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from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,
And as much fun as it may be to speculate about trades that would bring Vincent Lecavalier to Montreal, the simple truth is that Lecavalier doesn’t want to play here. Pity, because he is a fair modern imitation of Jean Béliveau. The goal he scored on a knuckler last night was his 20th of the season to go with 26 assists.
Forget that fellow Sidney What’s-his-name: If we’re choosing sides for a little shinny, Vinny is our first pick. Any game that includes Lecavalier, Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis should have more sizzle than last night’s rather humdrum affair.
more on the Canadiens…
from the Ottawa Citizen,
When Ray Emery unveiled his new helmet yesterday, the Ottawa Senators organization held its collective breath.
Memories are still fresh of the firestorm Emery ignited two seasons ago, when he briefly donned a helmet carrying images of convicted rapist Mike Tyson.
So a great sense of relief washed over everyone when Emery’s new helmet was revealed to be carrying two images of The Greatest, Muhammad Ali, who was everything to boxing (and humanity) that Tyson wasn’t.
continued... with picture.
from The Good, The Bad and The Duthie,
Usually by now, the NHL trade total is well into double-digits (we were already at 11 last year, and even that was low). But now that we are into the 3rd year of the cap, and parity has settled in, The Art of the Deal is dying. It’s tough to make trades work financially, and the panic moves we used to see from teams who start slowly have disappeared. Everyone is still in the hunt, so everyone is willing to wait.
For guys like me, who depend on trade-talk to liven up panel discussions, this is not good news. If you see me doing a 8-minute retrospective on the “Sutherby Blockbuster” on Trade Deadline Day, you have permission to shoot me.
from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Crosby is a terrific player. He is also capable of some hit-and-run behavior of his own. He tripped up Flyers goaltender Martin Biron from behind in the third period, then hid behind teammate Georges Laraque, who took a dive into Biron’s legs a few minutes later.
When things really got out of hand, Crosby was on the bench.
There’s no way to defend all the fighting and foolishness to a non-hockey fan. The NHL has worked hard to steer the game away from the professional wrestling atmosphere and emphasize the skill and the speed that really make the sport fun to watch.
But a night like this has a certain, hard-to-justify appeal to those of us who grew up watching Bobby Clarke and Dave Schultz and Bob Kelly throw their bodies around and their gloves on the ice.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
The trick, then, is to change the philosophy, and that’s not as complicated as it sounds.
Instead of another reinterpretation of the rulebook, it is now incumbent on the NHL’s stewards to look beyond their narrow self-interests and embrace a new model for the game.
Owners have to hire GMs who favour an attacking style of hockey. GMs have to hire coaches who’ll play that game. Organizations then have to commit to this new brand.
from the Toronto Star,
“I always thought Nik Antropov was a great hockey player from the first year I saw him,” Sundin said, referring to the fact Antropov has gained votes, among the media at least, as the Leafs’ best player so far.
“I saw that he was big and strong, that he had a reach and a great shot. I thought he had all the tools to be a great player.”
Antropov is now within four goals of eclipsing his previous career high of 18. He is also on pace for 40 goals, 42 assists and 82 points – all of which would smash his previous bests.
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Talking informally Tuesday about how good he feels, Legace said he’s not worried about remaining healthy the rest of the season but added he’ll have postseason surgery to put a “plug” in his right knee. That’s the same knee on which Legace had arthroscopic surgery last spring to repair cartilage.
“I have a defect in my bone and my cartilage,” Legace said. “We knew about (the defect) before we went into the surgery last year ... the consensus was that it wasn’t big enough that the plug was necessary.”
“So, we hoped it would be OK like it was last season, and it ended up that it got a little worse over the summer,” Legace said. “The cartilage probably wore away to the bone. If it wasn’t for these Don Joy braces, I don’t think I could play. But if I jam it too hard, it just swells right up.”
Davidson was caught off guard by Legace’s certainty that he’d need surgery.
“I would think that at the end of the season, he’d re-evaluate the situation and see if he needs surgery or not. As far as I know, I don’t think there’s anything in stone,” Davidson said.
from the AP via TSN,
Centre Bryan Smolinski will be out for six weeks with a sprained right knee suffered Dec. 6 against Boston, the Montreal Canadiens announced Tuesday.
Winger Steve Begin, who suffered a separated left shoulder in the same game, will miss two to three weeks.
ANAHEIM, Calif. - (December 11, 2007) – In celebration of one of Anaheim’s many momentous 2007 events, the City of Anaheim will present the Stanley Cup on the City’s 2008 Rose Parade® float, titled “Anaheim, the World’s Celebration Destination!” on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, Calif. This will be the first time in the 119-year history of the Rose Parade that the coveted trophy will appear in the parade, coinciding with the first time that a California hockey team, the Anaheim Ducks, has won the Stanley Cup.
From Bob McKenzie at TSN,
There is still much work to be done, but it looks as though the sale of the Tampa Bay Lightning is on its way to being resurrected.
Sources say NHL commissioner Gary Bettman yesterday mediated a resolution of the dispute, and lawsuit, between proposed partners Jeff Sherrin and Oren Koules, who hand intended to work together to purchase the Lightning franchise from the Detroit-based Palace Sports and Entertainment.
The net result is apparently that Sherrin and Koules have reached a settlement on their issues, the lawsuit has been avoided, and Hollywood producer Koules, of Saw (I,II,III and IV) fame, now has the green light to resume negotiations with the Lightning’s existing ownership. Koules is a former minor league hockey player.
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