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According to the CP, the NHL general managers could not come to an agreement on the schedule issue. They will continue to talk and have some time since the BOG would have to approve any change and they don't meet until December. update 4:15pm, recap of the GM meeting by David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail...
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
Jiri Fischer hasn't ruled out a return to hockey, but he realizes the odds are slim. Fischer, who suffered a cardiac arrest nearly a year ago on the Red Wings' bench, said Tuesday a comeback hasn't been on his mind as much as people might expect.continued
from the St. Louis Blues,
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that future hall-of-fame defenseman Al MacInnis was named Vice President of Hockey Operations. “We are honored to name Al as Vice President of Hockey Operations,” said Davidson. “His knowledge and awareness of the game are well respected in the NHL. He is a first class person and will play a major role in our quest to build a winner in St. Louis.”
Steve Wozniak of the South Bend Tribune,
Marc-Andre Fleury was supposed to be the savior of Pittsburgh hockey when he was drafted first overall by the Penguins in the 2003 NHL draft. But rather than let the teenager develop further in junior hockey, the Penguins threw him to the wolves in desperation for an immediate winning turnaround. And the wolves, of course, ate him alive, pummeling the overwhelmed rookie and sending the Penguins to another losing season in 2003-04. [...] Pittsburgh realized it had made a mistake in trying to rush perfection, with then-general manager Craig Patrick saying, "We thought it was best for him to go back to his junior club, considering our circumstances, and put him in a situation where he's got a chance to win some championships."continued on matters of the NCAA and NHL draft
Another fine submission from KK member Joe Pelletier.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Coach Dave Lewis keeps looking up at the scoreboard, as he has for much of this forgettable young season, and we can't help but wonder if he's looking for an ad for a cheap flight back to Detroit. Twelve games into this all of a sudden not-so-new NHL season, the Bruins are 4-6-2 and the sole occupants of 14th place in the Eastern Conference.more
For those of you who haven't been there, Afghanistan is not the most pleasant locale these days. Students attending Holy Trinity Catholic School in Guelph, Ontario are well aware of that and doing what they can for Canadian Soldiers supporting the Global War on Terrorism. Via the Guelph Mercury News,
All 394 students at Holy Trinity Catholic School are writing letters and crafting drawings for Canadian troops in Afghanistan so they'll receive them in time for Remembrance Day. John Mifsud, 13, keeps the troops up-to-speed on the NHL season and the Raptors' season, which recently kicked off. "They might want to know about their favourite team. . . . They might not have the channel there," he said.More
Montreal forward Chris Higgins will miss six weeks of action to heal a suspected sprained left ankle. The Canadiens' scoring leader, who has eight goals and five assists in 13 games, is scheduled to see a doctor today. He has to wait for swelling to abate for a proper diagnosis to be made.
Remember at the '04 deadline when Olaf Kolzig was rumored heading pretty much everywhere but Jersey? He does. And he's happy he wasn't dealt. From Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun via Slam,
"You can ask for a trade and go to a contender. You are not guaranteed to win," said Kolzig, who was almost traded to Ottawa at the deadline in March, 2004. "Your odds improve dramatically in the short term, but you also lose a little bit of stature as well. I've been here 17 years now. I've built up some status in the organization and when you get traded you lose that. I just thought: 'You know what, it's a rarity for guys to start and finish with the same team. Why not try and win it here with the team that drafted you?' I think that would be the ultimate if we could do it in the next three to four years."More from Bruce Garrioch, including what he expects to come out of the GM meeting.
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