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from Darren Eliot of NHL.com,
Not too long ago, I took the train from Toronto to Montreal and idly watched the Canadian countryside amble by -- the entire time envisioning the days of the NHL's "Original Six" teams making the exact same trip. It got me to thinking of the NHL's initial entries and their place and relevance in the "new" NHL of 30 far-flung franchises.read on
The Philadelphia Flyers will likely be without Peter Forsberg the rest of this week after the center told the Philadelphia Inquirer he has a tear of his right groin muscle. Forsberg, who has already missed four games, was first thought to have a simple strain of the groin, but he told the paper an MRI on Thursday revealed the tear. "There was more damage there that any of us thought -- more than I thought," Forsberg told the paper.continued
from the Tri-Valley Herald,
There may be a few hundred hockey-wise people out there who grasped the significance of it, but the Bay Area at large still doesn't really have a clue just how colossal an acquisition the San Jose Sharks made last week when they traded for Boston center Joe Thornton. At least as it would rank within the respective sports, nabbing Thornton is bigger than the Raiders' swap for Randy Moss or the Warriors' deal for Baron Davis. Suffice it to say the A's couldn't acquire a comparably young impact right-handed stick unless they traded for Albert Pujols.more
from the Columbus Blue Jackets,
The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that defenseman Adam Foote will serve as the fourth captain in franchise history and that newly acquired center Sergei Fedorov will join left wing Rick Nash and right wing David Vyborny as alternate captains on a rotating basis.
from the Hampton Union,
A fresh breath of life. All the New England Bruins, a local sled hockey team, had it at last Wednesday’s practice at The Rinks at Exeter. Joking, laughing, yelling. As Craig Gray, the vice president of development, depicts a typical get-together or practice: "No mercy," Gray said, "they’re always busting on each other. It’s being around the team that charges my batteries. It’s so rewarding to me."read on
via the CP,
Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman has withdrawn his name from Canadian Olympic team consideration. A Detroit spokesman confirmed Yzerman phoned Olympic boss Wayne Gretzky to say he would not play in Turin.update 2:51pm, via the Detroit Free Press,
"I talked to Wayne the other night and told him I didn’t feel I was playing well enough to hold one of 13 spots," Yzerman told Sportsnet, referring to Team Canada general manager Wayne Gretzky. "I’m very grateful for past opportunities representing my country, but there’s too many good players playing too well for me to hold a spot on the roster."
I will once again be away from the computer until 1:30pm or so today. Updates will continue around that time.
from the London Free Press,
But the thing Ron Ellis couldn't handle, couldn't check and couldn't skate into the ice was his own dark secret -- his battle with depression. Ellis played for 15 years in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He won a Stanley Cup in 1967. He was one of the best two-way players the Maple Leafs ever developed and played a key role in the now revered 1972 Canada-Soviet Union Summit Series. Yet as he sat in his car in an underground garage in Toronto for an hour, two hours, sometimes three hours at a time, unable to find the strength to move from that car, none of his accomplishments mattered. Depression had stopped Ellis cold.read on
via Larry Brooks of the NY Post (reg. req.),
Second-quarter escrow deductions from players' paychecks will remain at the first quarter 12 percent, with the possibility the amount will be reduced as soon as the middle of the month, according to an advisory posted by Players Association Executive Director Ted Saskin on the union's internal website, The Post has learned. "We will . . . be discussing [with the NHL] lowering the escrow as early as mid-December, when the current year's revenue estimates come in," wrote Saskin. "While under terms of the CBA, adjustments to the escrow percentage is only based on payroll levels throughout the season and not on revenue, it is clear that revenues are much stronger than [the $1.803B] anticipated and we will discuss lowering the escrow rate if the revenue rate justifies doing so."
from Helene Elliot of the LA Times,
Stephen Walkom, who hung up his whistle to become the NHL's director of officiating this season, said he is seeing players and referees adjust to the new anti-obstruction standards. That's taking into account that 40 penalty shots had been called through Sunday's games, one more than in the entire 2002-03 season and 17 short of the total for the 2003-04 season. "This is a big change in the hockey culture, because officials have let this go for the last 20 years and players have had it coached in them for the last 20 years," he said. "So our work goes on. "We've done another DVD for our guys of real-game footage — holding, and hooking and situational contact," Walkom said. "Anything that can help us call the game to the best of our ability every night, we're using those tools, whether it be video reinforcement or just self-reinforcement."read on (reg. req.)...and don't forget about bug me not....
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