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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Rayzor decides to take a wrist shot up the middle, which we all know is real easy with those big paddle-board sticks, with a catchers’ mitt on one hand and a body full of heavy equipment.
Pass gets knocked down by Horcorff, leading to a chinese fire drill in which Rayzor kicks back out the puck he appeared to have saved between his legs, only to flop around and watch Horcoff slide the puck in for the 3-2 game-winner.
Rayzor makes about 50 saves tonight, many of them great ones. Then loses a game because he decided to act like Moe, Larry or Curly, take your pick.
from Kelly Hrudey of Blogs and Columns at CBC,
We’re all very aware just how close many of the top teams in the NHL are to each other and just how fine the line is between winning and losing.
Currently three teams have put together excellent first halves to this season, losing fewer than 10 games, which is a remarkable feat. They are Boston, Detroit and San Jose.
Impressive to be sure, but none of these three teams may be the best in the league right now.
What may surprise some people is the Calgary Flames are as good as or even better than anyone right now.
People around the league are really starting to take notice of the Flames because right now they have zero weaknesses.
from Scott Cullen of TSN,
Now that we’re at least halfway into the season, it’s a good time to take a look at power play production, from an individual perspective. That’s the goal of this week’s edition of Backchecking, which also includes Trade Rumours, Hot n’ Not and the best in quotes, Chirping.
Sure, you can check out the leading power play scorers:
1. Nicklas Backstrom, C, Washington (8-16-24)
2. Evgeni Malkin, C, Pittsburgh (6-18-24)
3. Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim (3-21-24)
4. Jarome Iginla, RW, Calgary (9-13-22)
5. Todd White, C, Atlanta (9-13-22)
read on for loads of power play stats…
“I almost felt like a bridesmaid in Mats Sundin’s wedding.”
-Brendan Shanahan. Much more on Shanny from Damien Cox of The Spin blog.
I am half Armenian, so here goes…
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings are offering a special Armenian Heritage Night ticket package to their fans for the Kings-Atlanta Thrashers game at STAPLES Center on February 16.
Fans who purchase the Armenian Heritage Package will receive a discounted ticket to the game – which takes place one month from tonight—along with a pass to a private post-game party at Club Nokia at LA Live, a special Kings/Armenian mini flag and one premium Armenian beer or soda. The post-game party will feature a special appearance by Armenian DJ Vick One from Power 106 and a performance by popular Armenian hip-hop artist R-Mean.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
I must chime in on this quote by Peter Budaj that was in Terry’s story of our beloved and worthy Denver Post.
The quote was this: “I lost the net before and I knew it was going to happen this season, that there were going to be times Rayzor was going to be playing. That’s the nature of the business sometimes.”
Look, I know things get said sometimes that are taken out of context and sometimes guys who are from a different country say things that might not mean exactly - or that they think they mean.
But, geez, if I’m Tony Granato or Francois Giguere or Stan Kroenke and I’m reading that statement, I’m having a little sit down with Boods to ask him about it. So, basically, you knew you’d be no good eventually and lose your starting job, is that what you’re saying?
From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News:
With Gerber’s current cap hit at $3.7 million, he is virtually untradeable for the Senators. Let’s say, for the sake of argument, the Senators could find a team looking for some goaltending depth for the last two months of the season. Any team wanting to trade for Gerber would owe him $1.4 million for the remainder of the season if it made a deal Feb. 1.
And there’s absolutely no way any team is going to commit that kind of cap space to Gerber. But what if the Senators were willing to pick up half - or more - of the remainder of the contract? Then Gerber might be a more viable option.
The only problem is that isn’t allowed under this collective bargaining agreement.
From Craig Custance at the Sporting News:
In Kovalchuk’s opinion, he doesn’t have to change a thing because he has a C on his sweater. But he’s wrong.
Even something as simple as planning a Super Bowl party was a task he didn’t have to bother with before Sunday. Guys like Mellanby and Holik were always the last person out of the dressing room following games, wins or losses. If nothing else, it helps deflect some of the attention away from teammates who can quietly sneak out while the captain handles the media.
Following his first game as captain, a 3-2 loss to Ottawa on Wednesday, reporters said Kovalchuk was already gone when the media entered the room. To their credit, the PR staff brought him back out to talk. They shouldn’t have to.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Lightning general manager Brian Lawton issued the obligatory public denials this week, which must of necessity be taken at face value. Lecavalier is not on the block; has never been on the block; and never will be on the block.
OK, we can go with that officially - for now.
But just in case the Tampa brain trust ever changes its collective mind, a Lecavalier deal would be reminiscent of the landmark transaction that saw Eric Lindros go from the Quebec Nordiques to the Philadelphia Flyers for what eventually amounted to a one-for-eight deal. And something for the Canadiens to keep in mind: In hindsight, if Peter Forsberg hadn’t evolved into one of the most dominant players of his era, the decision to give up quantity for quality wouldn’t really have hurt the Flyers too much.
read on with many more NHL topics..
from Lindsay Berra of ESPN The Magazine,
...But love can fade. Montreal’s fans and media, all famously fickle, have forgotten that they were a
little too quick with the anointing oil last season—and the boiling oil when things went south. It’ll take another run in the playoffs to see which kind is on hold for Price these days.
continue for a look at Canadiens goalie Carey Price…
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