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from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
...But it wasn’t so much the loss that bugged the coach as Tampa Bay’s inability to generate outrage at a Senators team Tocchet said was challenging the Lightning physically.
“I’m just from the old school. When you get pushed around, you have to push back,” Tocchet said. “We’re accepting when guys on the other team are agitating and making a push. We need guys to push back. I’m not talking about dropping the gloves, just playing good, clean, tough hockey. Be abrasive. We need abrasive players on this team. We need guys lively on the bench, not just sitting there.”
It was all very evened and measured. But Tocchet showed his anger when he argued with referee Brian Pochmara late in the game after Lightning forward Ryan Craig was given two minutes for cross-checking Ottawa agitator Jarkko Ruutu across the chest and breaking his stick in the process. Ruutu got nothing despite going to his knees to avoid Craig’s check and sliding into Craig’s knees, both of which had surgeries.
“I just thought it was not professional,” Tocchet said. “I have a suit on, I can’t do anything about it. I wish I didn’t have a suit on.”
from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles and the Chicago Daily-Herald,
After what happened Sunday night at the United Center, you’ve got to wonder if it would be better for the Hawks to face Calgary in the first round of the playoffs than Vancouver.
The Canucks can be a physical, nasty team with a more complete defense than Calgary, a more intimidating goalie in Roberto Luongo and a more dangerous top line with the Sedins and Alex Burrows.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
This is the night at the Garden on which to focus on the big picture of playoff implications without ever allowing your vision to stray far from Brodeur’s crease whenever Avery is on the ice.
This is the night to keep your eyes on Bobby Holik if he’s on the ice with Avery, to keep your eyes on Lundqvist’s crease if the Devils choose to respond indirectly against Public Enemy No. 1, to keep your eyes on the officials, whose handling of their professional duties will come under strict scrutiny.
This, as always, is the night to keep your eyes on Avery, who has been Mr. Mxyzptlk to Brodeur’s Superman from the moment he joined the Battle of the Hudson on Feb. 6, 2007 and turned it into his own comic strip.
At the bottom of the today’s game recap at NashvillePredators.com, Nashville coach Barry Trotz said Martin Erat suffered a fractured leg when he took a Shea Weber shot in the leg.
Then. the fights broke out.
Canucks went on to shutout the Blackhawks 4-0.
You can checkout the boxscore at TSN for all the penalties.
from Steve at Puck The Media,
This is Jack Edwards’ call during the Bruins-Flyers game on NESN Sunday. It is simply the craziest thing we have ever heard in our lives. It’s pretty unprofessional, whether or not it’s him being a homer. But it’s still one of the most awesome soundbites of the 2008-09 NHL season.
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added 9:00am on 3/30/09, I have added an HD version of the video below…
“Just look at the standings. [Friday’s] game was a huge two points for us and it set this game up in Chicago. We see where we are in the standings. We see the battle we’re in with Calgary and Chicago and even Columbus. We see how huge this game is.”
-Mats Sundin of the Vancouver Canucks talking about today’s game against Chicago. More on the Canucks from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province.
from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,
A day or two after the 45-year-old (Natasha) Richardson died as the result of a seemingly minor blow to her head in a skiing fall in Quebec, Bruins players Andrew Ference, Dennis Wideman, Chuck Kobasew and Matt Hunwick were carpooling into practice - and talking about the Richardson tragedy and its meaning to them.
The frightening part, of course, is the delayed reaction aspect of the “epidural hematoma,” or bleeding into the space between the brain and skull. Initially, the victim feels fine and believes nothing is wrong. But as the blood fills the space, pressure on the brain builds and it will eventually be damaged - often fatally.
Imagine how easily that scenario could play out for a hockey player. They get a good whack on the head, sit on the bench for a shift or two, and then tell the coach they’re OK to play.
“It probably happens once almost every game,” Ference said. “It shows how thin the line is between tragedy and nothing.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
• Unsung defenceman Francois Beauchemin, who ripped up his left knee in mid-November and needed surgery, skated with the Ducks on Friday morning and will be on the road trip here. He hopes to play in the post-season if they make it.
• Are there any free agents this summer who are going to get a six- or seven-year contract offer for $7 million to $8 million a year?
“Maybe (Jay) Bouwmeester,” said one NHL executive, who wasn’t including Marian Hossa, 30, or Johan Franzen, 29, on his list. Bouwmeester’s ace in the hole: he’s only 25 years old. Here’s the best of the rest: Habs Mike Komisarek (big hitter, shut-down defenceman); Tim Thomas (Bruins will likely retain him for $4 million a year); the Sedin twins, Henrik and Daniel (they have to come as a package though); Martin Havlat (Blackhawks will offer him one year at about $5.25 million); Alex Tanguay (only 29, and almost a point-a-game player); Derek Morris (good No. 2 defenceman in the $4-million range); Travis Moen ($2.5-million third-liner who would look good in Jersey); David Moss (six-foot-three, nice hands; the Oilers should take a run at him); Marian Gaborik (but you don’t want to sign him longer than two years with his injury history).
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from the Edmonton Journal,
Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland knows that trying to sign Marian Hossa and Johan Franzen is like trying to stuff a set of golf clubs into a carry-on, but there are ways to do it.
What if he traded forward Valtteri Filppula, which would take $3 million off the books? This would be pain for some gain, but he has another Finn, Ville Leino, ready to step in next season at one-third the price. He could also consider moving Dan Cleary, too, who has a cap hit of $2.8 million, but Cleary is more versatile, a better checker, and also has a no-trade clause.
He has to deal Group 2 free-agent forward Jiri Hudler, who is going to want $3 million a year off this year’s 60-point season, up from this year’s $1.15 million. And this might be a stretch, but he could buy out the last two years of 37-year-old centre Kris Draper’s contract at two-thirds of the $3 million remaining and spread it over four years on the cap.
added 12:24pm, Mike of Crash The Crease responds to some of the proposals made in the above article.
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