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fro the Gwinnett Daily Post,
Hockey players used to be part-time woodworkers, hardly a day going by without the need for a handsaw, sandpaper and some tools.
Except for a couple dozen holdouts, however, that time is gone in the NHL.
“Players who still use wood sticks are a dying breed,” said Thrashers coach Bob Hartley, not necessarily happy with the change.
This story from Kevin Paul Dupont is a few days old, but relevant enough to post today. Tough times in Beantown.
Via the Boston Globe,
Of the 10 weeknight games thus far, most of them didn’t appear to attract a gathering of more than 9,000, or roughly half a house (17,565), although head counts can be tricky in the age of big buildings that have been designed with loads of walk-around room. Most Saturday nights have been a challenging sell, too.
For Wing fans, is there a bigger daily lie than this: 20,066?
From the Buffalo News,
The Buffalo Sabres tottered into Christmas having won barely half their December games and letting a point get away when they couldn’t close the deal against a team they should’ve beaten.
At least the Sabres were together.
For the first time in 25 games, the Sabres on Saturday night skated with the same group that broke camp.
Via the Toronto Sun,
In response to all the queries, Kristin Peca, Michael’s wife, wants to put an end to some of the theories that have caught their attention, especially those suggesting her husband might be harbouring thoughts of retirement.
“He is looking forward to coming back.”
New book on the market, “The Canadian Hockey Atlas.”
via the National Post,
In the section on Ontario, Cole, in his segment on players from Ottawa, describes how the ban on Sunday shopping that was once in force helped Steve Yzerman become an NHL star. A supermarket parking lot at the corner of Baseline and Merivale Roads was an immense playing surface for Yzerman and boyhood buddy Darren Pang every Sunday.
“The long runs to fetch errant balls helped further develop Steve Wonder’s incredible stamina,” Cole contends.
from Jay Greenberg at the Hockey News,
Hockey has as many stars as ever, it just needs to show them off; not hide them regionally, televise them only on Mondays and Tuesdays on networks people can’t get, or, worse, conspire to stop them at the blueline.
Better to do it at the goalmouth, which may be cause for another new plan for a league that, intent on making every team the same, is instead making it the same, old, NHL.
via the Toronto Sun,
Sundin was caught off guard when informed of a web report suggesting the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet had him potentially heading to the Anaheim Ducks. It also reported he probably would waive his no-trade clause if Toronto approached him about making a move, although his first choice was to remain a Maple Leaf.
“How do these things even get started?” he said, shaking his head in disbelief.
“Look, I’ve said all along I want to be a Maple Leaf and want to stay a Maple Leaf. I have been consistent in that stance and nothing has changed.
“I would like to know how some of this stuff gets out there, though.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Once upon a time in Hollywood they made a movie with Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift called “The Misfits.” Now, more than four decades later, the sequel appears to be playing on Long Island with people like Ted Nolan, Alexei Yashin and Chris Simon among those in the cast.
The I, Me, My Islanders of Charles Wang have been one of the real pleasant stories in hockey this year, even as they live in obscurity, even if they’ve become the other entry in what has evolved into a one-horse hockey town.
from the Washington Post,
Alex Ovechkin says he has put the controversy behind him.
Tonight at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, the Washington Capitals star will find out whether Daniel Briere and the Sabres have done the same….
“If I hit him hard like I can, it’s much worse,” Ovechkin said, referring to the fact that he outweighs Briere by 41 pounds. “It was just a situation where I didn’t want to hit him. I didn’t hit him hard, if you saw this replay. I’m glad he’s okay and not much happened to him.”
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added 9:10am, from the Buffalo News,
Briere believes him. He thinks the play was just part of Ovechkin’s aggressive nature. That doesn’t mean he likes the hit . . . or the player.
“Before the hit I had always been a big fan of Ovechkin,” Briere said. “And, for the most part, he plays the game hard. I like his enthusiasm, and I’ve never seen him do any cheap shots to anybody else.
“But obviously, with what happened, I think people understand that I’ve lost some respect for him for the way he hit me on that play.”
We can all dream on this Christmas Day…
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