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from David Amber at ESPN,
In this week’s Facing Off, Luc compares Sid the Kid to Super Mario and The Great One, discusses a shootout experience he will never forget, hands out advice on Barry Melrose’s mullet and picks his Stanley Cup winner.
Q: Who was the best coach you ever had?
A: Scotty Bowman, and probably Barry Melrose.
Q: Wow. Melrose is going to love to hear that.
A: He was great. He was the best communicator I ever had and he was a real player’s coach.
Q: Now, why didn’t you and the rest of the guys pin Barry down and cut off that mullet?
A: We should have, but you guys at ESPN should do it now [laughs]. In those days, in the early 1990s, it wasn’t bad. But now, the mullet is totally over with.
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
Former NHL coach Pat Burns says that while Sidney Crosby may one day be the best player in hockey, that honour currently belongs to Vincent Lecavalier.
“He’s the best hockey player in the National Hockey League by far,” Burns said Wednesday while promoting a prostate cancer fundraiser.
“I saw a game in Tampa when he played against Crosby and he just put on a show. You could see Crosby thinking ‘I’m going to be good like that one day.’ He’s big, strong, he can skate, he can score and I’d say he’s probably the best hockey player in the league.
“And him and Marty St. Louis are probably the best duo in the NHL.”
Battle of California will be live blogging during the Sharks/Ducks game tonight.
I may have to take a nap to catch up with that one.
Note to Alanah- stay away, you have work to do…
added 10:19pm, Link to the live blog post…
When attempting to talk Wings, Dwayne needs to be very careful these days. A2Y is bang on!!!
via the Buffalo News,
Buffalo Sabres winger Maxim Afinogenov might return to the lineup Thursday night.
Sabres coach Lindy Ruff revealed after Wednesday’s practice Afinogenov could be available to play all three of the team’s remaining regular-season games. They play the Boston Bruins on Thursday night in HSBC Arena and then finish up with afternoon road games against the Washington Capitals on Saturday and the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.
The status of center Tim Connolly remains in question. Connolly said he is ready to play after rehabbing from post-concussion symptoms and a leg stress fracture. Ruff said Connolly is at 80 percent and the team doesn’t want to rush him back too soon.
from the Excalibur, York University’s newspaper,
Minor league teams and big leagues generally do not publicly divulge players’ salaries, but their rules pertaining to minimum wage and salary caps are made public. How much do these guys earn? Let’s have a look.
In professional hockey, the top-level minor league in North America (unofficially called “AAA level”) is the American Hockey League (AHL). Some of you may know that the Toronto Maple Leafs rookies, the Marlies and two more Canadian AHL teams (the Bulldogs and the Manitoba Moose) have homes in Hamilton and Winnipeg.
Several players in this league are on two-way contracts, which mean that their salary depends on whether they play in the NHL or the AHL. For players who sign such contracts, whose terms are often publicly disclosed by the NHL parent club, their AHL salary is usually between $50,000 and $75,000.
For those who are on an AHL-only contract, the league’s minimum salary for the 2006-07 season was $44,000 ($35,000 US), and $27,000 US for players on loan from lesser leagues, in addition to the per diem allowances to cover certain expenses while on the road.
The average salary in the league is said to be around $50,000 to $55,000; not bad compared to any other job, but still a far cry from what a typical NHL star earns.
Some great goals during the month of March. About 8 minutes long…
from Wallace Matthews at Newsday,
It is obvious Simon’s hit flattened his own team and elevated their bitterest rival. Rangers fans, who were outraged by Simon’s hit last month, have to be overjoyed with it today. While Hollweg hardly missed a shift, the Islanders lost more than just a forward that night. They also lost a spark that they haven’t been able to get back.
Poetic justice? A fair punishment for a play that was uncalled for? Or simply the final straw in a season that, it now seems clear, was a lot more tenuous than it had appeared to that point?
from Stan Fischler at his blog, The Maven,
I’m driving down to Philadelphia tonight (Wednesday) in the hopes of seeing Martin Brodeur break Bernie Parent’s record for wins in a season.
More important - to me and Marty - is the fact that I’m looking forward to a Devils’ victory. That would put them over the top in terms of clinching first place and the home ice advantage that goes with it.
Even more important than that, I’m hoping that the news on Brian Gionta is more encouraging than it appeared on Tuesday night when he was spirited away from Continental Airlines Arena in an ambulance.
The Patrik Elias shot which Gionta took on the foot could devastate the Devils’ postseason, assuming the wound is as serious as it first appeared.
continued,,,and a bit about the NYI…
From Stephannie Johnson at ParrySound.com,
Mr. Trottier, a four-time Stanley Cup winner, said the group’s message is to instill confidence in children from smaller rural communities who may struggle to complete high school.
“We all had challenges, I’m non-status, I grew up in a small community,” said Mr. Trottier. “We just want to let them know that they can do it. It’s not easy, it’s hard work, but the payout at the end is worth it. If you only play one game, one shift, score one goal the memories and the dreams remain.”
But the group’s message isn’t just about hockey, they want to encourage everyone to follow their dreams whatever they may be.
“Whether you’re a child or an adult, whether it’s sports or painting, whether it’s mechanics, find your skill, your passion and work towards is,” said Mr. Troittier.
With donated orange rubber bracelets from the New York Islanders, the men had each child put on the bracelet and promise to complete high school.
more *Wayne King and Dan Frawley were also in attendance
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