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from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,
...That’s why you cannot minimize Gaborik’s influence. It’s quantifiable: he has 28 goals in 42 games—a pace that would lead the league if he had played the full schedule thus far. Point-wise, his half-season tally (50) likewise projected would have him battling Crosby and Thornton.
Because Gaborik won’t produce a full body of work, though, no awards will be forthcoming—certainly not the Ross and very likely not the Hart Trophy. But in the big picture, while he has been the Wild’s focal point for some time, it is now truly his team. Marian Gaborik is the Wild’s MVP, as in Most Visible Presence.
from Thomas Nuemann at Page 2/ESPN,
A simmering rivalry bubbled over in a game for the ages 10 years ago.
On March 26, 1997, while the Colorado Avalanche and the Detroit Red Wings were positioning themselves for the upcoming NHL playoffs, bad blood from the previous postseason boiled into unadulterated fury at Joe Louis Arena. The teams combined for nine fights, 11 goals, 39 penalties, 148 penalty minutes, one hat trick, one “turtle” and two Stanley Cup champion goalies duking it out in an overtime thriller.
The box score alone is suitable for framing.
STAMFORD, Conn. (March 26, 2007)- VERSUS, the national cable television home of the NHL, will televise wall-to-wall Stanley Cup playoff action beginning April 11 with the Conference Quarterfinals and all the series leading up to and including the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final. Each night VERSUS will televise one or two playoff games as well as the studio wrap-up show, “Hockey Central”. VERSUS will announce its playoff schedule on April 9.
NEW YORK (March 26, 2007)—New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, San Jose Sharks right wing Jonathan Cheechoo and Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending March 25.
Each Monday, the NHL will recognize three players who delivered the League’s top performances over the past week.
FIRST STAR—HENRIK LUNDQVIST, G, NEW YORK RANGERS
Lundqvist posted a 4-0-0 record with a 0.72 goals-against average and .974 save percentage as the Rangers (39-28-9, 87 points) moved up to sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Lundqvist made 21 saves in a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins March 19, recorded his fifth shutout of the season in a 5-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers March 21, made 40 stops in a 2-1 shootout win at Boston March 24 and finished the week with 34 saves in a 2-1 overtime decision over the New York Islanders March 25. Lundqvist is 34-21-7 for the season, recording a 2.30 GAA, .918 save percentage and five shutouts.
via Sports Business Journal,
Atlanta Thrashers co-owner Bruce Levenson and EVP/GM Don Waddell were seen in mullet wigs after a promotion in which the team gave out 9,000 wigs. At the black-tie team fundraising “Casino Night,” several players, including Greg de Vries and Marian Hossa, wore mullet wigs.
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
With all that happening, we could use a little levity, something all hockey fans can agree on. We’re talking about Clark, the Canadian Hockey Goalie.
If you’ve seen Clark, you’re already chuckling at the mention of his name. If you haven’t seen Clark, we’re here to make your day.
Clark, the Canadian Hockey Goalie is a six-minute mocumentary that was made three years ago but has found new life on the Internet.
About a month ago, Alanah at Canucks and Beyond posted the video- feel free to take it in...
from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Despite exhaustive efforts (presumably) by its production and research staff, HNIC has still not been able to turn up a single person capable of expressing the growing sentiment against fighting in the sport.
You’d think with all those taxpayer dollars behind it HNIC might be able to find a single voice in the hockey world to occasionally disagree with the program’s stridently pro-fighting platform.
Instead, it’s “fighting is part of the game” before the game, during the first period intermission when we see hockey’s version of Ann (Anybody Who Disagrees with me is a Fag) Coulter, during the second period intermission panel discussion and after the game.
from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Few can say they went on tour with legendary rock bands.
Joel Kwiatkowski did, though, as he and his wife followed bands Poison and Cinderella through Michigan on their “20 Years of Rock Tour” last summer.
And, it wasn’t like he was just following the bands to catch some concerts. Kwiatkowski, a guitar player, actually got on stage with the bands during their sound checks.
“I am actually really into music. Chris Moody, my old [assistant equipment manager] in Florida, his best buddy is a tour manager for a bunch of bands. So, we got out with Poison and Cinderella on a little tour last summer,” he said.
from Ted Montgomery of USA TODAY,
Prediction No. 1: The New York Rangers and the Detroit Red Wings will be the only two Original Six teams to make the playoffs. Toronto can’t keep the puck out of their own net, Montreal has goaltending problems, Boston is alarmingly inconsistent and Chicago is just plain terrible.
Prediction No. 2: The Vancouver Canucks will prevail in the Western Conference and go to the Stanley Cup final. Most pundits feel the Nashville Predators, Detroit Red Wings, Anaheim Ducks or even the Dallas Stars are the best team, but the Canucks have momentum and, finally, a world-class goaltender in Roberto Luongo to help them go the distance.
read on for more predictions from Ted…
The CBC has called a news conference today at noon EDT. concerning a significant development related to the CBC and the NHL.
Sounds like an agreement is in place.
update 10:30am, from the Globe and Mail,
The CBC and National Hockey League will announce a new television agreement today that will keep Hockey Night In Canada on the air well past the 2007-08 season.
The Globe and Mail has learned that the new rights is worth about $100-million a year, an increase from the $65-million that the CBC is now paying the NHL.
update 12:16pm, from the CBC,
The CBC and NHL announced a new television deal Monday that will keep Hockey Night in Canada on the air until 2014.
The six-year broadcast deal, which includes national English-language broadcast and multimedia rights to NHL games in Canada, will begin when the current agreement between the CBC and the league expires after the 2007-08 season.
The CBC will maintain exclusive Canadian coverage of NHL games on Saturday nights including traditional double-headers and more regional telecasts.
added 3:45pm, added the press conference transcript…
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