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from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,
The Detroit Red Wings won the Todd Bertuzzi ‘sweepstakes’ this week, but count me among the perplexed.
Bertuzzi has more baggage than the cargo hold on a jumbo jet, yet supposedly savvy general managers, including the very bright Ken Holland in Detroit, all seemed to feel they could resurrect Big Bert and thus bid for him on Tuesday.
Why is there so much fascination over a player who:
- Is four years removed from his best season;
- Is coming off back surgery and has played only seven games this year, all of them in October;
from the Globe and Mail,
“I have a lot of respect for Wayne,” Roenick said. “The guy is an icon. He’s always uplifting [and] his knowledge is always respected. I hope he takes a greater role in this team [and] is a stronger voice in the next couple of years. He’s one of the true, class people in the National Hockey League. He wants to win really bad and deserves to have a winning team. I respect him immensely,” he said.
“I’ve always been a complainer my whole life, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think Wayne is one of the greatest in the game. He’ll turn this team around in a couple years.”
Gretzky just rolled his eyes when asked about Roenick’s status.
from This Is Anfield,
But then again, we’re not exactly the same and never will be. Trying to compare Liverpool FC and football with Montreal Canadiens and hockey is like comparing English with French-Canadian. It just might not be possible to understand or appreciate each other’s point of view any more than we can understand people who speak a different language and come from a completely different cultural background. Perhaps instead it is best if we celebrate our differences from each other and take pride in our uniqueness. “Vive le Différence”, eh?
from the News & Observer,
“My nails are all gone,” Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Thursday. “I’ve been biting them for a month or so here. I could see with our inconsistency it was predictable that we would get ourselves into this position. Like any team that sits where we do in this group of four or five teams, we’re all concerned.
“But I still feel we have a strong team and everything is right there for us. The toughest part for us is getting in. I think once we get in, some of that extra pressure that this team has dealt with being the defending champions will go away.”
from the Sun-Sentinel,
Martin sent a letter to all season-ticket holders Wednesday night detailing his future plans for the organization and outlining his reasoning behind trading Roberts, Bertuzzi and Joel Kwiatkowski.
“I think that is part of a general manager’s responsibility,” Martin said. “As a general manager, you have a plan for your organization and I think your fans have a right to know what the plan is.”
As stated in the letter, Martin’s plan is a four-tier process that began with Tuesday’s trading deadline and will continue to evolve through the NHL Draft in June, free-agent signings in July and subsequent roster moves during next season’s training camp. Martin is confident that the salary-cap flexibility created by the trades will help the Panthers woo star free agents.
from the Mercury News,
He can score. He still fights on occasion. He makes things difficult.
In the locker room, former teammates say, the man the Sharks acquired at the trade deadline Tuesday for a serious post-season run has yet another role.
``He knows how to loosen guys up,’’ said defenseman Kyle McLaren, who played alongside Guerin for two seasons in Boston.
What? A shaving-cream-in-the-skates kind of guy?
``If need be,’’ Guerin said. ``Sometimes I draw first blood, sometimes I don’t.’‘
from the Taiwan Journal,
The swishing sound of skates on ice at Taipei Arena’s skating rink could easily induce tranquility, were it not for the accompanying thunks of hockey pucks smashing into plastic partitions, the shrill screech of a referee’s whistle, and the grunting and occasional profanity from testosterone-hyped players as their bodies crashed into the walls.
Despite the sport’s excitement, as well as its grace and dynamism, ice hockey is not a common topic of discussion in Taiwan, sometimes even among those attending games.
“I don’t really understand the rules,” said Hazel Chung as she watched the Tigers play the Raptors in the second game of a triple-header Jan. 21. Chung was present as part of a 15-member group cheering on their coworker Nick Iadenza, Raptors No. 14. “I only know when a goal has been scored,” Chung confessed, “but it’s really interesting.”
Listen (122MB) as Chris talks about Bertuzzi, Calder, teams in the West, the Sabres/Sens game and other topics.
At about the 2 minute mark, Chris lost his connection but comes back in about 30 seconds and the audio breaks up again at about the 9 minute mark for about 10 seconds.
Also, you may have to turn up the volume to listen.
A big thanks to The Stoney & Wojo Show on WDFN for the use of the audio.
added 10:02pm, A KK member was kind enough to do some of his audio magic and he created two additional audio files for those that may be having problems with the original audio link.
He also cleaned up the file too, increasing your listening pleasure.
added 10:49pm, HockeyFights.com has a good write-up on the Chelios interview with Jim Rome today.
Also, I may be experiencing an issue on my server end with the above audio links. You may experience some “jumping” if you listen online. I will try to get this problem corrected tomorrow.
Best bet may be to download the lower quality link (smaller in size) and then listen with your audio player.
Top goals for the month of February. Great stuff… just short of 7 1/2 minutes.
From Terry Frei on ESPN,
Q: What division was strengthened the most?
A: Pacific, hands down. Bill Guerin, whether playing with buddy Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau, bolsters the Sharks. The Kings’ bizarre and inexplicable serving up of warrior, heart-and-soul defenseman Mattias Norstrom to the Stars was the most underplayed move on deadline day.
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