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from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
Surely, there is something wrong with this picture.
The Montreal Canadiens are at practice. The drill is like something you would see in atom house league: 5-on-5 at each end of the ice, a goaltender in each net, the players desperate to be first to score and encouraged to try any offensive move they can imagine, no matter how risky.
And standing at centre ice, laughing, is head coach Guy Carbonneau, the three-time winner of the NHL’s Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive player in the game. Watching play in the other end and smiling is assistant coach Doug Jarvis, also a Selke winner. And both men were hired by general manager Bob Gainey, the defensive specialist for whom the Selke Trophy was created and who once won it four consecutive years.
NEW YORK (November 7, 2008) – Hockey fans in Canada beginning next week will be able to enter an online promotion for an opportunity to purchase tickets to NHL Winter ClassicTM 2009, the National Hockey League (NHL) announced today. Details will be released next week.
The online promotion for Canadian residents will determine who will have an opportunity to purchase some of the limited number of public tickets to the January 1 game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field.
There was an issue brought up today which did not allow Canadian hockey fans to purchase tickets. The NHL realized it and reacted quickly.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
For the season, Sharks ratings are up more than 25 percent, and they’ve doubled among adults 25 to 54 years old — in other words, disaffected 49ers/Raiders/Giants/A’s/Warriors fans. I’d give the team some credit here for actively seizing the moment…
more and some Nabokov talk too…
from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,
Q: Do you feel you were under appreciated while with the Panthers?
A: “Yeah, but it is part of the business. They had to do everything possible to sell their season tickets. I was there to take the blame. I have no regrets.
“I knew after the year I was gone, but probably the most disappointing thing was I didn’t really get a clear answer. I just heard everything, what was going on, behind the scenes. But I knew I was gone. I just didn’t know where….
Q: Have you been able to get past the incident involving your skate and Richard Zednik’s skate?
A: “I’m just happy to see him playing again. It’s behind now. It’s past. I still wish all the best for the Panthers. I had a good seven years over there. I heard finally they have a good coach there, too, so that’s good.”
from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,
While the Flyers continue to wait for news from free agent winger Brendan Shanahan, they made a more critical move to strengthen their ailing defense, sending Steve Downie and Steve Eminger to Tampa Bay for 24-year-old defenseman Matt Carle.
from Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times via the Santa Barbara News-Press,
As a hockey fan, how odd is it to watch New Jersey and not see Devils goalie Martin Brodeur? How weird is it to see the Rangers without Jaromir Jagr?
Brodeur is out at least three months with an elbow injury. Jagr has taken his game to Russia.
They rank as two of the most significant NHL players over the past 10 or so years. This is our list of the most significant players of the past 10 years. They’re not necessarily the best players but those who have had a major impact….
8. Alexei Yashin: Again, one for the ‘‘infamous’’ file. In 2001 the Islanders signed the talented Russian center to a 10-year, $87.5-million contract that still is considered the worst in NHL history. Yashin averaged only 24 goals and 34 assists over the next five seasons before the Islanders bought out his contract and Yashin fled back to Russia. Yashin’s contract still serves as a scary reminder for NHL teams to ponder before signing players to long-term deals.
from Scott Cullen of TSN,
Some players that are of interest to fantasy owners have yet to light the lamp a month into the season. Here’s a breakdown of the more notable goalless NHL forwards.
Jonathan Toews, C, Chicago (0-7-7, minus-1, 36 shots in 12 GP)
He still leads Blackhawks forwards in ice time and he’s getting more shots per game than he did as a rookie last season, so Toews will break through soon enough.
SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has assigned LW Jamie McGinn to the Worcester Sharks and recalled goaltender Thomas Greiss (GRYCE) and forward Brad Staubitz.
Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov is day-to-day with a lower body injury.
Greiss has a 4-5-0 record with Worcester this season, posting a 3.22 goals-against average and an .860 save percentage.
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
On the eve of his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, Emrick reflected on his career that began with announcing parts of games at Bowling Green University, where he got his doctorate in radio-television-film. Hence, the nickname. He had been teaching near Pittsburgh and was looking to get his doctorate.
“I was considering going to Michigan or Bowling Green for my doctorate and Bowling Green University had the local NPR station with All Things Considered and their usual shows,” Emrick said. “They had a staff member who broadcast the first and third periods and they felt a student should do the second period.
“That’s what Bowling Green offered me that Michigan could not. That made it pretty easy to make up my mind.”
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Coach Mike Babcock said he expects forward Johan Franzen to return to the lineup for Tuesday’s game against Pittsburgh. Franzen has been out since Oct. 25 with a sprained left MCL. If he returns Tuesday, he will have missed only five games, half of what he missed with a similar injury last year around this time.
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