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From the Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal:
People keep calling Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel “generational” players.
It’s a glowing description for the pair of 18-year-old centres expected to be the first and second picks in Friday’s National Hockey League draft at Sunrise, Fla. But what does that mean? Is it the next rung up from a franchise player?
“A generational player to me is a complete player who needs limited coaching, understands the time and temperature of a game, and can beat you with his work and beat you with his skill,” said St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock. “You don’t have to paint them a picture to get them to understand it. They already have it in their DNA.”
Bobby Orr had it. So did Wayne Gretzky. Mario Lemieux, for sure. They come along every 10 to 20 years, if hockey fans are lucky.
Eric Lindros was thought to be a generational talent as a teenager because he was so big and made plays with soft hands. Concussion problems, though, limited his climb up the generational scale. Sidney Crosby was a wunderkind growing up, but will he ever be on par with Orr, Gretzky and Lemieux?
McDavid and Eichel, the Boston University freshman centre, have been the rage for years and had scouts raving “watch this kid; he can do it all.” They are both coming to the NHL with a skill set and more hoopla than all the rest. But they haven’t played an NHL game.
Many of you know Mario Lemieux had a great hockey career (hockey-reference.com) and was one of the greatest players to ever play in the NHL.
So on this slow summer night enjoy the 24 minute presentation on Mario Lemieux.
The New York Post's Larry Brooks is on an aggravated roll this morning. His Sunday notebook questions whether Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien should be fined or suspended for suggesting that his Canadiens will target New York Rangers forward Derick Brassard...
What exactly did Therrien mean, and what message was the coach attempting to send to his players, or anyone else, by stating: “We expect Derick Brassard to play and we know exactly where he’s injured. Hockey is a small world…”?
It was an outrageously irresponsible statement from an adult in a position of responsibility — at worst a threat, a threat to re-injure. If anything happens to Brassard now, what else would anyone think?
He believes that the Pittsburgh Penguins owners' comments regarding Ray Shero's body of work as Pittsburgh's GM suggest that the ownership wants more input on player personnel decisions...
The CBC's Elliotte Friedman just posted his "30 Thoughts" column, and after wondering how the Penguins will be able to keep all of their unrestricted free agents-to-be, even with the rising cap (they won't be able to do so--a trade will be necessary or people will walk), he offers more than a few intriguing observations. Among them:
1. Just for comparison: the 2012-13 cap was $70.2 million, similar to what we're expecting next season. Chicago won with its top-three salaried players (Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews) taking 26 per cent. Kane and Toews can be extended this summer, with the new deals beginning in 2015-16. That percentage is going to go up, but by how much? They took almost $5 million less than Crosby/Malkin per season on their second deals, critical to their second Stanley Cup (and maybe more). Western Conference opponents are expecting to deal with them for eight additional years. "I hope [their salary number] starts with a nine," one rival exec laughed.
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As a Wings fan, I can only congratulate Jaromir Jagr for this one:
Per the Associated Press:
Jaromir Jagr could always score goals -- and on this night, a bunch of other New Jersey Devils did as well. Jagr had a goal and two assists, and the Devils scored four goals in the third period of a 5-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.
Jagr's goal with 3:29 left was the 692nd of his career, tying him with Steve Yzerman for eighth on the NHL's all-time list
In his previous game, he passed longtime Pittsburgh teammate Mario Lemieux. Next up: Mark Messier at 694.
"I don't really chase anything," Jagr said. "I enjoy my teammates and my linemates. I enjoy the game, the way we play. Our line, I like the way our line played. When I'm happy about our game, I know the goals are going to come. That's why I don't really worry about it," he added. "If there's no chances to score goals, then I would start worrying about it."
from QMI Agency at the Toronto Sun,
Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux recently took possession of a new $20-million home in Mont Tremblant, Quebec's high end ski resort town.
The 15,000 square feet sprawling, Swiss castle-style mansion about 145 km north of Montreal has 23 rooms as well as 10 bathrooms.
The castle, which is made of stone and wood, is located on a piece of land close to Tremblant's golf course and ski hills. The castle also features a triple garage and a double garage, has an in-ground swimming pool and an outdoor tennis court with a heated floor....
