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via T.J. Simers of the LA Times,
It’s been a while since I’ve been to a Kings game. Years. I remember asking to speak to the team’s GM before a game only to have the team’s PR guy say, “Can’t you see I’m eating?”
Later, Tim Leiweke, the big Anschutz honcho, would ask that I go to a game, agreeing if he had Beckham sitting next to me. But apparently hockey does nothing for Beckham either….
There were so many empty seats, and as hot as the Kings have been, the place felt flat. I’ve heard more cheering at Clippers games, and sometimes fans were even cheering for them.
Maybe it was just one of those nights, L.A. having only so many hockey fans and with something else to do—understandably they couldn’t find anyone to take their tickets.
The first period ended with no score, and while Dwyre loves writing about nothing happening, it would have been also way past his bedtime, so in his honor, I went home.
I have no idea who won, but that’s all right.
from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
One by one they trooped down the hall Tuesday, past the FAN 960 broadcast area, up the stairwell and into the Calgary Flames’ executive offices for a chat. Regehr, Jarome Iginla, Daymond Langkow, the old deck hands on a ship run aground on the rocks. To be chastised like the naughty little boys they’ve been lately.
“What do you think? Not a visit you look forward to,’’ sighed Regehr. “He’s not a happy man. And he has every right to be unhappy. The way we’ve played for a while . . . it’s just not nearly good enough. In pro sports, if you don’t win, there are going to be consequences.
“The message? Pretty clear: Get going.”
“I don’t know what to say. It’s not like guys don’t want to score on this team. Guys want to put the puck in the net. Maybe we have to sacrifice a chicken or a rooster or something like that to try and change our luck.’’
-Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins after losing to the Capitals last night. More on the Bruins from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe.
from Jason Botchford of The White Towel at the Vancouver Province,
If it was a joke, it probably wasn’t funny.
Asked about the game-winning goal Tomas Plekanec scored 9:14 into the third, Luongo was both flippant and inaccurate.
“Unfortunately, on the last one, I stopped the first four (shots),” Luongo said. “I got a piece of the fifth one. But not enough.”
That’s not, however, what happened and Luongo knows it. Granted his defence didn’t have a good night, but it is still down two top-four starters. And on the play in question, Luongo took himself out of the play and made just one save, not four.
via Ansar Khan of the Mlive,
Niklas Kronwall tweaked his left knee in the first period and did not play in the third period. He will not play Wednesday at Anaheim, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said.
Babcock also said the injury has nothing to do with Kronwall’s knee, saying the defenseman hurt his ankle while getting slew footed.
Others, however, said Kronwall hurt his knee. It’s the same knee he injured Nov. 21 on a knee-on-knee check from Montreal’s Georges Laraque and hurt again in a collision with Pittsburgh’s Jordan Staal on Sunday.
added 11:11am, Video added of Kronwall really losing an edge on his skate last night. Watch below…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
While his new linemates Marian Gaborik and Vinny Prospal both suggested that it would naturally take time to develop chemistry with Olli Jokinen, the Rangers’ new Finnish center implied that he didn’t get much of it from the Flames.
“Everyone says, ‘Give it time, give it time,’ but I got 75 games in Calgary, if that’s a lot,” Jokinen said before last night’s 2-1 loss to the Kings.
Jokinen was acquired last March by the Flames from Phoenix before being sent to the Rangers late Monday night with Brandon Prust for Chris Higgins and Ales Kotalik.
“We don’t have time to wait,” he said. “There are six games until the Olympic break. We have to start getting used to each other tonight [last night]. It has to start tonight [last night] so I can show my teammates and management they made a good move.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Playoffs are a must this year. Nothing less will do.
The Flames organization has given (Darryl) Sutter all the flexibility he needed – money and operating independence – to put his team in place.
In the past 48 hours, he’s busily shuffled the deck chairs on the Titanic. If things don’t turn around by the end of the season, you’d have to think he’s going down with the ship.
added 10:49pm, Another hit from Clutterbuck from Travis Yost at PeteProse.
Stan Fischler talks all-time sweaters with a little background on each jersey.
from Bill Beacon of the CP at CTVOlympics,
When Mike Babcock landed his first full-time job as a hockey coach, what he was really looking for was a free trip to the Calgary Stampede.
It started in 1988 when then 25-year-old Babcock returned home to Saskatoon for the summer after a season as player-coach of the Whitley Warriors in England.
“I wanted to go to the Calgary Stampede and a free way (to get) there was to apply for a job coaching at Red Deer College, so that’s what I did,’’ he said during a recent interview. “I went to the Stampede and then I had my interview at Red Deer and I said to myself, ‘I’m going to get the job.’
“That’s what happened, and it went from there.’‘
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