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from the Midland Daily News,
He says the physical aspect of the game has been taken away by new rule changes.
“I don’t like it,” Kocur said. “I don’t like that they’ve taken the toughness out of the game. There’s no accountability on the ice anymore. For some reason, they feel that fighting shouldn’t be part of a nationally televised sport. That’s their choice.
“Everyone goes to NASCAR races to watch the crashes. They go to hockey games to watch the fighting. They’ve taken that away and attendance is down. I think a lot of people are disappointed in the style of the game.”
more... Joey says Wings need to get bigger and tougher…
from the Edmonton Journal,
There are fewer than 1,000 registered hockey players and only seven indoor rinks in Slovenia, which at one time was part of Yugoslavia.
But Anze Kopitar was able to over-come the lack of a competitive hockey environment while growing up.
He is not only the first player from his tiny country to make it to the NHL, but he’s also been very successful.
via Fox Sports,
Mike Chen offers random musings and occasional brilliant insight on the NHL and is joining FOXsports.com as a regular contributor this season. His contributions are a must read for hockey fans.
Good luck Mike. Looking forward to your posts…
The Detroit Red Wings are upset that the NHL would even consider giving the Columbus Blue Jackets preferential treatment in a proposed realignment plan.
“We were very disappointed when that committee (recommended) that we stay in the West and Columbus go to the East. That is absurd,” Wings vice president Jimmy Devellano said. “If there’s a team that moves to the Eastern Conference, it better be the Detroit Red Wings, not the Columbus Blue Jackets. You’re talking about an Original Six team with 81 years in the league.”
from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,
Hockey people had a lot to say in 2006, here are some of the best.
“A shutout like that shouldn’t even count.”—Dominik Hasek, then with the Senators, mocks the Habs’ feeble 12-shot attack.
“You need to joke it with guys and talk about game. If you don’t work it, I think team guys look to you like not good.”—Washington’s delightful Alexander Ovechkin on why he’s trying hard to learn English.
from Terry Frei at the Denver Post, n the wake of Theodore being yanked in the third period Wednesday and drawing a derisive reaction from the Pepsi Center crowd, he was asked Thursday if he’s losing confidence.
“That’s a question that you can ask two thousand times,” Theodore said. “You can’t lose confidence, as long as you work hard and look at the big picture.
“Right now, the problem is just being inconsistent, and it’s about finding a way to play the same way, game in and game out. I have two good games, one bad, one good, one bad. There are a lot of good things to build on, but I obviously have to be more consistent.
“I have to find the way to make that one big save every night that makes the difference. I have to find the way to do that every time I’m out there.”
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
...The opening position of the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County governments in negotiations for Plan B, as the search for a new arena is now called, were not encouraging for local hockey fans. This plan called for the Penguins to contribute $8.5-million up front plus $2.9-million a year for 30 years and an additional $1.16-million a year from the naming rights.
Since the Pittsburgh Steelers football team and Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team kept 100 per cent of their naming rights in deals with the same governments for new stadiums and used that money to pay most of their share of the building costs, the Penguins cannot be happy with this proposal.
via the AP,
The Anaheim Ducks acquired goalie Sebastien Caron in a multiplayer deal with the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.
The Ducks also got right wing Matt Keith and left wing Chris Durno and sent defenseman Bruno St. Jacques and right wing Pierre Parenteau to the Blackhawks.
All three players acquired by the Ducks will report to the team’s AHL affiliate in Portland.
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
As the final seconds tick off, following are some suggested NHL-oriented New Year’s resolutions:
Sidney Crosby, Penguins: To maintain his upward curve, which is really scary. And exciting.
May you have many pleasant stats in 2007, Sid.
Peter Forsberg, Flyers: To either get and stay well, or go home to Sweden before he suffers permanent brain damage.
Officiating czar Stephen Walkom and NHL referees: To not back off. At least not more than they have already.
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