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from Scott Morrison at CBC,
...But even if the Penguins find a heavyweight to protect Crosby, he has to send a message himself. It’s why a guy like Peter Forsberg has thrived in the league for years, even guys like Steve Yzerman and especially Mark Messier. At some point, you either have to whack a guy yourself, or punch him yourself, to send the message that you aren’t a human pincushion, on the ice to be abused.
At some point it has to be Crosby who gets up a little quicker after one of these incidents and returns the favour.
from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,
•The NHLPA Civil War over Ted Saskin will do the union more harm than good. Already ownership is privately scoffing over the Chris Chelios-Dwayne Roloson dissidents splitting the Association even farther apart than ever. Guaranteed, if Saskin is removed, whomever his replacement may be is going to make things worse than they already are with the NHLPA - if such a feat is possible.
•You have to wonder which of the Kings unrestricted free agents (Derek Armstrong, Mathieu Garon, Aaron Miller and Brent Sopel) will be back next season.
more from the Maven…
from Larry Wigge at NHL.com,
Not a game would pass when David Legwand and his dad would not either be glued to the TV or close by the radio, keeping abreast of what the Detroit Red Wings were doing.
It was like a religion in the Legwand household in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. They talked about hockey all the time. One problem: young David couldn’t skate, so he couldn’t play.
Sports Illustrated has a photo slide show up, called “Notorious Enforcers and Goons”.
from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
“The reason I like the Zamboni is anybody can be a hockey player,” said Rebmann, 25. “There’s a lot more hockey players than there are Zamboni people. You’re the center of attention. Everybody’s watching you.”
“You get 15 minutes of fame twice a game,” said Klein, 27.
People are mesmerized by the Zamboni’s bulk and the glistening swath it leaves.
“You’ve got to have something to look at in between periods,” said Jennifer Schoenhofer, 48, of Alpharetta. Schoenhofer admitted, however, she sometimes stumbles over the brand name Zamboni: “I always want to say Zamboozie.”
from the UPI via Earth Times,
A Calgary, Alberta, woman is crediting beer falling on her head at a hockey game with saving her from being crushed by a falling man.
Glennis Bradshaw, 46, was watching a game at the Calgary SaddleDome between the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks Saturday night when beer splashing onto her head caused to sit back quickly and look up just a man fell onto her lap from 20 feet above, the Calgary Sun reported.
Leafs Lunch reporting Samsonov has been placed on waivers.
from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,
During a recent discussion about the best teams in the NHL, talk turned to the Predators. A mention of Paul Kariya’s strong season brought an interesting response. “Wow, he’s still in the league?” asked a casual hockey fan but religious reader of multiple sports sections. “Remember when he was a star?”
Ah, yes, I remember it well.
I touch on a few different hockey topics today in my NHL.com blog.
from the News-Sentinel,
Many fans of “old-time hockey” bemoan the lack of fighting and physical toughness in today’s game. Though there was no television footage, there was intense Internet interest in the Komets’ Dec. 9 game at Elmira that featured 253 penalty minutes.
Caricatured by the movie “Slap Shot,” line fights and bench-clearing brawls are part of hockey’s lore. Everyone has memories and perceptions that players fought more in “the good old days,” but those numbers don’t always show up in the record books.
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