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from Kelly Hrudey at Behind the Mask,
Wednesday night I had the pleasure of attending an event for the Edge School for Athletes in the city of Calgary.
For two reasons I was really looking forward to the gala. The first was because one of my favourite pleasures is to listen to public speakers, and secondly, this guest speaker was the legendary goaltender Vladislav Tretiak.
All hockey fans know of Tretiak’s brilliance on the ice but very few people know much about the man, including myself.
from Ryan Kennedy of the Hockey News,
In an interview with CBC’s Elliotte Friedman on the weekend, Buffalo Sabres owner Tom Golisano was roughed up by the sharp reporter on several fronts, but most illuminating was Golisano’s claims the Sabres may not make money this year. To which my heartfelt response is:
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The Anaheim Ducks have suffered a significant loss that is likely to impact on their first round playoff lineup.
Winger Corey Perry suffered a deep laceration on his leg Thursday night and it’s expected he will be sidelined for at least six weeks. The playoffs begin in 4 and a half weeks.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Naslund might be a lot of things, but he’s also the Canucks’ captain, the leading scorer in franchise history and is in the discussion of the greatest Canuck of all time. When a player of his stature is about to enter unrestricted free agency, there is usually some sign from the organization that re-signing him is a priority; that a great deal of importance has been attached to securing his name on a contract.
To date, there has been no such sign from the Canucks and while that could change, it’s also difficult conceiving of a set of circumstances where Naslund returns to this team next season.
Let’s start with simple economics. Naslund makes front-line money—$6 million US—and has provided second-line production for two seasons now.
from the StarTribune,
Forty years later, J.P. Parise still remembers those strangers, thrown together by fate and a feisty general manager in frigid Minnesota: 20 guys together on the ice and in the dressing room, 20 couples out to dinner at Dutch Delmonte’s place in St. Paul.
It has been that long since the NHL first came to Minnesota. The league doubled in the fall of 1967, adding six expansion teams to its original franchises in Toronto, Montreal, Boston, New York, Detroit and Chicago.
from On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,
DiPietro’s mediocre stats since the All-Star break suggested he needed an extended rest to refresh mind and body. He made 14 straight starts until the unfortunate death of his grandmother necessarily forced him to take time off to grieve with his family and to attend the wake and the funeral.
The way it works out now, DiPietro will have had a full week off plus two full practices and a pre-game skate to work out the kinks before he returns to net tomorrow night in Philadelphia. And to listen to Nolan after the Rangers loss, the last 13 games belong to DiPietro, barring injury or poor performance.
“Now, he’s got two practices,” Nolan said, including today’s session, “and he’ll run with it from here on in.”
from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,
In a matter of just five days, they have done a real Jekyll and Hyde, morphing from a confident, successful, cohesive bunch into a fragile, unorganized band of losers who suddenly find themselves on the ropes with rubbery knees.
Can these be the same Bruins who won their sixth straight game just last Saturday? With the exception of the absence of injured defenseman Aaron Ward, it’s the same roster and the same coach, but an entirely different karma.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
The team arranged for the players to invite one person to enjoy a few days in the desert. While many players invited their wives or girlfriends, Christopher Higgins, Mike Komisarek, Bryan Smolinski, Maxim Lapierre and Ryan O’Byrne invited their fathers.
“It’s a great idea,” said Bob Higgins, a New York City fire captain and longtime fan of the Canadiens.
“Other teams do it, but I noticed a little while ago that the New York Rangers had something like this and they went to Buffalo. Phoenix is definitely a better choice.”
While most people are concerned about the playoff race, there is player movement talk going on.
Spector covers it all…
from the Calgary Sun,
There was no tongue-lashing, no screaming, no sticks thrown into the stands before storming off.
Keenan simply told the Flames to return to their digs. The session was over and done before the clock struck 11:30 a.m.
“I feel when we’re here, it’s a privilege to be at the arena. It’s a privilege to play in the NHL. It’s a privilege to coach in the NHL,” Keenan said. “When you’re asked to work for 30 minutes, I want you to work. If you’re not going to work, it’s not really productive to do anything but get off the ice.
“They’re off for the day and they’ll be back tomorrow.”
Players were ordered not to discuss what took place or what was said in the room, which you can bet wasn’t peaches and cream, although one player said it “wasn’t Mike Keenan of 1989”.
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