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“I was sitting in the [penalty] box and I was asking the guy if they actually gave me five minutes, I didn’t even know if they called that a fight. I couldn’t get my left glove off so I was more worried about just making sure he wasn’t throwing at me. Next time I’m in that situation I’ll be a little bit more confident on how to protect myself and do the right things.
“Sometimes things like that happen and you can’t back down from it. You just have to step up and protect yourself and do what you have to do. “
-Jonathan Toews after his first NHL fight last night. More on the Blackhawks from Chris Kuc of Icing at the Chicago Tribune.
from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,
If someone asked me to describe Tim Thomas’ goaltending style I would probably say he reminds me of a 34-year-old insurance salesman who plays once a week in the Friday night midnight recreation league.
The man looks frightfully awkward at times.
But Boston Bruins fans need to just close their eyes and utter the phrase “I do believe. I do believe. I do believe.”
Thomas might have a body like Gump Worsley, but he is leading the NHL with a 1.78 goals-against average and .944 save percentage.
from Damien Cox at ESPN,
The world of quotes. Yes, indeed, they do make the world go ‘round, even the NHL, which isn’t exactly the sassiest of pro sports leagues when it comes to lipping off….
“Every single day, you ask the same questions. You know the amazing thing? You’ve never asked me once about what we’re doing in practice. ‘What was that drill?’ No one’s ever asked that. It’s always, ‘What’s Jason Blake going to do tomorrow? Where’s Brian Burke having dinner tonight?’ You don’t really talk about the actual X’s and O’s of the game. I find that kind of strange. So, then I wonder, maybe you don’t ask those questions because maybe you don’t understand.”
—Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson sparring with the media
from Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge,
Here to suggest the NHL reconsider the goal nets they currently utilize in the great frozen game.
Simmer down goalies, I’m not pushing for larger dimensions. What I want is a return to the less taut, more cascading netting of yesteryear. A return to that once upon a time when goals were accentuated by the billowing of diamond shaped nylon as the vulcanized rubber disk sailed agonizingly past the guardian of the twine, and dramatically popped the netting from its lifeless, drape-like state. (I tried to catch the flavor of the memory)
Nowadays, like most things in society, we want it over with as soon as possible so we can move on to the next “moment”, so they’ve created a scenario where the puck trampolines out of the net like a tennis ball off a racket.
On Saturday night, prior to their game with the Boston Bruins, the Montreal Canadiens will honor Patrick Roy by retiring his No. 33 at the Bell Centre. The following is the transcript from the Q&A session Roy had with the NHL media today.
Q. Can you just talk about what it means to you, and did you think this day would come given your departure from Montreal?
PATRICK ROY: Well, you have no control on if they will retire my jersey or not, but I surely hope that that would happen one day. I knew they had a lot of guys to do before me. You know, the Canadiens haven’t done that for a long time, and I felt that the Savards, the Robinsons, Gainey, Dryden, they’ve been a big part of the history of the Canadiens, and I think they deserve that.
from the CP via TSN,
Montreal Canadiens president Pierre Boivin fears that the sagging loonie could send Canadian NHL teams spiralling back into the dark economic days that preceded the lockout.
Boivin says the league’s six Canadian clubs are thriving at the gate and bring in more than a third of the total revenue for the 30-team NHL.
But he identified the tumbling dollar as one of three threats to the continued viability of Canadian clubs.
added 6:01pm, from Frederic Tomesco at Bloomberg,
More declines in the Canadian currency would recreate the situation that existed before the lockout, when most Canadian clubs were unprofitable, Boivin said. The Canadiens paid out $18 million last season to other NHL clubs as part of the revenue- sharing system, he said.
more if you are interested in the business side of the NHL…
John Grigg at The Hockey News lists out his top-10 favorite NHL duos he enjoys watching play:
10. Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley
• These guys aren’t having the best start to the year, but there’s few purer snipers in the league than Heatley and even fewer set-up men as slick as Spezza.
9. Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen
• This is a relatively new duo, especially with ‘The Mule’ having been hurt most of the year. But Zetterberg is magic with the puck and Franzen is a bull with hands. Together the two are dangerous whenever they’re on the ice.
Can you name all the Dallas Stars in this photo off the top of your head? To be honest, we—and a few other hockey people we asked—actually struggled for a few minutes trying to identify one of the guys in this picture. (But we’re betting you’re sharper than we are…)
from Kostya Kennedy of Sports Illustrated,
In a parity-stricken league, Lidstrom has ensured that the Red Wings remain in a class of one, and in June he crossed into hockey’s final frontier when he became the first European captain in NHL history to hoist the Stanley Cup. “I’m very proud to be the first,” he said, and in the next breath, “I’m very proud of the whole team too.”
What makes Lidstrom so Sportsman-like is, well, his sportsmanship: his humility, his professionalism. He is intuitive on the ice and equally so in the locker room. Earlier this year Babcock told me that he had never coached player this good. “In what way?” I asked. Replied Babcock: “In any way you can think of.”
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Senators centre Mike Fisher is expected to miss two weeks with strained right knee ligaments, it was announced after practice this morning.
The news is worse on Chris Neil.
The rugged right winger will have arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. It’s not yet known how long Neil will be out of the lineup.
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