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from On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,
Alexei Yashin will make a huge leap from the injured list for the past 16 games into the thick of the playoff push against the Rangers tonight at the Coliseum in a game that figures to be played at maximum intensity. It’s a tough spot, and if Yashin shows he’s not up to it yet, his role in the third period likely will be limited.
Coach Ted Nolan plans to use Yashin to center left wing Viktor Kozlov and right wing Miroslav Satan, a combination that relies on skill and finesse. If the Islanders can stay out of the penalty box and get into more of a rhythm rolling four lines, their skill might make an impact on the scoresheet. But they probably only have two periods in which to do it, especially if the game turns into a nasty, physical affair.
via the Carolina Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that left wing Erik Cole has been activated from the injured reserve list. Cole has missed the Hurricanes’ past seven games with a torn muscle in his hip area.
From Bruce Dowbiggin at the Calgary Herald,
So far, Saskin has been as responsive as the Sphinx to most of these complaints. When pressed he fell back on the excuse of “previous practices” in the regime of Goodenow. Most of what Saskin and his allies—former president Trevor Linden, some players and a few prominent agents—have said is ridicule for those pesky old varmints such as Chris Chelios who’ve had the temerity to ask “where’s the money?” until they get a good answer. Chelios and Duane Roloson were said to be old and out of touch, reluctant to let a new generation take over the union.
This line worked well in the early days of Chelios’ questioning. Chelios is, after all, a notorious crank. But now that 18 months have passed without any revelations of substance from Saskin, the opposition has grown and reached critical mass.
hat-tip TIB, for the link
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
Burke says he wants to strengthen the hockey tradition of players looking after their teammates. In the Original Six days, tough guys were called “policemen.”
“If my goalie gets run, I want someone in black and gold to handle it,” Burke says. “I don’t want zebras (referees) to handle it or the league office in Toronto to handle it.”
Burke’s position is when players have two instigator penalties, they don’t feel like they can do their jobs properly. He uses the case of the Florida Panthers’ Steve Montador.
read on.. including quotes from Bill Daly and NHL coaches…
from the Star-Ledger,
Devils fans could see this day coming as clearly as Scott Stevens lowering his shoulder to nail some hopeless left wing. But that didn’t make the 114 percent increase in the price of the best season tickets feel any better.
It’s a basic fact of life in the modern sports industry: A new arena means higher ticket prices. This week Devils fans are learning just how much more they will pay to maintain their seats when the team moves to Newark’s Prudential Center this fall.
We knew it was going to go up,” said Gary Mouridy of Readington, who has been a season-ticket holder since 2001. “We didn’t expect it to double.”
from David Amber at ESPN,
Ted Nolan is finally back in the NHL doing what he does best: win hockey games. The Islanders coach has his team thinking about a long playoff run after going 14 seasons without a postseason series win.
Q: You played part of three seasons in the NHL. Why couldn’t you land a regular spot in the NHL?
A: I never went to hockey school or did power skating. I played house-league hockey until I was 12 years old. I never played travel hockey. My season was from November until March. I never trained in the offseason. I just played hockey ‘cause I had fun at it. When I got drafted to the NHL, I still couldn’t cross my left foot over my right foot; I couldn’t do crossovers on one side. I just didn’t have the proper training to be an everyday NHL player.
from Marcie Garcia of NHL.com,
Though you can take the boy out of the country that Fisher calls home, you can’t stop him from hunting.
Returning to one of his favorite outdoor activities—whether it be strapping on a bow and arrow, toting a shotgun or smearing camouflage paint on his face—is the normalcy Fisher welcomes.
He admits, however, that he doesn’t have the patience to sit up in a tree stand for more then an hour when hunting. He needs to walk around and get his feet dirty in the leafy soil.
“After practice, just going out, it’s a good way for me to get away and have a little bit of balance,” Fisher says. “To get away from the game and just relax and enjoy the outside and God’s creation. It’s just something I love to do.”
IwoCPO at A2Y has docked his ship and is writing away, while Alanah at Canucks & Beyond is still in shock after Vancouver’s favorite son joined the hated Wings. I wonder what she has in store for the return of Bert…
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from the Onion,
NEW YORK—Flanked by Food Network president Brooke Johnson and cooking-show host Rachael Ray, Commissioner Gary Bettman announced yesterday that the NHL has opted out of its contract with the Versus cable channel (formerly the Outdoor Life Network) and has reached a long-term broadcasting deal with the Food Network starting in the 2007-08 season.
Reading the following story, it sounds like Vegas is not a destination for the Pens, or for any team in the near future.
from the Las Vegas Review Journal,
Thomas & Mack Center director Daren Libonati said he has not spoken to anyone from the Penguins and that the facility has no ice floor and no chiller.
He said a major league team would need corporate signage, control of suites and revenues from food and beverage sales, none of which would be available at the Thomas & Mack.
Reid said studies should be done to determine whether there would be sufficient public support for an NHL team in Las Vegas.
Given the urgency of the Penguins’ situation and the lack of an arena, Reid said the process might be too far along for Southern Nevada to make a serious play.
added 10:55am, from the Las Vegas Sun,
But the fact is Ogie Ogilthorpe is more likely to win the Federal League’s sportsmanship award before Las Vegas lands the Penguins or any other National Hockey League team.
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