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from Bob Duff at MSNBC,
If Malkin doesn’t get the job done, the NHL might as well pack up Lord Stanley’s mug and mothball the playoffs, because nobody other than hardcore hockey fanatics will be tuning in south of the border.
The loss of a marquee player at any time is a blow to the sport’s image. The Chicago Bulls were nothing without Michael Jordan, the Edmonton Oilers faded without Gretzky and both sport’s media presence suffered after their departures.
Crosby’s absence couldn’t have come at a worse time for the NHL.
The NHL Network heads to Philips Arena in Atlanta – site of the 2008 NHL All-Star Game – from January 25 to 27, for 6 ½ hours of behind-the-scenes coverage of the NHL’s biggest stars.
An original NHL Network production, the live and exclusive coverage, which airs over three days, will be anchored by Brian Duff and Gary Green and includes behind-the-scenes interviews with players and coaches, coverage of game practices, red carpet player arrivals, and a pre-game show from inside the Eastern and Western Conference All-Stars’ dressing rooms prior to the start of the 2008 NHL All-Star Game.
Michal Rozsival hit by Ilya Kovalchuk who received a major for boarding and game misconduct.
Rozsival went off the ice on his own with a cut near above the eyebrow I believe.
from John Buccigross of ESPN,
Ovechkin and Crosby will always be Bird and Magic, tied together by their passion and simultaneous entrance into the NHL. Even though Crosby sat next to the tan Mario Lemieux in the owners’ box Monday night, the game still had that Crosby-“Big O” edge. Capitals fans boo Crosby and Penguins fans boo Ovechkin.
Yes, Monday’s game had it all. Ten goals, stars shining brightly, monstrous hits, blocked shots, a shootout and little balls of hate. The only thing better would have been if Georges Laraque and Donald Brashear got into a fight, knocked each other’s heads off, and then, after sliding across the ice, the two heads started fighting.
via the New York Islanders,
Chris Campoli, one of the Islanders’ top young defensemen, will have shoulder surgery on Thursday and will be out for the remainder of the 2007-08 season…
“It’s a tough break for Chris. He’s been such a good player and he’s shown a lot of heart this season while battling the injury,” said Islanders head coach Ted Nolan. “The good news is that he will be under the best medical care and he has so many good years ahead of him. With Chris out, an opportunity opens up for someone to take advantage of. Thankfully, we had depth at the start of the season with at least 9 quality NHL defensemen. You can never have enough of them.”
via Fire & Ice,
Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur has pulled out of the Sunday’s NHL’s All-Star Game in Atlanta to deal with family matters. Brodeur said he informed Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello of his decision about a week ago, but it was not announced by the NHL until today. Brodeur will be replaced by Boston goaltender Tim Thomas.
“It’s a tough decision,” Brodeur said. “I’ve got some stuff going on with the family back home, so it’s something I just wanted to make sure I was here to take care of. It’s definitely a tough one. It’s such a great weekend to miss. That’s why I waited so long. I tried to avoid making that decision, but I think it’s for the best.”
Brodeur would not divulge the details of his “family” stuff other than to say, “health-wise everybody is OK.”
from Russo’s Rants,
I was told by a pretty good source that Wild GM Doug Risebrough has been working the phones a lot lately and has been talking to Florida casually. Risebrough’s not with the Wild right now. But that’s why these Olli Jokinen rumors intrigue me.
Also, Duane Sutter, the Panthers’s director of player development and my favorite player growing up, is on the Minnesota Wild tour right now. He was in Vancouver last night and told me he’d be in Calgary tonight.
Obviously, if Jokinen is up for grabs, several teams would have interest and it would take a heckuva lot to unleash the captain.
from the CP via TSN,
Mathieu Dandenault isn’t demanding a trade but the Canadiens veteran will reflect upon his future in Montreal after being told he would sit out a game….
It was the second time this season Dandenault has been a healthy scratch. Both times, he has taken it hard.
He said he would discuss with his family and his agent, Mike Gillis, where his hockey future lies.
“I’m not saying I want out, I’m just saying I don’t want to be sat out,” he said. “The next guy the next game is probably going to say the same thing….
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Circle the date Feb. 26 - trading deadline day, the NHL’s answer to Christmas, with all of its exciting anticipation, its hidden promise and, inevitably, a day of joy for some and disappointment for others.
Cliff Fletcher has 35 days – between Tuesday, when he was appointed interim general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, replacing John Ferguson, and deadline day to define his second and final term as boss of that once storied NHL franchise.
Unlike Fletcher’s first turn as Leafs GM, in which he needed the better part of two years to turn an NHL laughingstock into a championship contender - it will be possible to evaluate his work in that short a time frame.
NEW YORK (January 22, 2008)—Two members of the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks—defenseman Scott Niedermayer and forward Corey Perry—are among five players added to the Western and Eastern Conference rosters for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game, Sunday, Jan. 27 at Philips Arena in Atlanta (6 p.m., ET, VERSUS, CBC, RDS, NHL Radio), the National Hockey League announced today.
Niedermayer and Perry join their Anaheim teammates, defenseman Chris Pronger and forward Ryan Getzlaf, and the give the Ducks a League-high four representatives on the Western Conference team.
Also added to the Western Conference roster is Dallas Stars forward Mike Ribeiro. Named to the Eastern Conference roster are Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin and Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas.
The players named today replace Colorado Avalanche forward Paul Stastny, Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg, Stars defenseman Sergei Zubov, New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur and Penguins forward Sidney Crosby.
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