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Q What’s your favorite vacation spot?
A I have quite a few favorite spots. I’ve been to St. Maarten [in the Caribbean], which I adored. It’s not very big, but we went there about eight years ago with four other couples and rented a house on the French side. We spent time at the beach relaxing and to dinners at night. We walked on the beach, and my wife and friends went snorkeling, and I sat on a rock and watched them. I don’t swim well. But the sand was white and the water was beautiful.
Find out who sat on a rock and watched people snorkel…
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,
If Thursday’s loss was shock, then Saturday’s collapse was disbelief.
The Flames threw every emotional gambit at the Vancouver rematch—including Jarome Iginla’s annual “Fight a Canuck Night”—and still lost. Sure, they salvaged a point, but they had Roberto Luongo on a bad night and couldn’t seal the deal at home.
As Kelly Hrudey astutely noted, the Canucks wrote a primer for the league on how to break down Calgary’s standup defensive style.
So Where to Go Now?
from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
(Jordan) Staal is adamant that he wants to remain with the Penguins. “When you’re winning, there’s no better feeling,” he said. “I want to be on a winning team and I want to be part of this organization, there’s no question about it.”
But economic realities sometimes force clubs and players to make unpleasant decisions.
Shero has no reservations about negotiating during the season and believes that reaching an agreement with Staal won’t require protracted talks. Still, he acknowledged there are no guarantees.
The preseason skeptics pointed toward goaltending as the Avs’ area of worry against the NHL elite. And so far, Peter Budaj hasn’t done anything to shut them up.
-Adrain Dater, Avalanche beat writer for the Denver Post. More about last night’s loss to Edmonton from Dater…
from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,
“I’ve already seen how every- body gets euphoric when you win a game and how every- body wants to blow up the world when you lose a game, and I don’t understand that kind of hysteria. And a lot of it comes, believe it or not, from the media—in the sense of a bipolar approach to reporting, instead of a nice and even approach to everything,” Wilson said, after being asked how his club could beat the Wings 3-2 at Joe Louis Arena, and then lose 6-1 to Montreal at the ACC.
Wilson, like pretty well every other professional coach in North America, insisted that he does not read newspapers, but gets a sense of the media “hysteria” by the questions asked—and it’s something he doesn’t love, nor does he want his players to get caught up in it.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Shanahan isn’t standing in the way of Dawes or Prucha. The questions - two of a series of questions, quite obviously - are whether Shanahan will be invited to walk through the door, and if so, when?
For the longer Shanahan remains out, the more alien his presence on a team that is enthusiastically embracing its collective identity will become.
more on the Rangers…
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
Thursday’s telecast of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 3-2 win vs. the Detroit Red Wings was the most-watched regular-season game on Versus in terms of households (360,944) and total viewers (572,897).
added 11:23am, via Versus press release,
Locally, Detroit garnered a 4.0 HH rating making VERSUS the top rated cable network in the market for the 7:00-9:45 p.m. ET time period. VERSUS was the fourth highest-rated network overall in Detroit; behind ABC, NBC and CBS, respectively.
Boston garnered a 1.0 HH rating making VERSUS the third highest rated cable network in the market during the 10:15 p.m.-12:45 a.m. ET time period. This was an 11-percent increase over the Bruins’ 2007-08 regular season average (.9). The Denver market delivered a 1.8 HH rating which was a 64-percent increase over Colorado’s 2007-08 regular season average (1.1).
from James Mirtle,
We’ve seen all sorts of wacky promotions in the NHL, especially from teams that have traditionally had trouble selling tickets, but this season in Florida, they’re literally giving them away.
The promotion advises that: “It may be your first game, but it won’t be your last.” The small print goes onto say that the invitation is “good one time only” and that the program “will remain in effect until everybody in Florida experiences the excitement of a Panthers game at least once.”
We’ll just call it “indefinitely.”
Jack Johnson did not play in the third period after suffering an upper extremity injury. Coach Terry Murray said that he would be evaluated on Monday
He only had one shift in the 2nd period too.
I posted most of this last night after Pierre LeBrun appeared on the Hot Stove during the 2nd intermission on HNIC. Today Pierre at ESPN writes about Gaborik, Khabibulin, Zetterberg, Forsberg, Yzerman and the Canes looking for some offensive help.
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