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from the Ottawa Sun,
“It’s funny, you don’t play for a week, and you watch a couple of games, on TSN, and how they love Detroit ... and Detroit has the best line in the league right now,” Paddock said, a reference to the Red Wings’ combination of Henrik Zetterberg-Tomas Holstrom-Pavel Datsyuk and comments apparently made by hockey analyst Pierre McGuire. “That’s what everybody’s saying and it’s only because, well not only because ... they’re good players ... but we haven’t played in a week. Everybody has forgotten about (Jason Spezza-Daniel Alfredsson-Dany Heatley) because you’re out of sight, you’re out of mind. We haven’t played. Now Detroit has the best line in the league….”
from the NY Post,
Nine road games into his NHL coaching career, Sutter yesterday ripped the performance of the team’s leading scorer for six of the past seven seasons.
“At some point, Patty’s got to figure it out, what he wants to do, what level of player does he want to be?” Sutter said before tonight’s first home game against the Ottawa Senators. “I thought he was working himself out of it in the two games there where he played very well, and now his play has dropped off some. It’s not because he doesn’t care. He does care. He has to find a way to want to compete at his highest level every shift of every game….”
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
Internal financial statements show MLSE generated profit of $83 million on revenue of $383 million in the year ended June 30. The internal documents also show the company forecasts a profit of $105 million by 2011 on revenue of $477 million. Over the same period, ticket revenue is expected to increase 30 per cent, to $166 million.
The documents also reveal that, for every dollar Maple Leaf Sports generated in fiscal 2007, 21.8 cents was profit. (By contrast, Royal Bank of Canada, the country’s largest bank, reportedly had a profit margin of 13.3 per cent for its last fiscal year.)
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
The truth? Lemaire doesn’t play Boogaard because of a lack of confidence, not in Boogaard but in referees. Lemaire feels some refs have branded Boogaard a dirty player and focus only on the 6-7 giant when he’s on the ice….
“It’s frustrating. It’s been following me ever since I’ve been junior, you know?” Boogaard said. “I’m trying to play. ... I’m not out there to hurt people or try to start stuff.
“I can talk ‘til I’m blue in the face. It’s not changing. It’s too bad. They don’t want bigger, physical players in the league.”
Asked how this could change, he said: “I guess I have to get 50 goals a year. ... Maybe they want me to snap and go rip someone’s head off, I don’t know.”
from the OC Register,
So what is likely to happen if Burke and Lowe cross paths Sunday in the press box?
“I assume we will,” Burke said. “His booth is right next to mine. I sit down. He sits down. And the puck drops.”
By his account, Burke “always” stops by the visiting general manager’s quarters to at least exchange pleasantries.
“Not a chance,” he said.
from Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
For those asking about Sandis Ozolinsh . . . The veteran defenseman did play in two games with Worcester on a professional tryout contract and did get one assist. That stint is completed and Ozolinsh has returned to San Jose where he’ll pracitce this weekend under Mike Ricci’s watchful eye, then resume skating with the Sharks next week. Asst. GM Wayne Thomas, who’s in Detroit with the team, said the process is playing itself out and advised trying not to read too much into Ozolinsh’s return to San Jose at this point.
more on the Sharks…
from the Blueshirts Blog at the NY Daily News,
Stuck in the minors with virtually no chance of being recalled because of his contract and how it fits under the salary cap, Kasparaitis has agreed to play the rest of the season for SKA St. Petersburg of the Russian Elite League. He told the Daily News that he’ll join the Russian club next week.
Technically, heading to Europe will be a violation of Kasparaitis’ contract. However, as the NHL has no transfer agreement in place with the Russian Ice Hockey Federation, the Rangers would have to sue SKA St. Petersburg to prevent the move.
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,
Quick, name the NHL’s leading goal-scorer heading into the weekend.
Rick Nash? Nope. Dany Heatley? Nope. Alexander Ovechkin? Nope.
Try Mike Cammalleri. The diminutive Los Angeles Kings forward has 10 goals in 11 games, but you’d be hard-pressed to find too many hockey fans who knew that. Despite leading the Kings in scoring last season with a career-high 80 points (34-46) in 81 games, Cammalleri doesn’t seem to get the notoriety he deserves around the league.
from the LA Kings,
The Los Angeles Kings and right wing Dustin Brown have agreed to terms on a six-year contract extension it was announced Friday by Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.
From Sports Network via KETV,
The Florida Panthers signed defenseman Jassen Cullimore on a one year deal Friday and assigned him to their AHL affiliate in Rochester on a two week conditioning stint.
The 34-year-old Cullimore has played in 643 career games with Vancouver (1994-97), Montreal (1997-98), Tampa Bay (1998-2004) and Chicago (2005-06), registering 21 goals and 59 assists.
Last season, the 6-foot-5, 245-pound defenseman played in 65 games with the Blackhawks scoring one goal with six assists.
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