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from Matt Higgins of the New York Times,
Most goaltenders for playoff-bound N.H.L. teams are at least 6 feet tall, several speak French and nearly all play the same style. Their hockey DNA can be traced to a common ancestor, Patrick Roy….
Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November, Roy ran the Remparts in his retirement “to give back,” he said. But many say his greatest contribution to hockey has been as a prototype for modern goaltending.
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
The beleaguered NHL players union has scheduled an emergency conference call for Sunday night to confirm to some of the league’s senior players that top union executives have been inappropriately accessing player email accounts….
Players are also expected to discuss firing Saskin and Kim, a source told the Star, although that would likely generate wrongful dismissal lawsuits. “The players will have to make a decision on what they want to do,” the source said. “It’s not going to be an easy decision.”
from the Winnipeg Sun:
In a suspicious move, injured centre Rick Rypien was quietly re-called by the Vancouver Canucks yesterday. The Moose did not officially announce the transaction (it was on the AHL website) and a team spokesman refused to elaborate, providing few answers regarding the whole Rypien mystery since he was sent down to the farm Feb. 9th.
At that time, the former Regina Pat was deemed healthy, having recovered from a nasty groin injury suffered in an early December game against the Edmonton Oilers. Rypien even participated in a couple practices with the Canucks before coming to Manitoba.
Here’s where it’s puzzling: Sometime after that second skate but before his arrival in Winnipeg, the 22-year-old re-injured his groin. While here, he didn’t see any game-action with the Moose. He has skated on his own, but not with the team—a usual practice for injured players.
via the Colorado Avalanche,
BUFFALO, N.Y. - With an assist on Milan Hejduk’s goal at 9:58 of the first period tonight in Buffalo, Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny extended his point streak to 17 games, tying the NHL rookie record set by Teemu Selanne in 1992-93.
Selanne notched a point in the final 17 games of his Calder Trophy winning season with the Winnipeg Jets. Stastny’s 17-game streak has now surpassed his father, Peter Stastny (16 games in 1980-81), for the longest scoring streak by a rookie in franchise history.
Stastny will attempt to set a new league record this Sunday when the Avalanche travels to Minnesota to take on the Wild.
via the San Jose Sharks,
The San Jose Sharks will be without Goaltending Coach Warren Strelow for an undetermined amount of time as he recently suffered a minor stroke.
The embattled goaltending coach is currently being taken care of in Worcester, Mass. Area where he was working with minor league goaltenders Thomas Greiss and Dimitri Patzold.
Strelow, who won a gold medal with Herb Brooks and the miracle of ice USA hockey team, has had a series of health problems including a kidney transplant in August 2003.
“Warren is being taken care of and we look forward to him returning to work with our goaltenders,” said Sharks Vice President and Assistant General Manager Wayne Thomas.
“I talked to him in the hospital and he understood everything,” said goaltender Vesa Toskala. “He’s been through a lot the last couple of years and he’s a strong man. He will bounce back.”
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
If the Penguins move after their Mellon Arena lease expires at the end of June, it will reinforce the widely held notion in much of the United States that the NHL is a rinky-dink operation. Imagine what the perception will be if the team folds up its tent days after winning a Stanley Cup.
But here’s the problem for Bettman: What happens if he cannot broker a deal between the two sides and ultimately decides Mario & Co. need to stay put? Does the NHL suddenly find itself in a tug-of-war with one of its greatest players and a Hockey Hall of Famer?
from the CP via MetroNews,
Only five players entered play Wednesday with more points since the NHL lockout. And they’re all recognizable by only one name: Thornton, Crosby, Jagr, Heatley and Ovechkin.
As the odd man out in that group, Savard just continues to hang around the top of the NHL scoring list and fly below the radar.
“For a couple years now things have gone pretty good,” he said Wednesday from Boston. “I think I’m trying and hopefully maybe after this year I’ll start getting more recognition.
“Right now I’m just trying to keep working every day, staying positive and building off each year.”
from Bill McGraw of the Detroit Free Press,
He shoots! He scores! He skates around a pillar!
Hockey can be different in Hockeytown.
The ultimate Hockeytown hockey game took place recently in the basement of an abandoned building on the near west side of Detroit.
Hockey in the basement of an abandoned building.
We are not making this up.
E.J. Hradek of ESPN aks and answers five NHL related questions…
5. Does Ducks GM Brian Burke regret penning his trade deadline diary (published in USA Today)?
No. He at least didn’t have any regret when I spoke with him Monday afternoon. Burke said he agreed to pen his deadline diary upon request from the newspaper through the league office. He said he wrote it himself, vetted it through his PR staff and kept final editorial control.
Since the publication of the diary Thursday, a couple of clubs have quietly grumbled about some of the things he mentioned in the piece. In particular, Canadiens GM Bob Gainey has come under some media scrutiny in Montreal concerning the deal that sent defenseman Craig Rivet to San Jose.
The Anaheim Ducks will be missing a major piece as they continue their chase for the top seed in the Western Conference.
Defenceman Chris Pronger will miss approximately two weeks with a broken bone in his toe, which he suffered during a post-game workout on Sunday.
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