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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
So here’s the crux of it - if Renney is so concerned scratching Kasparaitis will create a negative-energy matter within the team, the Rangers should deal with the issue before it actually becomes one. If Renney doesn’t believe Kasparaitis can be a productive seventh defenseman, the Rangers should waive him immediately and either promote Bryce Lampman to fill the spot, or, for that matter, even consider restoring Sandis Ozolinsh to active duty after his, uh, knee discomfort abates.
from the Dallas News:
Philippe Boucher brought an All-Star Game jersey to his dad this weekend and hung it in his hospital room in Quebec.
Jean-Claude Boucher is dying of pancreatic cancer, and Philippe said earlier in the week that he wasn’t sure he would be able to participate in the 55th NHL All-Star Game because of his dad’s condition – that he might want to use the time off to be with his family. But when the NHL announced Boucher as a member of the Western Conference All-Stars on Saturday for the Jan. 24 game at American Airlines Center, the Stars defenseman said there was no decision to make.
“My dad said I was going to play, that it was a big honor,” Boucher said. “So I am going to play.”
from the Mercury News:
Despite the 4 1/2-hour time difference from California, [Sharks rookie Ryane] Clowe said many fans from his home province sacrifice sleep to catch the Sharks on the satellite dish.
``You’d be surprised how many stay up late,’’ he said.
Actually, considering how rare it is for a Newfoundland native to reach the NHL, it isn’t all that shocking. Clowe, Dan Cleary of Detroit and Michael Ryder of Montreal are the only Newfoundlanders skating in the NHL today.
``I’ve got a lot of pride about that because I know how much support I’ve gotten and how much hockey means back home,’’ said Clowe, a sixth-round draft pick of the Sharks in 2001. ``They love hockey and they love to see guys go away and do well. There’s no jealousy.
from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette:
Yes, it was TSN’s Pierre McGuire who phoned me early this season to say - and this is a direct quote - “Jack, Sheldon Souray can’t play in the National Hockey League. “
I didn’t phone McGuire on that occasion, I didn’t ask him about Souray. He phoned me, he offered the opinion on his own. I didn’t name him when I wrote about Souray making the all-star team because I thought it was kind of funny that the guy who considers himself the world’s biggest expert on the NHL could be so wrong.
But when McGuire goes on the air and denies he said it and then says the Gazette has a problem - well, I have a problem with that. It’s one thing to be wrong, but lying is something else - and calling me a liar is something else again.
from the New York Times:
HPK Hameenlinna of Finland and Ak Bars Kazan of Russia will play in the European Champions Cup final today in St. Petersburg, Russia. The tournament, staged by the International Ice Hockey Federation, pits the champions of the six top leagues in Europe against one another.
René Fasel, the federation president, was asked last week if he could envision a day when the N.H.L.’s regular-season or Stanley Cup champion might take part in a world club championship tournament.
“That will happen, sooner or later,” he wrote in an e-mail message. “It will happen because this is the natural thing to happen, a best-on-best on a club level. We have discussed it for many years with the N.H.L., and we are trying to find a solution.”
more, with other goodies as well…
from NHL.com’s Evan Weiner:
“That was more for superstition,” said Roy explaining why he was carrying on conversations with iron piping. “I was really a superstitious person. So when I turning and facing the net, I was feeling like the net was getting smaller. That was good for my confidence. I think every goalie needs something special to make his confidence bigger and that’s mine.”
So Roy found this particular teammate, albeit a piece of cold metal, a settling influence and he would strike up a conversation during a game.
“I treat them more like a friend, when a shot hits a post, I say good job and stuff like that or it’s a good job my friend, it’s a good save,” Roy said.
via the CP,
There will probably be a lot of sore muscles and tired feet this spring when 40 Manitobans try to break the world record for the longest game of ball hockey.
Chris Watchorn, 20, and his Winnipeg friends are planning to play for more than 30 consecutive hours. They have received permission to make the attempt from Guinness World Records, which has laid out ground rules.
“We can do shifts. We can have people resting as long as they’re staying courtside,” said Watchorn, a second-year fine arts student at the University of Manitoba.
“It’s going to be tough, I guess, but we all have a passion for hockey.”
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
The CBC’s love letter to the game of hockey went off without a hitch.
The seventh edition of Hockey Day In Canada, the 13-hour show that celebrates amateur hockey in this country and also airs a National Hockey League tripleheader, was well done. It was perhaps the best yet….
So, why did it seem flat? Why was there almost a ho-hum tone to whole thing?
I had a few people over yesterday to take in HDIC, and to be truthful, still recovering.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Daniel Cleary came to that edge. Put his skate blade over, even. And stepped back.
Talk to Cleary in the Detroit Red Wings’ dressing room and it’s not so much the words he uses to describe the experience but the look on his face that tell this story of transformation. Beneath the various cuts and bruises and scrapes that are the hazards of the trade the way it is plied by Cleary, is etched a look of understanding that these kinds of chances—second chances, last chances maybe—are not to be squandered but cherished.
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