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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Somewhere along the way, the Calgary Flames became a team of skill.
Somehow, someway they went from being a gritty hard-hat crew that won games with pure sweat and heart to a team of playmakers scoring highlight-reel gems with style.
No longer are forwards banging away while in close, crashing the net in desperation and scoring almost exclusively off rebounds.
from the Detroit Free Press,
(Jimmy) Howard’s progress—or lack of it—over the coming months is intriguing because so much is uncertain about Detroit’s goaltending future. Current starter Dominik Hasek was signed to a one-year deal last summer, and while Holland said it’s conceivable Hasek’s deal might be renewed this summer, it’ll depend on Hasek’s health, how the Wings do in the playoffs—and whether Hasek, who just turned 42, even wants to play another season.
Chris Osgood has another year on his contract, but at this point in his career, he’s a backup, not a starter. So maybe Hasek comes back again, or Howard takes the reins—or a fresh face enters the picture. As Howard readies himself to carry a struggling team, the Wings will be watching, closely.
more on Howard…
from the Star-Telegram,
This has been Tippett’s best, the season we are finally able to step back and say the Stars have the right coach.
This is slightly ironic because there is a definite chance that this will go down as the lowest-seeded Stars team to enter the playoffs in the Tippett Era. There is an almost definite chance another Pacific Division banner will not hang from the rafters at American Airlines Center in April. And there is a definitely definite chance none of his players is accused of carrying this team during this season of crisis after crisis after crisis.
Not that crisis does justice to what Tippett’s team has endured this season.
Usually the player getting hit doesn’t see the punch. This time, Travis Moen delivers a right (YouTube) to Shea Weber, while Travis has his jersey pulled over his head.
update 9:49am, from the Tennessean,
In the course of the fight, during which each delivered a series of punches, Weber pulled Moen’s jersey up over his head. Blinded, Moen took several hard swings before landing a solid right hook directly to Weber’s jaw.
The hit sent Weber to his knees and, wobbling, he was helped off the ice.
Weber entered the locker room after the game, his face bruised and puffy. Asked about the severity of the blow Weber said, “Yeah, I am alright.”
from the Vancouver Province,
Province Sports wants your help in crowning the NHL’s All-Time Heavyweight Champ. We enlisted a panel of experts to select 32 great fighters from various NHL eras. We’re holding an imaginary single-knockout elimination tournament to narrow that field down to one.
You can pick winners for these 16 bouts until Wednesday at midnight. Readers’ votes will count for 50 per cent, and our panel’s for the other 50 per cent.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Perhaps one day the commissioner actually would like to explain how Versus treats the NHL with more respect than ESPN. Perhaps the commissioner might like to explain why Versus doesn’t have a nightly one-hour NHL highlights show, or a nightly one-hour panel show devoted to the NHL.
Perhaps one day the commissioner would like to explain why Versus does not present a half-hour pregame show. Perhaps one day the commissioner would like to present his definition of respect.
more... including NHLPA talk…
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs was the victim of lots of unintentional comedy over the last week when someone in charge of their World Wide Web site mistakenly posted another writer’s musings on John Ferguson’s blog.
Thus it appeared that Ferguson wrote on http://www.mapleleafs.com that his “role here at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment should be curtailed to being the wheel man for the office Tim Hortons run.”
from the Columbus Dispatch,
Blue Jackets president and general manager Doug MacLean spent at least two hours on the phone yesterday, talking to Zherdev’s agent and team doctors, to set up a battery of tests for Zherdev as soon as today.
“Is it (mononucleosis)? Is it a virus? I’m not a doctor, but something is wrong here,” MacLean said
Part of the problem is that Zherdev did not fully divulge his symptoms to Blue Jackets coaches or the training staff.
The new Coach’s Corner (a.k.a. Don Cherry Online) is, well, online.
CBC managed to put up the video clip of tonight’s televised Coach’s Corner quite quickly—you can see it here or click the image.
from Dave Caldwell of the New York Times,
Frank Pellico is the Chicago Blackhawks’ longtime organist, which means he usually gets to play in front of thousands of empty red seats at the United Center and for a mediocre team that often disappoints the fans who do show up.
“Well, each game is brand new to us,” Pellico said cheerfully last Sunday on a snowy, windswept afternoon in Chicago. “We have to do each game like we’re in first place. Nobody backs down. I don’t see many down people at all.”
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