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from Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune,
Tampa Bay players, coaches and executives all hit the road in a marketing blitz aimed at stimulating season-ticket renewal packages for next season.
Even Lightning owner Oren Koules participated as the organization made surprise deliveries to long-time club supporters, hoping they renew their faith by signing up for season-ticket packages featuring significantly lower prices.
“The idea is to thank everybody for sticking with us over the years,’’ said Patrick Duffy, the Lightning’s Senior VP of Sales. “Our players were happy to jump on board with today’s plan.’‘
“We’ve got some very good hockey fans and we appreciate their support,’’ captain Vinny Lecavalier said before heading out for a special delivery. “We have people who have been with this team since that first season in 1992 and it’s nice to see.’‘
via RDS (translated),
Head coach Guy Carbonneau of the Canadiens was fired, RDS has learned Monday afternoon. It will be replaced by CEO Bob Gainey.
added 5:01pm, TSN confirms.
added 5:07pm, via the Montreal Canadiens,
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens’ General Manager, Bob Gainey, today announced that he is taking over Guy Carbonneau as Head Coach of the Montreal Canadiens effective immediately. Associate coach Doug Jarvis,assistant coaches Kirk Muller and Roland Melanson will be staying on the coaching staff.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
The Sharks’ charter flight was scheduled to leave San Jose 14 minutes ago, but Evgeni Nabokov and Rob Blake were staying behind.
Bottom line is that it looks as if last week’s statements on Nabokov’s condition turned out to be overly optimistic, though Coach Todd McLellan did qualify everything by saying Mother Nature would have the final say as to when his No. 1 goalie returns.
Blake was having his “lower extremity” examined after he was struck by a slap shot in the back of his foot or leg on the same play in which Joe Thornton scored late in the second period of Saturday night’s 3-1 loss to Vancouver.
The Rocky Mountain News is saying goodbye and featuring some of the stories from the past…
from Rick Sadowski of the Rocky Mountain News,
Mike Keane hopes he hasn’t seen the last of the Detroit Red Wings.
``I’ve got no problem playing a heartless team in the playoffs,’’ Keane said Wednesday night following the Colorado Avalanche’s 6-5 overtime loss to its bitter rival.
``That team has no heart. They showed their true colors tonight. Everyone’s gutless. Sure, I’d like to see them again.’‘
The busiest people at aptly named Joe Louis Arena were the maintenance people given the task of blotting blood puddles off the ice.
It was the most vicious game yet between the teams, not a surprising development as it marked Claude Lemieux’s first visit to Detroit since his well-publicized hit on Kris Draper in last year’s playoffs.
from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,
Every year this seems to happen to me: the Calgary Flames and the specter of their playoff potential draws me in. In past years, I liked the Flames from the outset, only to see them exit from postseason existence much earlier than anticipated. I felt jilted last year when they performed as a middle-tier team (14th overall, 16th defensively, 19th on the power play and 20th on the PK) and then had the San Jose Sharks unceremoniously bounce them in the first round.
This year, I kept my distance…
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A preview of this week’s Hodge Stove League featuring Larry Murphy, airing Tuesday at 7:30 ET on the NHL Network.
from Bruce Garrioch of Off The Posts,
This guy really is something. This great man.
He has no clue that there’s something called selling the game of hockey.
How does he not play Martin Gerber tonight?
What is Wilson afraid of? Is Wilson afraid Gerber is going to get nailed by the Senators?
This is just ridiculous. Actually, it’s a joke. Wilson claims to not care about the media and then says he thinks the media in Ottawa is looking for mock Gerber.
a bit more...
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
What’s up with the Atlanta Thrashers and the New York Islanders? They trade away players and show signs of life?
Kudos to first-year coaches Scott Gordon (Islanders) and John Anderson (Thrashers) for not just keeping their teams focused, but actually winning in the wake of the March 4 trade deadline.
The Isles sent defenseman Chris Campoli and center Mike Comrie to Ottawa and Bill Guerin to Pittsburgh, and are without Doug Weight and Rick DiPietro, but are 4-1-0 in their past five games, including wins over New Jersey and Buffalo.
Atlanta, meanwhile, is playing its best hockey of the season after dealing two top defensemen, Mathieu Schneider and Niclas Havelid, to Montreal and New Jersey, respectively. The Thrashers are 7-4-1 in their past 12 games and have defeated Calgary, Montreal and Carolina along the way.
more questions and answers about the Sharks, Wings, Bruins and Flyers to name a few teams…
from Dave Dye of the Detroit News,
Tomas Holmstrom is expected to be back in the Red Wings’ lineup Tuesday night against the Phoenix Coyotes, but not Marian Hossa.
Hossa, who has missed the last two games after crashing head-first into the boards last week, practiced Monday and hopes to play Thursday against the Calgary Flames.
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