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Joe Thornton took part in an NHL tele-coference today…
Q. Could you just address the impact that the acquisition of Bill Guerin and Craig Rivet have had on the team?
JOE THORNTON: Well, obviously, we’re pretty young in the back, so Rivet just brings us some more toughness back there. He’s pretty rugged. He plays the power plays, the right?handed shot, which we needed, as well. So he fills so many voids that we didn’t have before. He’s a guy that’s been there, done that, and he’s going to be great going to the playoffs.
Obviously Billy winning the Cup I think in ‘95 or ‘96, he’s a good, veteran guy that works really well with Patty Marleau, and he’s another right?handed shot. He’s physical, he’s big, he’s strong and just two very, very valuable pickups that we definitely needed coming down the stretch here.
Q. I’d like to ask another question. I’ve got to ask you, last season late you just went on an amazing rampage, and you’ve done it again this season. How do you explain the late season surges that you have?
JOE THORNTON: I don’t know, it’s just ?? obviously especially this year, playing with Milan Michalek, he’s been playing great lately, and Cheech has been putting the puck in the back of the net. But I don’t really know the rhyme or reason that it happens. But like you said, it happened last year and again this year, but I don’t know the reason why.
Christy at Behind the Jersey has been keeping track of ticket movement today and tickets were just a topic on one of Detroit’s sports radio stations.
An unusual amount of playoff tickets remain, and as mentioned on the radio, you could buy a block of 12 tickets all together.
I noticed standing room only tickets are going for $68 for the first round.
The economy situation right now is not very good in Detroit and it appears some of the season ticket holders have turned their seats in for the playoffs.
To top it off, the Red Wing organization has done squat to promote the game and does nothing to make it more fan friendly.
NEW YORK (April 3, 2007) – Fueled by a dramatic race to the playoffs, sales of NHL-licensed product on Shop.NHL.com for the month of March increased 51% compared to the same period last year, the National Hockey League (NHL) today announced. The most searched term last month on Shop.NHL.com that yielded results was “Stanley Cup.”
For the seventh consecutive month, the Buffalo Sabres remain the top-selling team on Shop.NHL.com. The Sabres’ March 2007 sales increased 657% compared to last year. Other teams that more than doubled merchandise sales for March were the Pittsburgh Penguins (205%), New York Islanders (155%), Minnesota Wild (154%), Anaheim Ducks (119%) and Nashville Predators (100%). Twenty-four of 30 teams increased their sales for the month of March on Shop.NHL.com.
From OurSports Central,
The American Hockey League announced today the individual team winners of the American Specialty/AHL Man of the Year awards, given to one player from each AHL member team for his outstanding contributions to his local community and charitable organizations during the 2006-07 season.
From this list of 27 finalists, representatives from American Specialty and the AHL will choose the winner of the 2006-07 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award.
The AHL’s annual Man of the Year award is named after the late Yanick Dupre, who died in August 1997 at the age of 24, following a 16-month battle with leukemia. Dupre, an AHL All-Star in 1995, played four seasons with the Hershey Bears, registering 169 points in 207 AHL games. He also skated in 35 NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers.
continued… a list of the best of the best of the AHL’s good guys
from the McKight Journal,
Some local hockey fans were holding their breath because of the unstable situation of the Pittsburgh Penguins, while others were doing so to get a hearty workout.
Every Tuesday night, some extreme hockey fans gather at the Pine-Richland pool to partake in a friendly, yet exhilarating game of underwater hockey.
The premise of the game is much like its on ice counterpart. Teams of three to six players try to hit a puck made of brass and teflon across the bottom of the deep end (12 feet) of the pool into one of the two of the 1.5 foot goals on either end of the deep part. The goals are made of weighted angle iron, but sometimes get jostled around during the action according to long-time player Deb Rammage.
NEW YORK—The National Hockey League’s exciting countdown to the Stanley Cup Playoffs continues tonight with 13 games featuring 16 of the 20 playoff-eligible clubs. Among the honors still to be determined with just six days remaining in the regular season: all six division titles, both conference titles, the Presidents’ Trophy as the League’s top regular-season club, all 16 playoff seeds and four playoff berths.
Six clubs could clinch division titles and/or playoff berths tonight:
Buffalo can clinch the Northeast Division and Eastern Conference tonight:
* If they beat Pittsburgh.
NY Rangers can clinch an Eastern Conference playoff berth tonight:
* If they beat the Islanders
* They get one point and Carolina gets one or no points against Tampa Bay and Toronto gets no points against Philadelphia.
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
If misery loves company, Turco runs with a fast crowd. With the playoffs starting next week, several elite players are at a juncture at which another inconsequential postseason might define their careers. Those on the hot seat are hardly ingenues. They are old enough (in their late 20s or 30s), playoff-tested enough and significant enough that they should be able to carry a team for a week, a series, maybe even two months. “Expectations are so high,” Turco says, referring to himself and the other top players under scrutiny, “but obviously there’s a reason people expect a lot.”
read on for more on Turco and other players who must elevate their game…
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The albums do not hint at Rick’s battles with mental illness, battles that have tested the family’s mettle and helped define the paths each family member has and will follow.
The images, static and one-dimensional, certainly cannot begin to suggest how one set of circumstances might have led to the other, and how they might continue to coexist long into the future.
“He’s probably been the best he’s been now,” Kyle Wellwood said of his father in a recent interview. “There were always times when he’d be doing good and he’d have a relapse or something would happen. The bad times are rare and don’t last too long, a couple of days.”
from the CBC,
Tuesday could be a crucial day in determining the playoff picture as all six teams chasing a post-season berth are in action.
All eyes will be on Montreal (home to the Boston Bruins) and Toronto (hosting the Philadelphia Flyers) to see who, if anyone, blinks first in the ultimate high-stakes game of chicken.
Also on Tuesday, the Rangers and Islanders clash in Long Island while the Hurricanes pay a visit to the Lightning in Tampa Bay.
from the AP via MSNBC,
It’s not drunken driving in New Jersey if it involves a Zamboni.
A judge ruled the four-ton ice rink-grooming machines aren’t motor vehicles because they aren’t useable on highways and can’t carry passengers.
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