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from Lindsay Berra of ESPN the Magazine,
If relatively anonymous. Drury, carting two gallons of milk out of a bodega on Manhattan’s Upper West Side recently, had to stare at a guy he thought was on HBO’s “Flight of the Conchords” (he wasn’t) before he got a “Hey, you’re the new Ranger!” in return. And Gomez spent an hour in a Starbucks near MSG on a late-summer workday afternoon, drinking his grapefruit soda in total peace. Think that’d happen to Eli Manning or Derek Jeter?
But Gomez and Drury just got into town; give them a season. Next June, the Rangers could be polishing the Stanley Cup, and NHL brass could be glowing about their improved ratings. Then the only unfinished business would be the ticker-tape parade.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
I’ve never been a major proponent of enlarging NHL nets. But when I hear Roberto Luongo threaten retirement if such a thing comes to pass, I want nothing more than to see the NHL go that route.
The audacity and petulance of Luongo’s statement truly is stunning.
continued plus more NHL talk…
Note: Here is the full transcript of Luongo’s comments yesterday.
Since early September, KK readers knew the NHL Network was coming to the USA.
Now people are beginning to receive notice on their cable boxes that indeed, it holds true…
I do know there have been some issues with the streaming of Center Ice Online. Things seem to be improving but would like to get your take on it.
An ongoing discussion on it in the KK Forum too…
Game scheduled for streaming tonight.
Wednesday, Sept. 26
Washington at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. ET
N.Y. Islanders at New Jersey, 7 p.m. ET
Buffalo at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. ET
St. Louis at Minnesota, 8 p.m. ET
San Jose at Vancouver, 10 p.m. ET
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
A decline in goal scoring is perhaps the leading on-ice problem bedevilling the NHL. To discuss that issue and others, Steve Kouleas convened a roundtable panel that will air tonight on The Score at 11 p.m. EDT.
One idea that seemed to resonate with the group - NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell, director of officiating Stephen Walkom, Detroit Red Wing general manager Ken Holland, his Toronto Maple Leafs counterpart John Ferguson, Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco and Ottawa Senators centre Jason Spezza - is employing a 3-on-3 overtime session if 4-on-4 hockey does not produce a winner.
“I sensed that John and Ken really liked that,” Kouleas said. “And Collie [Campbell] was all ears when they were talking about it.”
from the CBC,
The southern Manitoba city of Winkler has been selected as the host of the 2008 edition of CBC’s Hockey Day in Canada, it was announced on Wednesday.
CBC Sports personalities Ron MacLean, Don Cherry, Cassie Campbell and Dick Irvin, along with several former NHL players, will be in Winkler for the daylong festivities, to be broadcast on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. CT.
from the Buffalo News,
Buffalo Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn said he wasn’t the only one surprised when TV and radio analyst Jim Lorentz decided to retire Tuesday.
“It sounds like he was, too,” Quinn said Tuesday night from New York City. “It happens to a lot of athletes before the start of a season. You look in the mirror and say, ‘I can’t go anymore.’ It happened to Jim. I don’t think Jim knew really until it was time to get on a plane back to Buffalo.”
Quinn said he believed Lorentz remains at his summer home in Newfoundland, where he enjoys fishing after the season ends. Quinn added that Lorentz telephoned before the preseason games began to say he wouldn’t be there at the start. He called again Monday to say he was retiring because he had enough of the traveling after 43 years as a player and broadcaster.
from the Tennessean,
They’re headed for Fort Campbell, Ky., where the Predators will spend the day doing team-building exercises with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.
“It will be very enlightening to our players,’’ Coach Barry Trotz said. “They’ll be challenged in a lot of different ways that are a little out of their element. It’s a combination of physical and mental things.’‘
more on the Preds…
from the Windsor Star,
Though he hasn’t been the point producer Schneider has been in his career, Rafalski has been a steady 50-point man on a New Jersey team that wasn’t noted as an offensive juggernaut.
“It’s a big difference,” Rafalski said. “You have more freedom to jump up, join the plays. I like it.
“It’s like going back to how I played in Europe. It’s going to take me a while to get back in that mode.”
more on the Wings…
from the Columbus Dispatch,
Asked yesterday if he were any closer to finding one, he shrugged his shoulders and shook his head.
“We are still looking at things right now,” Hitchcock said.
Eight days from the season opener against the Stanley Cup-champion Anaheim Ducks, Hitchcock remains uncertain who will play between wingers Rick Nash and David Vyborny.
more on the Blue Jackets…
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