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from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,
Hockey people had a lot to say in 2006, here are some of the best.
“A shutout like that shouldn’t even count.”—Dominik Hasek, then with the Senators, mocks the Habs’ feeble 12-shot attack.
“You need to joke it with guys and talk about game. If you don’t work it, I think team guys look to you like not good.”—Washington’s delightful Alexander Ovechkin on why he’s trying hard to learn English.
from Terry Frei at the Denver Post, n the wake of Theodore being yanked in the third period Wednesday and drawing a derisive reaction from the Pepsi Center crowd, he was asked Thursday if he’s losing confidence.
“That’s a question that you can ask two thousand times,” Theodore said. “You can’t lose confidence, as long as you work hard and look at the big picture.
“Right now, the problem is just being inconsistent, and it’s about finding a way to play the same way, game in and game out. I have two good games, one bad, one good, one bad. There are a lot of good things to build on, but I obviously have to be more consistent.
“I have to find the way to make that one big save every night that makes the difference. I have to find the way to do that every time I’m out there.”
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
...The opening position of the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County governments in negotiations for Plan B, as the search for a new arena is now called, were not encouraging for local hockey fans. This plan called for the Penguins to contribute $8.5-million up front plus $2.9-million a year for 30 years and an additional $1.16-million a year from the naming rights.
Since the Pittsburgh Steelers football team and Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team kept 100 per cent of their naming rights in deals with the same governments for new stadiums and used that money to pay most of their share of the building costs, the Penguins cannot be happy with this proposal.
via the AP,
The Anaheim Ducks acquired goalie Sebastien Caron in a multiplayer deal with the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.
The Ducks also got right wing Matt Keith and left wing Chris Durno and sent defenseman Bruno St. Jacques and right wing Pierre Parenteau to the Blackhawks.
All three players acquired by the Ducks will report to the team’s AHL affiliate in Portland.
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
As the final seconds tick off, following are some suggested NHL-oriented New Year’s resolutions:
Sidney Crosby, Penguins: To maintain his upward curve, which is really scary. And exciting.
May you have many pleasant stats in 2007, Sid.
Peter Forsberg, Flyers: To either get and stay well, or go home to Sweden before he suffers permanent brain damage.
Officiating czar Stephen Walkom and NHL referees: To not back off. At least not more than they have already.
Both Paul Kukla and Eric McErlain have changed the face of hockey blogging, turning entertaining Web sites into fully-staffed, must-read daily visits. They've also landed some pretty plum gigs — Paul with NHL.com, Eric with NBCSports.com — and have championed the rights of the alternative media to become credentialed members of the press box. Kudos to both on an outstanding, and eventful, year.What Greg doesn't say, but I will, is that both Eric and Paul have blazed a path for hockey bloggers. Their efforts, along with others, have established this medium's credibility in ways we never would have predicted a year ago. Congrats to both. added by Paul at 3:05pm, Thanks Greg for the props and IwoCPO for pointing this out, it is much appreciated.
A nice new design and domain for Jerseys and Hockey Love.
Great job Tapeleg.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
It wasn’t a very merry Christmas for the Senators. And today’s revelation that Mike Fisher is out after being injured in Wednesday’s win over the N.Y. Islanders will certainly put a damper on New Year’s celebrations, too.
The Sens confirmed today that Fisher, who had just moved into the No. 1 centre slot on the club’s top line, is out indefinitely with a knee injury. He was hurt in the third period of Wednesday’s 2-0 victory over the New York Islanders at Scotiabank Place.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Over the course of his 15-year NHL career, Kozlov hasn’t garnered anywhere close to the amount of press or prestige as some of his fellow Russian-born NHLers. Nevertheless, he has been an integral part of Atlanta’s ascendancy in the standings this year and was among the league’s top scorers (15 goals and 43 points in 39 games) as of mid-November.
The 34-year-old is on pace to obliterate personal career bests of 36 goals and 73 points in a single season, two totals he set more than a decade ago as a Red Wing. But ask Kozlov what he’s doing differently this year and you’ll see that he is well-versed in the “Aw shucks, I can’t take all the credit” routine.
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