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from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
He spent the first 19 games this year floating around the perimeter, drawing his linemates offside, giving away the puck and generally wasting space. Edmonton’s Jarret Stoll was the only forward in the league who had a worse plus-minus than Afinogenov’s minus-9 going into the game Friday night.
Afinogenov has three goals and eight points, putting him on pace for 12 goals and 32 points. How does a man blessed with so much give so little? It’s a question the Sabres need to ask in the coming months. Opposing defenses have effectively negated their speed this season, taking away his effectiveness.
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
Now that Ottawa has lost a fifth game, isn’t it about time talking heads on radio and television stop making comparisons between them and the Canadiens team of the late 1970s, which lost only eight games in 1976-77? Yeah ... Martin Gerber and Ken Dryden; Wade Redden and Larry Robinson ... Guy Lafleur and any of the Senators’ forwards.
from the Sun-Sentinel,
At any time inside both the Panthers’ and Rangers’ dressing rooms this season, you can hear Czech spoken.
Both rosters have six players from the former Czechoslovakia, now split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia….
“It’s not something I can’t be without, but it definitely helps, no question,” Vokoun said. “You’re always close to people who grew up the same way and have gone through the same things. It’s very good for family life.”
via the Edmonton Sun,
The Hockey Night in Canada tilt with the Chicago Blackhawks is military appreciation night, with fans being encouraged to turn their seats over to service men and women in Edmonton.
So far, close to 6,000 fans have returned their tickets for use by local soldiers.
“It was an incredibly good idea and a great job by our fans giving up their tickets,” said head coach Craig MacTavish. “Seeing the fatigues in the lower bowl ... if you don’t get inspired by something like that you must not have a heart.”
via the Patriot-News,
“Quite honestly,” said Boudreau, elevated Thursday from his position as Hershey’s head coach in the wake of Glen Hanlon’s firing, “I caught myself saying, ‘Ovechkin is up. Ovechkin? Holy smokes.’ That’s what caught me most of all. I was here in front of 20,000 people. It was a good situation.”
from the Toronto Sun,
Chris Osgood, it appears, has supplanted Dominik Hasek as the No. 1 goalie in Motown, though the 42-year-old Hasek won’t concede as much.
“There are 60 games left and I know the way I practise and the way I see the puck, I know I’ll play better,” Hasek said. “I want to see more determination out of myself. I haven’t done my job.”
via the AP,
Stars right wing Jere Lehtinen will be out indefinitely with an abdominal strain, but might not need surgery as the team originally thought, coach Dave Tippett said after Friday night’s 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Earlier on Friday night, the club said Lehtinen would undergo surgery on Monday, but Tippett said that was “premature.”
“We’ll continue to look at it,” Tippett said. “We’ll do some tests and see how it reacts over the next few days.”
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News (Sunday edition) via the Santa Barbara News Press,
I simply don’t have any great playoff memories of Jagr past 1992….
Maybe Jagr is more Scottie Pippen than Alex Rodriguez. Maybe he’s the sidekick who could never get it done on his own. Jagr floundered with the Penguins when Lemieux wasn’t there. He actually made the Washington Capitals a worse team. They are paying about $4 million a season for Jagr to not be on their team.
He’s all flash and no grind, and that’s a major sin in hockey.
via Empty Netters,
Steigerwald loses all his street cred however when he says Lyndon Slewidge is maybe the greatest national anthem singer in the league. Jeff Jimerson might have something to say about that.
We will acknowledge that Slewidge’s ability to go alternate between English and French during “O Canada” does give him a distinct advantage over Jimerson, but we subscribe to the school of thought that a language doesn’t really exist unless it comes out of Jimerson’s mouth.
Karen Newman doesn’t even need to move her lips!!!
from Inside the Kings,
Alexander Frolov will be out for at least the next two games with a strained groin. You probably remember his strained groin from the end of training camp. Well, this is the other one. It’s always something, isn’t it? So they will shut him down for a few days, perhaps even a week’s worth of games, and see how it goes.
Scott Thornton out too...
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