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from Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald,
In the wake of a lawsuit, by which 10 former NHL-ers claimed the league hid information that would have prevented ongoing head trauma, (Scott) Parker said in a recent interview with the Denver Post that he was the subject to bullying by coaches who threatened his roster spot if he stopped sacrificing his body.
He directed his harshest criticism at Hartley.
“He was a junior B goalie trying to tell me how to fight,” Parker told the Denver Post. “He was always just degrading me. Not to be a (wimp), but he was a bully. And he could be because he was in a position of authority. What was I supposed to do as a rookie? Go tell him ‘(expletive) you’? I did that stuff at the end of my career, but at the beginning of my career I was just a chess piece to him.”
Hartley was quick to defend himself when asked about Parker’s comments Tuesday at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
“I was made aware of that report long ago,” said Hartley who won a Stanley Cup with the Avalanche and spent nearly five seasons at the helm from 1998-99 to 2002-03. “All coaches, but I’ll speak for myself because my name is there, we set expectations. We create standards. There’s not a player I’ve coached that I didn’t try to make better. I’ve never bullied anyone.
“I can be a demanding coach. But I want the best for my players. For me, that’s the end of the story.”
from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
Friends and business associates of former Vancouver Canuck Gino Odjick say they were worried about his mental health in the days leading up to Pavel Bure’s jersey retirement ceremony on Nov. 2 at Rogers Arena.
Odjick, who has spent the past five days in a psychiatric unit at a Gatineau, Que., hospital, was not in a good state prior to Bure’s ceremony, his business manager Kumi Kimura said Tuesday.
Odjick and close friends blame his health problems on concussions suffered while playing hockey and serving as an enforcer who frequently got involved in on-ice fights.
“He was way gone at Pavel’s thing,” Kimura said. “We were walking on eggshells.”
Odjick was admitted to the psychiatric unit at UBC Hospital in early September, but was released after only a few days.
“We wanted him in the hospital until two or three days before Pavel’s event so he would be calm, be rested and get on the regular meds that control his brain,” Kimura said. “Our goal was to get him to Pavel’s retirement. He got there, but he walked out in sneakers and a hat when he should be wearing a suit. He knows better. That just wasn’t him.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The Edmonton Oilers may be moving to Rogers Place in 2016, but for now, they still call Rexall Place home — and there is no over-the-counter medicine available for what ails drugstore billionaire Daryl Katz’s sad-sack defensive team.
The worst home team in the National Hockey League was crushed 6-2 by the Phoenix Coyotes Tuesday night, giving them a meagre three wins (over the New Jersey Devils, the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Florida Panthers) in 12 games as hosts.
If you’re going to be bad, be bad on the road, not at home, and while another Rexall sellout was announced, there were scores of empty seats, so it appears the fans are voting to stay away even if they’ve paid for the tickets — never a good thing.
When asked how he’d feel if he was an Oilers fan leaving the building this season, Ryan Jones took the fifth.
“It’s a question I don’t want to answer, to be honest,” he said.
continued and watch Coach Eakins below as he talks post-game, Eakins now looks like a coach searching for answers.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky had made 18 saves and was trending toward his second shutout of the season. But at 4:13 of the third, he used his glove to snuff out a J.T. Brown breakaway, then toppled to the ice and stayed there, flat on his belly.
Roar. Then … gulp.
Bobrovsky was helped off the ice by two teammates, putting no weight on his left leg. An MRI awaits on Wednesday.
“Obviously it was a leg injury, and when he comes out like that you’re a bit unsure,” Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. “I don’t know if we’ll have an answer today, but within the next few days we’ll have a better idea (of how serious it is).”
The Blue Jackets are not commenting further. Neither are those in Bobrovsky’s camp.
more and below watch how the injury occurred...
Nick Foligno of the Blue Jackets goes with the between the legs shot to beat Ben Bishop.
It was a night that honored the past and yet looked it the future last night in Detroit as the US Hockey Hall of Fame inducted the class of 2013 in Hockeytown.
