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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
In terms of length and breadth, Hockey Day in Canada pretty much leads the field.
The CBC’s celebration of the game will be on the air for 13 1/2 hours Saturday and provide content from virtually every region of the country.
Still, most of the programming will consist of NHL game telecasts, which is just as well. A full day of joy and love at the amateur level would be too rich for all but the true believers. The majority of the feel-good stories will be presented during the first three hours, starting at noon EST.
You might think he’s living large; mansions, starlets, fast cars? Not quite. He’s living in the basement bedroom of the team’s assistant General Manager. He takes out the garbage, helps with household chores and is beginning to learn to do his own laundry.
Patrick’s off-ice life is more college freshman than NHL superstar, but that may be what has made him so good on the ice.
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from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
Detroit Red Wings forward Matt Ellis bucked the long odds just to play a shift in the NHL, let along dress for game No. 50 the other night.
“I told Matt when we signed him that ‘Your NHL will be the American Hockey League,’ ” Wings senior vice-president Jim Devellano said. “Lo and behold, he’s played 50 games [in the NHL]. I’ll be truthful, I didn’t think he would make it this far. I don’t think there are many people on this Earth that thought he would play a single game in the NHL.”
from the Dallas Morning News,
“I don’t think you can ever have enough shooters, so that’s definitely something that would help us, whether it be on our line or the power play,” Modano said. “To find someone who can find that empty space on the power play or can convert a chance at the net, yeah, I think I would be fine if we got one of those.”
Co-general managers Brett Hull and Les Jackson say they are looking, but it’s difficult to find that commodity in the NHL. So the Stars need to be ready in the event no players are added before the Feb. 26 trade deadline.
more on the Stars…
from the AP via Sports Illustrated,
General manager Darcy Regier said Friday he’s had regular discussions with agent Larry Kelly in hopes of getting contract talks restarted involving Campbell, the Sabres top defenseman, who’s in the final year of his deal.
“I wouldn’t call it full-blown negotiations, we’re just keeping the lines of communication open to see where it goes,” Regier told The Associated Press during the first intermission of Buffalo’s home game against Boston. “We’ve had conversations. We never really stopped.”
from Sam McCaig of the Hockey News,
Olaf Kolzig turns 38 the week the playoffs begin, and the longtime Washington Capitals stopper is finally showing his age. Among the 45 goalies who have appeared in at least 20 games this season, Kolzig ranks dead last – 45th – in save percentage, at .884. His 3.07 goals-against average is also near the bottom of the league.
While Kolzig’s stats suffer somewhat due to a still inexperienced defense corps in front of him, the truth is, he’s played far better with far worse bluelines in past years.
more and some Nabokov & Vokoun talk too….
via the Arizona Republic,
It might be tempting, but General Manager Don Maloney is not wavering from the basic premise that even though his young team may stumble at times, it will provide the core for future success. The only exception would be if an incoming player can fit in beyond just one season….
“So right now what I’m finding out is teams are so close, so tight, so any team that’s unloading players really doesn’t make sense to us. There’s nobody for us. We’re constantly looking, (it’s) very hard to say when we get on the deadline how active we’re gonna get. Right now I’d say not very active at all. I like what we have, I like the mix, I like the chemistry, but you never know what comes down the pike. So we’ll keep working at it, but it’s quiet out there.”
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
According to sources, Blues defenseman Barret Jackman rejected a multi-year contract offer from the team earlier this week.
One source indicated that the Blues’ offer averaged less than $3 million per season. Jackman, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, is making $2.2 million this season. He signed a one-year contract last summer when he and the Blues couldn’t agree on a long-term contract.
“The discussions are healthy and ongoing . . . that’s all I can say,” Blues President John Davidson said Friday. “With Barret, it’s been an ongoing conversation since last summer. You try to find some common ground. If you do, you do. If you don’t, you don’t.”
Matt Cooke and Nick Lidstrom are mic’d up during a recent game.
Speaking on HockeyCentral@Noon, (Marcel) Dionne blasted the league’s skills competition that was held Jan. 26, the night before the game in Atlanta. Dionne reserved his harshest comments for the breakaway challenge….
“They made fools of themselves,” Dionne said. “(The event) should be scrapped altogether. Whoever thought of that should be fired.”...
“They probably think in the South that hockey’s like mini-basketball or something,” he said. “We can’t jump up and down and put it in the hoop.
“Obviously there’s guys that can do a lot of little tricks with the puck but it’s never in a situation where you’re on a breakaway … with someone chasing you.”
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