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from Jeff Gordon of Hockey Guy,
Blues management decided to move in a new direction for the second half of this season.
But that new direction should be the old direction, the path John Davidson and Co. originally embarked on after Dave Checketts bought the team.
The Blues should use the second half of this season to renew the organization’s commitment to player development. Under new coach Davis Payne — up from the Peoria Rivermen — the Blues should focus on getting the most from all the young talent on the depth chart.
from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,
Alex Ovechkin, the face of the franchise and the two-time league MVP, says he is ready and figures to be the leading candidate.
“But it’s is not my decision to put ‘C’ on my jersey,” said the 24-year-old, who is signed through the 2020-21 season. “If the team’s going to trust me, and going to let me, why not? But the team decides.”
The responsibilities of a captain entail more than being the team’s best player. And for that reason, the list of potential successors is also expected to include prominent veterans Brooks Laich and Mike Knuble.
ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that the club has named Davis Payne as Interim Head Coach. Payne becomes the 23rd coach in the history of the St. Louis Blues replacing Andy Murray, who was relieved of his duties.
“Davis is very knowledgeable of the players in our organization and we feel he is the best candidate to coach our team,” said Davidson. “He has nine winning seasons at the minor league level which includes an ECHL Championship in 2006.
“I would like to thank Andy Murray for the job he has done here the past four seasons,” continued Davidson. “He was an intergral part in turning the St. Louis Blues around. He is a true professional and I wish him the best of luck in the future.”
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,
From Wednesday’s practices in the snow to Marco Sturm’s overtime game-winner, the 2010 Winter Classic was everything the NHL hoped it would be—and more.
It showcased the game’s speed, skill, brutality and brawn.
But most of all, it brought a much-needed element of fun to a sport that too often is viewed by the general sporting public as vanilla.
“It was a great showcase of the game,” said Flyers president Peter Luukko, the driving force behind the Flyers’ inclusion in the New Year’s Day event. “Two clubs hitting hard. It was great. It was one heck of a game. I’ve got to think this is everything the league wanted.”
24 teams in actions today, first game just after 1:00pm ET today, last game ends around 12:30am on Sunday.
It can’t get much better than that!!!
It is disappointing. This would have been a really fun time, especially in Vancouver. But I understand the process and I understand what they were doing. I guess the hardest part is this pretty much was the last chance to play for (Team USA), but when you get to my age there are going to be things like this that are inevitable.
-Mike Modano’s reaction to not being selected to Team USA. More from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Following is a look at the mid-season races for the six major awards. As the ballots nowadays go five deep, so do our choices.
Hart: Ilya Bryzgalov (Phoenix). Runners-up: Joe Thornton (San Jose), Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh), Alex Ovechkin (Washington), Ryan Miller (Buffalo).
Calder: Tyler Myers (Buffalo). Runners-up: John Tavares (Islanders), Matt Duchene (Colorado), Victor Hedman (Tampa), Niclas Bergfors (New Jersey).
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If you read between the lines from the Twitter of NHL Player Agent Allan Walsh, it sure sounds like his client Miroslav Satan is going to sign with the Bruins.
added 12/02/09 10:48am, Bob McKenzie tweets Satan has signed with the Bruins.
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
First things first, Lemaire held Devils practice in Mendota Heights this afternoon, and afterward came back to the X with the Devils to change back into his street clothes. Lemaire got misty-eyed a bit about his return, and when I pointed that out to him, he actually had to walk off with his eyes clearly welled. Lemaire’s always a class act, and it was a pleasure covering him.
I’ve covered a ton of coaches in this league (I covered Florida), and no offense to the others, but I learned the most about the sport from Lemaire. Our working relationship took awhile to develop as he clearly tried to feel me out at the start and didn’t always appreciate my interrogations and second-guessing, but there was a lot of mutual respect by the end. Lemaire’s got all the time in the world for people who 1) know the game; and 2) have a passion for the game.
And as a quote, nobody was better. Just a funny, funny quote.
from Christy at Winging It In Motown,
For me, this announcement feels like an end of an era in my life. Sadly, I will no longer blog about the Wings as a fan—not just here at WIM but anywhere else. I graduated from college two weeks ago and with the hopes of finding a job in sports PR, I needed to stop blogging about sports. It’s probably what gave me my start early in college and provided me with a ton of valuable experience, but sadly it has to come to an end.
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