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from Stephen Ripley of Sun Media,
There’s Hakan Loob, whose brief tenure with the Calgary Flames included a 50-goal season; budding superstar Henrik Zetterberg, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy in Detroit’s 2008 Stanley Cup run; gritty winger Tomas Sandstrom, who scored 857 points in 15 NHL seasons; and Flyers goalie Pelle Lindbergh, who won the 1985 Vezina Trophy before dying in a car crash that same year.
And those are the guys who didn’t make the list.
10. Anders Hedberg
Like the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, the now-demolished Winnipeg Arena was the spot where Swedish players first gained a foothold in their invasion of North American hockey. Together with countryman Ulf Nilsson, Anders Hedberg was one of the first players to storm the beach in 1974, scoring 100 points in his rookie season with the World Hockey Association’s Winnipeg Jets.
via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
• There’s nothing wrong with toughness but there is something wrong when two fighters, who aren’t even part of the game, square off because they believe it’s their job to do so.
• The Boston Bruins would love to deal NHL Players’ Association rebel Andrew Ference, but who wants a mediocre defenceman with misguided political aspirations?
• What’s next for the messed up NHLPA, after ignorantly hiring Al Eagleson’s buddy, Roy McMurtry, to explain the Paul Kelly dismissal. Why not hire Ted Saskin? Bob Goodenow? Or why doesn’t Ian Penny just resign and let the PA start over again?
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
We have the seen the future of goaltending in the Motor City and, frankly, it looks more Edsel than Cadillac.
At least that’s the short view after the St. Louis Blues stunned the Detroit Red Wings for the second night in a row here, spotting the Stanley Cup finalists an early two-goal lead before roaring back to win 5-3 in the finale of the NHL Premiere Games series.
On a night when much-heralded Detroit backup netminder Jimmy Howard hoped to start answering the many questions that have been asked about his ability to handle NHL play, he instead created even more skepticism about the Wings’ goaltending situation.
Mike Millbury, Glen Healy and Al Strachan joined Ron MacLean and discussed the Phoenix situation, Atlanta moving to Winnipeg, the Lighthouse Project, the NHLPA and the Canucks feel Burke has been tampering.
Coach’s Corner tonight- Don talks Leafs goaltending, NHLPA, Andrei Markov injory & Matt Duchene is going to be the rookie of the year.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
They blew two-goal leads both nights and lost 4-3 Friday and 5-3 Saturday. Needless to say, that was not on their list of things to do in Stockholm.
“It’s real bad,” Tomas Holmstrom, who is from the northern city of Pitea, told NHL.com. “We’re really disappointed with the way we played.”
Not all was lost this week though.
The eight Swedes got to see friends and family they normally never see in the months of October through June. They also got to show their other teammates from Canada, the U.S., Finland and Russia what their culture is all about.
from Brian Compton of NHL.com,
Wang is slated to meet with town Supervisor Kate Murray early next week after the latter phoned the Isles’ owner on Friday afternoon. Clearly, when the two sit down, Wang will express his displeasure with the lack of movement from the town board. He’ll also deliver a message to Murray face-to-face.
“No more games,” a disappointed Wang said on Saturday night at the Coliseum, where his Islanders opened the 2009-10 season against the Pittsburgh Penguins. “I want a yes or a no. Tell me what you want, then I can tell you if I can or can not do it. Two years have gone by … we’re going to meet now?”
It’s certainly disheartening news for Islanders fans who have voiced their support for a project that has been in the works for several years. County Executive Tom Suozzi, who dropped the puck at center ice on Saturday night, is dumbfounded by the lack of movement on Hempstead’s part, as well as Murray’s phone call to Wang on Friday.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Rostislav Klesla to a four-year contract extension that will keep the club’s first-ever Entry Draft pick with the organization through the 2013-14 season, General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Klesla, 27, has registered 36 goals and 79 assists for 115 points with 456 penalty minutes in 444 career games with the Blue Jackets. The club’s first pick, fourth overall, in the 2000 Entry Draft currently stands second in franchise history in games played (David Vyborny, 543) and penalty minutes (Jody Shelley, 1,025) and is the club’s all-time leader among defensemen in games played, goals, assists, points and penalty minutes. In 2001-02, he was selected to the National Hockey League’s All-Rookie Team.
“Rusty is an original Blue Jacket who over the years has grown and become a leader for our hockey club,” said Howson. “It was important for our organization and for Rusty that he continue to be a vital part of what we are building here.”
Ilya Kovalchuk says it is now or never for the Thrashers.
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