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New York Islanders owner Charles Wang denounced a report Thursday saying he was ending efforts to build the Lighthouse Project.
“There’s no truth to the story,” Wang said in an interview Thursday morning. “It’s bogus. There are no plans to abandon the project.”
continued and that is why I did not post the story last night claiming the project was dead…
from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,
Wayne Gretzky broke a slew of records during a singular Hall of Fame career that literally rewrote the NHL’s record book, but none were as bittersweet as the biggest record of them all—the career points total.
Twenty years ago today—Oct. 15, 1989—Gretzky, then with the Los Angeles Kings, scored a goal against his former team, the Edmonton Oilers, to give him 1,851 points—a mind-boggling total considering Gretzky was in his just 11th NHL season.
continued and Bob Miller with the call in the video…
Michael Russo of the Star Tribune has the story of the Wild loss to the Ducks and also the loss of Havlat.
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
Here’s the biggest challenge for the Predators as they try to right a foundering ship five games into the season: What exactly do they build on, after Wednesday’s 6-0 pummeling by the Dallas Stars?
• It’s certainly not their offense, as the Predators have scored just seven goals — one via shootout — through the first five games.
• It’s not defense and goaltending, not after surrendering a combined 12 goals in the past two games.
• And it’s certainly not special teams, not with a power play that’s scored once in five games and a penalty kill that’s allowed six goals during that same stretch.
from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette,
No one remembers how it started, but the Habs Inside/Out bench-clearing brawl got really ugly really fast.
I’ve described the HIO Comments section as the world’s biggest tavern sports discussion. There are times, however, when it becomes a daycare with a liquor licence.
That’s what happened in August. An exchange of viewpoints became so heated that some perceived a threat of violence implicit in some of the Comments.
Hey, I’m no choirboy. Part of the fun of being a sports fan - a Canadiens fan in particular - is voicing strong opinions, often loudly and in words of one syllable.
But there are limits. Threats are way over the line.
So that’s when Plan Prefect kicked into high gear.
Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider gets Terry Murrays’ explanation of the Prospal goal last night…
(on the explanation he got after Prospal’s reviewed goal…)
MURRAY: “No explanation, really. It’s just a reviewed goal by the league office.’’
(on whether a whistle is reviewable…)
MURRAY: “I think it was just an unfortunate break for us, that’s all. My understanding of it is that it’s not a reviewable situation. The referee on the ice makes the call. He waves it off, the whistle blows and there’s no goal and it’s not reviewable. But even with that, there’s still half the game to go. There’s plenty of time and opportunities for us, on the power play, to get things back, and we didn’t capitalize.’’
You can watch the goal below... What I think happened the ref lost the view of the puck, which was actually in the net, even before he blew or intended to blow his whistle. Therefore it could be reviewed and I feel the proper call was made.
from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washingotn Post,
But getting back to the Mike Green who Boudreau played more than anyone else last season first meant nursing himself back to health. Upon returning to his hometown Calgary, he began rehabilitating his injured shoulder. And instead of working on building muscle like most fourth-year professionals, Green focused on shedding the 29 pounds he’d gained during the season and adhering to a healthier diet. Poor eating habits, Green said, had not only caused his weight gain but also were to blame for the dangerously low iron levels that sapped his energy in the playoffs.
“It was a mistake he made,” Boudreau said of Green’s weight. “He let it get away from him.”
It wasn’t the first time Boudreau had seen Green pack on a significant number of pounds during a season.
“The same thing happened in Hershey,” Boudreau added. “I said, ‘Mike, you have to look after your weight.’ So he starved himself and he was so weak. So I said, ‘Mike, forget about it. Just play the way you’re playing. I don’t want you to kill yourself.’ So when he put on a few pounds last year, I wasn’t really ready to bring it up in the middle of a playoff run because I didn’t want it to affect him.”
Craig Custance of the Sporting News takes a look at the play of the Washington Capitals too.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
What’s so wrong with Burke’s Leafs? A better question might be: What’s right with the Leafs? The answer: Next to nothing.
Of all that is confounding, though, in this early season dive is the play of the Leafs defence. That was supposed to be the strength of the club. Francois Beauchemin, the veteran, at $4.2 million US a year. Tomas Kaberle, the puck mover, at $4.25 million a year. Mike Komisarek, the hit man, at $4.5 million a year. Luke Schenn, the rock solid kid, at $875,000 a year. Ian White, underpaid and underappreciated, at $950,00 a year. And after that, the collection of Jeff Finger, Garnet Exelby and Mike Van Ryn, the extras and the injured at $8.5 million.
An expensive, experienced NHL defence at more than $23 million for the season. One of the highest-paid bluelines in hockey. Good enough for Beauchemin to get a Team Canada summer invitation. Good enough for Kaberle and Komisarek to be considered sure things for the Olympics come February, although the Komisarek ballot has to be in some doubt now. Good enough to not lose by tennis scores most nights.
Cam Ward on Bill Guerin.
from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,
Skate hard, don’t give up, have a good attitude - good qualities for hockey players that go a long way toward winning games.
But Dave King was looking for more.
King, a Coyotes assistant, is one of the foremost teachers in the sport, knew going beyond that threshold held limitless possibilities. For three-plus decades, as an NHL, Olympic and international coach, he has been subtly changing the way the game is taught and played.
“He really influenced all of us to organize ourselves at practice, to have a game plan,” said Ken Hitchcock, coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets. “He saw the game intellectually way above us. We always thought the game was hard work and determination, and that would get it done.
“We never really knew much about systems of play, but Dave brought structure to all of our thought patterns.”
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