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from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Emerging from his Downtown meeting this afternoon with state and local leaders, Penguins owner Mario Lemieux said he heard “very positive” comments from Gov. Ed Rendell, county Chief Executive Dan Onorato and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. But Lemieux didn’t rule out moving the Penguins to Kansas City, Mo.
Lemieux said he hopes “to move forward (on a decision) in the next week or so.”
“We had two great meetings today, one in Kansas City and one here tonight,” he said.
from Annie O’Neill of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Professional hockey players know a thing or two about playing hurt, but some of the Pittsburgh Penguins got new insight yesterday from a young man from Warren, Ohio….
He was sitting in a hospital bed with fresh stitches in a shaved patch on the right side of his head following brain surgery the day before. Mr. Segel is 20, a year older than Mr. Crosby and two years older than Mr. Armstrong. His perspective on life belied his years.
“Sure I have a little pain here and there,” Mr. Segel said. “The day that I let my pain bother me is the day that I say. ‘bye.’ And that’s not going to happen.”
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from Evan Grossman of NHL.com,
In no order of importance, the first requirement is to have been good. Another is carrying yourself or playing with a personality that was larger than life, an aura that helped that player to almost stand for the organization he played for. Winning is another rite of passage to the rafters. And last but most certainly not least, you should have been loved by the fans.
You don’t get your jersey sent up there if you were the worst player on the worst team who the fans booed every time you touched the puck.
This week, Gross Misconduct takes a peek around the league and predicts which players the 30 teams should eventually send to the rafters.
from Eric Duhastschek of the Globe and Mail,
But the biggest change is Luongo. Instead of a handful of journeymen that have passed through Vancouver since the Kirk McLean days, they now have a bonafide star in goal.
“I can’t say enough about him, not only his performance on the ice, but just in what he brings to our group in terms of a professional standpoint,” said Linden. “He is a complete professional in the locker room. He’s extremely confident in his ability. For me, it’s really refreshing. You see it in Jarome (Iginla) a lot. He’s one of those guys, where there is no ego involved - and that’s pretty much what I can say about Roberto….”
from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,
For the record, Allison would like to play again. But he’s not about to jump at just any offer.
“If you look at my career, I’ve been a point-per-game player every year,” said Allison, who had 17 goals and 60 points in 66 games with Toronto last season, in an interview with The Hockey News Thursday. “Some years I’m just under a point-per-game; other years I’m over. I know I probably won’t get the money (now) that I think I deserve, but I’ve made a lot of money in my career and I’m not in a position where I have to jump at the first offer that comes my way.”
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A good one from “The Instigator”.
from Eric McErlain at NBC Sports,
The bottom line: Love it or hate it—or just not care—the NHL All-Star Game isn’t going away. With that in mind, here are a couple of suggestions to spice things up:
1. Start the season off with a bang: Before the start of this season, the NHL promoted its return with a series of ads designed to remind fans that the league was actually still in existence. Though they were mildly amusing, might it not be better to promote the league’s return with an actual event rather than just a marketing campaign?
That’s right, it’s time to borrow an idea from the past and move the NHL All-Star Game to the start of the season and promote the game by kicking everything off with a showcase for the league’s top talent.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
After watching Toews light the lamp on Canada’s third, fifth and seventh attempts, I’m thinking the NHL should follow the IIHF’s lead and adopt a similar shootout policy.
The league’s current system—which forces a team to use every available shooter at least once before allowing anyone to take a second attempt—pays lip service to the concept of a team game, but what’s the point? The reality is that the shootout is an individual skills competition, not a team event.
from the Arizona Republic,
Coyotes center Mike Ricci, who is one game away from playing in his 1,100th regular-season NHL game, has left the Coyotes to mull retirement.
Ricci, 35, has been a healthy scratch in seven consecutive games, and the Coyotes gave him permission to fly back to Phoenix on Wednesday to discuss his future with his wife and other family members.
from Sam McCaig of the Hockey News,
Here’s what the 30 NHL teams are looking for as 2007 unfolds:
The Anaheim Ducks resolve to…sign Nicklas Lidstrom, Rob Blake, Zdeno Chara and Sheldon Souray to round out their defense corps.
The Colorado Avalanche resolve to…preserve Joe Sakic’s youth by packing him in ice between games.
The Columbus Blue Jackets resolve to…hire Ken Hitchcock five years ago.
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