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From this week’s “Friday Faceoff” with Damien Cox and Scott Burnside at ESPN,
Scott: Hello, Damian. Everywhere I look, I’m reading discussions and debates about the Vancouver Olympics, which are just under two years away. I see you wrote on it earlier this week. I did as well. What’s the deal? Why are people so pumped about an event that’s some 730 days away?
Damien: Well, I can’t speak for the United States of America and how much interest there is there as of yet. But here in Canada, this will be, of course, the first Olympics held in our country since the Calgary Games in 1988.
more, and worth the read. At one point Cox even remarks to Burnside, “I think you’re just not very bright.”
I think these two are gradually morphing into a bitter, married couple.
From the Detroit Hockey Association,
The annual Hockey in the Hood tournament breaks down stereotypes and brings diverse inner-city hockey teams together for a tournament that is capped off by the presentation of the Willie O’Ree championship trophy, the Willie O’Cup.
This 4th annual event will run from February 15-17th. For some biographical information on black players around the NHL, past and present, there’s also MisZGoalie’s NHL Connect blog.
Note: For other events happening around the United States for “Hockey Weekend in America”, links can be found at this KK post, put up yesterday.
TORONTO, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ - Therma Blade Inc. announced today that following preliminary testing of its heated skate blade prototypes by five NHL players, it will expand product testing to include some of the 50 NHL players and NHL teams requesting production models of the product.
Four NHL players who have been testing Thermablade prototypes to date will participate in an expanded testing program in which Therma Blade will make its latest production models available to them and to additional players and NHL teams that are on the company’s waiting list for full production models.
from the Detroit News,
“I didn’t feel comfortable, for sure, on the ice,” Hasek said. “Once I feel better, I’ll get back on the ice. Hopefully, I’ll be back on the ice next week, but I’m not sure.”
From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,
Yes, recent history shows that while any number of teams can get to a championship final, over the past dozen years — through the pre-salary cap and post-salary cap eras — every single Stanley Cup winner following the lockout-shortened 48-game season of 1994-95 finished in the top three in points in its conference and in the top five in points overall.
The reality is, it was easier to win a championship during the previous decade (1986 to 1995) by coming out of nowhere than it has been of late. In those 11 seasons (no NHL games were played in 2005-06), the teams that won the Stanley Cup finished first in their conferences four times, second in their conferences five times and third in their conferences twice (the Devils of ‘00 were actually placed fourth because they didn’t win their division, but actually finished with more points than the team seeded third).
from Jeff Gordon at Fox Sports,
These are exciting times in the NHL. Right now, the league is blessed with a LOT of young skill and this season is producing many individual breakouts. At every turn, an emerging player is making a difference for a playoff-contending team and franchises committed to prospect development are getting nice payoffs….
Alexander Radulov, Predators: During his last nine games he has scored 10 goals and added four assists. This is not a fluke; the 21-year-old right wing was a dominant scorer in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the AHL (briefly) before working his way in the Nashville lineup.
Japers’ Rink found a report today stating Glen Hanlon will be coaching in Finland next season.
Barry Melrose and E.J. Hradek give their views on possible trades…
from Mike Sielski of Philly Burbs,
“Subconsciously or consciously, we didn’t respect the game plan,” Stevens said. “We came in here trying to outscore the other team instead of checking the other team.”
Asked if there were anything he himself could do to shake his players out of this funk, Stevens didn’t hesitate to put the onus on them.
“In my opinion, we’ve got to show up and play,” he said. “Do what? Stop passing the puck to the guy in the other jersey? It’s ridiculous. We’ve got to come out with the kind of urgency we finish games with. We’re in a fight for our life.”
WBEN hockey analyst Jim Kelley says the Campbell question comes down to a broader issue of money and whether Sabres owner Tom Golisano wants to make it or save it.
A shot at the playoffs mean a few more home games, and more money, but Kelley says the million dollar question is whether that is worth it, as part of the team’s economic plan.
“You make a couple of million bucks with a home win… and that’s a significant part of the bottom line, ” Kelley tells WBEN’s Steve Cichon, adding that the long term future of players like Campbell are directly tied to whether the team can afford to look long or short term….
“It comes down to what your priorities are, ” Kelly says, adding that the lack of a clear signal has started rumours churning, that say Golisano could be looking to sell the team.
He stresses that they are rumors only, but ones that raise the broader philosophical question about team spending.
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