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from the Vancouver Province,
He's been doing this as long as he can remember and while he knew he was going to miss it, he didn't bargain on how much he'd miss the sense of excitement shared by every NHL team this time of the season. "I've got this knot in my stomach because there's nothing to get up for," he says. So he sits and waits. At 63, he should probably be looking for a soft front-office job to begin his hockey dotage but he still finds the lure of coaching to be irresistible. He might get another chance. He might not. But whatever happens in the near future, it appears the game will have to quit him before he quits the game.continued
Bob McKenzie of TSN lists his top 10 rookies and who in the NHL is on the hot seat...
• Colorado's Wojtek Wolski. Polish-born and Canadian-trained, Wolski will get top-six forward minutes with the Avs. • Sean Avery. The Los Angeles Kings bad boy is, as GM Dean Lombardi puts it, on double-secret probation. This useful agitator needs to show respect for his teammates and the game.more
from the Grand Rapids Press,
They sit side-by-side in the Detroit Red Wings' dressing room, two friends who've made the climb to the NHL together. Jiri Hudler and Tomas Kopecky are enjoying the moment, but each knows life at the top can be tenuous. They're third and fourth, respectively, in career goals for the AHL affiliate Griffins, but it's a fresh slate now.continued
As Gary Bettman said yesterday, "Our fans tend to be extremely tech-savvy. They're availing themselves of this new digital world." I have banged this drum before and will continue to do so- Those that control the advertising budget for hockey placement need to begin considering the hockey blogs as an excellent and very cost efficient way of getting your word and branding effort out- after all, aren't you trying to reach the type of person that visits the blogs on a daily basis?. Doesn't it make sense to become involved with the blogging community! Sure, it may take a little more effort on your part, but someone needs to rise above the rest of the crowd and start to make it happen. You will be pleasantly surprised with the results.
We are getting hit with some major storms this morning so I may be shutting down until this weather clears.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
So too, meanwhile, has Maurice analyzed his roster and decided that vastly improved defence is a key to at the very least getting the Leafs back into the post-season. The symbol for Maurice's unbending intent has become veteran forward Jeff O'Neill, a skilled attacker who has found himself in the coach's doghouse. So in their "anniversary" season, with the MVP of that brilliant spring still AWOL and another member of the team, Kelly, being immortalized, the Leafs will try again to forge a championship season. Once more, as has been the case so many times over the past four decades, they will do so with a team that appears unlikely to complete the task.more
from the NY Post,
"We all put our trust in Lou to get it done, some way or the other. It would have been nice to have it done earlier, but it was part of the agreement coming in that you knew it wasn't going to be done immediately," Erik Rasmussen said. "Guys like it here, and the dedication to winning, guys came back for that. It's amazing that as many guys came back as did."more
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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Despite the difficulty in making predictions, Cherry agreed to pick the final four. "I like Anaheim because of Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger," he said. "I wish the team could score a little more, but it's a long time since I've seen two defencemen of that calibre on the same team." Also advancing to the Western Conference final, Cherry predicted, will be the Detroit Red Wings. In the Eastern Conference final, he likes the Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers.more
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