"It's not the time to talk about my personal affairs," Lemieux told QMI Agency through a spokesman with the Penguins organization.
more including a slideshow of the home plus check out some of the interesting comments...
from Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Revies,
Save the NHL season for us!
Ask me, and it’s actually well past time for the Penguins’ ownership to take an active role in this ridiculous NHL lockout, which likely will see the first slice of the 82-game season wiped away Friday. And by ownership, I don’t mean just Lemieux but also Ron Burkle.
No two individuals are more qualified to make an impact.
In Burkle’s case, though the co-owner keeps a low profile, he swings a huge hammer. He’s a billionaire who built his empire through growing a grocery chain in California. He’s a sharp businessman who used to get directly involved in talks with those unions, almost universally commanding respect at the blue-collar level. And in case anyone’s forgotten, he was the guy who went one-on-one in a room with former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell to put the finishing touch on the Consol deal.
Lemieux opened the door, and Burkle locked up the deal.
As Rendell told Trib Total Media last week: “In negotiating, you need somebody who can cut through the mess and focus on what will get a deal. Ron was excellent at that when we worked out the arena for the Penguins.”
Lemieux’s statue was unveiled today at the Consol Energy Center.
You can watch more videos associated with the ceremony at the video section of NHL.com.
added 1:47pm, from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
So, Rich Pilon, how does it feel to be immortalized in the bronze Mario Lemieux statue unveiled today in Pittsburgh, with Le Magnifique splitting the New York Islander defence pairing of Pilon and Jeff Norton for all eternity?
“To tell you the truth, it’s very cool,” Pilon told TSN, just minutes after the statue was unveiled in Pittsburgh. “I have no problem with it. If you’re going to get beat on a play and it’s there for everyone to see forever, it might as well be Mario. He did that to a lot of defencemen.”
Earlier this afternoon, some NHL 12 fans on the internet found a new Legends video, posted exclusively on the EB Games (now GameStop) webpage for NHL 12. However, the video was kind of “hidden”, thankfully over the time it took for me to write this update, there has been a new link to this new video released by EA Sports in an exclusive with GameStop’s official site, which makes it much easier to find, and is of much better quality that the original one that was found.
Read on, as I’ll provide a link to this new video ( UPDATE - Days later, I finally have the video included in this post ), which reveals several bits of juicy new info on the Legends, including what their team uniforms look like, some info about unlocking them, and best of all, what their overall ratings will be! Also included in this update is some additional news about the Jets’ new sweaters potentially not being in the game upon release, and some new quick-clips about HUT and the EASHL.
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Just minutes ago, the long awaited news finally dropped on EA’s NHL 12 Twitter Feed. Super Mario and Mr. Hockey are the final two Legends to be included in NHL 12. However, since EA’s official videos don’t allow for embedding. Expect an update in a few minutes when I find an embed-able version, which will be included below, along with some other thoughts on this final list of Legends in NHL 12.
Updated with video, and more…
Yesterday, via an exclusive with gametrailers.com EA Sports released a teaser trailer for the “Legends” to be featured in NHL 12. All but pretty much confirming that this is indeed the “big announcement” they have been talking about since day one. As we are just about a mere month away from the game’s release in Europe on September 9, and North America on September 13.
How selfish of me.
I spent the last week enjoying all that the summer has to offer, taking in several different concerts in and around the Pittsburgh area such as Exodus, Slayer, Rob Zombie, Motley Crue, Poison, U2, Kingdom of Sorrow, Megadeth, Godsmack, Disturbed and even managed to give Dave Mustaine a Penguins jersey in the process (but that will be a story for another day).
From Elliotte Friedman at CBC.ca:
Dan Bylsma is as measured and supportive as a coach gets in the NHL. For him to say, “I don’t think you can talk about eliminating headshots as an organization and not expect that to be examined,” well, it shows why Campbell doesn’t have to worry about Shero and Lemieux defending Cooke now.
No way Shero could ever go to another GM meeting arguing a no-tolerance head shot rule if he fought against a heavy suspension this time. He wouldn’t be taken seriously. And Lemieux loses all moral ground about safety if he fights for this player at this time.
The Penguins simply can’t trust Cooke, can’t depend on him. So they’ll accept Campbell’s challenge, stand back and await the decision.
Campbell’s been thrown a belt-high fastball. Now he’s got to crush it.
