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from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,
But after nearly six months of this exasperating team, could we just be done with it? Couldn’t they simply resign, like the governor? Maybe call off the final four games of the season and spare the fans further anguish and exasperation?
I mean, how much more can a hockey fan take? In a season of mind-boggling losses, Friday night’s might have been the most maddening of all. Leading, 3-1, and seemingly on their way to their fifth win in six games, the Sabres allowed two goals in the final 2:31 of regulation and another in overtime of a crushing 4-3 loss to the Canadiens.
They got a point. It had to be one of the most disappointing points in the history of the league. They didn’t need one point. They needed two, and two more after that. The Sabres might have needed to run the table to simply have a chance. They simply couldn’t afford to squander a victory. But they did it. Again.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
“It’s simply not acceptable,” said Peddie, indicating that the accountability for the Leafs’ shortcomings runs from himself to the board of directors all the way down the ladder.
“It’s very disappointing and very upsetting. We’re smart people, people who are very savvy in business. We thought we had a solid plan to move ahead but that’s not the case. In fact, we’re not set up that great for next year either.
“It’s very humbling to know we failed.”
Peddie said simply reaching the post-season is not the goal.
“It’s more than making the playoffs,” he said. “It’s about moving toward a championship. And, frankly, we made no progress toward that end.”
from the New York Daily News,
Avery, 27, a trash-talking enforcer who has dated a string of models and actresses, is listed as a $500 client of brothel Maison de L’Amour.
Contacted Friday at the number in the records, the pretty boy known in the NHL as “The Animal” at first laughed when told where his name had turned up.
“For some reason, I highly doubt that,” Avery told the Daily News, insisting he was the target of a practical joke.
“It’s April Fools’ Day coming up and I’m not going to fall for it.”
It’s no joke. His name is one of more than 2,000 on a computer spreadsheet, detailing Davis’ X-rated operations, obtained by The News.
from the Ottawa Citizen,
Once he had that treatment, he was faced with questions about his leadership abilities, brought on by some pointed criticisms from Rob Ray, the former Senator and longtime Buffalo Sabres heavyweight, during a session on the TSN program Off the Record.
“I don’t think he’s a stand up, rah, rah guy in the dressing room,” said Ray. “He’s a leader on the ice. That’s a big problem with this team ... even when I was there, there was no one person to stand up and take charge, and bat a head when it needed to happen. They’re all tight and very close friends. Alfie’s a great player when things are going easy ... he came alive against Buffalo (in Tuesday’s 6-3 win) when Buffalo eased off after being ahead 3-1, but where was he in the first two periods?”
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
For all of his flaws—some real and some imagined by his detractors—Huselius is still arguably the most gifted offensive player on Calgary’s roster.
His passing skills are rivalled only by Alex Tanguay’s, but he’s much more willing to shoot the puck in scoring areas, so that makes Huselius very dangerous in the offensive zone, especially on the powerplay.
He’s more than capable of scoring that big goal at the right time, which is a big deal come playoff time.
As for those who say he disappears when the games get more physical, they’re dead wrong.
from the Star-Telegram,
As the Stars head into today’s matchup against the Los Angeles Kings, Hull said the team needs one aspect above all else: accountability.
“It’s totally up to the players to get it together,” Hull said. “[Steve] Ott needs to be accountable for [Mike] Modano, Modano for [Mark] Fistric. That’s what I think we’re lacking right now. We’ve got to have accountability for each other.”
Hull said he hasn’t seen a bad Stars team. He’s seen a team that’s “played horrendous for a few minutes each game, and it’s cost us.”
And the errors have been widespread.
from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washinton Post,
But now Fedorov is grateful for the change. He’s having more fun than he’s had in years, he said, reinvigorated by Boudreau’s up-tempo system and a roster filled with young and talented players that remind Fedorov of himself 15 years ago.
“Just getting the chance to play hockey the way it’s supposed to be played, which is using hockey sense, not robotic,” Fedorov said, referring to the Blue Jackets’ defense-first strategy. In Columbus “you had do things that didn’t require much skill. It’s much, much different here. That’s why it’s exciting and refreshing.”
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from the Florida Panthers Blog at the Sun-Sentinel,
It has become quite clear in recent days that Jacques Martin and Olli Jokinen can’t co-exist beyond this season. One of them will be gone this summer, so now owner Alan Cohen has a tough decision to make.
—- He can’t have Martin step down has coach and remain as GM because the GM picks his coach and he’d likely pick someone with a personality similar to his, one that players both in Ottawa and Florida contend doesn’t relate well to them.
—- He either has to keep Martin in both positions or in neither.
from Scott Cullen of TSN,
As the season winds down, it’s already time for some teams to start making plans for next year. One way to do that is to address holes in the lineup through free agency.
In this week’s edition of Backchecking, TSN.ca’s Scott Cullen takes a sneak peek at this summer’s free agent market.
We can assume, in the vast majority of cases, that teams will have some interest in their own free agents at a certain price, but there is always the risk that once a player reaches the open market, they can be lured away to a new team.
via the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
After a visit with a neurologist yesterday, Patrice Bergeron was not cleared for contact practice. Bergeron was told that he needs to regain his strength and return to working out off the ice at 100 percent before he can bump bodies in practice.
Bergeron estimated he will be re-evaluated in two weeks, ruling out a regular-season return.
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