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added 3:27pm, from Stephen Whyno of the CP at the Globe and Mail,
NEW YORK (March 10, 2014) – Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin, Columbus Blue Jackets center Artem Anisimov and New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the period ending Mar. 9.
TORONTO, March 10, 2014 /CNW/ - Rogers today announced a dream team of broadcasters who will anchor NHL national coverage across all Rogers properties, as well as Hockey Night in Canada. Together, George Stroumboulopoulos, Don Cherry, Ron MacLean, Daren Millard and Jeff Marek will be cornerstones of Rogers's NHL coverage this coming fall.
The team will deliver more than 500 regular season games across 13 networks and 7 platforms, including up to 7 games every Saturday night, plus "Hometown Hockey" every Sunday hosted from communities across Canada, and every game of the NHL Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final.
The announcement was made today by Scott Moore, President of Sportsnet & NHL Properties, Rogers.
"We know how passionate fans are about hockey, and so we've brought together the best anchors to deliver the best hockey experience to Canadians," said Moore. "George is one of the smartest and most versatile broadcasters in the business, and Ron and Don are icons in the hockey world. Along with Daren and Jeff, our new broadcast team brings a tremendous amount of talent, expertise and personality - and most importantly, they all possess a supreme passion for hockey."
BLUES TAKE OVER TOP SPOT
T.J. Oshie continued his shootout magic with his fourth game-deciding goal of the season as the St. Louis Blues (94 points) won their fifth straight game to leapfrog the idle Anaheim Ducks (93 points) and move into the League's top spot with a 3-2 decision over the Minnesota Wild. The victory marked the 19th straight divisional match-up in which the Blues recorded at least one point (18-0-1), matching a club record set during the 1968-69 campaign.
* Oshie has scored a League-leading eight shootout goals this season and has tallied 13 career deciding goals, two behind Sidney Crosby for the all-time lead.
* St. Louis improved to 7-0-0 in its past seven contests versus Minnesota, with its last loss coming Nov. 19, 2011.
* The win moved Blues coach Ken Hitchcock into sole possession of seventh on the League’s all-time wins list (649).
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The trade deadline-driven contract negotiations with Dan Girardi and Ryan Callahan were instructive to Marc Staal, who could be in the very same position as an impending free agent next year but sure isn’t savoring the possibility.
“I saw those two guys go through it with the negotiations and all of the rumors that are impossible to avoid if you’re on the last year of your contract, and it’s not something I really want to go through,” Staal told The Post on Sunday following the Rangers’ buttoned-down 3-0 victory over the Red Wings at the Garden.
“You can say all you want that it’s not on your mind and it’s not a distraction, but it’s something that has to weigh on you,” No. 18 said. “I know my brother, Jordan, went through a lot of that early on in a season when he was in Pittsburgh and basically said, ‘Enough of that.’
“For me, the contract situation is definitely something I would like to take care of over the summer. That’s the goal, but that also has to be the way management looks at it, too, in order to get it done.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
- I can still see the Anaheim Ducks going hard for Vancouver Canucks centre Ryan Kesler this summer. Anaheim has centre Jakob Silfverberg, big winger Devante-Smith Pelly or speedy Emerson Etem, a defenceman like Sami Vatanen or Luca Sbisa and a first-round draft pick to offer
- People say there will be 4,000 obstructed view seats for hockey at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., when the Islanders move in 2015-16. Long Island Rail Road might have charters for the players to the rink in the afternoon and back after games. They thought of getting rooms in a hotel by the rink on game days, but that’s too expensive.
- Ray Shero is a very smart cookie, but were the Pittsburgh Penguins were so focused on trying to get Kesler that they missed out on Islanders defenceman Andrew MacDonald with their big holes on the back end: Kris Letang (minor stroke) and Paul Martin (broken hand) gone. Instead, Philadelphia got MacDonald for two draft picks and the Penguins went for fourth-liner Marcel Goc and a depth scorer, Lee Stempniak.
... They (Vancouver Canucks) probably need a dozen victories in their final 16 games — starting Monday against the upset-minded New York Islanders — just to squeeze into the playoffs. If they don't, the rear-view mirror of failure will be full of several faces because winning solves everything. Losing solves nothing and exposes everything.
-Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province where you can read more on the Canucks.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
“Marian Gaborik is plus 90 in his (NHL) career. He’s been a minus player once and he played on teams that were basically expansion (Minny and Columbus),” said Sutter, who saw lots of Gaborik in Minnesota and isn’t what he looks like–a don’t-take-chances coach, even if the Kings can protect a lead better than almost anybody in the business.
“Marian’s played in two conference finals (Minnesota and Rangers). Not many guys can say that. He really skates and thinks the game good…he’s not unlike a lot of our players when you look at it. He’ll fit in good because he’s a smart player…we’ll let him play.”
“Jacques (Lemaire) liked Marian because he’s a smart player.”
“Biggest adjustment for Marian is coming back to the Western Conference.”
Talk begining to swirl of George Stroumboulopoulos being named the new face/host of HNIC while Ron MacLean will remain with the show.
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