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For the past 13 seasons, Ray Tufts has been San Jose’s head athletic trainer. He’s been working with professional athletes for more than two decades. Before coming to the Sharks, Tufts was on the training staff of the San Francisco 49ers and worked with the likes of Pro Football Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Jerry Rice.
Most fans envision the trainer darting onto the ice when a player is injured, but much of Tufts work goes into preventing injuries from occurring.
“We’re in the business of keeping the players as healthy as possible without injuring or re-injuring them based on something that we do,” said Tufts…
Before practice and on game day, Tufts and his staff work on keeping players muscles warmed up and ready for action. Following practice and games, they also work on helping players cool down their bodies to help recover.
The training staff also knows that one size doesn’t fit all – in other words, everyone has different needs.
from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,
University of Alberta School of Business instructor Chris Neuman and business student Ryan Jeffrey have released new statistics (on the day between the Canadiens’ two thumpings in Alberta) using a computer-based model to repeatedly simulate all remaining games on the NHL schedule.
The Canadiens, they find, have a 94.9 per cent chance of making the playoffs.
The probability of a team winning or losing a game is based on their current win percentage and the win percentage of the other team.
read on for a chart listing the chances of every NHL team…
Craig Custance of Sporting News Today has a Q & A with Flyers GM Paul Holmgren…
Q: Is there a specific area you’d like to address before the deadline?
A: There are some areas I wouldn’t mind shoring up. We’d like to get a little bigger up front, if we could….
Wade Belak of the Predators takes on Cam Janssen of the Blues.
from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,
Despite mutually miserable seasons, however, the two teams which entered the contest 10 and 13 points out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture, respectively, are worlds apart in other ways.
The Leafs, as we are reminded regularly by coach Ron Wilson and president Brian Burke, are looking far beyond this spring, enjoying the benefit of never having to worry about selling tickets.
The Bolts, as embattled interim head coach Rick Tocchet made clear yesterday, have no such free pass.
“I don’t care who you have on your team, if you don’t win, you’re not going to bring people in,” Tocchet said. “We’re in a market here where we have to at least compete.
“The fans want to see us win, that’s the bottom line.”
As league issues go, that bottom line is becoming particularly gruesome in these economic times, particularly for NHL teams in southern locales.
via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
There were four Bruins scouts at the Avs-Wild game the other night, and I know the B’s very thinking seriously about getting a defenseman - most likely Clark, Salei or Leopold. And, I think Svatos has been discussed as well.
Who would the Avs get back? Probably a draft pick or two. When you’re a seller, that’s what you get back. Then you build your team back up to being good enough to be a buyer again, and take your next shot at the Cup.
from Erik Erlendsson of Bolts Report,
Marty St. Louis’ name has popped up in relation to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
It’s not the first time St. Louis and the Penguins have been linked as Pittsburgh is trying to find somebody consistent to play on a line with Sidney Crosby. Marty would probably be a good fit with Crosby because he works hard every shift, can chase down pucks and works well in the corners. The name mentioned as coming back is defenseman Ryan Whitney. But here’s the thing, if the Lightning think Whitney is the No. 1 defenseman they need, it’s just not the case.
Now, if the deal was Whitney and Jordan Staal, maybe you think about it from the Lightning’s perspective. Otherwise, you don’t trade the heart and soul of this team
from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
After taking part in a loose practice session during the club’s annual “First Flight” field trip for elementary-school students Thursday at Honda Center, Ducks rookie center Andrew Ebbett talked about the hit to the head he took from Calgary Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf the night before.
Sporting a broken nose, courtesy of the shot delivered by Phaneuf late in the second period of the Ducks’ 3-2, overtime victory, Ebbett considered himself fortunate he didn’t incur further damage.
“It doesn’t feel that good this morning,” Ebbett said. “Luckily, it didn’t give me a concussion or anything — I hope. The nose is just kind of throbbing.”
Ebbett related his recollection of the play near the Calgary blue line.
“I saw him coming, dumped it (the puck) by him,” Ebbett said. “I thought I had the inside track on him, to get on the inside. The last thing I saw was his arm kind of coming up. Watching the replay, it looks more like an elbow than a shoulder to me.”
continued and the only video of the hit I could find can be seen below…
from Leonard Shapiro of the Washington Post,
Independent co-producers Gemma Hooley and Chris Nelson have spent most of the last eight months trying to show a different side to the game, seen and heard through the eyes and the voices of Capitals veteran forward Brooks Laich and rookie defenseman Karl Alzner….
“There is very little sports on NPR, and certainly not much hockey,” said Hooley, a 40-year-old South African who narrates the features. “Chris and I thought there were so many stories that could be told, and we thought we could do it with sound. We’re not interested in the games in general. We just thought we could follow two players through the season on and off the ice and explain the game in a thoughtful way, especially what it takes to play at this level.”
from Bobby Ryan at AnaheimDucks.com,
I’m having a blast. Outside of the success I’ve had this year, you still get to come to the rink every day and play hockey. You’re playing a game every day. That’s pretty incredible.
I’ve gotten a little bit of everything from the fans since I’ve been here. There have been phone numbers handed to me at events. I’ve had fans wait at the hotel for me after games, because they know all the rookies are staying there. One girl wrote me a poem that she made me read out loud back to her. It’s flattering and it’s nice to be noticed. It’s been fun spending time with our fans and they’re second to none.
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