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from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
Their lives will be a mad jumble of airports, buses, hotel lobbies and restaurants.
They’ll bump into such recognizable faces as Jonathan Toews, Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis, Olli Jokinen, Rod Brind’Amour and Rick Nash along the way….
The Flames will either return in a little under two weeks time still very much in the mix in a Western Conference that’s looking more and more like one of those ‘50s campus stuff-the-telephone-booth fads, or find themselves staring at an empty Yuletide stocking.
Christmas is always the close of the unofficial first half of any season. A chance to stop momentarily, inhale, and take stock of what’s gone right or wrong, individually and collectively. For a team stutter-stepping along, groping around in the dark, piling inconsistency upon inconsistency, a disastrous road swing just before the spiked-eggnog break could prove catastrophic.
from the Chicago Daily-Herald,
The temptation has been there for Blackhawks coach Denis Savard ever since Martin Havlat returned from his shoulder injury.
And on Friday, Savard decided to go for it—so he put his three most skilled players on the same line. Havlat skated with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in the 5-3 loss to Anaheim and the trio is expected to stay together for tonight’s game against the Calgary Flames at the United Center.
“It’s a lot of skill,” Savard said. “The three of them are great players, and I think it’s going to work out beautiful.”
from the Montreal Gazette,
Carbonneau, who called a practice this morning on what was supposed to have been a day off, was at a loss to explain the Canadiens’ problems at home.
“It should be the opposite,” he said. “Maybe it’s the distractions, maybe we try to do too much.” Christopher Higgins said the Canadiens play a simpler game on the road.
“When we get home, we get away from that. Maybe we’re trying to please the fans, but the effort isn’t there.”
via the Edmonton Journal,
Knowing Bergeron could be gone for the year, and on long-term injury reserve, the Bruins can get a break on their cap issues. They only need a rental for a year. They could probably have the Columbus Blue Jackets’ Sergei Fedorov, who has $4 million US left on his contract.
from the News & Observer,
What may be the most anticipated road game of the Carolina Hurricanes’ season will be played in a television void when the Hurricanes visit the tonight.
FSN South, Carolina’s local rightsholder, will be showing a Top 50 touchdowns countdown when the Canes take the ice at 5 p.m. because the network chose to air the ACC game between Boston College and Maryland at 7:30 p.m. instead.
from Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press,
Somebody explain to me why the holiday gift shops aren’t filled with posters featuring Aaron Voros, Stephane Veilleux, Todd Fedoruk, Sean Hill, Matt Foy and Branko Radivojevic - all brandishing wrenches and toilet plungers.
The plumbers are the coolest thing going in the Twin Cities these days. I can’t believe the Wild haven’t figured out a way to cash in.
Another thing: The above-mentioned dirty half-dozen should be instructed to play hockey with their breezers riding low in back. Then when they bend over to take a slap shot, well, trademark plumbers’ crack. It could lead to a whole new line of active sportswear. Suddenly, the ultra-finesse Wild are becoming known for something else. There is grit sprinkled throughout the lineup, and the fans are loving it. The opposition is not so happy.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
“Physically, I feel great, but I understand that it’s all about the numbers and always has been about the numbers,” Jagr, who is pointless and minus-seven in the last three games, told The Post following yesterday’s practice. “I’m trying my best.
“I give 100 percent every game. I don’t know what to say about why it’s not working for me. If I had the answers, I would use them.
“Things have changed with the way the team is and the way the game is played, but I have never made an excuse for myself, and I am not making any excuses for myself now. I’m just saying the way it is.”
...Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond, the Detroit Red Wings TV broadcast crew.
via Russo’s Rants,
Wonder if the Wings play-by-play guy would be whining about A TWO-MINUTE MINOR for tripping in a 5-zip game if Gaborik was paralyzed?
The play-by-play guy should be embarrassed. Hasek did not lead with his stick. He flung his body into Gaborik’s legs — whether Gaborik’s head was down or not — trying to protect a shutout.
It was reckless play on Hasek’s part and it could have been a catastrophic finish at the Joe last night.
The more I listen to regional telecasts on Center Ice, it just amazes me how some of these local announcers lack any objectivity whatsoever.
via the Columbus Blue Jackets,
The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated defenseman Duvie Westcott off injured reserve, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. Westcott, who has been sidelined since November 24 and missed the past five games, is available to return to the lineup tonight when the Jackets host the Minnesota Wild.
Looking to add some experience to their lineup, the Atlanta Thrashers have claimed veteran winger Mark Recchi off re-entry waivers.
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