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from Stan Fischler at Game On,
The cataclysmic reaction to the negotiations breakup between Sean Avery and the Rangers is reaching “Where’s Britney Spears?” proportions.
Chances are that Sean—alias The Great Gabbo—will be around a lot longer than Britney, the pop bop.
Fear not, Rangers fans, Avery is going nowhere when his contract expires; not to Philly, not to Chi-town nor Beantown nor Toronto from where he comes.
from Rand Simon at the Hockey News,
Dumbest thing heard on the radio recently (non-Rush Limbaugh division): “Look at Steve Yzerman, he hadn’t done a thing by the time he was 28”—Toronto-based sports radio host….
The reality is that by his 28th birthday, Yzerman already had a career worthy of Hall of Fame induction with 1,040 career points to his credit in 757 games. Compare that to Cam Neely who is in the Hall of Fame with 694 career points in 726 career games. (Interestingly, Yzerman also played in exactly 757 games after turning 28 and had 715 points in those games.)
Anyway, it was just another example of why I find it so frustrating to listen to sports talk radio.
more hockey talk…
The move of Murray Harbour hockey star Brad Richards from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Dallas Stars has led to a surge in sales for Stars merchandise at sports stores on P.E.I.
Many store managers have had to order in extra supplies.
“It makes a pretty big impact on the merchandise,” Mike Morrison of Source for Sports in Charlottetown told CBC News Tuesday.
This question is bound to come up, so here is the answer…
If two or more clubs are tied in points at the end of the regular season, the standing of the clubs in each Conference will be determined in the following order:
from the Buffalo News,
Kalinin coasted lap after lap around the Wachovia Center ice Tuesday during the morning warm-up, and Ruff was right with him. He skated next to Kalinin, yelling in his ear. He skated backward, nearly nose-to-nose with the defenseman, firing profanities in Kalinin’s face.
“Play with some passion!” screamed Ruff, who benched the veteran for Tuesday night’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers. “Play with some [expletive] passion! You’re better than that!”
It was no coincidence Ruff conducted his session in front of the other players
from the Miami Herald,
(Craig) Anderson hasn’t surrendered a goal in 2 hours, 27 minutes, 46 seconds of game time. Philadelphia’s Daniel Briere was the last to beat him, on Feb. 23. Anderson, Florida’s backup to Tomas Vokoun, has also stopped 105 consecutive shots. Since the new year began, Anderson has won five of six starts.
‘‘This could happen to anyone, I’m just trying to work hard in practice to make sure I’d be ready when I did get the call,’’ said Anderson, who made 40 saves Tuesday after making 53 Sunday against the Islanders. ``It starts by working hard in practice and battling for the guys there. The guys are definitely pulling together. It’s good to see. These last two have just been terrific.’‘
more on the Panthers…
from Woody Paige of the Denver Post,
He was Peter the Very Good.
The Avalanche was great.
Afterward he had a grin that couldn’t have been removed with a hammer and a chisel.
“Every morning since I got to Denver, I wake up smiling and looking out at the sunshine. Definitely, it’s great to be back,” Peter Forsberg said.
“And I played OK.”
It was as if he never left.
from the Philadelphia Inquirer,
If the Flyers miss the playoffs by two points, they may blame a blown call in last night’s 5-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres at the Wachovia Center….
Buffalo center Tim Connolly had not gotten off the ice when Roy was virtually on top of goalie Marty Biron.
“They had five guys on the ice by 60 feet,” Flyers coach John Stevens said, fuming. “Their fifth guy was the guy at the far blue line. . . . It’s unbelievable. They totally missed the call. . . . I don’t know where Roy came from. I thought it was a missed change . . . just a totally blown call.”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, “It’s tougher (hockey in the West) and they know that out here and the teams play accordingly,” said (Bryan) Murray. “They seem to, and I may be wrong on this, be able to hold up a little more on the forecheck that we can in the East. I guess they tolerate a little more.”
more from Murray and some Sens talk too…
from the Edmonton Sun,
This year, Tootoo had nine goals and six assists in 47 games. He scored 11 goals in his first three years.
“I’ve been trying to focus more on making plays rather than looking for that big hit,” Tootoo said. “I still have to be physical because that’s the foundation of my game. I think it really intimidates players knowing they have to be aware of when I’m out there and they have to keep their heads up.
“But I’m looking to do more than that now. I think that comes with maturity. I’m holding on to that puck for that extra-second longer instead of being so nervous with it that you want to get rid of it right away.”
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