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From the Los Angeles Kings:
Starting Saturday at 9 a.m., vote for your favorite Kings players. Sixty-four current/former Kings have been selected and will be apart of the bracket-style competition, “LA Kings Madness,” a special hockey/Kings “tribute” to basketball’s March Madness.
Fans will have the opportunity on LAKings.com to VOTE in each head-to-head player match-up as the Kings look to determine the club’s all-time Fan Favorite.
Go to the Kings website to check out the brackets, the rules and the schedule. Some March Madness for hockey fans.
From the Canadian Press,
As if the dismal Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t been heaped with enough scorn by hockey fans, the struggling squad may also be to blame for the recent cancellation of several high-profile CBC shows including, ironically, the steamy night-time NHL soap “MVP.”
The producer of “MVP” says she was recently warned by CBC programming director Kirstine Layfield that if the Leafs failed to make the Stanley Cup playoffs this year, the public broadcaster’s arts and entertainment division would take a $10 million hit that would put some of the network’s much-heralded new shows at risk.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
After tonight’s game against the St. Louis Blues, the Calgary Flames finish with nine of their final 13 on the road. Last year, when they were in the process of putting together one of the worst road records in the NHL (but won 30 times at home, a league high), that would have been a disaster.
This year? Not so much. But the Flames need to make hay in this one final game, especially after divisional rivals, the Vancouver Canucks, won against the Blues on Saturday.
The Flames enter the game one point out of first in the Northwest Division, but only two points out of ninth, which would leave them on the outside of the playoff picture, looking in.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Now that it seems like the Ottawa Senators are going with Martin Gerber as their starting goaltender for the rest of the way this season, the best thing coach-GM Bryan Murray could do to keep his Stanley Cup hopes alive is demote Ray Emery to the American League as quickly as possible.
added 3:03pm, from TSN,
Ottawa’s ‘on again, off again’ No. 1 netminder expressed some remorse on Monday, shouldering some of the blame for Paddock’s dismissal.
“I was upset,” he told reporters on Monday. “I felt bad because I felt like I kind of affected someone else’s life or job or whatever. It’s a business and that stuff happens, he was a guy that I had as a coach for six years and was a big part of my pro hockey career.”
For Emery, that career has been one on hold recently.
via the STATS Wizard at Elias Sports Bureau,
For the second time this season, the Rangers and Bruins played 65 minutes without either team scoring a goal. On Oct. 20 in Boston, the Bruins prevailed in the shootout, and on Sunday afternoon in New York the Rangers won the shootout tiebreaker.
It’s been more than half a century since a pair of NHL teams played two goalless games against each other in the same season. The Bruins and Red Wings played to a scoreless tie in the first two of their 14 meetings in the 1955-56 season.
NEW YORK—Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur and San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending March 9.
from Ted’s Take,
I expect us to play hard and to play with desperation from here on out. We are still in the race. We have been playing terrific hockey.
You have to feel pretty bad for Caps rookie of the year candidate Nicklas Backstrom with his “own goal” yesterday. In case you missed it you can watch the video…
from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,
The most sought-after unrestricted free agent next summer could be a third-liner.
That’s right, if the New York Rangers don’t lock up super-pest Sean Avery with an extension, you can bet your bottom dollar the NHL’s other 29 teams will get into a bidding war for his services.
Avery is clearly an effective player whose team has much better results with him in the lineup than it has when he’s out.
Spector lists his Top UFAs for each team at his Fox Sports Blog…
read on for the rest of the teams…
added 11:58am, At his Hockey News blog, Lyle talks UFA goalies…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
“I have a pretty good idea what I’m going to do next year, and I’ve known for three or four weeks, but I’m not going to say anything. I don’t want that to become an issue,” Jagr said. “I’m not going to say something that’s going to be a distraction to the team.
“It’s not about me or my future. It’s about doing the things we need to win the Stanley Cup.”
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