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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The delirious 71,217 fans at Ralph Wilson Stadium, almost all of whom stayed in their seats until the NHL’s brightest star, Sidney Crosby, scored the last goal of the shootout to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 2-1 win, made it official - the league’s second outdoor game, dubbed the Winter Classic, was a roaring success.
There was snow, which ranged from light to heavy, but it was never heavy enough to present a serious problem. There were winds, but not as strong as the weather forecasters predicted. And the temperatures stayed around freezing, making conditions for the game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Penguins as close to perfect as possible for an outdoor game.
Update 8:16pm ET: From Scott Burnside at ESPN, grading the Winter Classic on the crowd, the weather, the warm ups, and so on.
Update 8:32pm ET: Adam Proteau at The Hockey News, pronounces the Winter Classic a success.
Update 10:33pm ET: The “Perfect Snowstorm” says the NY Times.
note: photo credit belongs to Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images
from the BlueShirts Blog,
Not only did 2007 turn to 2008 at midnight last night, but the NHL CBA mandated a change in how it views any contract extensions or new deals. During calendar ‘07, they would be averaged back into this season, potentially hiking a team’s payroll for cap purposes.
In other words, the Rangers now can sign Henrik Lundqvist to the long-term deal that was impossible last summer when they were planning their major dive into the free agent pool.
From the AP and TSN,
Sergei Samsonov cleared NHL waivers on Monday, and was put on re-entry waivers by the Blackhawks on Tuesday.
Samsonov has appeared in 23 of Chicago’s games without scoring a goal. He has four assists, and a minus-seven plus-minus rating. He was acquired last June from Montreal for Jassen Cullimore and Tony Salmelainen. Samsonov is under contract for US$3.525 million this season and can become an unrestricted free agent next July 1.
If a team claims him, they will only have to pay half of his remaining salary, with Chicago paying the rest.
via the Columbus Blue Jackets,
The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned center Gilbert Brule to the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.
Brule, 21, has appeared in 31 games with the Blue Jackets this season, tallying one goal and three assists for four point with 10 penalty minutes and a +1 plus/minus rating. Columbus’ first pick, sixth overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft, he has registered 12-15-27 and 38 penalty minutes in 116 career NHL games
Comments, remarks, questions, or just want to talk about the game today between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres.
Enjoy the game and stay warm!
Sam Rosen and Bill Clement bring you the pre-game show from Buffalo. Show starts streaming at 11:00am ET.
update 11:29am, Show is over but the NHL may archive it just like they did the previous show, so you may want to check back later.
BfloBlog has their game day, open post up and I am sure it will become very active in a few hours.
Stop by throughout the day to get the feel of the game from the Buffalo perspective.
via the Denver Post,
The Avalanche again will be at the mercy of a doctor’s prognosis today, when the condition of one of Ryan Smyth’s ankles will be determined. Early indications, however, are not good.
Smyth needed help from two Avalanche teammates to get from his locker stall to another room following Monday night’s 4-3 shootout loss to Phoenix.
If Smyth is out for an extended period of time, the Avs may need to start looking for some scoring help.
added 5:13pm, The Avs have called up T.J. Hensick.
added 6:16pm, From TSN:
The Avalanche received some good news regarding forward Ryan Smyth Tuesday as X-rays on his injured ankle came back negative. He has been diagnosed with a sprained ankle and is out indefinitely.
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
But if you’re a general manager who can’t count upon goalie stability, you’re in for some interesting times. Eventually, you might win, but you probably won’t. And even if you do, you’re sure to have a rocky road along the way.
Consider, for example, the current plight of the Ottawa Senators. For most of this season, the Senators have cruised along, rolling over opponents with ease. But their few shaky moments coincided with goalie problems — a goalie controversy during a losing streak and on other occasions, Ray Emery problems.
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