Kicking off the ceremony was the presentation of the Lester Patrick Award to Kevin Allen; whom wrote himself (of course he did) about what the honor means to him.
TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger gathered for the latest installment of Insider Trading on Tuesday and the topics discussed were Steven Stamkos' recovery from a broken leg, the San Jose Sharks trying to re-sign their "top three," a management shuffle in Philadelphia, USA's goalie situation ahead of the Olympics, and trade talk.
What is on the front burner of trade talk?
Dreger: The New York Islanders, Vancouver Canucks, and Edmonton Oilers are believed to be among the most active teams in trade discussions. The Islanders are looking for depth in goal and a defenceman. The Canucks had some interest in Martin Erat out of Washington and while that's not a fit they still want a top six forward. And it's Groundhog Day in Edmonton where Craig MacTavish continues to search for a defenceman.
McKenzie: Carolina is a hot spot right now. General manager Jim Rutherford is one of the most patient GMs in the NHL but that patience is definitely wearing thin. There's no coaching change planned right now; head coach Kirk Muller's not in imminent danger. But another week or two of underachieving the way they have been and all bets are off. Off the ice, on the ice, Rutherford is getting extremely frustrated the way his team is looking. And anything is possible if this team keeps taking a nose dive.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
I mentioned last week that the Vancouver Canucks had a conversation with the Washington Capitals about Martin Erat -- who has asked for a trade -- but the Canucks after some thought decided to pass. Ditto for the Ottawa Senators, who initially showed a bit of interest but ultimately decided Erat wasn't a fit. ... The name of winger Jamie McGinn is making the rounds of late, one source telling ESPN.com that Avalanche head coach/executive Patrick Roy has mentioned his name in conversations with a few teams in an attempt either to land a defenseman or a veteran checking forward. ... While the Panthers are willing to move some of their veteran forwards, such as Tomas Fleishmann or Scottie Upshall, the more intriguing name making the rounds is that of young blue-liner Dmitry Kulikov, who is RFA after the season. There is perhaps fear he'll want big money or go to Russia next season, which is why he's being made available, but he's certainly worth a gamble in my books for teams looking to upgrade their blue-line.
read on for more topics including can the Sharks sign their UFAs, Team Canada and a second arena on the Toronto area...
Wayne Gretzky will be repaid money he was owed by former Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes, the NHL agreeing to cut a check to the Great One after reaching a tentative deal with the legend, sources tell TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com.
Sources would not confirm the exact figure, but it's believed to be around $7 to $8 million.
The NHL for the past few years had sought to get the money owed to Gretzky from Moyes via a lawsuit but a judge threw out most of the league's claims from the suit against Moyes in early October.
In light of the delays associated with the Moyes litigation, the Audit/Finance Committee from the NHL's Board of Governors approved a plan to make Gretzky whole for deferred compensation owed to him by Moyes, and which was never paid as a result of the Coyotes bankruptcy back in September 2009, source have told ESPN.com.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the deal is worth between $7 and $8 million.
Katie Strang of ESPN held an online chat today...
Hi, in your opinion are the Montreal Canadiens a top 5 team in the east, and why or why not?
Katie Strang Yes, definitely, though I'm not sure what sort of standard that even is anymore. The East is so mediocre, and vastly less competitive than the West, that being in the top five isn't exactly analogous with being elite. In my mind, Pittsburgh and Boston are head and shoulders above the rest. Should Detroit get healthy, they could make things interesting too.
Hey Katie! Hank said all the right things about Talbot getting the start, but how do you really think he felt about it? I feel like the coach doesn't truly appreciate it what he has in Lundqvist. What percentage do put on him being a Ranger next season and not walking?
Katie Strang I think a deal gets worked out, but I don't think he'll get a max contract of eight years, especially if the Rangers feel they legitimately have something in Cam Talbot. Lundqvist was actually pretty honest yesterday. He wasn't happy about the decision, but he supported it. Hasn't pouted or sulked, at least no publicly. He'll be as motivated as ever come Thursday.
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