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from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Blues forward Ville Nieminen will not be suspended for his hit on Detroit defenseman Brett Lebda in Saturday’s 3-2 shootout victory. Lebda left the game on a stretcher in the first period, and Nieminen received a five-minute major boarding penalty and a game misconduct.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
How nice of the Tampa Bay Lightning to join the party.
Whereas the scuffle in the bottom portion of the Eastern Conference appeared to involve five teams fighting for two spots just last week, that has changed courtesy of the floundering Bolts.
Tampa found itself passed by the soaring New York Rangers yesterday, once again demonstrating that if you don’t like the conference standings much today, don’t worry.
Tomorrow they’ll be different.
from the St. Peterburg Times,
“I just don’t see us being a player in the unrestricted market on the NHL level,” Feaster said. “We’re going to play at the depth player level.”
That means any significant acquisitions will be made primarily through trading draft choices and prospects.
“But we’ll also evaluate guys who still have time on their contracts here,” Feaster said. “It may be there are guys here who at the end of the season maybe we need to move on.”
The Lightning has said it plans to hold payroll to $40-million next season, $4-million less than this season’s salary cap. Next season’s cap has not been determined.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
“You have dreams as a father of one day taking your child on the ice with you, or playing golf,” Kolzig said. “Then you find out your child has autism and those dreams are dashed.
“I’m going to get my son on a golf course. I’m going to get my son playing hockey.”
With a strong body of famous athletes and plenty of resolve, AAA continues to grow, speaking with a clear, passionate voice that’s increasingly being heard by decision-makers.
fromm the Vancouver Sun,
And who, pray tell, was responsible for that script?
“I don’t know, man,” shrugged a smiling McCarty. “I’ve had a couple of those scripts. The Stanley Cup-winning goal [in 1997]. The hat trick [against Roy in the 2002 playoffs]. I’ve had some moments.
“I’ll never replace that winning-the-Cup game and scoring that goal, but to take just a game in general, [the March 26, 1997 contest] was the greatest game I’ve ever played in, that I ever saw. Just because it had every ingredient you could ever want. That game had everything.”
from the Vail Daily,
For any hockey player, a slapshot is a great way to score a goal.
For Mike Torry, it’s an opportunity to prevent injuries.
“We know in adult hockey players, they get a lot of hip labral tears,” said Torry, the director of the Biomechanics Research Laboratory at the Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation. “We’re trying to find out why they get those type of injuries at the elite level. ... If we can figure it out, then we can change the way they do thinking at a youth level to prevent them.”
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from the OC Register,
Unable to secure a convenient ice slot at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena, site of tonight’s game against the Red Wings, Coach Randy Carlyle arranged for the Ducks to practice at historic Windsor Arena, home of the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires.
Located just across the Detroit River, “the Barn,” as it is affectionately known, is the oldest rink in major-junior hockey, having opened in 1924 as the Border Cities Arena. The intimate building, with a seating capacity of 3,600, was home to the Red Wings, then known as the Cougars, while the former Olympia Stadium in Detroit was under construction during the 1926-27 NHL season.
“When you have an opportunity to visit the older, nostalgic rinks around Canada, I think it’s important to re-connect,” Carlyle said. “The building is part of the local history of Windsor and the hockey world.”
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
With their respective teams engaged in a furious race to land a post-season berth in the Eastern conference, Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford and Maple Leafs head coach Paul Maurice have taken their superstitious beliefs to an entirely new level.
Despite being the best of friends, they have stopped talking to each other.
Chatting, after all, might bring bad luck, something no one wants—or needs—in the scramble for a playoff spot.
from Garth Woolsey of the Toronto Star,
Pest. P-e-s-t. That’s one of the milder four-letter words associated with Sean Avery through his sometimes rocky NHL career.
Well, now, how about best, b-e-s-t? As, in quite possibly the best acquisition by any team leading up to or at the league’s trading deadline this season. That is a saying a lot because that list includes the likes of Ryan Smyth, Gary Roberts, Peter Forsberg, Bill Guerin, Keith Tkachuk and Todd Bertuzzi.
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star:
About a half hour after they’d peeled Detroit Red Wings defenceman Brett Lebda off the ice and on to a stretcher to be taken to hospital, Kelly Chase, one-time resident tough guy for the St. Louis Blues and currently a broadcaster for the team, reminisced about what might have happened to someone had they taken such liberties with a Wings player in his day.
“I didn’t have to call (National Hockey League commissioner) Gary Bettman to find out what the punishment was for running a guy from behind in Detroit,” Chase said. “The punishment was (Bob) Probert and (Joe) Kocur.”
While the tall foreheads at the NHL offices pontificate over what to do about fighting, the real ugly problem in the league revealed itself once more Saturday afternoon at Joe Louis Arena.
Unbalanced schedules mean some teams play more, brewing more bad blood. And quite simply, the players hold no longer hold respect for each other.
“We can talk to them all we want, but ultimately, it’s up to the players,” Murray said regarding the potential for change this frightening and growing culture.
The scariest art of all this is that there’s a possibility that in a clandestine manner, the league favours the violence.
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