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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
There are two indisputable facts to ponder about Sean Avery, the loudmouth super-pest who played for the Los Angeles Kings up until Wednesday, when they told him not to bother showing up for work for the final three games of the National Hockey League season: One, Avery is a monumental pain in the you-know-what, a high-maintenance loose cannon who required so much handling, that eventually, the Kings determined that his presence became counter-productive to what they were trying to accomplish as a group;...continue reading
from the St. Peterburg Times,
Lightning coach John Tortorella did not go home Tuesday night. Instead, he spent the night in his office watching the video of Tampa Bay's 6-2 loss to the Thrashers that has turned the playoff race into a can of sardines. Then, at noon Wednesday, Tortorella held a nothing-off-limits meeting with what he called the "core of the team" - about a dozen players who have been through the rise and current fall of the Lightning. After it was over, Tortorella seemed more optimistic than ever that the Lightning will make the playoffs. "We're going to get it done," he said.continued
Anyone want to take a shot and name this current NHLer?
Is this a sneak peek of a possible new type of jersey? Nah, but Thornton actually played like this for about ten seconds. He was behind his own net, digging for the puck and somehow his jersey ended up over his head. He attempted to get it over his head again, but decided trying to get the puck out of his own zone was more important. His hands were basically useless, so he just became a body until the puck was in the neutral zone. By the way, Joe had four assists in a overtime win against the Canucks, which helped me with my friendly bet with VCOE.
from the Rocky Mountain News,
During the pause between overtime and a shootout, players often discuss a goaltender's strengths and weaknesses; goalies turn to notes listing opponents' favorite moves; and coaches consider lineups. "You kind of try to figure out who's going against you and try to know what kind of moves they might try to do," Avalanche goalie Jose Theodore said. "If he's a lefty or righty, do you know his options? From there, you just go out and do what you do on a normal breakaway." But Melrose isn't a fan of the cerebral approach, either. "It's not a scientific thing," he said. "There are great shooters who are terrible at it and terrible shooters who are great at it, as Wayne Gretzky and Phil Esposito can tell you. They both hated breakaways.more
from Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press,
One hopes there's a lesson in McCarty's troubles. One hopes that other athletes might take pause and honestly assess their financial situations. One hopes that, at the very least, they'll better grasp the deal they've made with celebrity, and that they'll understand that everything they do off the field will be as disproportionately magnified as what they do on the field. But that won't happen. For athletes, it remains a privileged life with a perceived benefit of immunity from the real world.read on...plus more on this from Abel to Yzerman...
from the Orange County Register,
Life is cool today at Scott Niedermayer's house, almost as cool as the surface on which he skates. "Where we're sitting at the moment, it's working out well," says the Ducks' most important player and, just maybe, the most important player in the rest of the NHL, too. "All the guys get along. I'm playing with my brother. We're back out West. It's going well." These sorts of big-time moves by big-name players don't always work out, explaining why Sergei Fedorov is still not scoring goals but now the disappointment is in Columbus. Niedermayer's move, though, has been priceless, even if the tag read $27million.read on
from the Edmonton Journal,
It's just a new made-in-Edmonton twist on rink-board advertising, part of the revenue lifeblood of NHL hockey, especially for small-market teams like the Oilers. "This is some of the most valuable advertising assets our teams have," says Susan Cohig, vice-president of club marketing, strategic development for NHL Enterprises, the league's business side. "Dasher-board advertising is right at game level where the action is. It can command substantial advertising dollars." Indeed. All 30 NHL rinks have sold-out space on their rink boards. Non-TV side of the rink sells for $50,000 to $100,000 per space over the season, depending on the market, while the side where TV viewers see the game rakes in $150,000 to $300,000 per space, Cohig saysmore
from the LA Times,
Sean Avery's brief and volatile career with the Kings came to an end after an argument with assistant coach Mark Hardy during practice Wednesday, a source with the team said. Avery met with General Manager Dave Taylor and interim Coach John Torchetti after practice and then did not travel with the team to Phoenix, where the Kings play the Coyotes tonight. A spokesman for the Kings said that while Avery was not suspended, he will not play in the final three games of the regular season or the Stanley Cup playoffs, should the team manage to qualify. "We're moving on without him," the spokesman said. "We have informed Sean of this."more (reg. req.)...fyi, Avery is a UFA at the end of the season, who's next? added 9:20am, more from TSN...
from the Chicago Tribune,
Because the Detroit Red Wings clinched the President's Trophy and home-ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs Tuesday, they likely will rest some of their veteran players when they make their final appearance of the season at the United Center on Thursday night against the Blackhawks. Whether that means captain Steve Yzerman gets the night off is unknown. But if he does play, it could be his last appearance in Chicago. "He epitomizes the word 'leadership' to me," Hawks coach Trent Yawney said. "He does it all. When you talk about Detroit, you talk about him."read on
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