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from the Ottawa Sun,
“It’s funny, you don’t play for a week, and you watch a couple of games, on TSN, and how they love Detroit ... and Detroit has the best line in the league right now,” Paddock said, a reference to the Red Wings’ combination of Henrik Zetterberg-Tomas Holstrom-Pavel Datsyuk and comments apparently made by hockey analyst Pierre McGuire. “That’s what everybody’s saying and it’s only because, well not only because ... they’re good players ... but we haven’t played in a week. Everybody has forgotten about (Jason Spezza-Daniel Alfredsson-Dany Heatley) because you’re out of sight, you’re out of mind. We haven’t played. Now Detroit has the best line in the league….”
from the NY Post,
Nine road games into his NHL coaching career, Sutter yesterday ripped the performance of the team’s leading scorer for six of the past seven seasons.
“At some point, Patty’s got to figure it out, what he wants to do, what level of player does he want to be?” Sutter said before tonight’s first home game against the Ottawa Senators. “I thought he was working himself out of it in the two games there where he played very well, and now his play has dropped off some. It’s not because he doesn’t care. He does care. He has to find a way to want to compete at his highest level every shift of every game….”
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
Internal financial statements show MLSE generated profit of $83 million on revenue of $383 million in the year ended June 30. The internal documents also show the company forecasts a profit of $105 million by 2011 on revenue of $477 million. Over the same period, ticket revenue is expected to increase 30 per cent, to $166 million.
The documents also reveal that, for every dollar Maple Leaf Sports generated in fiscal 2007, 21.8 cents was profit. (By contrast, Royal Bank of Canada, the country’s largest bank, reportedly had a profit margin of 13.3 per cent for its last fiscal year.)
from Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated,
After proving through two full seasons to be arguably the most compelling part of the regular season, it’s time to talk about taking the training wheels off the shootout. Old-schoolers arguments to the contrary, it’s not just a skills exhibition. And it’s not a sideshow. This puppy ain’t going back to the pound. It’s time to start treating it like part of the family.
And that means recognizing the shootout winner as a legitimate goal in the stat column.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
The truth? Lemaire doesn’t play Boogaard because of a lack of confidence, not in Boogaard but in referees. Lemaire feels some refs have branded Boogaard a dirty player and focus only on the 6-7 giant when he’s on the ice….
“It’s frustrating. It’s been following me ever since I’ve been junior, you know?” Boogaard said. “I’m trying to play. ... I’m not out there to hurt people or try to start stuff.
“I can talk ‘til I’m blue in the face. It’s not changing. It’s too bad. They don’t want bigger, physical players in the league.”
Asked how this could change, he said: “I guess I have to get 50 goals a year. ... Maybe they want me to snap and go rip someone’s head off, I don’t know.”
Ottawa Senators forward Mike Fisher says he discovered through friends that someone on Facebook — a website where people set up profiles and exchange messages and photos — was posing as him.
“You know, they were e-mailing people, saying they were me and it wasn’t,” Fisher said….
A number of other NHL players have also complained that people are subbing for them on Facebook. Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson has several sites as do other players including Toronto Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin, Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla and Flames forward Alex Tanguay..
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
For the eighth straight year, visor use by NHL players has risen from the previous season – and now stands at a full 50 per cent of the league – according to a new survey compiled by The Hockey News….
When The Hockey News first began tracking visor usage during the NHL’s 1998-99 campaign, only 15 per cent of players shielded their eyes. By 2001-02, that number had increased to 28 per cent (191 players), and by 2005-06, 38 per cent (244 players) were wearing visors.
from the OC Register,
So what is likely to happen if Burke and Lowe cross paths Sunday in the press box?
“I assume we will,” Burke said. “His booth is right next to mine. I sit down. He sits down. And the puck drops.”
By his account, Burke “always” stops by the visiting general manager’s quarters to at least exchange pleasantries.
“Not a chance,” he said.
From TSN’s Darren Dreger,
Vincent Lecavalier is making a case that he’s the NHL’s new version of the “total package.”
On Wednesday, the 2006-07 Rocket Richard Trophy winner was riled by an elbow to the head from Washington’s Shaone Morrisonn.
Lecavalier pursued Morrisonn into the corner and initiated a fight, something Maurice Richard had absolutely no problem doing back in his day as well.
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