took exception, especially since he pays his union dues.
“It bothers me a lot,” he said Thursday, adding Kelly’s comments are “kind of comical. He should try and do it then and see how the sales for everything goes. It’s goal scorers and the fighters who really push and drive the revenues, I think. I’m not trying to toot my own horn here, but I mean [Marian Gaborik’s] jersey is No. 1 [in Wild sales] and I’m up there, too. I’m pretty sure it’s like that for every other team.”
San Jose public television station KTEH recently featured San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton as part of a series of local profiles called This is Us. The program features Bay Area figures including surfing pioner Jack O’Neill, Gilroy boxer Roberto Guerrero, San Jose Opera’s Irene Dalis, botanist Joel Goldsmith among several others.
This is US labels Joe Thornton “the best professional athlete in the Bay Area” and calls him a potential lock for the Hockey Hall of Fame. They speak with Thornton about growing up playing the game with his brothers, and note that above all the one intangible he brings to the game for San Jose is leadership.
continued and watch the 7 minute video there.
In the blue and white corner this Saturday is Mikael Grabovski, a five-foot-11, 179-pound non-brawler who was a Habs’ prospect and is currently the most hated man in the Bell Centre.
In the bleu, blanc et rouge corner stands Sergei Kostitsyn, brother of Andrei and, at five-foot-11, 196 pounds, carrying a weight advantage over his Toronto opponent.
The two had to be restrained from fighting by the officials in January as both shoved at linesmen in what was interpreted as an attempt to get at each other.
Grabovski was the more aggressive of the two against a striped shirt, earning himself a three-game suspension. He left the ice to a chorus of boos, plastic cups and foul hand signals.
This week, the pair hyped up their possible battle as best they could.
“I think he is not Belarusian now, he is French, because I never fight with Belarusian guys,” said Grabovski, of Kostitsyn. “I don’t know why he wants to fight with me.
Update 3:22pm ET (alanah): From Mike Zeisberger via Sun Media—
For his part, [Guy] Carbonneau told Montreal reporters this week that he will not shackle Kostitsyn from participating in extracurricular activities in the event they arise during tonight’s Leafs-Habs meeting at the Bell Centre.
“I think it’s just great,” Carbonneau said, flashing a grin when asked about the feud between the two Belarusians. “You need emotion to play. For me and Peter Statsny, it wasn’t love.”
via the Carolina Hurricanes,
RALEIGH, NC— Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired left wing Jussi Jokinen from Tampa Bay in exchange for Wade Brookbank, Josef Melichar and Carolina’s fourth-round draft pick in 2009. Jokinen will be available for the Hurricanes’ game tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, AZ.
“Jussi is a skilled, two-positional player that can be used in all situations,” said Rutherford. “He will add depth to our team at an important time of the season.”
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