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from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,
Evgeni Malkin’s five-point night against the Thrashers Tuesday created a little bit of history. He reached the 100-point plateau for the second time in his career and it was the 29th different time a player for the franchise hit that mark. That nudged the Penguins ahead of the Oilers for the most individual 100-point campaigns by any one franchise:
read on for a chart mentioning every NHL team and their 100-point players.
from Jim Hughson of Blogs and Columns at CBC,
Here are four teams you might not want to face in the first round – that is, if they get in.
Okay, so it’s no revelation that a Stanley Cup finalist with two of the top three scorers in the league would be a tough match up for any team, but consider how bad the Penguins looked before the coaching change.///
Tomas Vokoun has one of the best save percentages in the league and is capable of winning games single handed. In front of him, the Panther defence is as good as any and better than most….
Columbus Blue Jackets
Hitchcock has a playoff-ready style, which means the Jackets don’t give their opponents many chances to score….
more on each team plus the Stars are mentioned too…
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
There is a good chance that for the first time, the Avalanche will receive revenue-sharing money from the NHL after this season.
Despite a well-heeled owner in Stan Kroenke and a reputation for years as one of the NHL’s “rich teams,” the Avs could qualify to receive revenue in this, their worst season ever.
There are plenty of complications and caveats as part of the NHL’s revenue-sharing system, and it won’t be decided until this summer, but the basics are that the league’s 10 lowest revenue-producing teams qualify to receive subsidies from the league’s financially better-performing clubs.
Every week, the NHL on TSN panel voices its opinions on the hot topics of the day in the Wednesday Night Hockey Quiz.
Question No. 3: Penguins fans are saying that Geno Malkin is the league MVP. Good evidence in the last game - he got five points, he hit the 100-point mark, he leads it by 10. Who’s your choice? It’s basically coming down to Alex Ovechkin or Malkin.
Pierre McGuire: Ovechkin. The big thing on Ovechkin is that he’s probably scored the best goal of this NHL season against the Montreal Canadiens. He does this virtually every single night. If he’s not part of the Washington Capitals, they’re probably not leading the Southeast division, they’re not pushing for home ice in the playoffs. He’s the most valuable player. Take him off the Capitals, they’re not anywhere near as good.
Keith Jones: For me, it’s Malkin. You think of Mike Green with the Capitals, you think of Sergei Gonchar with the Penguins. Gonchar playing now just 15 games, Malkin over the 100-point mark again. Without a great defenceman on the blueline for much of the season, Malkin has gotten the job done.
more and two other questions answered…
Instead of a full practice at HP Pavilion on Wednesday, the Sharks met for 90 minutes in the locker room. The extended session included the entire hockey department from Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson to the coaches, players and staff.
Following the meeting, a few players took to the ice for an optional skate. The Tuesday night 4-3 loss in Phoenix wasn’t the entire reason for the gathering, but it was likely the impetus for the session.
added 3/19/08 at 8:53am, More on the meeting from David Pollak of Working the Corners.
From Wes Goldstein at CBSSports:
Their gamble was keeping Jay Bouwmeester, their much-coveted young defenseman who could walk away for nothing this summer as a free agent and was arguably the most valuable potential asset at the deadline. Bouwmeester has rejected several contract extension offers from the Panthers over the last few years, leading to the widely held assumption around the league that he is just counting the days until he gets out of Florida.
He won’t deny that, but the Panthers still resisted the temptation to deal him because he is their best player in the midst of a strong season and they are real playoff contenders for the first time since the turn of the century. Getting there is critical to an organization struggling to attract fans, and keeping Bouwmeester, despite the risk of coming away empty-handed was supposed to send a vote of confidence to the players along with the message that the future is now.
But if the message was received, something apparently got lost in translation by a team that doesn’t seem to have any real leaders in the dressing room or even a captain.
From Mike Zeisberger in the Toronto Sun:
Curtis Joseph has put any potential retirement plans on hold.
Buoyed by his improved play of late, the veteran goaltender said he would like to continue strapping on the pads in the NHL next season.
“No question, I still want to play,” Joseph said after the Maple Leafs had completed their noontime practice at the BankAtlantic Center today.
“It’s easier to retire when you don’t feel good. That was the case earlier in the season. But I’m having fun now. I’m really enjoying the game.”
“There isn’t a guy in there that should be proud of their effort in the first 20 minutes. It starts with leadership. The coaches are the leaders. We have captains in the locker room that have to make sure they’re prepared to play. And everybody individually has to take some responsibility and it’s not there right now. It’s disappointing.”
-Sharks coach Todd McLellan after last night’s loss to the Coyotes. More from David Pollak of Working the Corners.
From Bill Clement at NBC Sports:
These are not the Penguins of the start of the season. They are not the Penguins of the turn of the year. They’re not even the Penguins of last month.
These are the Penguins to now fear. A new coach, a couple of key trades, and a return from injury by a key player have worked wonders for the team, and its captain, Sidney Crosby.
Pittsburgh is kicking tail and taking names. Starting with their last two games in February, and running through their March 17 meeting with Atlanta, the Penguins had won seven of nine, and their two losses in that stretch were shootout losses.
from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,
But while 20 years in hockey can take its toll, while this season has had its ups and downs, Brind’Amour says there will be a 21st, that he hasn’t given any thought to retirement.
“It’s not a question of whether I’m going to play again,” Brind’Amour said. “I know I still love the game, and I still think I can play. And that’s the key.”
For Brind’Amour, this season has been more trying and taxing than any of the 19 before it. There were times he appeared slower than usual on the ice, when he couldn’t quite make plays, lost key faceoffs, turned the puck over.
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