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from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,
For the record, Allison would like to play again. But he’s not about to jump at just any offer.
“If you look at my career, I’ve been a point-per-game player every year,” said Allison, who had 17 goals and 60 points in 66 games with Toronto last season, in an interview with The Hockey News Thursday. “Some years I’m just under a point-per-game; other years I’m over. I know I probably won’t get the money (now) that I think I deserve, but I’ve made a lot of money in my career and I’m not in a position where I have to jump at the first offer that comes my way.”
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A good one from “The Instigator”.
from Eric McErlain at NBC Sports,
The bottom line: Love it or hate it—or just not care—the NHL All-Star Game isn’t going away. With that in mind, here are a couple of suggestions to spice things up:
1. Start the season off with a bang: Before the start of this season, the NHL promoted its return with a series of ads designed to remind fans that the league was actually still in existence. Though they were mildly amusing, might it not be better to promote the league’s return with an actual event rather than just a marketing campaign?
That’s right, it’s time to borrow an idea from the past and move the NHL All-Star Game to the start of the season and promote the game by kicking everything off with a showcase for the league’s top talent.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
After watching Toews light the lamp on Canada’s third, fifth and seventh attempts, I’m thinking the NHL should follow the IIHF’s lead and adopt a similar shootout policy.
The league’s current system—which forces a team to use every available shooter at least once before allowing anyone to take a second attempt—pays lip service to the concept of a team game, but what’s the point? The reality is that the shootout is an individual skills competition, not a team event.
from the Arizona Republic,
Coyotes center Mike Ricci, who is one game away from playing in his 1,100th regular-season NHL game, has left the Coyotes to mull retirement.
Ricci, 35, has been a healthy scratch in seven consecutive games, and the Coyotes gave him permission to fly back to Phoenix on Wednesday to discuss his future with his wife and other family members.
from Sam McCaig of the Hockey News,
Here’s what the 30 NHL teams are looking for as 2007 unfolds:
The Anaheim Ducks resolve to…sign Nicklas Lidstrom, Rob Blake, Zdeno Chara and Sheldon Souray to round out their defense corps.
The Colorado Avalanche resolve to…preserve Joe Sakic’s youth by packing him in ice between games.
The Columbus Blue Jackets resolve to…hire Ken Hitchcock five years ago.
from Sports Illustrated,
SI: Did you audition or did NBC just read 20 years of your postgame comments?
Hull: I didn’t audition, so that’s what must have happened.
SI: Googling your name and “outspoken” only produces 15,550 hits. That seems a little low, right?
Hull: Maybe it shows you that some of my outspokenness makes a little sense.
from George Johnson at ESPN,
Sid the Kid may have 10 years, nine points and three games in hand on his side of the ledger, but Jarome Iginla’s backers are resolutely contesting every inch of ice. And will continue to do so right until the bitter end.
“Catchable?” questioned Calgary Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr, with a what-turnip truck-did-this-yokel-fall-off expression on his face. “Of course. No one’s untouchable.”
Not even the most audacious prodigy since Mozart, it would seem.
“There’s still a half season left,” reminded Iginla. “Definitely, I think I can take a run at some things.”
from the AP via Mlive,
A somber Chris Chelios met with the media on Thursday, describing for the first time in public the sorrow he felt upon learning that two employees of his downtown eatery had been stabbed to death.
The longtime NHL defenseman, who plays for the Detroit Red Wings, said the Tuesday deaths of Megan Soroka, 49, of Dearborn and Mark Barnard, 52, of Detroit were “senseless .. and there’s no explanation.”...
“I’m just going to try to get through this day by day with everybody,” said Chelios, who did not play in Detroit’s 2-1 win against Anaheim on Tuesday night and was not traveling with the team for its game Thursday night at San Jose.
KK member RemyM points out Versus has indeed introduced their HD channel. Now it is up to the different carriers to pick it up.
The talk is most Comcast subscribers will have this channel, but nothing official yet.
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