From Pierre LeBrun at ESPN:
The former superstar player and current co-owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins sent a letter to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman last week calling for that kind of action. The letter, obtained by ESPN.com Monday, was dated March 7.
“On behalf of the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, I am writing to propose a discussion by the Board of Governors and general managers about the NHL’s current system of supplementary discipline—and how it affects not only the integrity but the perception of our great game,” Lemieux wrote.
“The current system punishes the offending player but does very little to deter such actions in the future. We need to review, upgrade and more clearly define our policies in this regard, so that they can provide a meaningful deterrence and effectively clean up the game.”
“Anybody that has Matt Cooke on his payroll and doesn’t say anything (about) the action he does, is a hypocrite.”
-Don Cherry on Mario Lemieux. Cherry made the remarks on his Grapeline segment which is heard on Fan590. No direct link and right now it is the 3rd story on the homepage.
added 1:46pm, A twitter reader said the audio is available via itunes at no cost. It is listed under Fan590.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The NHL has no intention of fining Mario Lemieux for his critical public remarks on the league’s handling of disciplinary matters following the New York Islanders-Pittsburgh Penguins gong show on Friday night.
Lemieux is, however, losing big in the court of public opinion. He’s being called a hypocrite by those who feel Penguin forward Matt Cooke’s style of play, questionable at best and dirty at worst, should preclude Lemieux from condemning aberrant behaviour. Also, Lemieux implying he may have to re-think his involvement with the NHL because of this has many portraying Lemieux as a spoiled kid who’s thinking about taking his puck and going home because he doesn’t like how the game is going.
All that said, though, the Cooke issue and Lemieux’s specific criticisms are really apples and oranges.
from Chris Johnston of the CP at The Score,
Steve Yzerman wants to hear more from Mario Lemieux.
“I think Mario is one of the most well-respected, intelligent people in the game,” the Tampa Bay Lightning GM said Monday on a conference call. “I would encourage him (and) I think we should all encourage him to get more involved with the league because he has a lot to offer.”
from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
The message should not be lost. Sadly, it might be.
A National Hockey League owner - that is, a member of that society of mutes that has remained stonily silent, Sphinx-like, while star player after star player has been hammered into unconsciousness - has actually spoken out against the stupidity. That is progress.
An NHL owner has actually rebelled against the lowest-common-denominator ethos of Gary Bettman’s desperate reign, in which the governing class seems to have concluded that hockey minus violence is unmarketable in the United States - a conclusion quietly endorsed by the overwhelming majority of league owners.
So before we get to what’s wrong with the source of Sunday’s complaint, let’s celebrate the fact that one of the commissioner’s sheep finally had enough of watching the no-talent bums set the on-ice agenda through what might be remembered as the saddest age in hockey’s history.
Who led the league in fights entering Sunday’s games? The Penguins, with 61, according to hockeyfights.com. Who led the league in penalty minutes? The Penguins, with 1,101. Who led the league in majors? The Penguins, with 63. Who ranked second in game misconducts? The Penguins, with 10 – two more than the second-place Islanders. Who was one of four teams with a match penalty? The Penguins.
Oh, and then there’s Cooke’s old act.
Lemieux needs to re-think whether that should be part of the league, too.
-Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo Sports on Mario Lemieux’s statement today. Read more on this topic…
I wonder if Mario would have released that statement if Crosby was in the lineup?
Hockey legend and Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux dropped an unexpected bomb on the New York Islanders and the National Hockey League in the wake of suspensions and fines announced stemming from Friday’s night at the fights between his Pens and the Isles. In short, “Super” Mario whined in print to anyone listening that if the league doesn’t start X, Y and Zing to his liking, he might just take his ball and go home.
Sound familiar? It should, of course, considering this is the guy who once dubbed the NHL a “garage league” in the early nineties, as obstruction was on the rise, and swore he was close to retiring at that time because of it. (He didn’t, remember, not right away anyway and wouldn’t have for some time, if not for illness and injury.)
The game these days, without the hooks and holds that Lemieux once complained of is probably better, as a whole, but there are some who will argue that a little of that here and there, perhaps, might prevent some of the more serious injuries and questionable hits we seem to see every other game now. Case in point, a defenseman in pursuit of the puck in his own end is often a sitting duck for approaching forecheckers these days, with his partner unable to hold up the opponent in any way, shape or form as he once was.
