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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Turns out Jarome isn't the only Iginla to play a big role in the Battle of Alberta of late. On a night when the Flames captain spearheaded a line that buried the Oilers 4-1 last Saturday, his father Elvis stepped up to play a key peacemaker role on the Rexall Place concourse.read on...and an imformative around the league update...
Instead of posting every writer's picks for the different awards, which can become a boring read very quickly, how about some information about the voting process. from Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Delaware County Times,
Each member considered "in good standing" of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association will have an individual vote count in the voting for the Hart, Calder, Norris, Selke, Lady Byng, and Masterton trophies. This is a significant change from years past where participating chapters of the Association were given a limited number of votes based on the number of regular print media that covered the team. In years past, the Philadelphia chapter received two votes, which is actually one of the larger contingents, as most member cities got only one vote. But now, it is up to the chapter chairman of each city to determine how many members of their chapter are in "good standing."read on...but it does include his picks...
from the Philadelphia Flyers,
Fortunately for NHL fans and OLN, everything has improved as the Stanley Cup playoffs near. Further good news: OLN hopes to air playoff games every night. "We had four or five weeks basically to prepare," Marc Fein, OLN's senior vice president of programming and production, said from his Stamford, Conn., office. "We had no time to build a (studio) set. You're only as strong as your weakest link. But everyone pulled together and got the right people on board. We're pretty happy and proud, especially recently, how the telecasts have been."read on
from the Buffalo News,
The Sabres are about to make their first postseason appearance since 2001, and neither of their goalies has been there before. Some fans, given the club's erratic results of late, might wonder whether Ryan Miller or Martin Biron will be the Game One starter. Last week, after Biron won consecutive starts over the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, Ruff admitted hard decisions are ahead and wouldn't name Miller the No. 1 netminder heading into the playoffs.more
Time for a nightly NHL show on OLN!!! Do you think OLN can get the message quick enough to do something now?
from the AP via NH.com,
Al MacInnis got a big sendoff to match the big shot that defined his career. The St. Louis Blues retired his No. 2 jersey on Sunday night in a ceremony that included dozens of former and current Blues players and featured 10 video testimonials from the likes of Brett Hull, Wayne Gretzky and Steve Yzerman, that likely was the highlight of the season for the team. The Blues had a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak and were saddled with one of the worst records in the NHL entering Sunday's game against the Edmonton Oilers.continued You can also watch Al's speech (IE only and wmp only)...
from the Pioneer Press via the Duluth News Tribune,
Gaborik hungers for more these waning days of the 2005-06 season: More ice time from a demanding coach. A stronger supporting cast from a patient general manager. Respect from impressionable teammates. Earning power from accelerated leverage under the NHL's collective agreement. Performance and seniority have entitled Gaborik to certain benefits, such as being chosen as an alternate captain and gaining arbitration rights and a negotiating hammer that could pound out a lucrative contract this summer. How aggressive the Wild are after the season in assembling a contending roster could influence Gaborik on whether to pursue an arbitrated settlement and play one more season before becoming an unrestricted free agent or to seek a multiyear deal to stay in Minnesota.more
from the NY Times,
"The Tournament," a Canadian import series that starts tonight on OLN, is a rarity to be treasured — a comedy about youth sports that instead of delivering a feel-good message features bickering parents, thrombotic leather-lunged coaches and kids so terrified they throw up both before and during games. That this is a hockey show probably goes without saying, given its origin, but it's also fitting. Anyone who has ever spent time at the rink knows that in the hierarchy of psycho, meddlesome sports parents, hockey moms and dads are by far the worst.continued added 7:36am, from the Star-Telegram,
Phil Esposito, one of the NHL's all-time great scorers, doesn't have much patience for boorish sports parents. "They're a pain in the neck," he says. "I've had people come up to me and say, 'My son is 14 years old, and he's way better than you were. Wait till he's in the NHL. He's going to do way more than you did.'" Esposito, a Hockey Hall of Famer with 717 NHL goals, fires back in an episode of The Tournament, a Canadian-made TV comedy series about a youth hockey team and the players' obsessive, obnoxious, delusional parents.read on
from the Philadelpia Daily News,
Now come the playoffs, and expectations are no longer as clear as they once were. The Flyers will not win the Atlantic Division, will not be a top seed and, if they make a run to the Stanley Cup finals, well, luck will be involved. The starting goalie has changed and changed again. Home ice looks like a distant hope. And who knows which team will show up for which game?read on
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