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from the Associated Press via ESPN:
Brendan Shanahan isn’t the captain of the New York Rangers, he’s just the guy who sticks up for him.
Shanahan ripped NHL officials Wednesday night after the Rangers’ 2-1 home loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs because of what he feels is prejudiced officiating against captain Jaromir Jagr.
“I don’t know what the deal is,” an angry Shanahan said. “Guys hit him late, guys hit him high, guys hook his hands. He doesn’t complain. He just goes out and plays and plays and plays. The referees just seem to have a different set of rules about the way people get to play against him.
“Not since [Slava] Fetisov came over from Russia have I ever seen a star player get ignored by the referees, and I know the reason why they were ignoring him back then.”
continued...inlcuding Mike Murphy response…
from the Hockey News via TSN:
Although players aren’t expecting the escrow windfall they received last season when they actually got money back, the escrow payments they make this season, if any, will likely be below 10 per cent.
The league and NHL Players’ Association recently decided to leave the escrow for player salaries at 10 per cent for the third quarter of the season. The escrow is considered and adjusted, if necessary, at each quarter of the season.
via the Columbus Blue Jackets,
The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated defenseman Bryan Berard off Injured Reserve, team President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today. Berard is expected to be in the lineup for tonight’s game at Edmonton.
from the Ottawa Citzen,
Semin, 22, has everybody believing he can’t speak English, according to Capitals coach Glen Hanlon, so the media rarely bother with him.
If reporters do approach Semin, they get a fellow Russian on the team to translate a couple of sentences from him and then go on their way—usually back to the affable, 21-year-old Ovechkin.
But Hanlon said yesterday he’s sure Semin can speak English, and believes the winger prefers that no one knows it, to help him stay out of limelight.
Check out a pretty good goal by Semin when he was playing in Russia…
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer
from Terry Blount at ESPN,
Is hockey on the horizon for Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage?
Gossage says no. But the man generally regarded as one of the top promoters in racing has been approached by people involved with the NHL about joining the league and eventually replacing commissioner Gary Bettman, sources confirmed Wednesday. Bettman’s contract expires after the 2007-08 season.
Gossage attended the NHL All-Star Game in Dallas last week, but insists the subject wasn’t addressed. NHL officials have not commented about it.
“I haven’t spoken to any NHL official about this,” Gossage said Wednesday. “It’s all very flattering, but I’m very happy where I am and enjoy what I do.”
continued,,, If anyone should replace Bettman, it should be Bill Daly.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
“We haven’t been able to see how good we are yet,” said Blake. “It’s been more of a struggle this year than I probably thought it was going to be. I understood there was going to a period there where they had to rebuild and I don’t have any problems with that. I love the organization and I’d like to stay after I’m done. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to come home.”
And probably one of the reasons he’ll want to stay, trading deadline or no trading deadline.
from the Edmonton Journal,
Chris Hodson’s dad gave him heck as a kid for wasting so much time playing computer games.
“You’ll never get ahead in the world,” he said.
Dads are seldom wrong, but this one is now eating large helpings of crow.
Today, Chris owns four $60,000 high-definition robotic television cameras and flies across North America shooting NHL hockey games for the CBC, TSN/CTV and Rogers Sportsnet.
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
The time has finally come to bid the big Swede adieu.
After almost a dozen years in blue and white, nine of those years as captain, Mats Sundin should move on. It is time for the elegant center and it is time for his struggling franchise.
If Sundin remains with the Toronto Maple Leafs beyond the Feb. 27 trade deadline, he will be doomed to finish out his career in frustration and mediocrity, ensuring the same fate to the Leafs and their legions of fans.
from Karl Samuelson at NHL.com,
Guy Lafleur did it with the Montreal Canadiens.
Steve Yzerman did it with the Detroit Red Wings.
Mario Lemieux did it with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Mark Messier did it with the New York Rangers.
Wayne Gretzky did it with the Edmonton Oilers and repeated the feat with the Los Angeles Kings.
And now Alexander Ovechkin is doing it with the Washington Capitals.
Offering hometown fans reason to believe.
PJ at Sharkspage did a recent interview with Chris Young…
Toronto Star deputy sports editor and former JABS blogger Chris Young was kind enough to answer a few questions on sports journalism, blogs, NHL television broadcasts, and the quote machine that was Charles Oakley.
[CY] The NHL is pretty well-covered by blogs, more and more, and with Dave Stubbs’ Montreal Gazette blog, Habs Inside-Out, I think you are seeing more and more the mainstream media (I do hate that phrase almost as much as the MSM shorthand it usually gets) can produce good blogs.
I love Eric McErlain and James Mirtle. I think Alanah and Jes out west, and Tom Benjamin, really do good blogs. I am missing some, but I think the point is made. The NHL blogosphere is pretty good, and perhaps that is partly due to those U.S. markets we talked about opting out of coverage. Where there is a vacuum, something is sure to follow.
[CY] I pay no attention to trade rumours, they are the empty calories of sports coverage. Easy to make up, instantly digestible, no nutritional value at all.
My personal request, start blogging again Chris, you are missed!
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