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from the Buffalo News,
On the day after one of the most grievous collapses in their history, the Buffalo Sabres tried to put on a happy face and say all the right things. After all, there are still six games left, beginning with tonight’s rematch in Ottawa against the Senators.
But the Sabres are 10th in the East, five points out of the magic No. 8 slot. And it’s going to be incredibly hard for them to focus on tonight’s game and erase the sordid memory of Tuesday’s 6-3 loss in HSBC Arena.
from David Boclair of the Daily News Journal,
Barry Trotz employs a double-standard when it comes to his players.
It’s not exactly clear whether it has to do with a one’s draft position, his nationality or his unique physical abilities. It’s perfectly clear, though, that the Nashville Predators’ coach operates with a set of rules that are anything but uniform for those who wear the Predators’ uniform.
All of this came to light today when Trotz said he spoke to Jordin Tootoo about Tootoo’s antics following fights. Apparently Tootoo upset the Columbus Blue Jackets and their coach Ken Hitchcock when — not once, but twice — he raised his hands in celebration after he got the best of a Blue Jackets’ player in a fight.
Well, boo hoo.
continued & I am still shaking my head.
From the Canadian Press via TSN,
Some of the NHL’s most powerful agents got their first real glimpse of the new executive director of the NHL Players’ Association on Wednesday, and they liked what they saw.
Paul Kelly met with more than 100 player agents for the first time since he started on the job five months ago.
“You get a sense that he’s passionate and he’s got a vision,” said agent Pat Brisson of CAA Sports. “He wants to protect the players obviously but he wants to grow the game - which is fantastic.’
from Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,
As always, the optimist is quite happy right now, wrapped warm in visions of what will be. As always, that makes the pessimist one part angry, one part argumentative. He sees that the optimist is rarely right, not realizing that his own track record is identical to the optimist’s.
The pessimist and the optimist have this in common—they are both fans of the Detroit Red Wings. But there are two distinct sides to Hockeytown and these two gents live on opposite sides of the tracks.
continued & if you are up to it, replace Red Wings with your team and let us know are you an optimist or pessimist?
from Jay Feaster at the Hockey News,
A big issue for me is knowing whom you can trust and whom you can’t.
I know there are some managers in this league who go straight to the media when an email comes to them saying, ‘If you have any interest in this player…’ I know that email might as well be copied to TSN, which is not how I do business. The sooner you learn who you can have a confidential conversation with in this league and who you can trust, the better.
There are some people who understand that’s the way you do business, which is very important to me. And it’s important to make sure your entire organization is run that way. My guys know if they’re out scouting and they talk out of school, there are serious repercussions. That’s just how we do it.
Today, Montreal Canadiens head coach, Guy Carbonneau, was made available for questions via an NHL confererence call.
In his second season as head coach, Guy has guided the Canadiens to the top record in the Eastern Conference with 96 points. With Monday’s victory over the Ottawa Senators, Montreal has clinched a Stanley Cup record playoff berth for a record 76 times.
Q. Two quick questions: I was wondering if there was any particular game or trip during the season that you really think was essential for the team’s growth where you thought, maybe, this was more than just a playoff team, that they could win the conference?
from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Sidney Crosby is back again.
The Penguins captain will return to the lineup Thursday night when the New York Islanders visit Mellon Arena.
“I am playing,” he said. “My ankle feels great and my conditioning is as good as it can get, really, without playing. It always takes a few games, but I feel good.”
Today, the NHL arranged a teleconference call for the media, speaking with the Staal brothers: Eric of the Carolina Hurricanes, Marc of the New York Rangers and Jordan of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Pittsburgh has already clinched a spot in the playoffs, and Carolina leads their division and the Rangers are sixth in the East. If all three clubs make the playoffs, the brothers would become the first set of three brothers to compete in the post-season since 1992 when and the Brotens (Aaron, Neil and Paul) and the Sutters (Brent, Rich and Ron) all competed in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Q. Marc and Jordan, I think you guys faced in each in the OHL Playoffs a few years back. I was wondering for each of you what your most vivid memory of that season was competing against each other, if there were any memorable one-on-one battles?
From Rick Sadowski at the Rocky Mountain News,
The two most important pieces of hockey equipment, according to Milan Hejduk, are his skates and his sticks.
“Everything else is pretty much the same,” the Avalanche right wing says. “These two are pretty personal. Everybody likes different things.”
But even that is changing in what has become a high-tech world of hockey equipment. The wooden stick, once considered as essential as ice, has become rarer than a bench-clearing brawl. Of the more than 700 players employed by the 30 NHL teams, it’s believed only 13 still are using wooden sticks.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
When Calgary wins, the formula for success is as simple 1-2-3.
1. Kiprusoff outplays the goalie at the other end of the rink. When he’s engaged, the Finn moves well, plays big, covers lots of net, and generally limits the bad goals that he allows to a manageable few.
2. Iginla, the perfect captain, rallies the troops, by word and deed, with a manner that is rare in today’s NHL. With the team touch-and-go just to make the playoffs, he has turned in a first-star performance in virtually every win they’ve had over the past two weeks.
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