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Marian Hossa catches the puck, tosses it down and puts it in the net before it hits the ice.
Antero Niittymaki gets the puck with his stick before it completely crosses the goal line.
thanks to DayWalk3r (Twitter) for the pointer.
from David Biderman of the Wall Street Journal,
Many sports fans assume baseball is the game that’s most driven by owners’ pocketbooks. For proof, they could point to the 2009 playoffs, where the final four teams were all near the top of the league in payroll. But the sport where spending money most closely equates to winning games is played on ice, not grass and dirt.
From 2000 to 2008, NHL teams’ winning percentage has a 0.49 correlation to their payroll (where 1 represents a direct correlation and 0 represents no correlation at all). This number doesn’t suggest an airtight relationship, but it’s a stronger correlation than the three other major sports leagues. Major League Baseball has a 0.43 correlation, and the NFL is at a nearly meaningless 0.15, according to a new study by Dave Berri, a professor of economics at Southern Utah University.
via David Pollak of the Mercury News,
Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle will continue to be evaluated this week to determine the extent of an injury suffered at the end of Saturday night’s 2-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, but a team spokesman said Sunday that it does not appear to be serious.
No details on the injury were released.
The Sharks don’t play again until Thursday, so it does give Boyle some time to heal.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
• Former Oilers goalie Ron Tugnutt, who is tutoring the Canadian junior team these days, figures Martin Brodeur will be the No. 1 on the Olympic squad and Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins should be No. 2 because he’s got a Cup ring from last spring.
Not Roberto Luongo?
“Luongo over his career really hasn’t won anything,” said Tugnutt.
• The New York Rangers would certainly be in the hunt for the struggling Vincent Lecavalier if he wants to waive his no-trade, no-move clause in Tampa Bay.
Why? Because the fiery John Tortorella was his Lightning coach and he’d look wonderful alongside Marian Gaborik.
But the Rangers would have to move about $10 million in salary to Tampa to make it work. Do the Lightning want centre Chris Drury and defenceman Michal Rozsival? I don’t think so.
The Los Angeles Kings might be the best suitor.
from Darren Pang at FoxSportsMidwest,
The next day it is what is called a “bag skate”. Skate real hard, no pucks, and the point is real clear.
This is where good teams bond. this is the type of negative situation that has to be turned into a positive for the players in the room. It is up to them, in my opinion. The players, at the end of the day, have to get it done. They play the game. The coaches job is to prepare the team. The Blues coaching staff does that every day.
In all my years of playing the game, and being in the broadcast booth handling Stanley Cup play-off assignments, Olympic competitions, I have NEVER seen win’s come easy. They don’t just arrive on your door step with a free Bud Light. They are all cherished, they are all earned.
The doubter’s are out there now. It was a “Meltdown on Market Street”. The fan’s are getting restless, witnessing far too many home losses, yet seeing the Blue’s win so strongly on the road.
This is why these player’s the game. They didn’t choose an individual sport like tennis, golf or bowling. These great athletes chose a team sport. When they get ready for the next game, and the one after that, they better be able to look across the room at their teammates and not let them down
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have assigned center Michael Nylander to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today
added 9:47pm, via Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,
Under the arrangement, Nylander, who has not suited up for the Capitals since the last season’s playoffs, will come off Washington’s 23-man roster and his $4.875 million cap hit no longer will count against the club’s salary cap figure.
Even with Nylander off the roster, the team still would be responsible for paying his $5.5 million annual salary this season. But the move gives Washington the salary-cap flexibility it needs to make an addition at the NHL’s trade deadline or call up touted prospect Karl Alzner.
“To get the fans back they have to play well and to me, I like to go and see some superstars. I’m not a big fan of golf but when I know Tiger Woods is playing I’m going to watch him. I like Dwayne Wade because it’s attractive to have a superstar because a superstar gives you something other people can’t.’‘
“I love the breakaways, penalty shots, the shootouts. That’s what they did in the World Cup and we should do in the playoffs, too, instead of playing until 3 a.m. Even if it’s 0-0, people get excited for the shootout.’‘
-Pavel Bure on the Panthers and the shootout. More from Harvey Fialkov at the Sun-Sentinel.
from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,
Maybe we were tired. Maybe we were rattled with the change in routine. Maybe our defense broke down. Maybe our young goaltender had a truly sub par performance. Maybe their goaltender stole a game after a shaky start.
Maybe all teams in the NHL are good to very good and they just beat us - at home - after we played back to back. It is a big game for the other side, Hockey Night in Canada and all. I think we lead the NHL now in Saturday night games on Hockey Night in Canada now. Everyone gets up for us. We have no easy games to play any more.
They won. We lost. We get no points.
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The HNIC crew discusses numerous hockey topics, including the Coyotes, the salary cap for next season, ref talk, league spending and the Kovalchuk contract.
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