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“I don’t share your love for the Isles, Scotty. Not sure what you’re smoking. I think they are apt to lose five games in a row at a moment’s notice. I will run across press row naked at the Cup finals if the Islanders make the playoffs.”

ESPN‘s Pierre LeBrun writing to colleague Scott Burnside

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Money Well Spent

From Larry Wigge at NHL.com:

Suddenly, however, in this world where stockbrokers are being urged to be more cautious in their spending, teams are thinking twice about how they spend their money too. And it’s clear that the San Jose Sharks—with new offensive defensemen Dan Boyle and Rob Blake and new coach Todd McLellan—plus the New York Rangers—with Nikolai Zherdev and Markus Naslund up front and Wade Redden and Dmitri Kalinin on defense—are two of the best examples, as they bolted to the top of the standings early.

What is even more interesting is that while critics like to poke fun at all of the money spent by teams in the offseason—especially when it hasn’t worked in a lot of instances—that a week ago, six of the 30 teams, or 20 percent, had a player who changed teams at the top of its scoring list.

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Team Played Tired

from Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Take,

We played Anaheim on Wednesday and L.A. on Thursday. So we traveled three time zones on Monday night to get to California; adjust to new time zones; and played back to back games. We play again on Saturday night so three west coast games in four days.

Note: L.A. hadn’t played since Sunday so they were well rested. We are banged up and we played like we were tired. The fans out in LA didn’t see our best. But L.A. will come to Verizon Center soon enough and the tables will turn on the schedule.

more and any Western Conference fans, feel free to comment!

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Habs Lose Komisarek Another Month

From TSN:

The Montreal Canadiens will be without defenceman Mike Komisarek services for another month.

Komisarek has missed the Canadiens’ last four games with a shoulder injury suffered after a fight with Boston’s Milan Lucic last week.

continued…

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Believe It- NHL Drawing More Than The NBA

from PN of SuperSonic Soul,

I am not a hockey fan, despite the fact that I am an American living in Canada. In fact, were you to tell some of my friends up here that people now believe me to be an NHL fan, they would spit out their Tim Horton Timbits quicker than Ben Johnson at Seoul. I hate the NHL, I hate hockey, I hate people who say that hockey players are the greatest athletes alive, and I hate it when sportswriters couch their racism inside melodious descriptions of “gritty” and “tough” hockey players….

Do you know anyone who plays hockey? Did your high school have a hockey team? Do you and your friends get together for pick-up hockey on Saturdays?

I’m guessing the answer to those questions is no all around. And yet, despite basketball’s inherent advantages over hockey in terms of popularity in the U.S., here we stand, with hockey drawing more people this year. How is this possible?

more and I am pointing to the homepage and suggest you read the last 4 or so posts.  The author is a basketball fan, but shows a graph of the NHL out-drawing the NBA and is looking for answers on how to improve the NBA.

added 2:08pm, I see Puck Daddy had this topic earlier today, so make sure to check it out…

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Ruff Benches Two Sabres

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Some big changes are in store for the Buffalo Sabres’ lineup when they meet the Philadelphia Flyers tonight in HSBC Arena.

Up from Portland is right winger Mark Mancari and in from the scratch list is defenseman Nathan Paetsch. Sentenced to seats in the press box are two longtime regulars—defenseman Henrik Tallinder and winger Maxim Afinogenov.

“Part of it is production and part of it is defensive play,” Ruff said. “Play away from the puck is important and those stats aren’t very good and his stats offensively aren’t very good. I’ve told the players I’m not going the easy route anymore.”

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A Goaltending Idol

From the Montreal Canadiens:

For one generation, the dream was to be like Maurice Richard or Guy Lafleur.  For another, it was all about Patrick Roy.

Before Roy began showcasing his talents in the Canadiens’ crease in 1985, goaltending was generally reserved for the less athletic or, if you prefer, less talented.  That changed quickly with the arrival of the Habs’ netminder, who suddenly had kids across Quebec clamoring to strap on the pads just like their idol.

When Roy decided to hang up his pads after a 19-year NHL career in 2002-03, the league was inundated with stoppers who grew up admiring the Habs’ No. 33.  Just that year alone, there were 29 Quebec native goaltenders lacing up their skates in the NHL.

Update 1:45pm ET: Lynn Zinser at the New York Times has a great summation of Roy’s Top 10 Moments

The video below is a career retrospective in honor of Roy’s jersey retirement on Saturday night, with numerous other NHLers reflecting on his career.

Continue Reading »

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Black & Branded: SJ’s New Hi-Tech Jerseys

From the San Jose Sharks:
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The branding of the “BlackArmor” sweater is a unique marketing partnership between the Sharks and Seagate, marking the 12th season that the organizations have been partners. Seagate also serves as the presenting sponsor of the Seagate “Sharks Player of the Month” and the Seagate “Sharks Player of the Year” Awards.

The branding of the alternate sweater coincides with Seagate’s promotion of its BlackArmor™ product, the world’s first safe portable hard drive. The BlackArmor portable hard drive from Seagate is a storage solution that provides government-grade AES encryption…

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Icethetics promises to have more feedback on the new black jerseys later today, as well.

P.S. In other Sharks news, PJ at Sharks Page put together a highlight reel video the other day from the Sharks first 20 games of the season.

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Duck Eric

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Here’s a first for me, in the new give-and-take world of cyberspace sports writing. Ted Leonsis, the Washington Capitals’ owner and AOL mover and shaker, took a shot at me in his blog, Ted’s Take.  Leonsis took exception to my views on the ballot-box stuffing controversy in Montreal, in which Canadiens supporters have their six candidates miles ahead of the pack in the voting for the 2009 All-Star Game.

What fun! Usually, it’s the other way around – writers critically analyzing the work of owners, general managers and players, mostly done in a vacuum. Turnabout is absolutely fair play - I wish more of them did it. A real dialogue could be a useful tool in ridding the industry of the lame blah-blah-blah that passes for analysis these days, fuelled largely by professional athletes who are coached to say nothing of consequence, for fear of alienating opponents or tarnishing their brilliantly polished images.

continued with many more NHL topics…

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Still Scoring

Some of your favorite ex-NHL players still putting the puck in the net in the KHL.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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