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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
He is, after all, their captain and during the team's struggles — this is the worst club Forsberg has played for since joining the NHL as a rookie in the 1994-95 season — he considers his relatively meager contributions as part of the reason they're bringing up the rear in the Eastern Conference. Hence, his priority is to work through their many and varied issues and be part of the Flyers' solution. No matter how it evolves, though, there is little indication that Forsberg wants to abandon ship now, or for that matter, leave as a player rental closer to the Feb. 27 trade deadline. The only way that might change is if the Flyers were hopelessly out of the playoff race by then and they came to him and asked him to waive his no-trade clause as a favor to them — so they could then swap him for one or more young assets, and give him a chance to play the final six weeks of the regular season, plus playoffs, for a contender.read on...plus a piece on Jagr and others...
Dump and Chase breaks down the altercation that lead to fines and suspensions during the Caps/Thrashers game a few night's ago.
Thrashers coach Bob Hartley feigns innocence and astonishment at this sort of thing, but the Freedom of Information Act (well, the availability of box scores and games on television, anyway) exposes that charade.read on... and I tend to agree...
from the Vancouver Sun,
The Canucks were handed more than just an ugly 6-0 loss here Thursday night. They also have another one of those seemingly never-ending backup goalie controversies on their hands.... "It's too bad," Sabourin said. "I played good the last game I went down with Manitoba. I felt ready but a couple of tips and it's a different game. Maybe if they don't tip those in it's a tight game and you never know what is going to happen." His NHL record as a starter is now 0-6 and his goals-against average is well above the 4.0 mark. Now Sabourin must wait and wonder when, or if, he will get another start with the Canucks.more
via the NY Post,
With Eddie Olczyk moving into John Davidson's chair as NBC's lead NHL analyst, the opinionated Brett Hull is likely to replace Olczyk in studio.
By George Malik The "head-shot" debate has turned into the latest gripe-fest between those who believe that hockey is becoming a "soft" sport every time a physical blow is made illegal, and those who want to prevent injuries. Both sides of the argument generally have put forth thoughtful and considerate arguments (relatively speaking), but they're also using the debate as the latest battle upon which the very fabric of the game and future thereof depends. Come on now, let's be honest. When the commentators get involved, it becomes a contest of power and a gripe-fest. The hockey establishment and its representatives in the radio, TV, print, and online media try to proffer their arguments into gains in terms of power and influence; an element of "stewardship of the game" remains, but we all try to look after our own interests when we argue with one another. In this case, it's the "old school" against the "new school," and that old school's got a hundred years of history behind it, so the case of blows to the head has become a fertile battleground for both parties. Let's cut the rhetoric out for a moment. Let's talk about the physics involved instead.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via Canada.com,
When John H. McConnell, who pays the bills for his Columbus Blue Jackets, stepped up to the microphone to welcome Ken Hitchcock as his new head coach, the first words out of the owner's mouth were a jaw-dropping "this is the man to save the franchise." The last owner to make an outlandish statement like that was Art Williams, who ballyhooed Vincent Lecavalier as "the new Michael Jordan of hockey" after his Tampa Bay Lightning took the flashy Lecavalier with the first overall pick in 1998. Both owners turned the screws up, but then owners can say and do what they want because, well, they're owners. It's their money.continued
from the OC Register,
Nearly 16 months after making a bold free-agent move to leave the perennially strong New Jersey Devils and sign with the then-rebuilding Ducks, Niedermayer will face off against his former team in a matinee matchup at Honda Center. Countless NHL players switch clubs via trade or free agency every season, so such reunions are anything but uncommon. This one, though, is special. Just like Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur and former captain Scott Stevens, Niedermayer had become as much a part of New Jersey as, well, the Meadowlands and other garden spots that make it the Garden State. "He grew up there," said Ducks right wing Rob Niedermayer, Scott's younger brother. "He went through a lot when he was there, from 18 until whenever, 31 or so. There is a lot of history there, and I'm sure he has a lot of fond memories. I'm sure it will be a little weird for him, and he'll have a few smiles out there."read on
Just a friendly reminder, we have NHL hockey beginning at noon today. Enjoy the games.
from the Toronto Star,
What makes this movie even more unique is that the NHL and the Maple Leafs — part of a sport where no player has ever come out of the closet — have given the filmmakers their blessing to use their logos and uniforms. The Leafs have even agreed to let them do some filming with them at the end of a practice next month.... Leafs general manager John Ferguson, for his part, said it wasn't hard for them to give the project the go-ahead after it got the green light from the NHL, which had screened the script. "On our end, we're certainly not trying to make a statement," said Ferguson. "We agreed to host them and we're comfortable with it." Don Cherry, on the other hand, may not be quite as comfortable. "I know that Gary Bettman wanted a kinder and gentler league, but this is too much," a laughing Cherry told the Star's Chris Zelkovich.more
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Ron MacLean stepped up his criticism of the National Hockey League yesterday by arguing that its crackdown on restraining fouls has created a dangerous environment for the players. "They're willing to throw players under the bus," MacLean said on AM 640 Toronto. "And, to me, it's inexcusable." MacLean, the host of the CBC's Hockey Night in Canada, said the league's zero tolerance toward obstruction reduces physical play and therefore gives players a false sense of security.continued
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