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from the Rocky Mountain News,
After spending four seasons enduring long bus rides and on-the-go meals synonymous with major-junior hockey, Wojtek Wolski refers to the lavish perks of the NHL as “miraculous.”
Early in his rookie season with the Avalanche, those charter flights and five-star hotels might have made Wolski a tad too comfortable.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
On a night when the Blueshirts converted four of their eight shootout opportunities against Martin Brodeur to defeat the Devils 3-2 at the Meadowlands, one could envision just how much more dangerous the Rangers would be with impending free agent Gomez in their lineup, leading the rush next season and maybe for four or five following that.
Make no mistake. It is irrefutable that the healing Rangers will need Gomez far more than New Jersey’s first-line center will need them when he hits the open market on July 1.
from Sun Media via the Ottawa Sun,
Nobody will ever replace Gordie Howe as the most legendary figure in Detroit Red Wings history.
But even Mr. Hockey knew the day would come when he would make some elbow room atop the Motown hockey throne for The Boy Wonder, Steve Yzerman, the former Nepean minor hockey star, 22-year Red Wing great and longest-serving captain in NHL history.
from MCT via the Santa Barbara News,
Czech words echoed through the hallway between the home and visiting dressing rooms Tuesday as Atlanta Thrashers superstar Marian Hossa reunited with Slovakian countrymen Marian Gaborik, Pavol Demitra and Branko Radivojevic.
‘‘I bet they’re talking about backchecking,’’ quipped Thrashers coach Bob Hartley.
Yeah, very unlikely.
The bosom buddies, who hail from Trencin, Slovakia, are as close as can be.
‘‘It’s just good to see Marian,’’ Gaborik said. ‘‘Obviously we don’t get to see each other a lot. So it’s great to catch up for the first time since summer.’‘
from the CBC, The Detroit Red Wings retired Steve Yzerman’s jersey Tuesday night in Detroit….
“I don’t know how I can thank you,” he said, fighting back tears. “As I said earlier, the first time I stepped on the ice in 1983, I was in awe of the building and the atmosphere. I felt that throughout my entire career. It’s inspirational.”
Sports Illustrated has anothe Yzerman timeline done in pictures...
Also, Joe Pelletier has a nice tribute to Yzerman at Hockey’s Greatest Legends…
from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,
• The NHL realignment idea is inspiring significant negative feedback. As one high NHL Exec says, “Why are they always finding something wrong and looking to change? I’ve never seen the league change so much so often. Who does Gary Bettman listen to anyway? The system is perfect the way it is now with great races all over the place.”
• Pittsburgh insiders with whom we talk believe that the Penguins will be saved for Pitt with some behind-the-scenes wheeling-dealing. However, no one is willing to bet on it because of Pennsylvania politics. Should all attempts fail, the Pens could wind up in, 1. Houston; 2. Kansas City; 3. Las Vegas; 4. Oklahoma City.
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has assigned right wing Steve Bernier and defenseman Matt Carle to the Worcester Sharks, the team’s top development affiliate in the American Hockey League.
Carle, 22, currently leads all Sharks defensemen with 21 points (3-18=21). Among League rookies, he is sixth in points, fourth in assists and tied for third in power play points (2-10=12) in 39 games played.
Bernier, 21, has appeared in 39 games posting 25 points (11-14=25), which is fourth-best on the team. His six power play goals are fourth on the team and his three game-winning goals are tied for third. He ranks 12th among all League forwards in hits (88).
added 10:07pm, from the AP via the Contra Costa Times,
Coach Ron Wilson said he wanted to send a message to both players after Bernier scored just one point in his past seven games and Carle was a minus-4 against the Coyotes.
But the Sharks decided a one-game message wasn’t enough to turn around either player, so they demoted two key contributors to one of the NHL’s winningest teams.
“They are two different cases,” Wilson said Tuesday. “I have all the confidence in both guys and am sure they will turn their games around.”
Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla,Detroit Red Wings goaltender Dominik Hasek andPittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for December.
FIRST STAR—JAROME IGINLA, RW, CALGARY FLAMES
Iginla led all NHL scorers in December, tallying 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists) in 14 games, and posted a +9 rating as the Flames (19-14-4, 42 points) vaulted from last to first in the Northwest Division. The Flames captain recorded points in 12 contests, including a trio of four-point performances in victories over Minnesota (5-2, Dec. 12), Phoenix (6-3, Dec. 16) and Los Angeles (6-4, Dec. 29), and finished the month with three points (one goal, two assists) and a +2 rating in a 4-2 victory over archrival Edmonton on New Year’s Eve. Iginla moved up to third place in League scoring with 52 points (22 goals, 30 assists) in 37 games.
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