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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
There was plenty of blame to go around in the Devils’ 4-1 loss to the last-place Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at Prudential Center….
When I asked Sutter after tonight’s game if he was concerned about the way Brodeur has played lately, he replied, “Just to get back to the question I get asked about whether I think about rotating goalies: Now you can see why I’m not thinking about doing it.
“There’s still things that Marty needs to work on to get himself ready (for the playoffs).”
In other words, Brodeur will start the team’s final two regular season games.
Brodeur didn’t excuse himself from blame.
“Not good enough to win a hockey game,” Brodeur said in evaluating his own play. “That’s the bottom line. When you face a goalie is playing so well and the way he played today, you just want to make sure you keep your team in the game and definitely giving them a three-goal lead, regardless of how it happens, it’s something you have to try to avoid.”
The Thrashers put out this PSA (public service announcement) yesterday.
added 9:40am, Caps coach Bruce Boudreau wasn’t happy the video was shown, he doesn’t like the mocking.
Watch Boudreau’s post game presser below, the topic starts at the 50 second mark.
added 12:50pm, As a commentor just mentioned, the first video is no longer working (it was earlier) but check the comments for a link to the vid.
from Stan Fischler of the Hockey Journal,
Commissioner Gary Bettman should immediately put a stop to one of the most ridiculous off-ice practices, which is spreading across the NHL. That happens to be the issue of dressing room carpets, of all things.
More and more teams have oversized team logos on their rug. That is fine in theory, but the nuttiness, which started in Tampa several years ago, has it that nobodyis allowed to step on the logo.
Violators – usually unknowing media types – face a shouting down from trainers, p.r. people or the players themselves. What’s the fuss all about? Isn’t a rug to be walked on?
“It’s a respect thing,” says Blackhawks forward Adam Burish.
If that’s the case, hang the darn thing on the wall. And by the way, what about all the center-ice logos that players skate over endless times during a game? The commissioner should have the rug hung on the wall or the ceiling or – better still — have the silliness stopped once and for all.
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from P.J. Stock of Blogs and Columns at CBC,
...The game has changed. The players have changed and so has the perception from the fans watching the game. I think it’s a direct reflection of our changing society. We live in a world of always worrying to be so PC (politically correct, folks). The game has changed because our society’s influence on it has almost forced some of its changes. No more so than in interpretation of the game’s physicality.
What used to be a battle along the boards, a fight for the puck, a mano-a-mano confrontation is now called like a basketball game. Two minutes for illegal use of the hands or two minutes for being too strong or too tough. I believe the game needed changes to get out of the trap era, but why interfere with what so many people have fallen in love with? The toughness of players playing the toughest game out there….
Fighting is a no-no now, hitting someone who is watching their pass is a crime and body checking someone in the head … purgatory.
I loved the game the way it used to be. I’m worried about the direction the game is going in.
via Erik Erlendsson of Bolts Report,
The Lightning will be without the services of left wing Ryan Malone for the remaining two games of the season after he suffered a broken right hand during the second period of Tuesday’s game against Pittsburgh. It is unclear when Malone suffered the injury, but he left after playing 4:03 in the second period and did not return.
Malone finishes his first season with the Lightning third on the team with 26 goals - one short of his career high - and tied for third with 45 points
from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
No one would expect Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin to step seamlessly back into the lineup after having missed nearly five months because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Then again, no one except perhaps Beauchemin himself would have expected him to be where he is now, on the verge of a return to action as the Ducks prepare for their final two NHL regular-season games and, hopefully, a Stanley Cup playoff appearance.
Beauchemin received full medical clearance Sunday and, as long as there are no setbacks before then, is a good bet to play Friday night against the Dallas Stars at Honda Center.
Veteran defenseman Bret Hedican, who has been out since Feb. 26 because of ongoing back problems, is also a possibility to play Friday or in Saturday’s regular-season finale against the Phoenix Coyotes, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said after a two-hour practice session Tuesday at Honda Center.
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
The Montreal Canadiens and the Bell Centre are up for sale and 10 potential buyers have signed confidentiality agreements with the Bank of Montreal to get a look at the franchise’s books, CBC-TV reported Tuesday.
The potential buyers identified by the public broadcaster include the province’s pension-fund manager, the Caisse de depot et placement; Guy Laliberte, owner of Cirque du soleil; and Les Productions Feeling, which is run by Rene Angelil, husband and manager of pop superstar Celine Dion.
from Ted Montgomery at USA TODAY,
Let’s take a look at NHL teams that really need to start over, and other teams that have finally started to make their ascent up that long hill to respectability.
Teams that need to start over:
Toronto: How much longer will it be before the Toronto brass realizes that you build a successful team from the goaltender out? The goaltending situation in Toronto is murky and the defense is its usual leaky set of castoffs and wannabes. It would take an offense on a par with the 1985 Edmonton Oilers to overcome the problems the Leafs have created for themselves….
Ottawa: Once the cream of the Eastern Conference, the Senators have ridden their three horses to the point of exhaustion, not to mention unrelenting frustration. Dany Heatley, Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza are all very good players, but the mix obviously isn’t working.
from John Hahn of DetroitRedWings.com,
The Red Wings announced today that they will begin offering season ticket holders a new noncredit-based payment option from eLayawaySPORTS when paying for their 2009-10 season tickets.
The Red Wings are the first NHL team, and only the third professional sports franchise, to offer the plan, which allows consumers to pay for season tickets over time with zero interest.
“A partnership with eLayawaySPORTS fits perfectly with the needs of our season ticket holders in these difficult economic times,” said Steve Violetta, Red Wings senior vice president of business affairs. “One of our goals is to make it as convenient as possible for all fans to enjoy the benefits of being a Red Wings’ season ticket holder and we’re very excited to be the first NHL club to offer this new customized payment option to our fans.”
via the Mercury News,
Sharks forwards Mike Grier and Claude Lemieux are returning to the lineup just in time for the Sharks’ final push for the Presidents’ Trophy.
Both forwards have been out since March 3 and missed 17 games. San Jose entered Tuesday night’s game at Colorado with a three-point lead on Boston for the NHL’s best record.
Grier was out with a knee injury, while the 43-year-old Lemieux had an upper-body injury.
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