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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette via the Vancouver Sun,
One of the most popular Boston Bruins of all time will set off a Logan Airport metal detector on his way here later this month. But that’s something the indestructible Terry O’Reilly has been doing for two years, since he had his battered hips replaced with titanium joints that have dramatically improved his life - if not his skating.
“I hope all the Canadiens keep their heads up,” O’Reilly said with mock menace of the March 30 Bell Centre game between Montreal and Boston alumni.
And then he laughed.
via the Detroit Free Press,
Does Chelios feel vindicated?
“I’m not looking for vindication,” Chelios said. “Like I said all along, I want what’s best for the game and the players in this union.
“When this investigation comes out and every player is aware of what happened, if anything, it’s going to pull everyone together. That’s a guarantee.”
I recall when Chelios first brought this to the forefront, 90% of the MSM, bloggers, etc., were against him and thought he was just blowing smoke.
In the “Forget What I Wrote Earlier” media world, I wonder how they will spin this?
via Sports Business Daily (paid sub.),
The NHL today will begin hosting a four-day Partner Executive Summit in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, where NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will discuss the state of the league and his vision for the future.
Former NHLer Mark Messier will hold a session on leadership and Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban will address media and technology.
Also, league partners Kraft Canada, Reebok and Verizon will hold sessions on their relationships with the league, global design consultancy IDEO will conduct a workshop on partners further leveraging hockey, and a panel will discuss hockey, Hollywood and untapped potential for corporate marketers.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
With the season ticking down, here is Rinkside’s handicapping of the races for the NHL’s five major awards.
Sure, Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin is the favourite. But the real story is the influx of talent on a league-wide scale.
Colorado’s Paul Stastny yesterday set a rookie record by recording a point in his 18th consecutive game, while fellow freshmen Anze Kopitar (Kings), Jordan Staal (Penguins), Kevin Bieksa (Canucks), Wojtek Wolski (Avalanche), Dustin Penner (Ducks) and Johan Holmqvist (Lightning) also serve as bright lights for the future of the game.
from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
That said, the final two spots in the east are still up for grabs, and it looks like its going to be a humdinger of a fight for those berths given that no fewer than seven teams are still in contention.
That’s called a bottleneck. Five teams are going to be pretty sour come the evening of April 8th.
Might even cost a few people their jobs.
So here’s how this “race” shapes up, with it seeming very likely it could all come down to the final weekend of the season April 7-8:
read on for the breakdown of teams in the East involved in the playoff race…
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
Quality teams, Canadian teams, Original Six teams, all are in danger of missing the National Hockey League playoffs.
With the 16-team tournament underway a month today, it’s certain that a number of clubs that finish over .500 will be watching the first round from the couch.
The Maple Leafs still are stinging from a 90-point season that didn’t qualify them last spring and they could be in for similar heartbreak.
from the Edmonton Sun,
The San Jose Sharks’ dressing room might become a good site for a Tim Hortons commercial.
Signs were strategically placed throughout the dressing room area this weekend stating: “I have found a source for Tim Hortons coffee - $85 per case, plus shipping.”
Equipment manager Mike Aldrich is behind the signs.
“We will probably have half the team order some,” said Aldrich.
from On the Islanders Beat,
It turns out Campbell was paying close attention to the game and saw the whole sequence play out. “Brendan Witt’s got a lot to say lately,” Campbell said. “He had a lot to say about our reviewed goal the other night. We take reviews very seriously in Toronto, and we take our jobs very seriously. If Brendan Witt wants to say something, he knows my number. He can call me….”
more...interesting stuff that has not received much attention…
added 4:00pm, Witt calls Campbell, leaves a message…
from the Tennessean,
Quiet and unassuming, Predators captain Kimmo Timonen isn’t the kind of leader who expends his breath with a surplus of words….
He is what Predators Coach Barry Trotz refers to as a poor man’s Nick Lidstrom; he’s a gifted NHL defenseman but he doesn’t receive superstar attention — perhaps, in part, by his own design.
“He doesn’t get a lot of fan fair, you don’t hear him in the press a lot talking about different things. He just says, ‘I will show you on the ice,’” Trotz said.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Bravo to NHL justice officials on the Simon suspension….
But here’s the larger problem.
How does the Neil incident connect to the Janssen suspension, and how in the world do those two events relate to a suspension to Simon that could be worth 43 games but didn’t result in a significant injury?
If there’s a common denominator to all of this, it is an elusive one.
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