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from Terry Frei at All Things Avs,
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is planning to be at the Avalanche-Coyotes game in Denver Monday night, and is scheduled to meet with the media before the game….
But my biggest criticism of him is his devotion to the art of the “spin.” I really believe hockey’s fandom — and I’m not talking about the wacko wing, but the intelligent core — appreciates candor and frank talk…even if heads aren’t nodding in agreement
Alex Kovalev delivered an elbow to Holweg that was missed by the refs. Hollweg’s first shift after the hit, delivered a hit from behind on Sergei Kostitsyn.
Ryan Hollweg was given five for boarding and a game. According to Mike Emrick, this type of penalty also brings an automatic one game suspension.
Watch video of both hits…
from Naples News,
Almost 40 years ago, when hockey players didn’t wear helmets, sticks were wooden, and penalties were rare—Don Awrey hoisted the Stanley Cup with his Boston Bruins teammates. Twice: once in 1970 and again in ‘72. His Montreal Canadiens team also won in ‘76, but Awrey didn’t get his name on the Cup because he missed the playoffs, despite playing in 72 regular-season games that year.
Hockey was knock ‘em down, drag ‘em out Broadstreet Bullies back then, and Awrey was among the best of the era’s grittiest players.
Teamed with Hall of Famer Bobby Orr on the Bruins’ blueline, Awrey was the punch to Orr’s pop. He stayed back and played defense, knocked guys around the front of the net while Orr zipped into the offensive zone and scored.
from the CP,
Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur says being dumped into the media spotlight last week over legal trouble surrounding his son Mark has been a hellish experience.
But the former Montreal Canadiens star was philosophical over his legal woes in his weekly newspaper column in the Journal de Montreal on Sunday.
“No matter what happens to us in life, we must get back on our feet and continue on the path,” Lafleur wrote. “Yesterday there was a storm, today it looks good.”
Lafleur says a positive approach is the only way to get out of problems and nothing is worse than dwelling on things and feeling sorry for yourself.
from Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,
Victory after victory after victory, there’s still one team that the Detroit Red Wings cannot put behind them in the points race.
The Red Wings won their 40th game of the season, Saturday, coming in just their 54th outing. Their rate of success is phenomenal and has them 17 points ahead of the second-best team in the Western Conference (through Saturday) and 16 points ahead of the second-best team overall. That’s tremendous separation when you consider that the deviation between any two teams that are second through 30th in the standings is two points except for a four-point gap between the 28th and 29th place teams.
from Ian Mendes at Sportsnet,
Your Senators are sitting in first place and have not lost a single meaningful game this season. Who cares about Saturday’s loss to the Maple Leafs? That rivalry now has as much intensity a mid-November meeting between Columbus and Carolina.
Four losses in four games to the Capitals? If it happened in April, I’d be really concerned. But when it happens in January, you have to admit it’s slightly humorous from a media person’s perspective.
Losses to these inferior teams are the sign that Stanley Cup hangover has officially hit the Ottawa Senators.
from Eric Gilmore of the Contra Costa Times,
“We’re not satisfied with how we’ve played,” (Doug) Wilson said during the second intermission from the press box high above the ice. “We’re playing on about two-thirds of our cylinders.
“You’ve got to truly be functioning on all cylinders because that’s the difference between the really good teams and the teams that are right below that.”...
Wilson didn’t point fingers. He didn’t have to. The numbers did that for him, fingering Marleau and Cheechoo as the biggest culprits in the team’s scoring dip.
“We haven’t changed our style of play,” Wilson said. “We were second in the conference in goals last year in the Western Conference. And we actually added more offense to the team.
“Maybe it’s because a few of our players haven’t created the offense that they normally do. ... We know that that will come.”
from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,
If Sundin stands his ground on this, the Leafs need to get his signature on a new contract now, so that they don’t lose on both ends of a polarizing predicament. And if Sundin is being truthful about wanting to end his career in Toronto, then he should prove that with a renewed commitment.
However, asked several which ways if he’d re-sign Sundin this summer – whatever happens Feb. 26 – Fletcher declined to oblige.
“That’s a decision that would be entirely up to him. He is in a position to do what he wants.’‘
Not true. Sundin can’t say yes if the invitation is never extended.
If there’s no separation, both parties need to re-affirm their vows.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The talk is Atlanta RW Marian Hossa has made it clear he won’t return. The Habs, Rangers and Wings are considered the frontrunners to acquire Hossa at the Feb. 26 trade deadline. The Senators, Stars, Sharks and Bruins have also called Thrashers GM Don Waddell about Hossa.
much more NHL talk, including Dallas making a pitch for Foppa…
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Sharks coach Ron Wilson says the goaltenders’ union should take a vote and refuse to play the straight-man in the nutsy skills shootout in future all-star games. “Let the broadcasters get in there ... they’re all former NHL goalies anyway. They can be miked up. I can hear it now: ‘Oh God, I just ripped my groin on Ovechkin. I don’t know what the hell he just did with the puck, but I’m hurt,’ ‘’ said Wilson.
read on for the goalies in the booth and much more NHL talk…
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