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Early NHL action today with a game at 1:00pm ET and another stating at 2:00pm ET.
Below you can view the complete NHL schedule for today.
The playoff battle continues and teams are fighting for every point they can get.
I see where the Dallas Stars have signed Steve Ott to a four-year, $11.8-million contract extension, locking up the 27-year-old forward/enforcer through the 2013-14 season. Almost $3 million per season for 11 goals and 12 assists in 54 games. Lovely.
-Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette.
from Arpon Basu of The Daily Hab-It,
Considering Lapierre is a first-time offender, and also considering some of the other suspensions handed out this season, I found the punishment a little harsh. But I only thought it was a bit too severe because of all the other times the NHL has come down very lightly on players this season. Four games for that dangerous hit Lapierre laid on Nichol, when looked at in a vacuum, appears more than fair. In fact, it’s probably too light.
Then I figured I should see what exactly constitutes a play worthy of such a suspension this season, so I decided to look at every play that earned the perpetrator at least a three-game vacation this season. I’ll let you be the judge.
thanks to Habs Inside/Out for the pointer
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
If there is a likely captain out of the group that wear A, it could well be Phaneuf. At 24, he’s closer in age to the players he leads. Kaberle is 32, Beauchemin 29 and Komisarek 28.
The core of players around whom this team is being built is much younger. Phil Kessel is 22. Luke Schenn is 20. Tyler Bozak will be 24 later this month. Viktor Stalberg is 24. Carl Gunnarsson and Nikolai Kulemin are 23. Luca Caputi is 21.
“We’ve got a young energetic group that works hard shift-in, shift-out,” said Phaneuf. “It’s a fun group to be around. A very upbeat group; a young group.”
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
Visualize, if you will, being skilled enough at something that you rise to the top 0.5 per cent of your craft or profession and are paid millions as a consequence.
Now do it backward.
This is essentially what dozens of NHL defencemen are required to do on a nightly basis.
Roughly three in 10 NHL rearguards are right-handed shots (the split is 65 per cent/35 per cent in favour of port-side shooters), but given that half the available jobs are on the right side of the ice, lots of players are being asked to play on the opposite side from where they learned the game.
This is no small matter.
Some old hands, like Anaheim’s Scott Niedermayer and Philadelphia’s Chris Pronger, adjusted long ago, but others say it doesn’t feel natural even years later.
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,
So it happened again, just as it’s happened so many times with Derek Boogaard and an Edmonton Oiler, Boogaard—the very definition of a goon hockey player —made an illegal hit and almost crippled Edmonton winger Ryan Jones.
This wasn’t a hockey play, this was a crime on ice, the kind Boogaard is known for, and the kind he will continue to commit in NHL rinks until some player gets badly injured and decides to sue Boogaard, his coach, his franchise and the NHL.
All of them are complicit in Boogaard’s ongoing, illegal on-ice violence. Why do I say that?
added 3/6/210 at 8:17am, video of the hit can be watched below…
Pavel Datsyuk with a steal and the next thing you know, the puck is in the back of the net.
The National Hockey League on Friday sued former Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes, seeking to recover more than $61 million over the trucking magnate’s management of the struggling franchise….
The NHL filed its lawsuit with the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, where the league is based.
It accused Moyes of violating an agreement he had entered with the league by refusing to fund the Coyotes’ obligations; secretly entering sale talks with Balsillie, who hoped to move the team to Hamilton, Ontario; and filing a bankruptcy petition to accomplish that sale without league approval.
According to the complaint, the NHL is seeking $30 million for violations of the agreement, $10 million for aiding and abetting violations of the Coyotes’ fiduciary duty to the league, $10 million of punitive damages, and $11.6 million to cover amounts that the NHL paid to Coyotes creditors.
Shea Weber is out of the Detroit/Nashville game with an upper-body injury.
Red Wings analyst Mickey Redmond believes it is a wrist issue after reviewing some video.
TORONTO (March 5, 2010) – Montreal Canadiens forward Maxim Lapierre has been suspended for four games, without pay, for a late hit on San Jose Sharks forward Scott Nichol during NHL game #949, last night, the National Hockey league announced today.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Lapierre will forfeit $14,248.72. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
At 1:50 of the third period, Lapierre knocked Nichols into the end boards with a late, careless hit. Nichol was injured on the play and did not return to the game. No penalty was assessed on the play.
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