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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Slap Shots has learned that Jagr’s agent and Sather are expected to commence negotiations this week after preliminary discussions in which both sides exchanged words of love, if not vows of ‘til death do they part, at least not yet.
“Jags would like to stay, he doesn’t want to leave New York, and Slats has told me that he feels the same way,” Pat Brisson, who with J.P. Barry represents Jagr, said by phone on Friday night. “We’re going to begin to talk about a contract in the next week or so.
“Jags feels good about himself as a player and about what he and the Rangers can accomplish together.”
From Steve Simmons via the Winnipeg Sun,
Should it happen that the Pittsburgh Penguins win the Stanley Cup, and that’s at least a 50-50 bet, then Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will be accomplishing something that has never happened in an expanded hockey world.
For Crosby, this is only season No. 3 in the National Hockey League, all of it post-lockout, all of it intended to save the Pittsburgh franchise. For Malkin, this is only his sophomore year: Whatever and whenever this team was supposed to find itself in contention, all this has happened faster than ever before.
Wayne Gretzky was in his sixth NHL season and seventh pro season when the Edmonton Oilers won their first Cup in 1984. Mario Lemieux was in Year 7 in Pittsburgh when the Penguins won their first of two Cups.
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froom Rory Boylen at the Hockey News,
There goes another monkey off the back of Marty Turco.
Despite being one of the world’s best players at his position, Turco is consistently one of the most underappreciated as well.
People always want more from the unpredictable tender. A year ago he posted three shutouts in the first round, but because Dallas lost, Turco, still, wasn’t a “playoff goalie.”
Dave Tippett, Mike Modano, Brenden Morrow, Marty Turco, Mike Ribero, Trevor Daley and Steve Ott answeer a few questions…
Q. Talk about Marty. Obviously we’ve talked incessantly about him up here. Talk about how critical he was.
COACH DAVE TIPPETT: Well, there’s been a lot documented about his struggles up here. I don’t look at it as his struggles. I look at it as our team struggles up here. For us to be successful, he has to be very good. That’s what you saw from him tonight.
I thought there was so much battle in him. Our team, one of our themes all year is find a way to win and have the will to win. I think Marty exemplified that tonight. He wasn’t going to be denied in this game. He made enough saves in this game for us to get us the win.
Q. Talk about some of the things you felt your team did not do right today, particularly some of the line change stuff.
COACH MIKE BABCOCK: Well, I thought obviously the one line change thing where the puck was shot by Turco, it hit McCarty, Chelios thought it was going in front of him and he came to the bench. That gave them their second goal, which is unfortunate. Their other goal was we just over back-checked on a two-versus-two situation.
I thought tonight, one of the keys for us when we had our quality chances, we missed the net. We missed the net 19 times tonight. We had ample opportunity, weren’t able to get it done. When they were in lockdown mode, we didn’t get enough people and pucks to the net for second chances.
Stars defeat Wings 2-1 to force a game 6 in Dallas on Monday night.
The Stars are beginning to play their game and the Wings are getting frustrated by the tight defensive game the Stars play.
Stars have the momentum now, but also have the pressure of winning game 6.
First goal is key come Monday!
Q. I guess is there any concern about Malkin and Sykora for tomorrow?
COACH THERRIEN: They should be ready for tomorrow. They should be there.
Q. Is it just a sickness?
COACH THERRIEN: A sickness. And we believe at this time of year rest sometimes can be more important than practice, and they should be there tomorrow.
Q. We keep hearing that you’re not feeling that well, and that’s why there’s been this uncertainty. Do you have concussion symptoms, and if so, what are they?
BRAYDON COBURN: Right now, I’m just kind of dealing with some things with the eye and stuff like that.
So every day it’s been getting better. Tomorrow we’re reevaluating it again.
Q. Do you think you’ll play tomorrow?
BRAYDON COBURN: Yeah, I think there’s a good chance.
From Mark Spector at the National Post,
“Being a fourth-line player, let’s face it, I didn’t get a lot of ice time. I basically did a job where I knew I was a small piece of a team,” [Dave] Brown said. “I saw all the other pieces around me—skill guys, checkers, goalies, defencemen, penalty killers, power-play guys—and I was basically looking at them from the bottom up. I saw a lot of things from the bench, watching.
“I probably had a 13-year apprenticeship as a scout when I was sitting on the end of bench.”
And when he left the ice, he did so with the respect of many. Even Stu Grimson, whose career Brown nearly ended one night in Calgary in a hellacious rematch, after Grimson had beaten Brown in a fight in Edmonton two nights before.
“I always tell people, beating Dave Brown the first time I fought him was both the single greatest achievement of my career, and the single biggest mistake,” Grimson said yesterday. “He’s a good guy, a hard worker, and has a real humble disposition. A good man.”
more… on “The Toughest Flyer”
I am going for a haircut, make a stop at the coffee shop and just breeze through the day.
Maybe return home around 1:15pm ET today and see if I can find anything to watch on TV.
I don’t have a care in the world today, nothing on my schedule, just plan to relax.
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