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from Mike Board of CalgaryFlames.com,
Certainly he could have left the Flames for more money as a free agent. But he hasn’t. It’s like a job that is not quite complete. And a few of his mentors, Joe Sakic, Steve Yzerman and Mario Lemieux, have all played for the same team throughout their career.
“There are a lot of great hockey cities. For the fans and the passion, there isn’t a city that beats Calgary, ” said Iginla when he signed his five-year, $35 million deal in July 2007.
With Iginla looking to lead the Flames for years to come, we thought we should get to know him just a little better and bring you 10 things you should know about Jarome Iginla.
ONE: The name
The birth certificate reads Jarome Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis Iginla. Born July 1, 1977 in Edmonton. We know him as Jarome or Iggy. Opponents know him as tough and relentless. Iginla, by the way, means ‘Big Tree’ in Yoruba, his father’s native language.
NEW YORK, NY - Beginning Thursday, Jan. 22, through Sunday, Jan. 25, NHL Network will be on location at the 2009 NHL All-Star Celebration in Montreal to provide viewers with 15 hours of live HD* coverage from the star-studded event. NHL Network’s Brian Duff and Gary Green and contributors Dave Strader and Joe Micheletti will bring viewers inside the festivities with interviews featuring NHL players and coaches, live broadcasts from the All-Star practices and expert analysis.
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
NHL.com thanks the experts for clarifying the various elements of “speed” in the NHL, but to get back to the original question, we asked them to name who they wouldn’t want to race against, end to end.
“I think Edmonton’s Andrew Cogliano is the fastest skater in the NHL,” Davidge said. “I watched him when he played for (University of) Michigan and he’d just pull away from guys in the first three or four strides. Matt Lombardi and Mason Raymond are like that, the first three strides and look out—they’re on their way. Marian Gaborik is like that, too. Raymond is so quick up ice, he gets lots of breakaways. If he could only score half the time ...
“For effective pure speed, check out the Blue Jackets’ Jason Chimera. … There’s nothing but north-south, no lateral in there whatsoever. But when he’s going around a defenseman, he has the size and strength to drive the net that you just can’t teach.”
Adams had a couple of players he’d put near the top in terms of pure speed.
Patrick Marleau jumps out, he always looks like he’s flying,” he said. “And nobody is faster over 60 feet than Hedican. When Erik Cole gets the puck, if he’s even with a defenseman, he beats him and goes to the net.
from Erik Erlendsson of Bolts Report,
“I’m proud of this team. The last three or four weeks, this team has faced a lot of adversity and they passed the test. They’ve done a great job,’’ Lightning interim coach Rick Tocchet said.
Not sure what it’s going to mean once games resume as any talk of getting into a playoff race still must be tempered, even with 19 of the final 35 games at home and Tampa Bay nine points out of the No. 8 spot right now. But you have to admit, being tied for 11th place and to be within single digits of a playoff spot is a long way removed from where this team was sitting around Thanksgiving, eh?
Do they have enough to even think of the playoffs? Should that topic even be broached?
from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Ducks coach Randy Carlyle sought a “jolt” for the team when he lifted Giguere, but also said both Islanders goals were “stoppable pucks.”
Giguere, who had won his previous four decisions, is 1-5-2 with a 3.68 goals-against average and .876 save percentage since leaving the team a second time and ultimately returning just before Christmas following the death of his father, Claude.
“We didn’t want to go on the break losing that game,” Giguere said. “Personally, I wanted to have a better effort, for sure.”
With only five victories in their past 16 games, the Ducks have fallen into a tie with the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks for sixth place in the West, but have played more games than both teams, as well as at least two and as many as four more than all seven clubs below them in the standings.
“We have to use the break, take a step back and not worry too much about what has happened, but worry about what’s coming up,” Giguere said. “It’s going to be a good four days for us to do that. I’m the first one who should do that.”
more on the Ducks and their loss to the Islanders Wednesday night…
from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,
With the Maple Leafs struggling badly on their own ice – they haven’t scored a goal at home in more than 127 minutes of play – Matt Stajan has asked for a little more life and energy from the Air Canada Centre crowd to help the team get over the hump.
“We want our crowd to be as loud as it can be from the start of the game to the finish…we want the fans to cheer as loud as they can. We would love to have that on a nightly basis here,” he said this morning.
“We get it some nights but, obviously, we would like it more nights. We have to do a better job of giving them some excitement but we hope they can bring some excitement and energy to this building as well.”
from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
But it is the last minute scratches which are a major headache for the league. There is an unwritten rule from the NHL that if you pull out of All-Star Weekend, you better miss at least the game before the All-Star break, and the first game after it. Of course, this is impossible to enforce.
Sensational Columbus goalie Steve Mason played back-to-back games Tuesday and Wednesday, and made some typically spectacular saves. Yet his team announced Tuesday he wouldn’t be going to Montreal because of back spasms.
Washington sophomore Nicklas Backstrom looked fine against Ottawa Tuesday night, but he’s pulled out too.
I’m not judging either player. In fact, I’m guessing the decision was probably made by coaches or management. But it troubles me.
via Wayne Fish of PhillyBurbs,
More and more, it looks like this is going to be a lost year for Flyers center Daniel Briere.
Briere, who will undergo his second abdominal surgery of the season today in Philadelphia, has played in only nine games this year.
He\s attempted two comebacks already and both have failed. The current one was a gallant attempt but ultimately, he simply has a chronic problem which probably requires long-term rest.
The official prognosis indicated Briere might only miss two weeks of action. But that seems somewhat unrealistic, given the history of this problem. Even the worst-case scenario—six weeks on the sidelines—might not be reasonable.
At some point, the Flyers might have to consider shutting down Briere for the season. They have too much money, $52 million over six years, invested in this player. If the problem becomes too chronic, he might never be right.
from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
“It doesn’t matter how we feel out there,” Toews said. “There are going to be tough times during the schedule with little things nagging at you like injuries, fatigue or whatever it is.
“We need to figure out those little excuses don’t matter and we all need to step up and play better in those moments and learn how to play through adversity.
“We know what kind of team we are and showed it in December. We want to keep going down that path and keep getting better. Obviously the way we’ve played the last two games is a setback.”
The Hawks still are fourth in the Western Conference, but it’s a team in a downward trend, particularly offensively.
Quenneville questioned the Hawks’ work ethic in the last little while.
“The mind-set is we have to think of checking,” Quenneville said. “A lot of things are going to be resolved by checking and simple plays and getting opportunities off it.
“I think we’re probably sick and tired of people telling us how good we are instead of how hard we work, and that’s going to get us out of it.”
more on last night’s loss to the Blues…
via Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,
R.J. Umberger had a strong game with two goals and nearly a third midway through the third period. And if that wasn’t enough he was hammered from behind by Dion Phaneuf in the first period, drawing a game misconduct for boarding. Umberger smacked his cheek hard against the glass, but said he was mostly just dazed.
“I’m lucky I was so close to the boards,” he said. “If I were a little further out, I could have been in trouble.”
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