That example carries some weight here only because Lemieux’s comments today centered around player safety, after New York’s Matt Martin suckered Pittsburgh’s Max Talbot and teammate Trevor Gillies took out Eric Tangradi with a head shot/flying fists combo.
One has to wonder, then, a few things:
(Pittsburgh) - “Hockey is a tough, physical game, and it always should be. But what happened Friday night on Long Island wasn’t hockey. It was a travesty. It was painful to watch the game I love turn into a sideshow like that.
“The NHL had a chance to send a clear and strong message that those kinds of actions are unacceptable and embarrassing to the sport. It failed.
“We, as a league, must do a better job of protecting the integrity of the game and the safety of our players. We must make it clear that those kinds of actions will not be tolerated and will be met with meaningful disciplinary action.
“If the events relating to Friday night reflect the state of the league, I need to re-think whether I want to be a part of it.”
added 2:55pm, via Darren Dreger tweet,
Bill Daly: “We are entirely comfortable with how Friday night’s events were handled. We have no other response to Mr. Lemieux’s statement.”
The Bolts Beat, 10/12/10: Lightning Home Opener, Road Trip Ahead, Devils Dilemmas, Wisniewski & More
In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, Jon, Mike and Mark recap the Lightning’s successful home opener and preview their road trip ahead. The boys also discuss the current (disasterous) state of the New Jersey Devils and the James Wisniewski/Sean Avery incident (how about that? “Sean Avery” and “incident” in the same sentence? Shocker…) Finally, JJ blows his top (again) in the latest installment of “What the Hell Was THAT?”
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Today’s three cheers (an all-goalie edition!) for those who deserve as much from their performances of a night ago:
***Cheers to Edmonton’s Nikolai Khabibulin, who turned aside 26 Florida shots in the Oilers 3-2 win over the Panthers, for his second win in as many outings on the young season. After off-ice woes and injury problems recently, Khabibulin’s solid start to 2010-11 is a great sign for both he and a young and exciting Oilers club. If he can return to form and stay healthy, the many pundits who automatically tabbed Edmonton for the Western Conference cellar will end up looking awfully silly come season’s end.
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The NHL’s arrival in Europe last week coincided with two exhibition games between the leagues teams and their Russian rivals; the KHL. First up was an aggressive affair between the Carolina Hurricanes and SKA St. Petersburg. In a role reversal between leagues, SKA came out playing aggressively, so much so, in fact, that Hurricanes coach, Paul Maurice pulled his star players; Eric Staal and goaltender Cam Ward from the game as it deteriorated into a slugfest which resulted in a 5-3 victory for SKA. The other interleague game featured the Phoenix Coyotes gaining a measure of revenge for the NHL, by defeating Dynamo Riga 3-1. The interleague games were part of a longstanding tradition of play between the NHL and Russia. With that in mind, I thought I would take a look at some of the most famous and infamous matchups between the two rivals.
1. The Montreal Canadiens versus Central Red Army
December 31st, 1975
This matchup featured the most successful franchises from the NHL and the former Soviet league as the Canadiens played host to the Red Army team. Montreal featured Guy Lafleur, Ken Dryden, Larry Robinson and Bob Gainey among others against Valeri Kharlamov, Vladislav Tretiak, Vladimir Petrov and Boris Mikhailov. The level of play was as high as the 72’ Summit Series as the star players from each team were entering their prime. Despite outshooting Red Army 38-13, the Canadiens were forced to settle with a 3-3 tie, due to the outstanding play of Tretiak. This game would cement Tretiak’s longstanding relationship withe the city of Montreal, as the team would go on to draft the goaltender 138th overall in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, despite Soviet players not being allowed to compete in the NHL.
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M. Lemieux now getting same treatment from Versus as wife of ball player in World Serious. Constant camera shots.
-David Shoats of the Globe and Mail via a tweet.
from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
“Voice of the Penguins” Mike Lange, like Lemieux a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, recalled to the Tribune-Review some of Lemieux’s most super moments at the Igloo that became Mario’s personal Super dome:...
