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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
I was unsure how best to contact Mr. Trevor Daley, so I thought I’d send you this in hopes of forwarding this to him and the Dallas Stars management.
I am a Blackhawk season ticket holder and avid fan and along with my son attended tonight’s’ game with the Stars. At the start of the 2nd period, Trevor Daley and 3 Blackhawks skated into the boards and a pane came undone which “grazed” a little boy sitting in the front row. While the maintenance crew raced out to fix it, all 3 Hawks gathered at the circle. TREVOR DALEY was the only one who stayed and asked if the boy was alright. The boy was uninjured but scared. TREVOR DALEY leaned over, ...and GAVE HIM HIS STICK!!
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
As much as head coach Brent Sutter has instilled into his team they must be able to win those low-scoring, one-goal affairs, he can’t seem to get them to believe they can skate to larger margins of victory.
At least they don’t seem capable of doing that lately — unless they’re playing bottom feeders such as Edmonton or Carolina.
Calgary has been held to two or fewer goals in 14 of its last 18 games. Two of the exceptions in that stretch were the one-sided victories against the Hurricanes and Oilers.
Unless they turn that trend around in a hurry, the Flames will most likely end up on the outside looking in come playoff time.
Somehow, they have to more often break through the ceiling of two-goals-per-game.
from Henry L. Davis of the Buffalo News,
Buffalo Sabres studio analyst Mike Robitaille was listed Wednesday in serious but stable condition after surgery for a spinal cord injury he suffered last week.
Robitaille, 61, was injured Feb. 3 when the car he was driving was rear-ended.
The surgery decompressed Robitaille’s spinal cord and stabilized his spine, and he is recovering in the intensive- care unit of Millard Fillmore Hospital, Buffalo, hospital officials said. Robitaille suffered
neurological deficits involving his arms and legs but is able to walk and move about, Dr. Kevin J. Gibbons, who performed the surgery, said in a written statement.
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Because of a series of coincidental developments, eight earthquake victims from Haiti - including two young girls who each lost a leg in the tragedy - found themselves in a strange location last night: sitting in a suite, watching the Flyers play the host New Jersey Devils.
A South Jersey doctor, Katie Gollotto, had been on a volunteer mission in Haiti and was taking four youngsters and their parents to hospitals in Philadelphia and Wilmington.
The on-ice officials huddled and decided no goal, claiming Gill was jammed into Price by Ovechkin, thereby not allowing the goalie to do his job.
On Twitter this evening I agreed with the call, how about you?
How Tough Are Hockey Players? Josh Gorges Takes A Mike Green Shot To The Face & Skates Off With Help
from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
It has now been nearly four weeks since defenceman Willie Mitchell suffered his concussion and there’s still no word on how much longer he will be out.
It’s clear that Mitchell, who suffered the injury Jan. 18 when he was run into the end boards by Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin, won’t be playing any hockey before the Olympic break.
Now you have to wonder if he’ll be ready to go after the Olympics. The Canucks clearly miss his presence, especially on their struggling penalty kill.
“From what I can understand he has been getting better by the day, but he is still not symptom-free,” said Canucks coach Alain Vigneault. “That’s all I know.”
Asked Wednesday if he expected Mitchell to be ready to play post-Olympics, Vigneault said: “Who knows with concussions. We are all keeping our fingers crossed.”
via George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
If last night’s loss wasn’t “brutal” enough, the Panthers also lost winger Rostislav Olesz in the final minute or so to a broken hand.
Coach Pete DeBoer said today that Olesz is getting X-Rays to see how serious it is, but he’s out through the Olympic break at the very least.
As far as those trade rumors for Olesz, well, I’m not sure how true those were. Olesz has a big, long contract and for another team to take that on, the Panthers would likely have to take on someone else’s problem in return.
Now, as far as other players go, I would think guys like Jordan Leopold, Dennis Seidenberg, Gregory Campbell and Kamil Kreps are in play. What they would bring, I don’t know. I don’t think the Panthers are going to do anything until the deadline because, what sense does it make? Play tomorrow’s game against the Canucks and then make a deal?
“I could say my goal is to make the playoffs and have the team be profitable,” he told Elliot. “Boring. I could say I want us to win the Stanley Cup. I mean, that’s a great aspiration, that’s on my list. But really, my aspiration is to bring the city closer together. Because as we’re seeing, nothing brings a city closer together than a winning [sports] team.
“And, I want immortality for the players. Once you get your name on the Cup, you’re immortal. They’ll never take that away. And I really want to create bonding memories for mothers and fathers and sons and daughters and families, because that’s how you define yourself….
-Washington Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis. Much more from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog at the Washington Post.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
I asked him about the situation, and he said he has talked to Joe Nieuwendyk and understands what is going on. He said he wants to continue to play well and help the Stars win games.
“I don’t have any qualms or problems. You put yourself in Joe’s shoes, and that’s it. Then you just focus on your job and that’s all you can do.’‘
When asked if he knew of any trade talk, he said he did not, and that he was moving forward as if he would not be traded.
“A lot of people know how I feel and where my heart is, and if I keep playing like I’m playing now, then I’ll be OK and I’ll look back at everything and have a great big smile on my face…And I still look forward to having a smile on my face by winning a Stanley Cup here in Dallas (this year).”
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