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With today marking the three-month anniversary of Predators Holding’s purchase of the team, NashvillePredators.com grabbed some time with David Freeman, the team’s new Chairman, to discuss his first three months on the job, the state of the team, and the plans for next season….
NP.com: Have you starting planning the budget for next season?
DF: Sure. Yes. Strategically it’s probably not good for us to talk about that publicly for competitive reasons. Our budget will be significantly higher than it was this year. In fact, I’m quite certain we will spend more on payroll next year than at any time in the history of the club. We’re that committed to building this team right back up.
read on at NashvillePredators.com…
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via the Globe and Mail,
He’s been thrown off his routine — which is everything to a hockey player — but at least hasn’t thrown off the family household.
“I think my wife has actually enjoyed it, just helping out with the kids a little bit more, taking them to their hockey practices and whatnot,” said Lidstrom. “She’s liked having me around a bit more.
“I don’t know if it goes on for another week if she’ll change her mind, though.”
Despite the injury, Lidstrom may very well remain the odds-on favourite to capture a sixth career Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenceman.
from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,
When Carolina and Ottawa made a four-player trade on Feb. 11, the optics suggested a short-term boost for the contending Senators and a long-term gain for the possibly rebuilding Hurricanes.
Turns out we were all fooled on that one.
Entering the weekend, the Hurricanes had gone 9-2-1 since acquiring defenceman Joe Corvo and forward Patrick Eaves—thus solidifying their spot atop the Southeast Division—while the slip-sliding Sens had gone 3-7-3 since picking up forward Cory Stillman and defenceman Mike Commodore.
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from STATS Blog,
Among the 26 players who have scored 27 or more goals this season, eight of them are 23 years old or younger. With 54 goals in 68 games, Ovechkin has found the net at least 11 more times than anyone else in the NHL.
Most Goals by Players 23 Years Old or Younger, 2007-08
Player. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Age. . . . . . . . . . . . Goals
Alexander Ovechkin, Was. . . . . . . 22. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
from Risto Pakarinen at Hockey.com,
I would also want you to acknowledge that a great player can end up on a bad club, and nothing can save him. That winning the Stanley Cup is not the only yardstick against which players can be measured. That a player like Mats Sundin can play on a line with Scarecrow and Tin Man, and still have enough heart and brain for the three of them.
more on Sundin…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Ken Hitchcock, the Columbus Blue Jackets’ coach, who has been to the Stanley Cup final twice and the semi-finals two other times in his career and sports a 66-51 career playoff coaching record believe that in the era of parity, to get to the final, “your goaltender, at least once, has to win you the series - because of the physical demands on teams now.
“There was a time when you could win a series because there was such a huge difference between the rosters. There were haves and have-nots and the have-nots had to go out and stone you every night. We had that happen to us once — Cujo (Curtis Joseph) did it when I was in Dallas (playing for the 1996-97 Edmonton Oilers).
“The difference between the haves and the have-nots — the first and eighth seeds - is so minimal that even if you’re a top seed, your goaltender is going to have to be very significant….”
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fro Van Oler via ChicagoBlackhawks.com,
Spend enough time at the United Center watching the Blackhawks and you’ll inevitably hear someone comment that this season’s game-night excitement and buzz reminds them of the days when “the Blackhawks owned this town, I tell ya! You couldn’t get a ticket unless it was left to you in somebody’s will!”
With Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull returning the UC tonight, it’s useful to look back at their time with the Blackhawks to see if there’s evidence that the team was, in fact, the best in town.
from Lightning Strikes,
It didn’t take long for the fallout from Thursday night’s game to be revealed as Lightning enforcer Andre Roy was sent home Friday as the team prepared for tonight’s game against the Devils. Team spokesman Bill Wickett said Roy would not rejoin the team on the road trip which finishes up Sunday in Columbus.
Roy apparently will not be suspended by the league for his antics on the bench in the third period of the 3-2 loss to the Flyers, when he jawed with Riley Cote on the Flyers bench, pointed fingers and made a throat-slashing motion.
Miller left the game clutching his right shoulder after a big hit by Nashville forward Jordin Tootoo with just two minutes left in the game and the Canucks ahead 6-2. Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault was clearly upset by the timing of the Tootoo hit.
“I’m just trying to get the game over with,” said Vigneault. “I don’t know why things like that happen and why a player would run 100 feet with a game over.
“No respect for the game and no respect for the opposition. It’s unfortunate there are a few of that type in the league, hopefully the league will deal with it.”
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from Ryan Kennedy of the Hockey News,
In an interview with CBC’s Elliotte Friedman on the weekend, Buffalo Sabres owner Tom Golisano was roughed up by the sharp reporter on several fronts, but most illuminating was Golisano’s claims the Sabres may not make money this year. To which my heartfelt response is:
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