FIVE GOALS FIVE WAYS (12.31.88, Devils): “Quite frankly nobody was aware until the score sheet came down and you looked at it. The first thing you think is, ‘Has anybody ever done this?’ The actual truth is that nobody said, ‘Look, if he scores an empty-netter…’ No, it wasn’t that way at all.”
from Mark Madden at the Beaver County Times,
As the Consol Energy Center rises across the street from Mellon Arena, plans for accessorizing the Penguins’ new digs should be forming.
Even though it’s not his style, those plans must include a statue of the team’s greatest player and current owner, Mario Lemieux.
As the euphoria of the franchise’s third Stanley Cup fades — and that’s going to take a while — we should never forget the gamble Lemieux took to keep the team in Pittsburgh and keep his sweater alive.
Q. It seems like you’re enjoying this, having some fun. When you bought the team out of bankruptcy, did you ever imagine it getting to this level consistently?
MARIO LEMIEUX: Well, I knew it was going to take a few years, certainly, to build a great club in Pittsburgh. We went through a very difficult four or five years, as you well know in Pittsburgh, finishing last or close to last. Getting the draft picks that we needed to rebuild.
Of course, the lottery didn’t hurt either, getting Sidney in Pittsburgh with Malkin and Fleury and Staal, and the rest of the gang that we have.
So I knew it was going to take a while to get back on top, but now that we are, I think we’re well positioned for the next few years, at least with the core players that we have signed in the last couple of years.
Q. What is your relationship like with Sidney and specifically in the playoffs? Do you talk to him? Do you talk hockey? What’s that like? And the second part, when you see what he’s accomplished this spring, does it put you in mind of when you were younger or Jagr was there?
from Going Five Hole,
December 31, 1988. Penguins v. Devils.
A feat likely never to be seen again.
Mario Lemieux torches New Jersey for five goals…in all five possible ways.
continued with video….
Mario Lemieux said the Penguins were never serious about leaving Pittsburgh.
“It wasn’t a possibility,” Lemieux said during a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for Pittsburgh’s new $290 million hockey arena.
“We had to do a few things to put pressure on the city and the state, but our goal was to remain here in Pittsburgh all the way. Those trips to Kansas City and Vegas and other cities was just to go, and have a nice dinner and come back.”
-more at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
“You can’t check Mario Lemieux”.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The Hall of Fame captain of the Pittsburgh teams that won Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992, and who later revived a franchise that seemed destined to wither on the vine in Pittsburgh, maintains his self-imposed media blackout even though his team is in the finals for the first time in 16 years.
When requests are made to talk to Lemieux, either in a one-on-one setting or in a group format with reporters covering the finals, word politely comes back through the team that the man who is the Penguins’ part-owner doesn’t want to take the spotlight away from his young team.
What a load of hooey.
This has nothing to do with taking any spotlight away from his players. They have been playing in the spotlight for weeks now. And since Sidney Crosby became a Penguin three seasons ago, the spotlight has never been far from this Penguins team.
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
It was seven years ago that “Pond of Dreams,” the Emmy-nominated short hockey film, was shown before the 2000 NHL All-Star Game in Toronto. Viewers of the national television broadcast and fans in the Air Canada Centre watched as young NHL stars Jaromir Jagr, Pavel Bure, Eric Lindros and Paul Kariya paid tribute to three retired greats – Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux – while playing pick-up hockey on a small Ontario pond.
“I’m Wayne Gretzky,” said one, unaware that Gretzky, Howe and Lemieux were walking toward them in the video.
“I’m Gordie Howe,” said the second.
“You’re always Gordie Howe,” chided a third.
Watch the video…
from Brian Milner of the Globe and Mail,
Hockey legends Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky have surfaced as potential partners in groups interested in acquiring Nike Bauer, the world’s leading maker of skates and other hockey equipment….
“There’s a tremendous amount of people going to the next stage,” a person familiar with the process said. “At the end of the day, there are groups that will have [former] players involved. That includes Mario and Wayne.”
from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
The Penguins have settled with the final creditor from their bankruptcy of the late 1990s.
He also happens to be the most celebrated player in franchise history and one of the team’s primary owners.
Mario Lemieux, who was owed $32 million in deferred compensation on the contract in effect when he retired as a player in 1997, will receive $21 million in the wake of a periodic refinancing of the team’s debt earlier this week.