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Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated,
When asked recently during a radio interview if the Roberto Luongo trade to Vancouver prior to the 2006-07 season was the worst in the history of the sport, Florida Panthers coach and general manager Jacques Martin answered “True.”
Maybe this is a stretch. After all, the Montreal Canadiens handed Colorado what amounted to three Stanley Cups when they traded goalie Patrick Roy to the Avalanche in December 1995.
continued… *a look at a few other “worst ever” trades around the NHL, plus a closer look at what’s happened in Florida
From Scott J. Powers at the Daily Herald,
John Anderson has been waiting his entire coaching career for a shot at the NHL. With the firing of Atlanta Thrashers coach Bob Hartley on Wednesday, that shot may arrive for the 10-year Chicago Wolves coach.
“I would hope so,” said the 50-year-old Anderson. “It’s not a good thing that someone gets fired, but someone has to pick up the pieces. If I don’t, someone else will. If there’s an opportunity in Atlanta, I’d like a whack at it. I think I could fill the job.”
Anderson has done everything else. He starred in the NHL for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1970s and ‘80s. As a coach, he has succeeded at nearly every minor-league level. Since becoming the Wolves coach in 1997, he has won two Turner Cups and one Calder Cup, and he made the playoffs eight times and has had a winning record every year.
“If I’m not ready now, I’ll never be,” he said. “I’ve coached teams that have won championships. I’ve played in the National (Hockey) League. I’ve played on Team Canada. I’m ready. I’m ready for that job.”
*Previous ‘applicant’ today, Pat Quinn
Following Tuesday’s loss to the Panthers, the Canadiens associate captain voiced his frustration with the tactics that were used in the dying moments that allowed Florida to tie the game.
“In the last two minutes, we knew they were going to put a lot of pressure on us,” Kovalev told the TEAM 990 in Montreal. “It was just my idea that we could have taken a timeout, get organized and get the right people on the ice. Maybe it could have been better. That’s what I saw from the bench.”...
On Thursday, Kovalev was critical of the media for creating a story where there was none.
“Everybody knows nothing is going on and everything is good between me and Carbo,” Kovalev told reporters. “It’s just you guys try to have a competition between each other and try to twist words, who twisted words better.”
(sorry, my fault) NHL.com,
In this week’s Head-To-Head, NHL.com’s Evan Grossman and Adam Kimelman debate which superstar is the best all-around player, Washington’s Alex Ovechkin or Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby.
It’s Ovechkin, no contest!
By Evan Grossman | NHL.com Staff Writer
Sidney Crosby and Wayne Gretzky are compared to each other at each and every opportunity. But here’s one you probably haven’t heard before: They are both not the best players of their respective generations.
No disrespect to either guy, but there’s something you people need to wrap your minds around. Gretzky, despite his total rewriting of the record book, was not as good as Mario Lemieux was—just like Crosby, despite his trophy-case first two years in the NHL, is not as good as Alexander Ovechkin….
Sid the Kid is The Man!
By Adam Kimelman | NHL.com Staff Writer
What’s the old saying? Don’t believe the hype?
Take a look at Sidney Crosby. It’s not hype; it’s gospel truth. “Sid the Kid” can’t buy a beer yet, but he’s got a chance to sip something out of that big silver mug the NHL gives away each June….
from the Calgary Herald,
While GM Darryl Sutter was critical of the recent play of his goalie on Wednesday, the Flames still see him as a linchpin in the lineup. And despite the jibes of Sutter and coach Mike Keenan about a slow start, Kiprusoff continues to be bullish on Calgary. (It’s just one Kumbaya short of a love-in.)
As for anything imminent to announce from said discussions, however . . . do not hold your breath. Kiprusoff remains firm about being paid like the top goalie in the NHL—that would be in the $6.75-million US range being enjoyed by Roberto Luongo in Vancouver. And he’s looking for recognition that he’s equally as important to the Flames as is captain Jarome Iginla. He of the five-year, $7-million-per-year payday.
from the Calgary Sun,
Tanguay yesterday found himself having to discuss a report on the French-language station RDS that said the Flames might be considering a deal with the Montreal Canadiens that would bring Alexei Kovalev to the Stampede City. Kovalev won a Stanley Cup with Keenan in New York.
Tanguay said he had no intentions on following it.
“I’m not planning on wasting any time on that at all,” he said. “I’m here with the Flames, and I think when they brought me here they wanted me to help the team, and as far as I know, it’s still the plan.”
from the St. Petersburg Times,
Tortorella said he wants Sullivan, 39, to take even more responsibility, lead team meetings and be a presence in the locker room, when necessary, to keep the message fresh.
“I’m tired of hearing myself talk, really,” Tortorella said. “The evolution of this team right now is to hear a different voice and a man with different ideas who is willing to challenge to get his ideas across. Sully has the strength to handle that.”
from Fire & Ice,
Center John Madden, a former Selke Trophy winner and defensive specialist, scored his team-leading fourth goal, but admitted he’s not used to these kind of games.
“I’m not at all,” he said. “We had a lot of chances. So did they. It’s definitely different, a different look. Very entertaining for the fans. I’d like to keep the puck out of our net a little more and continue scoring like we have been. I think that’s doable.”
more on the Devils…
from D.C. Sports Bog,
At which point Brashear gave out his e-mail address over the radio. I’ll withhold that address for now, although it’s obviously not that hard to find. And what happened next? Aside from a Junkie saying “silly”?
“Five minutes later I’m getting [bleepin’] emails coming in, coming out,” Brashear said. “I’m thinking, ‘A lot of people want to talk to the players, so why not just start a blog and see where it goes?’ “
thanks to On Frozen Blog for the pointer.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
We all know penalty-killer Maxime Talbot will not finish with more goals than last year’s most valuable NHL player Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh. And Niklas Hagman won’t score 50 goals in Dallas, even if the high-energy winger is on a tear in Texas, but to quote noted sage Todd Bertuzzi: “It is what it is.”
Talbot has three goals. Crosby has two. Hagman has five. Teammate Mike Modano has one.
It’s only three weeks into the NHL season and already things are often a little daffy—Columbus goalie Pascal Leclaire has two shutouts and Martin Brodeur has none. We’ll see who has more on March 18, but for now, here are some oddities noticed:
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