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from the Buffalo News,
No team wants to be compared to the 2002-03 Buffalo Sabres. Too late.
It’s not just the results that create comparisons, though. It’s the way the Sabres are losing — and what they are saying about it — that links this club to one of the worst in franchise history.
• Hard work goes nowhere. Now: “If we work like that and play like that, we’ll start winning.” — Coach Lindy Ruff after the streak reached seven games.
Then: “Today’s work ethic was enough to get the win, and if we work like that every game, we’re going to win our fair share.” — Defenseman Rhett Warrener after the streak reached four.
Nash scores the game winner with 22 seconds left.
added 8:42am, from Puck-rakers,
With Coyotes’ D-men Keith Ballard and Derek Morris in front of him, Nash switched the puck from forehand to backhand no fewer than nine times. He shifted back and forth on this skates, lowered a shoulder and made his way past both Ballard and Morris, considered the Coyotes’ most reliable blue-liners.
Coyotes goaltender Mikael Tellqvist tried to poke-check the puck away. He got a piece of it, but the puck followed Nash, who settled it down and fired a wrister into the net before Tellqvist could recover.
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from the Colorado Avalanche,
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that forward Paul Stastny will miss approximately two to three weeks after undergoing surgery this afternoon to remove his appendix.
“Paul experienced some pain in his abdominal area today,” said Avalanche Head Athletic Trainer Matthew Sokolowski. “Further examination by our medical staff following practice determined he needed the procedure. We expect him to fully recover in two to three weeks.”
from Thrahsers Blog at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
As for Hossa? He says: “I’m 29. There are four or five years in your prime. My goal is to win the Stanley Cup. To do it [you have to be] on a good team. So I want to take my time. I want to make sure if I sign here, it’s a good decision. That’s why it’s taking so long. It’s a big step for me, and the organization. We’re trying to make the best of it.”
“We got some big pieces in this organization, key pieces,” Hossa said. “That’s a good sign. We’ve just got to prove it on an every day basis.”
from George Johnson at ESPN,
The joker in the deck, however, is how incumbent Miikka Kiprusoff, the silent Finn, will react to the support (threat?) posed by a goalie who, although 40 and well past his peak, has still won 446 regular-season NHL games and himself been feted as a Vezina Trophy finalist.
The Flames can argue until they’re blue in the face that Joseph’s arrival means a fresher, more motivated Kipper, that he will embrace the competition and chance to swap stories and secrets with a fellow lodge brother.
Nobody’s trying to turn this into a goaltending controversy, but Kiprusoff could easily interpret the signing as a lack of faith, a kind of betrayal.
via the Chicago Blackhawks,
General Manager Dale Tallon announced this afternoon that the Blackhawks have signed Patrick Sharp to a 4-year contract extension.
“We’re very excited about having Patrick Sharp in the fold for the next four years,” said General Manager Dale Tallon. “His play and his attitude have been outstanding and he has taken on a real leadership role with our team. We feel that Patrick is an integral part of the future of our team. We feel that in making this commitment to Patrick Sharp we have also made a commitment to our organization and our fans in trying to achieve our goal which is to win the Stanley Cup.”
“I’m very excited about the opportunity to continue my career with the Blackhawks” said Sharp. “I love the city of Chicago and the Chicago fans and I want to be here for a long time. I feel that our team has improved and continues to get better. Team success is a product of individual success and I will do everything I can to help bring a championship to the city of Chicago.”
added 4:26pm, Link now available from the Blackhawks.
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
...but if I had a vote for most valuable owner, it would go to Mike Illitch of the Detroit Red Wings.
Year after year the product Illitch puts on the ice as every bit as good as the pizza he puts in the boxes of his first-love business: Little Caesars. His baseball team, the Detroit Tigers, are every bit as good (and well run) as his efforts to reignite development in downtown Detroit. He has his critics, but by and large, Illitch is an owner who understands that you can never go wrong by hiring good people and then giving them what they need to do great work.
His hockey operations are a case in point.
NEW YORK (January 17, 2008) – In celebration of the 50th anniversary of his NHL debut, Willie O’Ree will be a guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour hosted by National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman on XM Satellite Radio.
On January 18, 1958, playing for the Boston Bruins against the Montreal Canadiens, O’Ree became the first black person to play in the NHL. O’Ree played 45 games with the Bruins from 1958-61. His professional career spanned 21 seasons, mostly in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Los Angeles Blades and the San Diego Gulls. For the past 10 years, O’Ree has served as the National Hockey League’s Director of Youth Development and hockey ambassador for NHL Diversity and has introduced the game to thousands of future players of diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds.
NHL Hour broadcasts live Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET on NHL Home Ice, (XM channel 204) and NHL.com. The show will re-run on XM Satellite Radio and NHL.com, with archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.
*At showtime, listen live at this link
NEW YORK (Jan. 17, 2008)—Right wing Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames and center Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning have been named team captains for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game, Sunday, Jan. 27 at Philips Arena in Atlanta (6 p.m. ET, VERSUS, CBC, RDS, NHL Radio), the National Hockey League announced today.
Iginla, making his fourth career All-Star game appearance, will lead the Western Conference. Lecavalier, skating in his third All-Star Game, will represent the East. Each player, on-pace to record a career-high scoring total this season, was voted to the starting lineups in All-Star fan balloting.
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