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from Russell Brooks of PhoenixCoyotes.com,
The Coyotes put about 15 months of thought and hard work into their new third jersey, which they debuted on Nov. 28 against the Colorado Avalanche.
The process for creating the new black sweaters started in August of 2007 when the team approached SME Branding about an idea for a third jersey.
“We were looking for an alternate jersey that complemented our home and road jerseys, but that was unique and something the fans would like,” Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Michael Bucek said. “We hope our fans take as much pride in this jersey as our organization does.”
continued with a slide show of numerous prototype sweaters like the one below.
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
“I put thinking in the future (on the back burner) because I love hockey so much,” Kovalchuk told On The Fly. “Sometimes I get frustrated, but it’s not like I go home and cry in my pillow. We’ll get through this and be a better team.”
The question: Will Kovalchuk be around to see it?
read on with some Oiler and Norris Trophy talk too…
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The NHL has suspended Dallas Stars’ forward Sean Avery indefinitely, pending a hearing with the league, and he will not be playing in tonight’s game against the Calgary Flames.
Avery is being suspended for disparaging remarks he made this morning in reference to Calgary player Dion Phaneuf and Phaneuf’s girl friend Elisha Cuthbert, who previously had a relationship with Avery.
added 6:21pm, Watch the video at TSN that got Avery into trouble.
Update 6:27pm ET (by Alanah): From Andrew’s Dallas Stars Page:
“I completely support the league’s decision to suspend Sean Avery,” said Dallas Stars owner Thomas O. Hicks. “Had the league not have suspended him, the Dallas Stars would have. This organization will not tolerate such behavior, especially from a member of our hockey team. We hold our team to a higher standard and will continue to do so.”
added 7:51pm, from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
Two thumbs up for the NHL.
Its decision to suspend controversial Dallas Stars winger Sean Avery is both justified and a relief.
added 9:10pm, from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
If nothing else, you’d at least want to see if Avery backed up his macho statement on the ice, especially after Phaneuf leveled him. If Jarome Iginla didn’t flatten him first.
But, in its misguided effort to keep a squeaky-clean image, the NHL suspended Avery rather then let the drama play out on the ice.
Sports needs its villains, and the NHL refuses to play along with one of the best villains in any sport. It’s a mistake, especially for a sport that could use the boost of more mainstream attention.
from MultiChannel News,
NESN Thursday will debut The Instigators, a weekly show featuring Boston Bruins’ studio analyst Mike Milbury, color analyst Andy Brickley and play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards debating and discussing the most controversial national hockey topics of the day.
The series drops the puck Thursday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. ET on the regional sports network and will air at both 6 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. each week….
NESN is owned by the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins and delivered to over 4 million homes throughout the six-state New England region and nationally via DirecTV and Dish Network.
Note: Video at NESN.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Thursday will make it four weeks since Brodeur’s surgery. He has an appointment to see the doctor on Wednesday. His rehab right now is simply to get his arm to straighten out fully.
“Just baby stuff, trying to get my range of motion,” Brodeur said. “I’m almost there. I’m almost straight out now. It’s probably another 10 degrees to go without feeling any pulling in the tendon. It should take another week to two weeks before it heals and after that I should be able to work harder and do more stuff.”
Although the tendon was torn off near his elbow, Brodeur has to work on strengthening his wrist too.
“It’s like a sprained wrist almost,” he said. “When I’m in the brace it’s not bad. When I’m not in the brace, there’s no support.”
from Bolts Report,
First of all, Radim Vrbata is a healthy scratch tonight, the second time this season he’s been a healthy scratch. Vrbata didn’t say much about the situation this morning, but he’s noticeably upset about sitting out tonight. Ryan Craig will join Vrbata in the pressbox.
Gary Roberts has been placed on injured reserve after pulling his groin muscle during practice on Monday.
The team has called up both Radek Smolenak and Paul Szczechura and both will be in the lineup tonight.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
As he emerged from the dressing area at the back of the visiting dressing room, he asked if a TSN camera were present.
When he saw that it was, Avery stepped in front of the microphones, didn’t wait for a question to be asked and started talking.
“I’m really happy to be back in Calgary; I love Canada,” began Avery. “I just want to comment on how it’s become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my (former girlfriends).
“I don’t know what that’s about, but enjoy the game tonight.”
And with that, Avery walked away and didn’t stick around to explain any further.
Tonight’s Stars/Flames should be a good one to catch on Center Ice!
NHL Network profiles one of the NHL’s signature voices, play-by-play man, Rick Jeanneret, of the Buffalo Sabres, tonight at 7:30pm ET.
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
I’m not arguing that a Toskala move needs to be made today or even before Burke’s self-imposed Christmas no-trade zone (beginning Dec. 9). I’d even argue having him stay on until the Leafs establish an identity and where they are likely to finish this season, but at some point down the road, if Burke follows his game plan, goaltending has to be the No. 1 issue.
Burke knows that. His coach, Ron Wilson, knows that. Anyone who has watched Toskala’s total contribution in a Leafs uniform can at least suspect it.
He’s good; but not Stanley Cup championships good.
Toskala’s goals against average, including a solid effort Monday night in Los Angeles is 3.02, good enough for 34th on the NHL stats list. His save percentage a paltry .891, a not so good 38th place. But if teams are going to go big in this league and be a true Cup contender it can’t have goaltending that’s just good, it has to be great.
from Kevin Sylvester of BuffaloSabres.com,
There are too many regular season games in the NHL.
The evidence was Monday night at HSBC Arena when the Sabres and Predators trudged through the first two periods. Neither team had any legs because they were each playing their third game in four nights and for the Sabres, their fourth in six nights.
The result of the compact week is uninspired hockey and a poor product. It’s not fair to the owners, coaches, players or fans.
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