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from Richard Sandomir of the New York Times,
The broadband network’s lineup on NHL.com will include “The Hockey Show,” a live 15-minute studio show offering highlights, updates and interviews that will be repeated throughout the day; a second channel, LiveWire, with live news conferences, morning skates and other live events; and a third, the seasonal Playoff Channel, with news, highlights and features. The three each have sponsors: Bud Light, Cisco and Dodge.
The other four channels will offer current highlights and oldies going back two and a half years, podcasts, radio programming and archival features.
How about this scenario- Caps and Panthers tied with about one minute to go in regulation. Panthers coach Jaques Martin knows if the Caps get a point, they are in the playoffs.
Does he pull his goalie to try to get a regulation win which would prevent a playoff spot for the Caps?
from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,
As much as we all may have hoped for their demise, the Flyers had other plans. They beat the Devils last night, 3-0, and got into the playoffs.
Disdain for this vile organization aside, you have to hand it to Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren for getting this team into the playoffs. He was handed a bowl of dog food after Bobby Clarke stepped down last season and managed to turn it into a birthday cake.
From the CP via the Globe & Mail,
Saku Koivu is optimistic his fractured left foot will heal enough to let him start the playoffs but the Montreal Canadiens captain said Saturday nothing is certain.
“What’s going to happen in the future, for the first game, we’ll see next week,” Koivu said. “Every day it feels better, but there’s not much we can tell.
“We’ll know a lot more in the next couple of days.”
continued… with more on other injured Habs
From Sports Network,
Lecavalier returned to Tampa on Friday to undergo further diagnostic testing by team physician Dr. Ira Guttentag. The evaluation revealed that Lecavalier suffered damage to the Glenoid Labrum of the right shoulder and will require surgery.
He is expected to make a full recovery in 12-15 weeks following the procedure, which will be scheduled in the near future.
“While I’m disappointed to be facing surgery at this time, I’m looking forward to working hard during the summer to be ready for training camp in September,” Lecavalier said.
Montreal will host the NHL’s awards show and entry draft in June 2009 as part of the Canadiens’ 100th anniversary festivities, a source has told CBCSports.ca.
The league is expected to announce the events at a media conference Saturday afternoon.
Montreal’s Bell Centre has already been named the site of the 2009 NHL all-star game, which will take place in January in the middle of the Canadiens’ centennial season.
The annual NHL awards show gala has traditionally been held in Toronto.
The Montreal Canadiens have thrown their names in the hat for an outdoor game next season, according to French language newspaper La Presse.
The daily reports that the organization - which celebrates its centennial next season - is working to stage a game at McGill’s Molson-Percival Stadium on Jan. 22 against the New York Rangers, just three days before the All-Star Game at the Bell Centre.
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
The Vancouver Canucks will be playing for nothing tonight in their NHL regular-season finale against the Calgary Flames, but that does not mean that the game is without intrigue.
The game could represent a final curtain call for three players who have come to symbolize Canucks hockey over the past two decades.
Markus Naslund, Brendan Morrison, Trevor Linden. Respectively, the captain, the local hero, and the face of the franchise.
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
No matter whom the Flyers play, Flyers chairman Ed Snider said he is proud of his players.
“It shows a lot of resilience,” Snider said outside a jubilant locker room.
“People forget our best player, Simon Gagne, wasn’t with us most of the season. We lost (Mike) Richards, we lost (Joffrey) Lupul. We played without (Danny) Briere tonight.
“That makes it sweeter for me. I’m very proud of these guys because they’ve overcome all the adversity, they hung in there and they came out tonight. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team play a better game that was so crucial. They weren’t afraid, they weren’t nervous. They just took it to New Jersey. The only thing that scared me to death was that it was 1-0 and we should have had five goals.”
more on the Flyers…
from Bill Fitsell of the Kingston Whig-Standard,
Why, after half a century, did this tradition die out? Some mascots did double duty as stick boys and were custodians of the tape. As players started to have two or three sticks in reserve and large stick racks became popular, it was too much for a juvenile to handle.
Maybe team coaches, managers and sponsors discovered more than luck was involved in running a successful hockey team and retired their charmed boys. And perhaps, in today’s enlightened society, it isn’t wise to have a youth cavorting around the dressing rooms or the players’ benches where “expletive deleteds” might scar or spice his vocabulary for life.
But today’s televised game still has an unofficial mascot. It’s Blue, the faithful pet of the high priest of rock’em, sock ‘em hockey - Kingston’s Don Cherry.
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