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from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,
Those who thought Rodney Dangerfield had it tough, should try hanging out with Chris Osgood for a while.
Talk about a guy not getting any respect.
Despite winning three Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings, Osgood has long been a favourite whipping boy and has always had his share of critics in town….
“It’s like in a lot of sports, there is that one position that takes a lot more heat than the rest of the players,” said Wings forward Kirk Maltby. “Here in Detroit, it’s the goaltenders. This is Chris’ second go-round here and it’s no different. But Ozzie has the perfect mentality to, not only be a goaltender, but to deal with criticism.
“He doesn’t get up or down. If he goes on a five-game winning streak, it’s not like he’s flying around here. He keeps a pretty even keel. It’s a long season and things are going to happen. But if you ask anybody in this dressing room, they’re going to tell you that we have all the confidence in the world that he will be ready come playoff time.”
from Chris Botta of Islanders Point Blank,
How do you respond to a fraud?
Do you even try?...
Do you link to all the stories written by pros questioning his integrity and even his life story?...
Do I discuss how the Islanders once caught the fraud back-timing his reports to make it look like he had a trade scoop before anyone else?
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Tomorrow, you will step on the ice at the Mellon Arena for the first time since you snubbed the Pens. And you will be wearing the red-and-white jersey of the Red Wings, who carried the Stanley Cup on this same surface eight months ago in front of the loyal Pittsburgh fans who supported you through thick and thin.
Let’s be honest. You will be perceived as a traitor and will be treated as such.
Are you ready to be showered with boos? You had better be.
“It will be loud,” Hossa acknowledged yesterday. “And when I touch the puck, it will be louder. That’s what I’m expecting. I try not to think about it—just focus on my game and do my stuff.
more plus more hockey talk including some trade scenarios…
added 7:42am, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Hossa believes the 12-year, $73-million pact Zetterberg signed helped him get a better gauge of his own market value. He made it sound as if a deal with the Red Wings would eventually happen.
“I know what I kind of want, I want to stay for a long time,” Hossa said. “This is great to be part of. We’ll see how the negotiations will go, what Ken and Ritch (Winter, his agent) tell me. It could be a few days, a few months or after the end of the year.”
more on Hossa and Franzen negotiations…
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Ron Wilson joined the pile on his goaltender Friday, a couple of days after his boss, Toronto Maple Leafs president and general manager Brian Burke, gave Vesa Toskala a public spanking.
“No, I don’t disagree,” the head coach said of Burke’s charge that Toskala does not work hard enough in practice. “I would have expected Vesa to have much better numbers at this point. He’s been inconsistent at best.
“I want to see him practise harder. You can say you’re saving something in practice for the games. But if you are failing in certain parts of your game, the only thing to do is practise harder. We are talking to Vesa about that.”...
“We have to have better numbers,” Wilson said. “You can’t have 20 shots and five go in. We have to get closer to a .900 save percentage.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The last week of February, that’s when you should expect to see Sean Avery in a Rangers uniform, assuming all goes well in the rehabilitation and waiver processes designed to bring the winger back home to the only NHL city in which he can play.
It can’t come soon enough for a team that is in need of shock treatment to avert a complete breakdown in the wake of last night’s colossally humiliating 10-2 defeat in Dallas that extended the losing streak to a season-high four games (0-3-1).
Just like that, the Rangers are somehow just six points up on the ninth-place Hurricanes and 10th-place Penguins, with one game in hand on Pittsburgh. Just like that, the Rangers are no sure thing.
From Rich Chere at the Star-Ledger:
The hiring of Bob Sommer to promote the Devils and other events at the Prudential Center immediately raises the question about whether chairman Jeff Vanderbeek has been unhappy with the manner in which Lou Lamoriello and his staff market the hockey team.
Lamoriello has sometimes been criticized for an unwillingness to market his players, but Vanderbeek said the decision to hire Sommer was no reflection on the approach the club’s president/CEO/GM has taken.
“This is not a Devils hire. The marketing department of the Devils will be the same as it’s always been,” Vanderbeek told The Star-Ledger. “More publicity for the Devils, I think, will be one of the end results of this hire. But it was not the driving force behind this at all.”
From the CP via TSN:
Thornton said at the time that he was “blindsided” by the deal that sent him to the Sharks for Brad Stuart, Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau. Facing Boston now is just another game.
“Really that’s all it is to me,” he said. “There’s not too many ex-teammates over there, and it’s just really an important game in the schedule.
“They’re the best in the East and we’re the best in the West. So it’s an important game that way rather than I’m playing against friends.”
read on for more from Thornton’s media conference call today
From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News:
Over the past 11 seasons, the team losing in the Stanley Cup final has made it out of the first round of the playoffs the following year only once – the Dallas Stars got to the second round in 2001 after losing the final to the New Jersey Devils in 2000. Four finalists failed to return to the playoffs a year after their run, a number that will grow by one unless the Penguins start playing with some level of consistency down the stretch.
Some have pointed to the oft-used Stanley Cup hangover, but if that exists, why did the Ottawa Senators get out of the gate with a 15-2-0 record to start the 2007-08 season? More than a hangover, the real reason for a team’s lack of success, at least in the salary cap era, lies more in what kinds of roster decisions the team makes after going to the final.
The reason for the Penguins’ demise has been fairly easy to figure out. With the top-end players they have in their lineup, they had to give huge pay increases or risk losing them the way they did Ryan Malone. Marian Hossa not re-signing with the Penguins hurt them, but it says something about the direction an organization is headed when a player turns his back on a multi-year deal in order to go somewhere else for a one-year contract.
From Eric Duhatschek in the Globe & Mail:
“People ask me about fighting and I really don’t know sometimes what I want,” said Regier. “I believe that things are going to happen over time, where I don’t think society is always going to accept (fighting).
“I see it in Canada now. There was a poll about fighting (conducted by the Harris-Decima firm, in which 54 per cent of Canadians surveyed favoured a unilateral ban on fighting, while 40 per cent wanted to retain the status quo). If you go back 10 years, I don’t think those numbers would be anywhere close to where they are right now.
“So I think it’s going to be more of a statement of the position of society – and I’m talking about true hockey fans, and their culture.”
The Washingon Capitals claimed Staffan Kronwall off re-entry waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday.
The 26-year-old defenceman was placed on waivers by the Maple Leafs on Thursday.
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