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Obviously NBC has a bit of contempt for hockey fans. It would never condescend to explain to casual football fans how the NFL’s overtime works. Nor would it interview Rex Ryan in the middle of a quarter as Pierre McGuire did with Mike Babcock in the second period. Nor would it miss a touchdown because it was running promos for next week’s game, as it did with Patrick Eaves’ game-tying goal in the third period.
-Ryan Lambert of PuckDaddy. More from Ryan on the NBC broadcast yesterday.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Now, as for the logic of reports that Turco won’t be re-signed, I think we all can speculate that those could very well come true. Turco can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and the Stars decided that they would use this season to help determine whether they wanted to re-sign him. So far, with Turco posting a 14-13-8 record with a 2.84 GAA and a .905 save percentage, the odds are he will not be given an offer.
After nine years in a Stars uniform (including a ton of regular season franchise records), the Stars are probably going to end up looking for a new goalie.
Who is that goalie and when will the Stars find him? It appears they are looking around the NHL right now and trying to get a feel on some of the netminders who are out there. It appears they would like a younger goalie who can grow with the franchise and who can step right in right now and win some games.
The names you’ll hear tossed around a lot are: Jaroslav Halak in Montreal, Cory Schneider in Vancouver and Kari Lehtonen in Atlanta.
from Capitals Outsider,
We had a chance this evening to ask Coach Bruce Boudreau his thoughts about Don Cherry’s comments from the night before.
Boudreau : You know what, I love Don Cherry.
continue for an explanation from Boudreau why he had Ovechkin and Green on the power play late in the game…
Chicago against Detroit yesterday, one whistle, end to end action.
It’s Martin Luther King Day here in the States, so we have two early games to kick-off the NHL action today.
from Mark Zwolinksi of the Toronto Star,
Being the absolute last selection has now become a badge of honour for the 22-year-old, but not one he uses as inspiration to prove the 29 other teams wrong.
“No, I wasn’t discouraged at all, I just said to myself keep working at it, and never lose your dream to play in the NHL,” said (Patric) Hornqvist.
Hornqvist paid his dues, coming over to North America and spending time in the AHL.
With his goal last Friday in a 1-0 win over Calgary, he now has six goals in his last six games. Since Dec. 14 he has 13 goals and six assists in 16 games – the most in the league since that date.
Overall, the Predators are obviously happy with his success, but they also point to the fact the organization prides itself on bringing players up when they are ready, and not simply to search for lightning in a bottle.
from George Richards of the Miami Herald,
The Panthers haven’t been to the playoffs since 2000, a postseason drought that could tie an NHL record if the team fails to advance once more this season.
Some might think that pressure weighs heavily on the players and coaches.
“Listen, we have nothing to lose here,’’ defenseman Keith Ballard said. “No one expects us to be in the playoffs because we haven’t been in the playoffs in forever. I haven’t been there, a lot of guys in this room haven’t been there. Let’s just leave it out there. We don’t need to be in the playoffs today or tomorrow. We just need to be there after Game 82.”
Coach Pete DeBoer said the current crop of Panthers shouldn’t have to be completely linked to the failures of the past.
from Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Daily Times,
You’ll be hearing all about this tomorrow, but tonight Richards had a bit of a blow up with the local writers following a 5-2 loss to the Washington Capitals in D.C.
The crux of the disagreement was surrounding some quotes by (Mike) Richards in the Jan. 25 edition of the Hockey News in which he is quoted as saying the Philadelphia Media makes things up when times are bad.
The exchange grew heated, so much so that at one point, coach Peter Laviolette had to get between Richards and one reporter (not yours truly) to prevent things from really going awry.
Before I express my opinion on the subject, I’m going to provide a transcription of the interview for all to read so you can begin to formulate your own opinions on the subject.
“Now you see it everywhere around the league. It’s not that big a deal. I think the hard-core, established media, we were kind of leery at first. We were kind of like, ‘Oh, my goodness, what’s going on here? Are these guys going to take our jobs?’ But three, four years into the experiment, we all coexist. They do their thing; I do my thing.
“We’ve kind of become friends with them. They link to my stuff. I link to their stuff. They sometimes use a level of snarkiness and opinion that I can’t get into my stuff as a reporter. I read their stuff and I enjoy it.”
-Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post talking about hockey bloggers or to the point, the bloggers following the Washington Capitals. More for an in-depth look at those bloggers by Tim Leone of the Patriot-News at Pennlive.
added 4:02pm, I switched out video which now includes the Datsyuk and Bertuzzi goals in the shootout.
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