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from the St. Petersburg Times,
In a move that reflects the Tampa Bay Lightning's growing confidence in its brand name, the defending Stanley Cup champion may launch its own 24-hour cable TV channel on Bright House Networks. It would be just the second NHL franchise to do so, after the Toronto Maple Leafs. Although similar plans for a single-team station by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell apart last year, the Lightning and Bright House are hopeful hockey will succeed where football failed.
from the Fort Frances Times,
So we all know the legend of the hockey parent. Or do we? Let me explain. A “hockey parent” is one who believes their son or daughter will be the next Wayne Gretzky. This usually has to do with the fact they had the kid on the ice 12 hours a day since, well, basically from birth. They often are known to be saying things such as: “Jimmy Jr. sure has a natural ability on the ice, don’t you think?” They also are the ones who scream and yell in the stands, embarrassing their child—and nobody even knows what they’re yelling about. That’s a “hockey parent.” So what if I told you there was a sport that generates even worse parents? I call it the “Tiger Woods Effect.”
Jire Fischer was released from the hospital today and also place on IR. Kyle Quincey was called up from Grand Rapids to replace him in case you have missed that. The Wings are asking people to please respect Fischer's privacy and alow him to recover at his own pace. They will also have a large get well card available for fans to sign at the game tonight and at the Hockeytown Cafe.
from the CP via TSN,
Phoenix Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky was not fined $10,000 US for Shane Doan's late-game instigator penalty Tuesday night, The Canadian Press has learned. Part of the new NHL rules call for an automatic $10,000 fine to the head coach and a one-game suspension to the player who gets an instigator fighting penalty in the last five minutes of a game, a rule the competition committee put in to discourage late-game brawls. But NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell, who pushed for the new rule, also reserves the right to determine whether the rule applies on a case-by-case basis. The spirit of the rule was to get rid of coaches putting out their tough guys with a minute left in the game to settle a score. In this case, Doan is the captain and top player on the Coyotes, not a goon, so Campbell decided not to fine Gretzky and suspend Doan.
From Hockeytown all the way to Southern California, Sergei Fedorov has left an indelible mark wherever he has played. The 35-year-old center is a former MVP, a three-time Stanley Cup winner and one of the most decorated Russian-born players to skate in the NHL, and he might just be the player who can officially put Columbus on the NHL map. Question from David Amber: How did you find out you had been traded to Columbus? Answer from Fedorov: Brian Burke [Mighty Ducks GM] called me and told me I was traded. He gave me Doug MacLean's [Blue Jackets GM] phone number, and after I spoke with Brian, I called Doug. We talked briefly. He was really excited that the trade went through.
The tug-of-war surrounding Alexander Ovechkin's playing future is expected to go to court before the end of the month. Anatoliy Harchuk, the Chairman of Dynamo Moscow hockey club, spoke to TSN about the Ovechkin court case: Q: What do you hope to achieve with this lawsuit? A: The main question to be decided by the court is for the Washington court to acknowledge the legality of our arbitration committee and forbid Alexander Ovechkin to play for any other hockey club than Dynamo, in accordance with the laws and rules that exist in our professional hockey league and the Russian hockey federation.
Posting on Thanksgiving will be limited to major news only. It is a day to spend with family and friends and just a reminder, drink in moderation and don't drive if you enjoyed one too many holiday spirits.
from News Gleaner,
Whether the players are willing to blame the refs or not, it is their fault. Of course the NHL put the rules in place, but the refs are the ones on the ice calling the penalties. What's to stop them from using "good judgment?" That's their job to be the judge on the ice. Then again, when Peter Forsberg is called for cross-checking while the blade of his stick is on the ice and he's only got one hand on the shaft - maybe the refs just don't have good judgment. Anyway you look at it, the refs have taken control of the game. The players should determine the outcome of a game, not the refs, and right now it's at best a 50-50 split.
Fedoruk received a match penalty for his retaliatory hit on Phoenix forward Petr Nedved Tuesday night. The left winger left his skates to hit Nedved with a flying elbow midway through the third period. Fedoruk reportedly admitted the hit was in response to an earlier hit by Coyotes defenceman Denis Gauthier on Ducks forward Joffrey Lupul, who did not return in the game. "It was something that had to be addressed," Fedoruk said. "I'm not naming names but you have a guy out there with a visor on running around like he's King Kong.
It's time to put an end to the silly debate over whether Dion Phaneuf deserves Calder Trophy recognition as the league's top rookie. One quarter of the way through his brilliant debut with the big boys, the truth is only one thing stands between the 20-year-old Flames defenceman and one of the league's most coveted awards: Health. As in, the health of Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin.
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