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from the NY Post,
A day after backup goaltender Henrik Lundqvist posted a shutout against the Panthers, Kevin Weekes spoke about the scrutiny of his injury. Asked if he was surprised to be Tom Renney's unrestrained choice as the Rangers' starting goaltender once his strained groin is healthy, Weekes, who is black, had this to say: "To be honest with you, I think I get asked these questions more than any other goalie in the league, and I don't know why. If Jose Theodore was injured, I don't think you'd be asking him the same thing. If [Nikolai] Khabibulin were injured, I don't think you'd be asking him the same thing, and I could go on and on down the line.
In my opinion, most NHL fans give a rats's you-know-what about the internal problems of the NHLPA, but this article sheds some light on the behind the scene incidents. from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Trent Klatt won't give up the fight until he feels justice is served. Speaking for the first time publicly since launching a campaign questioning the way Ted Saskin was elected executive director of the NHL Players Association, Klatt said the proper process was not followed. Led by Klatt, a group of more than 60 players has asked the National Labour Relations Board and the Department of Labour in the United States to investigate the practices used by NHLPA president Trevor Linden to hire Saskin to replace Bob Goodenow, who was forced to resign following the 301-day lockout. The players don't believe Linden and Saskin used the proper channels and they've hired lawyer Robert Lanza to pursue the case. "This could be resolved if (Saskin) just told the truth," Klatt said from his Minnesota home.
from the courier-Post,
During a break in the action Saturday night at the Wachovia Center, a highlight was shown on the JumboTron in which a fan was asked to guess how the highlight ended. The options were: A -- Peter Forsberg passes to Simon Gagne, who scores B -- Forsberg shoots and scores C -- Forsberg passes to Mike Knuble, who scores "We were laughing about the question on the bench," Gagne said. "We said to each other, "Don't take B. Always take Forsberg passes and the other guy scores."
from the Philadelphia Inquirer,
In Chicago, the "Bulin Wall" is showing some cracks. "I have to play better," Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin told the Chicago Tribune. "As much as I try to stay away from it and not think about, it's in the back of my mind." Khabibulin had a 3.40 goals-against average and an .866 save percentage entering last night. At the Meadowlands, Martin Brodeur was frustrated with New Jersey's 2-3 start and his 3.60 GAA and .884 save percentage. "It's going to be hard this year," Brodeur told the Newark Star-Ledger. "So many goals. But you've got to win games. I've always had that attitude - to win games and not look at the stats. If you're winning, the stats will take care of themselves."
from the Globe and Mail,
Trent Yawney has been the head coach of the rebuilding Chicago Blackhawks for only six games and already he has a bone to pick with National Hockey League referees. "The [penalties] that are justified, I have no problem with," Yawney said before last night's game against the Vancouver Canucks. "The ones that are putting teams down by two men that are not justified, with the two-referee system, I do have a problem with. It does affect the end result." "I refer to baseball because now we've got the World Series [coming up]," he said. "If one umpire's strike zone is this big and the other one's is that big, it's pretty hard for the guys to adjust in mid-stream. "That's where the consistency factor comes in. There has to be more [communication] from the referees to the players and the coaches."
Things are getting back to normal, but not quick enough for me. Still have a few computer issues but should be back to normal sometime today.
I lost my motherboard about 1pm today. No updates today and email is not available. Hopefully back up tomorrow.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN
, When does a young man step out of the shadow of his past? When does a single, isolated moment of brutality cease being his constant companion? Is it in the moment when he skates in alone, scoring his first NHL goal on a highlight-reel breakaway? Or does it take more for Alexander Perezhogin to free himself of the memory of defenseman Garrett Stafford convulsing on the ice in a pool of his own blood?
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from 640am in Toronto,
Jeremy Roenick hasn't been heard from in a week, but he spoke out against the new CBA on Monday. "The owners can sit there and do giveaways and lower ticket prices to get the fans back to the game knowing that what they are really doing is taking it out of our pockets," Roenick said. "It's important to get people back into the arenas to watch hockey, but it is a lot easier to do when [the owners] know they still get money back because they are taking it out of our paycheck. In essence, the players are paying for all the giveaways and free stuff that the owners are doing. Which is all well and good, but you don't hear about it." "When we watch hockey games and see 8,000 fans in [Washington] D.C., you cringe as a player," Roenick said. "Those cities that aren't pulling their weight in terms of drawing fans and revenue are hurting everybody as a whole, not just that city."
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