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This was published yesterday but we only just came across it today. From Adam Burish, winger for the Chicago Blackhawks, in his Chicago Sun-Times blog Dropping the Gloves:
You will not see a hockey player call his own press conference in his front yard with his shirt off, doing sit-ups, and saying how great he is. You will not see a hockey player tell the media how stupid practice is, and how stupid his coach is for not starting him. And you will not see a hockey player bring a gun into a club and accidentally shoot himself.
I know some people will say, ‘well what about Sean Avery.’ Sean Avery recently said he doesn’t understand why other players in the league seem to take his “sloppy seconds,” in reference to another hockey player who is dating his ex-girlfriend. Stupid, I know, but is that the worst thing you’ve heard an athlete say? I don’t think so. In no other sport will you see a team hand out the type of punishment Sean Avery received for it.
from Mark Hermann of Newsday,
There are very good reasons why Rangers fans are so hot to get Sean Avery back.
One is he has a rare combination of skills: He is a world-class provocateur and he also is, as coach Tom Renney used to say during Avery’s time with the Rangers, a good hockey player.
Two, he was effective, especially when he first came to New York from the Los Angeles Kings in February, 2007….
Not to be spoilsport, but there are more and better reasons why the Rangers shouldn’t come within 100 miles of him…
• His reputation is radioactive now. No flying under the radar to get under opponents’ skin in the crease. He would be the big Rangers story every day. At every stop, people would clamor to get a few words from him, hoping to hear him say something outrageous.
from Brad Holland of NHL.com,
Up front, one of the most offensively gifted groups in recent years will be headlined by starters Crosby, Malkin and Kovalev, along with Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, Tampa Bay’s Vincent Lecavalier, Carolina’s Eric Staal, Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek, Boston’s Marc Savard, New Jersey’s Zach Parise, Ottawa’s Dany Heatley, Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk and Philadelphia’s Jeff Carter….
But it isn’t all offense for the East. In goal, starter Price will be joined by Boston’s Tim Thomas and the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist. And on defense, Markov and Komisarek will head a defense rounded out by Florida’s Jay Bouwmeester, Boston’s Zdeno Chara, the Islanders’ Mark Streit, and Toronto’s Tomas Kaberle.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with center Jordan Staal on a new four-year contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
The new contract goes into effect at the start of the 2009-10 season and will run through 2012-13. Staal, 20, will play the remainder of this season under the terms of his entry-level contract. He has played 204 games with the Penguins over three NHL seasons, scoring 52 goals and 39 assists for 91 points, along with 98 penalty minutes
added 12:11pm, TSN reporting 4 years, $16M.
added 12:21pm, via Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
The team’s salary cap hit will be $4 million per season, with Staal earning $3.5 million each of the first two seasons and $4.5 million each of the ensuing two seasons.
“He’s agood yong player,” general manger Ray Shero said. “We’ve always wanted to re-sign him. His best years are ahead of him.”
added 12:51pm, Empty Netters chimes in,
...this clearly doesn’t bode well for those who would like to get a world-class first-line scoring winger for Sidney Crosby, including potentially Crosby himself. Given the uncertainty of how much the NHL’s salary cap could rise or even fall in subsequent seasons, locking up a talent like Staal to a long-term deal obviously sucks up a significant portion of whatever cap room Shero has to work with.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Finally, Dan Boyle got his due.
The 11-year NHL veteran, among the league’s top defensemen for at least half that time, was selected to play in the All-Star Game for the first time.
“You know what, I had been in this situation before, where I had a good start to the season but didn’t go, so I wasn’t thinking about it too much, to be very honest with you,” Boyle told ESPN.com. “But when I found out, it is a bonus. It’s not a goal I set every year. I’ve got bigger and more important things on my mind.
“But it’s only human nature to feel good about it. It’s nice to get recognized.”
continued plus a ldiscussion with Niklas Backstrom of the Minnesota Wild..
from Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post,
All over Washington, just when few thought it would ever happen, Caps craziness, Rock-the-Red fever, a region-wide Great Eight debate, has exploded.
Just one year ago, the Caps had only one sellout crowd halfway through their season and wouldn’t get their second full house until Feb. 24. The sport was still dormant, kept viable by the adoration of a devoted fan base but a whisper to casual fans. Now the Capitals are storming the city.
So far this season, Verizon Center has been 98 percent sold out, an increase of 31.5 percent in attendance.
NHL Network profiles one of the NHL’s signature voices, play-by-play man Mike Haynes of the Colorado Avalanche tonight at 7:30 ET.
from Jean Lefebvre of the Calgary Herald,
Oh, how Andre Roy tried his darnedest to collect a fighting major Tuesday….
After emerging from the sin bin 120 seconds later, the antagonists quickly found each other again, once more rid themselves of the mittens and gave it another go. In Round 2, punches were thrown and punches were landed, with the last two shots being Roy lefts that stung Semenov.
“They’ll get five minutes for this one,” said Sportsnet analyst John Garrett with confidence.
Ah, but no, roughing minors were again assessed.
“When I saw the two minutes,” said Roy. “I started laughing. Is he kidding me? I don’t know, man. If that’s a roughing, I’ll take a lot more of that. I’ve seen some way (less violent) fights than that were called for five minutes.”
read on and watch the roughing penalty call below…
from Anthony SanFilippo of the Delaware County Times,
Danny Briere is close to returning for the Flyers. For the benefit of the team, that’s a positive. For the makeup of the team, it might be a negative.
That sounds confusing, and in the world of the NHL salary cap there’s plenty of confusion.
Briere is a top-tier talent and undoubtedly will add a dynamic dimension to the Flyers by returning, which could come as soon as Saturday against Toronto. Adding a top-line center who racks up points in bunches will give the Flyers one of the best trios in the league in Briere, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.
Then there’s the salary cap. Briere counts for $6.5 million against it. Since he’s on the long-term injured list, his salary doesn’t count until he returns — and the Flyers don’t have enough room under the cap to fit that salary.
Emails streamed in overnight, claiming Mitchell should be suspended for his hit on Gilbert last night.
Watch and listen to what Gilbert thinks of the hit. End of story!
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