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The entire hockey community is rallying around this. You can't find a more revered individual, he and Jean Beliveau are the gold standard for gentlemen off the ice and well, Gordie on the ice not so much a gentleman. Jean Beliveau probably was but just in terms of the way they carried themselves away from the game, everybody in the hockey community has thoughts for Gordie Howe right now.
-Bob McKenzie on NBCSN NHL Live pre-game show.
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have recalled forward Markus Granlund from the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League.
Granlund, a 21-year-old native of Oulu, Finland has played in eight games with Adirondack this season where he leads the team with three goals and has a pair of assists for five points. He played seven games with Calgary last season scoring his first two NHL goals and adding one assist.
The Flames also announced that centre Matt Stajan has been placed on the Injured Reserve (IR) with a knee injury (approximately six weeks) and Joe Colborne is day-to-day with an upper body injury
If you missed the Stajan injury, watch it here..
In case you missed it earlier today, Krug will miss 2-3 weeks.
The NHL announced John Moore has been suspended for five games.
Patrick Burke with the explanation. Note,
videos from NHL.com are loading slow for me just in case you experience the same issue.
added 5:23pm, Using the YouTube video now.
from Stephen Whyno of the CP,
Gordie Howe has a long way to go to recover from a stroke he suffered over the weekend, his son said Wednesday amid an outpouring of support from the hockey community....
"It's a difficult time for Dad," Mark Howe said in a phone interview from Lubbock. "It definitely impacted his life, so we're dealing with this, I think, as all families do and just trying to be there. The best thing we can do is just be here and be supportive and try to keep him in good spirits."...
Howe said his father would require "a lot of work in order to be able to recover." For now, the family is just enjoying spending time with him.
"It's a beautiful, sunny day," he said. "If dad hadn't been through this, he'd probably be outside going for a little walk or something."
"You win two, three, four games in a row and you're back around .600. That should be good. But we need to do that. It's hard to believe today, because there are holes in our game, but it will help us tremendously and I think we're going to win those games."
-Patrick Roy, head coach of the Colorado Avalanche. More on the Avs from Nick Groke of the Denver Post.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
"The games are so close," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall told ESPN.com Wednesday. "I think we all weigh on our top players a lot, and at points I think too much, so I think giving your so-called fourth line a couple of extra minutes, or maybe an extra 3-4 minutes, is becoming bigger and bigger. The guys there have to be good hockey players. I'm not saying our guy [Rosehill] that we demoted wasn't a good hockey player, but we were just looking for a few more minutes from those fourth-line guys." ...
"Colton (Orr) worked hard and brought other elements besides fighting," Leafs GM Dave Nonis told ESPN.com Wednesday. "He did a good job for us, and did play in the playoffs when fighting wasn't part of the game. But the actual minutes that we’re trying to pull out of our fourth line and the combinations that we want available for the coaches has lent itself to a different style of player right now."
more including Ken Holland on the topic...
from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,
When you play over 1200 games in the NHL spanning over nearly 20 seasons, win two Stanley Cups, and make a living scoring goals, you’re bound to pick up a few souvenirs along the way. Thanks to one of the most iconic goal-scorers in hockey history, now you can own a little piece of hockey history.
Brett Hull, he of over 700 NHL tallies and nearly 1400 points, has teamed up with Classic Auctions to put up for bidding a selection of incredible hockey memorabilia ranging from game-worn jerseys to trophies presented to Hull during his illustrious career. And for the next six days, hockey fans, collectors, and all interested parties can place bids on pieces from the incredible assortment of hockey mementos.
Of the 88 pieces up for auction, some of the most astounding include Hull’s trophies for reaching the 400- and 500-goal plateaus, including the silver stick he was given upon reaching the half-millennium mark.
from John Buccigross of ESPN,
Jack Eichel is that classic -- often reported as extinct -- middle-class American kid. Oh, and as his BU head coach David Quinn said, "He's a physical freak with strength, vision and an NHL shot." That helps, too.
But, as we have seen many times in sports, those skills are not enough. No one does it alone.
A lava lamp's function is not to create light, but to create a mood. As your eyes fixate, the unpredictable, syrupy movements put you in a state of calmed focus. It's hard to take your eyes off it.
Boston University marked its lava lamp with a firetruck-red No. 9. There's a new kid in town.
I drove up to Boston last weekend to see and meet the kid in person. Jack Eichel is a 6-foot-1, 18-year-old buoyant blob of wax still cooling and congealing as he makes his purposeful strides toward the 2015 NHL draft in Sunrise, Florida.
Eichel's name will be the first or second called next June 26. He will hold up an NHL jersey (Buffalo's? Carolina's? Winnipeg's? Arizona's? Florida's? Toronto's?), smile and begin his NHL career soon after.
from Bruce McCurdy of the Cult of Hockey,
Long gone are the days that a .500 record meant a competitive team. That benchmark went the way of the dodo bird when the NHL in its infinite wisdom introduced the concept of a third point for some — but not all — games, back in 1999. After the lockout scrubbed the entire 2004-05 season, the further step was taken of initiating a shootout to ensure that a third point was awarded in every tied game. “No more ties!” promised Gary Bettman, while introducing a subversive system that rewarded 60-minute ties disproportionately more than wins. Critics of the league — and I am one of them — derisively refer to the league’s new accounting system as “Bettman math”, where 2 + 0 = 2, but 1 + 1 = 3.
NHL coaches are no dummies — well, most of them aren’t — so not surprisingly, the number of regulation ties proceeded to skyrocket. In the 9 full seasons (well, eight & 48/82 full seasons) from 2005-14, no fewer than 23.5% of all games wound up deadlocked through 60, in effect creating a third point that was not awarded in the 76.5% of games that were cleanly won. “Let;s make sure of the one point, and go after the second one in overtime” became a coaching maxim that all too often one could see being employed by both teams when the score was tied in regulation.
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