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from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,
Chris Schwarz has a dream job.
As the strength and conditioning coach of the Ottawa Senators, Schwarz helps keep world-class athletes such as Erik Karlsson, Kyle Turris and Mark Stone finely tuned.
Schwarz isn’t referring to those star players, nor is he citing recent flu virus issues in the NHL when he says: “I can’t tell you how we’re in trouble. It’s an epidemic.”
Schwarz is talking about the lack of athleticism among our youth, even including some elite hockey players who didn’t play other sports or freelance in the playgrounds as children. He offers this simple test for parents: “Ask your kid if he or she can somersault. See if they can play catch with both hands. Can they run backwards? Do those three things. I think most parents would be astonished that their kids can’t do it.”
Those same parents approach Schwarz at his Fitquest private strength training centre and ask him to “make my son skate fast.” Unfortunately, it’s a losing proposition if the child hasn’t first learned to run and play; to kick and throw a ball.
Surprisingly, in this era of the professional who trains year round, some very good hockey players have come through the system, only to hit a wall at a certain point because their hockey aspirations lacked a foundation.
from Bruce Garrioch at the Ottaw Citizen,
Asked by Postmedia if he would allow Karlsson to go to the Olympics — and the Senators’ star defenceman has never indicated publicly he would request permission to go — Melnyk put the hammer down right away.
“No, no, it would be no, a flat no,” Melnyk said. “I talked to (former Senators captain Daniel) Alfredsson about it and he understands the player would want to (attend), but I’m not going to risk that.”
Melnyk pointed to the 2005-06 season, when the Senators lost goaltender Dominik Hasek to a mysterious adductor injury after he was hurt while playing for the Czech Republic in the Turin Winter Olympics.
Hasek never returned to the net and the Senators lost in the second round of the playoffs to the Buffalo Sabres with Ray Emery in net.
“I had a Cup in 2006 parked for me and waiting for me,” Melnyk said. “We were arguing about whose name was going to go on the (Cup). We were there and what happens? Hasek. I’m not going to do that.
“Can you imagine if (Karlsson) goes and he gets a permanent injury? You know what I’m saying? That’s my view,” Melnyk said.
Nine months to go...
added 11:49am, NHL press release is below...
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Unable to get clearance in January to return this season four months after he suffered his fourth concussion in the past 18 months in training camp, the 31-year-old MacArthur travelled to Fort Myers to actually give retirement a shot.
In his first interview since he was denied clearance to play, MacArthur told Postmedia on Sunday that as hard as he tried, he couldnt walk away and thats why hes back in an attempt to see if he can resume his career but, as far as the team is concerned, the status quo remains that he wont be back this season.
I basically, in all honesty, went to Florida to try and retire, MacArthur said in an exclusive interview. If I go out in Florida no one cares about hockey, I thought this would make it easier to get away from it. That worked for about the first week. I thought the whole week that I had convinced myself to move on and do something different. I didnt know what to do or where I was going with it but I was just trying to check myself out of hockey.
added 1:31pm, Carolina release is below...
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
At his peak with the Canucks, he averaged 28 goals a season over a five-year stretch, but he was about so much more than numbers. He burned for the game. He was willing to do anything and everything to make a difference. That didn’t make him the most likable character and there were times it was difficult to defend Burrows, but he was our Rudy and if the rest of the hockey world didn’t see the things we saw in Burrows, we didn’t care.
That might explain the reaction to Monday’s trade that sent Burrows to Ottawa for prospect Jonathan Dahlen. From a hockey point of view it was a good deal for the Canucks. But it also gave the faithful a chance to savour Burrows’ career here; to appreciate the player he became and those shimmering moments he provided.
In time, he will go up in the Canucks’ Ring of Honour and will be remembered in this town. But this is Burrows’ greatest triumph.
We tell our kids if they want something badly enough and they’re willing to work hard enough for it, they can do anything. We have a hard time believing that a lot of times, but then along comes someone like Burrows and he makes us believe it’s possible, that you can believe in the power of the dream.
added 5:01pm, Vancouver release is below.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Inconclusive replays of the close in shot taken by Pageau and the scramble that followed in the last second of regulation time wiped out any hope the Senators had of at least getting into OT, and picking up one all important point.
“My blade was in the net, his glove was in the net, his pad was in the net,” said Pageau. “So there was a lot of stuff to cover the puck. There was no call on the ice.
“It’s probably the angle of camera they had. It’s not like was an early whistle or anything. Maybe the ref was on the wrong side of the net. He was just trying to do his best. But I’m pretty sure that puck crossed the line, so it’s unfortunate for us.”
Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck adamantly stated the right decision was made.
"That was guaranteed out,” he said. “My pad was there and he pushed my pad in, and I got my glove right behind it.
“I’m kind of confused as to why the crowd was getting into it.”
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added 11:41 pm, the NHL did make a call:
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