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from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
Vancouver is the fifth stop for Hordichuk in an eight-year NHL career and before signing with the Canucks last summer, he had heard all the horror stories about how tough the travel is out on the West Coast.
So far, the most difficult thing has been deciding which of the three entrees to order on the team’s charter airplane, a custom-fitted Air Canada jet that is the Canucks’ home away from home.
A typical travel day goes something like this, once the players and coaches board the 60-seat aircraft, where all the seats are first-class and legroom is most definitely not an issue.
“It’s pretty amazing,” Hordichuk says. “We get on board and they have some appetizers, some fruit and maybe some salads and vegetables and whatever kind of snacks you want. Then you have your main entree, which is usually a choice of three different meals.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled goaltender Al Montoya from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. In addition, the Coyotes have re-assigned goaltender Josh Tordjman to the Rampage.
via Darren Dreger of TSN,
On the same day news breaks Montreal Canadiens owner George Gillett may consider restructuring team ownership and investigating outside interest in a partnership to own the team, sources tell TSN the Dallas Stars are contemplating something similar.
Sources tell TSN, Stars owner Tom Hicks is willing to consider taking on minority investors, although at this point Hicks is not interested in selling the Stars.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
When will you join the ranks of those caterwauling about the Detroit Red Wings’ goaltending?
OK, here’s the deal. I can’t in all good conscience suggest the Wings are as good between the pipes as everyone else in the Western Conference, but I also refuse to suggest a team that is going to be among the top three teams in the NHL, a team that is the defending Stanley Cup champion, is anything but an elite squad capable of doing it all again. And the more you talk to Chris Osgood and Ty Conklin, the goalies whom many will question in the coming days, the more we think the Wings are in for the long haul once again.
continued plus other questions and answers including Sens and Ducks talk…
NEW YORK (March 23, 2009)—Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Phoenix Coyotes right wing Shane Doan have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Mar. 22.
from Jame Duthie at the Ottawa Citizen via TSN,
“He is overshadowed and I can never understand why,” says Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller, who ranks Malkin among the most dangerous players he has ever faced. “People always seem to just gravitate towards one or two players in a sport. Malkin is like Dwayne Wade this year in the NBA, having an amazing season but everybody just talks about Kobe and LeBron.”
He’s right. Sidney and Ovie have become the NHL’s Kobe and LeBron, at least in terms of popularity and hype.
Ever since they came into the league, “Crosby or Ovechkin?” has been the hockey equivalent of “Ginger or Mary-Anne?” And Either-Or debates don’t usually have a 3rd option (Mrs. Howell?) But you’d better make room for one now.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
Months after undergoing back surgery and also suffering three broken fingers and tendon damage in a losing faceoff with a snowblower, Avalanche captain Joe Sakic has started skating again….
The goal, it seems, is for him to be back in the lineup for the final few games of the regular season — which in this case means the final few games of the Avalanche’s season, period.
This all begs the question: What the heck for?...
The only reason for him to try to play again this season, even if it’s only the back-to-back home games against St. Louis and Vancouver in the final weekend, on April 11 and 12, is to wave goodbye.
from Dan Wood of the OC Register,
An impressive 6-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at Honda Center, marking the club’s first three-game winning streak since November, moved the Ducks into ninth place in the NHL’s Western Conference, one point behind Nashville, which holds the eighth and final postseason spot.
Next up for the Ducks (35-31-6) is a Tuesday night date with the Predators in Music City.
“We’re digging ourselves out of a hole, but we’re still in it,” Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger said. “The beauty of it is the teams that are ahead of us are the teams we’re playing right now.”
from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,
Réjean Tremblay of La Presse reports this morning, confirmed by Canadiens president Pierre Boivin, that Habs majority owner George Gillett Jr. has engaged a number of financial firms, including North America’s BMO Capital Markets, to study all of his global holdings.
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
The last call came less than two weeks ago. It was from former NHL player Walt Poddubny and he left a message saying he was eager to get started on the story.
“Let’s do this,” he said. “I think it’s important because I know there are guys out there like me who could use some help. Okay? So let’s talk soon. Bye.”
The plan had always been to sit down with Poddubny in his hometown of Thunder Bay and write about his life and the hardships that had befallen him since he left the NHL.
It would be a cautionary tale, he had said over a handful of conversations. He would talk at length about the highs - being a Toronto Maple Leaf and a 40-goal scorer with the New York Rangers - to the lows: being out of the game, too hobbled to hold a regular job, too broke to undergo surgery; a guy who was living in the basement of his sister’s home.
And then the news came crashing Saturday that Walt Poddubny had passed away suddenly. Cause of death: unknown. He was 49.
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