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from E. M. Swift at Sports Illustrated,
Ted Donato, who played forward for the Boston Bruins for nine seasons and is now coach at Harvard, is one of the 26 NHL draft picks Hanson has coached. He credits Hanson with being ahead of other high school coaches in using video, creating power plays and forechecking systems, and says Hanson’s practices are more fast-paced than any Donato experienced in college or the NHL. Sometimes Hanson can push the limits: In ‘88 he threw one of his players up against the glass after the kid rolled his eyes at a criticism.
from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News at the Globe and Mail,
So Rory Fitzpatrick won’t be going to the NHL All-Star Game after all.
Say what you want about the authenticity of the game itself, and that it is an otherwise meaningless exhibition with no meaning other than a little payback to the league’s most valued sponsors, at the end of the day, it is still an honour to be selected to play in the contest. It is still something a retired player can look back on with pride: “Hey, I was identified as one of the best players in the league that one year.”
NEW YORK – Jan. 10, 2007 – Hockey fans can be on NBC this Saturday. Rockefeller Plaza will again host the NHL on NBC this Saturday as NBC Sports launches its second season of the National Hockey League. Hockey fans are invited down to watch Brett Hull, Ray Ferraro and Bill Clement as they broadcast NBC’s NHL studio show from rinkside, and serve as the backdrop for the show (and possibly appear on TV), which originates from “The Rink at 30 Rock.”
Phil Espostio was on Hockey This Morning on XM Home Ice 204. Phil stated (mp3 file, about 3 minutes long) the Pens will be staying in Pittsburgh and are not for sale at this time.
Thanks to the folks at Hockey This Morning for the audio.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Now, no one’s asked us for our input, but if we waited to be asked, we’d be a pretty boring lot, so herein our suggestions for the remaining spots.
Assuming a standard 23-man lineup that will feature three netminders, seven defensemen and 13 forwards, here’s who we like for the annual celebration of full-contact schmoozing and, for the most part, non-contact hockey in Dallas….
Martin Brodeur: First in the league in wins and shutouts, second in goals-against average, doesn’t the guy ever get tired? The short answer is, no. See you in Dallas, Marty.
Cristobal Huet: A pleasant surprise for a Montreal Canadiens team that has surprised many with their play in the East.
Starter (as voted by fans): Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres.
Ice Chips at TSN keeps you informed of all the NHL team news…
Anaheim Ducks: Jean-Sebastien Giguere’s optimistic outlook of a return before the All-Star break is now looking like a faulty prediction. The goalie isn’t ready to practice and said his problematic groin isn’t improving the way he hoped…
The Toronto Sun’s Rita Demontis has some yummy ideas for Hockey Day in Canada:
In honour of this prestigious event, we’re offering a handful of mouth-watering celebrity recipes offered by some of hockey’s brightest stars. From former Toronto Maple Leaf Wendel Clark’s scrumptious burger recipe to Vancouver Canucks’ centreman Brendan Morrison’s lip-smacking West Coast Salmon Marinade, each and every hockey fan is guaranteed to score big with these goodies.
And when the show’s over—grab your friends, some sticks and get out to work off the calories in a game of old-fashioned street hockey.
I’ll take a Wendel burger, just ketchup and mustard, please…
from Stan Fischler at MSG Network,
• Peter Chiarelli isn’t hiding the fact that he’s after a backliner. Big question is what would Boston provide in return? We’re wondering whether the Blackhawks would be interested in dealing just-benched Adrian Aucoin in a biggie with the Bruins.
• You won’t hear this from the Rangers but one NHL GM tells us that he’s certain Glen Sather will make a meaningful move in the not-too-distant future. Translated: major trade!! Then again, that’s what they’re saying in Edmonton about Kevin Lowe. If you want to put two-and-two together, Kevin and Glen are buddies.
from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,
Several seasons ago, Dwayne Roloson watched Dominik Hasek bat a puck into the air and down the ice. Hmmmm, thought the apprentice, that move just might come in handy one day.
The head coach of the Edmonton Oilers thought otherwise.
“I, like everybody else, was in shock—until I questioned him on it,” coach Craig MacTavish said as he looked back on the first time he saw Roloson’s unorthodox puck-clearing move. “He assured me it’s a tactic that he’s perfected.”
via the LA Times (reg. req.),
Cloutier, sidelined since Dec. 23 by hip and knee injuries, had his hip reexamined by a specialist in Colorado to determine the extent of damage. He will meet with team officials this week to decide on the best course of action, which could range from extended rest to surgery.
“We’ll sit down with Dan and his representatives and the doctors and see what the best avenue is,” Coach Marc Crawford said. “It could be the surgical avenue and could be the rest avenue. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
Kings officials do not believe the hip injury is career threatening. Cloutier, who signed a two-year, $6.2-million contract extension in September, is also suffering from tendinitis in his knee, believed to be caused by compensating for his hip injury.
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