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That’s the number of miles the Sharks will be traveling on their 5 game, 9 day road trip.
PJ Swenson of Sharkspage breaks down the trip!
from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,
General manager Brian Lawton scolded his players for failing to back up C Vinny Lecavalier on Tuesday after he fought Islanders tough guy Tim Jackman in defense of a teammate.
“I was extremely, extremely disappointed with our players,” Lawton said Wednesday. “Vinny did the most noble thing he could do in his position outside of scoring, which is stand up for the team, and the team didn’t respond for him. That was very hurtful, disappointing and upsetting.”
continued and I don’t think they will be very happy after the Bolts blew a 3 goal third period lead & losing in OT tonight to the Pens.
from Scott Herhold of the Mercury News,
In the end, it was almost anti-climax, an end to a case never destined for trial. William “Boots’’ Del Biaggio, the man who flew too close to the sun, answered with a single word Wednesday when the clerk in federal court asked how he pled. “Guilty,’’ he said.
And with that, a year’s worth of haggling was all but done. Del Biaggio’s attorney, Elliot Peters, and Assistant U.S. Atty. Tim Crudo had signed off on an agreement that could give Del Biaggio between six and eight-plus years of prison.
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added 10:13pm, The Globe and Mail takes a look at this situation as it relates to the Predators…
from Tim Sassone of Between the Circles,
Kane has 1 goal in his last 16 games. Who would have thought this could happen after the way he started?
Can it all be related to the high right ankle sprain he suffered on Dec. 30 in Detroit? Or is Kane getting gun shy from being targeted by the opposition every night?
Maybe gun shy is too strong an indictment. But there was another instance in Tuesday’s 3-1 win at Edmonton where Kane had a lane to the net on a rush and instead went to the left side and tried to pass.
from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,
In the West, I believe it’s Vancouver, Minnesota, Columbus, Edmonton and Phoenix competing in for the final two spots.
Some make a case that Dallas is still vulnerable, but the Stars have been prideful since the Sean Avery messiness, and they don’t look like a team that is going to be denied a playoff spot. In the spirit of high brow journalism, I’m ready to declare the Stars a winner well before the polls close.
And I’m not feeling the love for the Nashville Predators, even though they have won three of four. The are too offensive-challenged.
Here are the factors that I believe are crucial for the teams trying to survive in the West:
Vancouver Canucks: As long as Roberto Luongo performs like he’s the top goalie in the West, I think the Canucks will make it
more & a little East talk too…
from Patricia Best of the Globe and Mail,
Calgary investment banker W. Brett Wilson has come right out and said he’s interested in owning a piece of the ailing Nashville Predators hockey team. In fact, the publicity-embracing Mr. Wilson has made no secret over the years of his desire to own a couple of NHL teams.
Well, how about the Phoenix Coyotes? Word circulating among business people in Calgary is that Mr. Wilson is trying to snag ownership of that benighted team (although NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said only this week in Toronto that while the Coyotes “will be fine,” there was no new owner in sight). So after chatting first about the Predators we asked Mr. Wilson about Phoenix yesterday, catching him, it seemed, by surprise. “I’ve been there. I’ve golfed there,” he said. Yes, but what about his interest in the Phoenix team? “I’ve been there, I’ve golfed there,” he repeated.
Brian Burke appeared on Fan590 about an hour ago. Burke talked Leafs and then was asked about the Pronger to Toronto rumors. His response, “He is not coming here, not a chance.”
Burke then went on to say the package Anaheim GM Bob Murray would get for Pronger is a “#1 pick and a kid.” I found it a bit interesting Burke did not say if he is traded, but instead just said this is the type of package Anaheim will get for Pronger.
You can listen here and the Pronger topic starts at the 7:20 mark..
from SportsTicker via the National Post,
Due to an unspecified nagging injury, Carolina Hurricanes captain Rod Brind’Amour returned home Wednesday and will miss the team’s upcoming games in San Jose and Phoenix.
The Hurricanes would not describe the specific nature of Brind’Amour’s problem, saying only that it was a lower body injury that has been bothering him for a number of days.
Carolina coach Paul Maurice did say the injury is not related to Brind’Amour’s knee problems….
The Hurricanes also announced Wednesday that right wing Scott Walker will be placed on injured reserve with an upper body injury.
from the CP via the Sporting News,
Lindy Ruff figures there’s no way to put together this kind of streak without a little good fortune.
As the longest-tenured man in a volatile profession, the Buffalo Sabres coach doesn’t get surprised when he hears that another member of the fraternity has lost his job. It’s something he’s seen happen time and again.
There have been 137 coaching changes in the NHL since Ruff was hired by the Sabres in July 1997, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. While that number alone is staggering, consider the anecdotal evidence - Craig Hartsburg has now lost three NHL head coaching jobs over that period.
All the while, Ruff keeps plugging away with the Sabres.
from the CP via TSN,
The head of the NHL Players’ Association believes it’s time to consider a rule mandating helmet use during fights, and to examine the role of one-dimensional enforcers in the game.
While a “clear majority” of players want fighting to remain a part of hockey, Paul Kelly feels his constituency is open to new restrictions on how the gloves are dropped.
“A couple that we’ve talked about that ought to be looked at anyway is, do you consider a rule whereby players need to keep a helmet on during the course of a fight, and perhaps require officials to step in if a helmet comes off during a fight,” Kelly told reporters ahead of Wednesday’s Conn Smythe Celebrities Dinner and Auction….
Kelly, however, didn’t stop there.
Acknowledging the role fighting has in policing the tenor of play on the ice, he added that so-called “staged fights” between two players with skill sets limited to chucking knuckles may no longer have a place on the ice.
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