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from Pierre McGuire at NBC Sports,
Enough with the excuses. I am amazed by the excuse makers in the NHL who say that the NHL entry draft is an in-exact science. If that were true, then how come the same teams always seem to get it right, even if they are picking way down the line each and every draft?... General Managers are under the microscope more than ever before when it comes to building a team. The best way to keep your job as a GM is to go out and hire top quality scouts who can deliver draft day results.more
For once, Dominik Hasek isn't the goalie whose injury woes have left the Red Wings shorthanded. Detroit general manager Ken Holland announced Tuesday that backup Chris Osgood will miss three to four weeks with a fractured left wrist. Osgood practiced Monday for the first time since Nov. 12, when he was hit in practice by a shot on the inside of the wrist. He said the wrist was sore, but he didn't think it was broken. Because of the swelling, X-rays taken a week ago didn't reveal anything. "I thought it would feel better today, after not taking any shots for a while, but it doesn't feel as good as I thought," Osgood told the Red Wings' Web site after practice, before learning the wrist was broken. "I had broken hands before; [this] is not the same thing."
By Alanah D This week's selection of entertainment from around the hockey blogosphere has a bunch of good links to feed your hockey addiction. To start, The Ice Block has written an opinion piece on the YouTube deal with the NHL, announced last week. While some have suggested the NHL would be better off hosting all their own video highlights, TIB's David Singer comments on what those pundits seem to forget:
The underground effect. Youtube is way overground, but it’s not nhl.com. Despite being owned by Google, it’s still not “the man”. Bitter hockey fans are still hockey fans. They watch, they might be willing to upload or simply share a link to a clip, but they’re not going to do it for the league itself. They will on Youtube.
One year ago today, Jiri Fischer's heart went into fibrillation the Red Wings' bench. his doctor was able resuscitate Fisch's heart using an automatic external defibrillator (AED), and he was taken away to hospital. The spontaneous heart fibrillation, it turned out, was due to a medical condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which means that Fischer's heart walls are thicker than normal. The resulting electrical imbalance (your brain doesn't assume that your heart muscles are thick or thin) caused a catastrophic chain of events--his heart went into what's called ventricular fibrillation, where the ventricles begin to flutter and stop pumping blood, his brain began to react by attempting to speed up his heartbeat to over 300 beats per minute. As the brain became starved of oxygen, he experienced a seizure. To some extent, he was lucky. His doctor had seen patients with this condition before, and he knew the seriousness of the situation--people with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy tend not to recover when their heart begins to fibrillate, because the brain and heart aren't quite in sync to begin with. The combination of heart condition, "v-fib," and seizure mean that it takes a very long time to get the heart to actually pump blood again When the heart's finally pumping oxygen through the system again, multiple organs could have failed from extended oxygen starvation, including the brain. Fisch was just that one-in-several thousand patients who came back quickly, and, at the same time, was diagnosed as not simply having had a heart attack.
from the Columbus Dispatch,
Fans started leaving Nationwide Arena in droves with about eight minutes left in the third period last night, proof that the faithful held out little hope of a Blue Jackets’ comeback against the Nashville Predators. The fans know their team. The Blue Jackets lost 3-1 to the Predators, their sixth straight defeat, including three to Nashville within the past six days. "It’s very frustrating," said Wendy Stevens of New Albany, whose family had season tickets since the inaugural 2000-01 season before dropping them this season.continued
from Sun Media via the Toronto Sun,
Through 500 NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens, John Bowie Ferguson was the undisputed heavyweight champion accumulating 1,214 penalty minutes in 500 games. Today, Ferguson is "starting the toughest challenge" when he begins radiation treatment for bone cancer in Toronto. "It's another setback that we're back fighting this problem," Ferguson, 68, told Sun Media yesterday. In September 2005, Ferguson had his cancerous prostate removed at a London, Ont. hospital and appeared to be healthy.continued
From Al Strachan and the Toronto Sun,
There's nothing particularly new about the Maple Leafs' bread-and-butter scoring play. And because every NHL coach relies heavily on pre-scouting these days -- now that Pat Quinn is out of the league -- it can't come as a surprise to the opposition. But it continues to be productive. It opened the scoring last night and it added the third goal as the Maple Leafs rolled to a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders. It's really nothing more than a diagonal pass to a trigger-man stationed just off the far post who doesn't stop the puck but one-times it into the net.Continued... (Note: the Leafs are currently in 8th place in NHL scoring.)
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
"I know you guys don't want to hear this, but there is 'zero' discussions," said Risebrough before last night's game at Scotiabank Place. "Just think about it. It's hard to do. I mean you can't find a fit. It's got to be $7 million for $7 million. It's got to be $2 million for $2 million. "The reality of it is, our business has changed. I guess if you look at the system that has the cap, which is (the NFL), they're the same way, right? You pile it up in the summer, make changes at the end and start again."read on
via Hockey Refs,
Veteran NHL referee Kerry Fraser returns from the injured list this week with stops in the American Hockey League. Fraser, 54, will make stop in Binghampton on Thursday, Rochester on Friday and Hershey, Pennsylvania, on Saturday. He has been on the sidelines since undergoing surgery in the offseason to fix ligaments in his left knee. And for the first time in his 33-year career, Fraser will be required to wear a helmet.continued
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