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NEW YORK (Jan. 15, 2008)— Rookie scoring leader Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and first-year defenseman Tobias Enstrom of the All-Star host Atlanta Thrashers headline the 16 ‘NHL YoungStars’ invited to the 2008 NHL All-Star Weekend, the National Hockey League announced today.
from John Buccigross at ESPN,
Shannon is the NHL’s television repair man. His official title is senior vice president of broadcasting. His job, among other things, is to deal with all of the NHL’s broadcast partners and maximize how the product is presented by local and national outlets.
Q: How happy are you in the way NHL games are being broadcasted by the 30 local networks?
A: I think we are better than we were two years ago. I think camera position and awareness of camera positions is an important thing. I think we are making inroads there and helping them with their commentators to make them more complete broadcasters.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Tattoos cover roughly half of Jose Theodore’s upper body. They are elaborately stenciled works, some in dedication to his wife and daughter. Some seem to just signify rock ‘n’ roll cool associated with his hobby of strumming a guitar away from the hockey rink.
Winning has a funny way of making players seem cool again. Theodore’s locker stall has been bereft of reporters much of the past couple of seasons with the Avalanche, but has become a crowded place again. There is much more notice, therefore, of the intricacies of those tattoos — along with anything else on his body, or mind.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Darryl Sutter’s annual bid to bolster his team’s playoff chances started yesterday with the acquisition of 40-year-old insurance policy Curtis Joseph.
Not only does it signal Sutter’s obvious belief the team has the main ingredients necessary to challenge for hockey’s most coveted silver chalice, it also means the hype surrounding the club’s young goaltenders is just that.
from the Windsor Star,
The Czech border guards, the open-air rinks of Sweden and Amsterdam’s red-light district. The memories remain fresh whenever Polonich reflects back on his season playing in Europe for the London Lions.
The idea was the brainchild of Detroit Red Wings owner Bruce Norris, who envisioned a European pro league with franchises sponsored by NHL clubs and invested $300,000 in his British squad in 1973-74, playing exhibition games throughout Europe.
Future plans called for the Toronto Maple Leafs to ice a team in Sweden and slated the Montreal Canadiens to place a farm club in Finland.
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
If it is fair to suggest that the additions to the lineup have not produced success and that entirely missing the playoffs now is a distinct possibility, would it not follow that the route to rediscovering success might well be to subtract from the equation?
If this is true, the economics of the new NHL suggest Jagr, who will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer, is the most logical piece to move. It goes without saying that there would be a market for a player of Jagr’s immense talent, even in the face of this surprisingly disappointing season.
A team like the Colorado Avalanche, for instance, desperate to make the playoffs and wracked by injuries to top players Joe Sakic and Ryan Smyth, might be interested. The Avs have been rumored to be looking to move puck-moving defenseman John-Michael Liles, a member of the 2006 U.S. Olympic team.
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
So, despite another sizzling Gomez night and some good efforts by Jagr and Marty Straka, the dots failed to connect overall. Ergo: another loss.
Why should Wednesday night be different? A similar effort against Buffalo very well could produce a win.
Then, it’s home-and-home with the beatable Bruins.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Baby steps come first.
A win over the Sabres and then, maybe, it’ll be time for “Oh, Baby!”
Dear Commissioner Bettman,
...But look at things two years later. I urge you to watch some broadcasts of your product and listen to teams’ announcers. It is now almost a nightly occurrence to hear announcers complain that “the refs are letting them play.” If you can’t see with your own eyes that enforcement standards have weakened considerably this season, then you are not watching your own product. You are apparently just listening to underlings like Colin Campbell and Stephen Walkom, who are ignoring the problems that have crept back into the game.
from Milan Lucic at the Hockey News,
For me personally, things have gone very well so far.
I have been able to make the jump from junior to the NHL and have held my own. The jump wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be, but it still took a lot of work to get here.
I am not saying it has been easy by any means, but a combination of the players around me, the coaching staff and the effort I have put in has made it a smooth transition.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
But there was another guy Paddock thought had a brutal game, too. A guy in a different jersey. With stripes. Paddock didn’t call him out completely, but he sure did narrow the choices.
“I thought guys like (Christoph) Schubert and (Chris) Neil did a good job again, I thought they were finishing checks,” said Paddock. “I thought Chris Neil got one penalty in the first period probably because it was the third time he tried to hit somebody through the boards. That’s just disgusting by the referee. You’re supposed to hit them through the boards.”
The Senators went through the boards often—right into the box. The Senators were short-handed nine times against the Islanders and killed all but two of the penalties. They were awarded just three power plays of their own and converted one.
Afterward, Paddock claimed he was in “shock of how the game was officiated.” His opinion came on the heels of Steve Yzerman’s comments Saturday about inconsistent work by the men with whistles.
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