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from the Onion,
NEW YORK—Flanked by Food Network president Brooke Johnson and cooking-show host Rachael Ray, Commissioner Gary Bettman announced yesterday that the NHL has opted out of its contract with the Versus cable channel (formerly the Outdoor Life Network) and has reached a long-term broadcasting deal with the Food Network starting in the 2007-08 season.
Reading the following story, it sounds like Vegas is not a destination for the Pens, or for any team in the near future.
from the Las Vegas Review Journal,
Thomas & Mack Center director Daren Libonati said he has not spoken to anyone from the Penguins and that the facility has no ice floor and no chiller.
He said a major league team would need corporate signage, control of suites and revenues from food and beverage sales, none of which would be available at the Thomas & Mack.
Reid said studies should be done to determine whether there would be sufficient public support for an NHL team in Las Vegas.
Given the urgency of the Penguins’ situation and the lack of an arena, Reid said the process might be too far along for Southern Nevada to make a serious play.
added 10:55am, from the Las Vegas Sun,
But the fact is Ogie Ogilthorpe is more likely to win the Federal League’s sportsmanship award before Las Vegas lands the Penguins or any other National Hockey League team.
from Jody Vance at Slam,
Prior to being swarmed by the media throng Tuesday, my Leafs TV gig afforded me an exclusive one-on-one with Alex Ovechkin.
This was certainly an interview I won’t soon forget.
Ovechkin is a presence even in an empty NHL visitors’ dressing room: Young, yet with eyes filled with the wisdom that comes from having shouldered so much pressure in his 21 years.
We go right to the flashy yellow laces and tell-tale tinted visor on his No. 8 helmet resting on the shelf above. Fashion statements, he says, “Laces to not be like others—same with visor—I do not want to be same as everyone. To stand out.”
from the Chicago Tribune,
But as the Hawks begin a four-game trip Saturday in Phoenix, that number could rise. The Hawks are expected to recall defensemen Dustin Byfuglien and Dave Koci on Thursday.
In the case of Byfuglien, he likely will replace James Wisniewski, who will have surgery Thursday to repair his right ACL, which he injured Tuesday. Wisniewski is out for the season.
Koci, on the other hand, won’t be asked to carry the puck out of the Hawks’ zone. According to the Web site hockeyfights.com, Koci has had 85 fights in four seasons in the American Hockey League, including 20 this season through Tuesday.
“He’s a big boy,” Savard said of the 6-foot-6-inch, 238-pound native of the Czech Republic.
“We’ll see next week. We may have to dance, I don’t know.”
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
Moore said he’s totally committed to trying to get back into the NHL.
“You’re either 100 percent committed to something or you will not be successful at it. I have not given any thought to doing anything else,” he said. “Until the doctors tell me unequivocally that I’m not coming back and I won’t ever be cleared, I guess I won’t think about it.”
He said he remains grateful for the “tremendous and uplifting” support he has received from Colorado fans. Team officials, he said, “let me know they would be there for me if I needed anything, and I hope that’s the case. But I guess that’s how it goes when your contract is up. You’re kind of on your own to deal with the situation.”
from the Vancouver Province,
After a leopard-skin brassiere was tossed onto the ice Tuesday night in Cowan’s honour, the wags came out in full force with new, colourful monikers for Cowan, whose five goals in three games has turned him into a folk hero.
Hooter Shooter and Cowan the Brabarian are the best two. Cash Cow is pretty good. J.C. Superstar doesn’t quite have the zing.
Heavy Eric even has a song out already, Cowan Days (to Purple Haze—“Excuse me while I hit this guy”).
The centre of all this attention doesn’t seem to quite know what to make of the hip-hip-her-bra.
from Matt Higgins of the New York Times,
Most goaltenders for playoff-bound N.H.L. teams are at least 6 feet tall, several speak French and nearly all play the same style. Their hockey DNA can be traced to a common ancestor, Patrick Roy….
Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November, Roy ran the Remparts in his retirement “to give back,” he said. But many say his greatest contribution to hockey has been as a prototype for modern goaltending.
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
The beleaguered NHL players union has scheduled an emergency conference call for Sunday night to confirm to some of the league’s senior players that top union executives have been inappropriately accessing player email accounts….
Players are also expected to discuss firing Saskin and Kim, a source told the Star, although that would likely generate wrongful dismissal lawsuits. “The players will have to make a decision on what they want to do,” the source said. “It’s not going to be an easy decision.”
from the Winnipeg Sun:
In a suspicious move, injured centre Rick Rypien was quietly re-called by the Vancouver Canucks yesterday. The Moose did not officially announce the transaction (it was on the AHL website) and a team spokesman refused to elaborate, providing few answers regarding the whole Rypien mystery since he was sent down to the farm Feb. 9th.
At that time, the former Regina Pat was deemed healthy, having recovered from a nasty groin injury suffered in an early December game against the Edmonton Oilers. Rypien even participated in a couple practices with the Canucks before coming to Manitoba.
Here’s where it’s puzzling: Sometime after that second skate but before his arrival in Winnipeg, the 22-year-old re-injured his groin. While here, he didn’t see any game-action with the Moose. He has skated on his own, but not with the team—a usual practice for injured players.
via the Colorado Avalanche,
BUFFALO, N.Y. - With an assist on Milan Hejduk’s goal at 9:58 of the first period tonight in Buffalo, Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny extended his point streak to 17 games, tying the NHL rookie record set by Teemu Selanne in 1992-93.
Selanne notched a point in the final 17 games of his Calder Trophy winning season with the Winnipeg Jets. Stastny’s 17-game streak has now surpassed his father, Peter Stastny (16 games in 1980-81), for the longest scoring streak by a rookie in franchise history.
Stastny will attempt to set a new league record this Sunday when the Avalanche travels to Minnesota to take on the Wild.
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