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These are exciting times to be a hockey fan in Winnipeg, heat wave be damned – from the announcement of True North’s purchase of the Atlanta Thrashers to the draft party at the MTS Centre and the naming of the team, there has been no shortage of exciting developments in regards to Winnipeg’s return to the NHL.
I went to my fair share of Jets games in my time, and like almost every aging hockey fan in town was a huge fan of the team. I was upset when the original Jets were relocated to Phoenix back in 1996, but couldn’t deny the reasons the team left – no local owner, no new arena, etc.
Fast forward fifteen years and the Jets are back – sort of. There’s a new arena and owner (thank goodness), and the team, once again, is called the Jets (to the absolute delight of most). But until the team skates out on to home ice, I think I’ll continue having a hard time calling them “my” team.
Last season was interesting for Sens fans. There were the lows from the injuries, constant reports the coach and players wanted to kill each other, and another season wondering how many games Pascal Leclaire would miss after getting hit by the Higgs Boson particle (Google it, it’s a tiny particle and it is essentially harmless).
I went into this offseason with some sense of optimism sprinkled with a sense of hope that this season was going to be better then everyone was predicting.
Ever since I was a boy, I’ve always enjoyed a good story. Storytelling is a fine art, and it’s hard not to admire someone who has the ability to describe past events in a compelling fashion.
With that said, even the best storytellers have a tendency to embellish the facts. Sports journalists and commentators are no exception
As I look back on the Stanley Cup final, there’s no question the better team won. Boston outclassed, out-skated, and more importantly, outscored Vancouver when it mattered most. As they often do, media pundits tried to identify the moment when the series turned in Boston’s favor. Predictably, the Aaron Rome hit on Nathan Horton early in Game 3 was deemed the turning point.
What’s funny about media narratives is that the story is always told after the fact. In other words, writers and talking heads make up phony reasons to explain why something happened. Unfortunately, they can’t definitively predict what’s going to happen in advance, so they have to wait for something to play out before explaining it. The narrative that is told depends upon the result.
Here’s an article from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star discussing Red Wings interest in Bogosian and the development of Kindl and Smith:
Brian Rafalski’s retirement gives Red Wings cap flexibility By Dave Waddell, Postmedia News May 24, 2011 5:02 PM
Ken Holland’s summer is suddenly a whole lot busier.
The Detroit Red Wings announced Tuesday that they’ll hold a news conference Wednesday morning at Joe Louis Arena where it’s expected that defenceman Brian Rafalski will announce his retirement. Rafalski’s departure leaves the Wings with a hole on the team’s blue-line.
Combined with the unrestricted free-agent status of Nick Lidstrom, Jonathan Ericsson and Ruslan Salei, Detroit only has two of their top six defencemen from last season committed to return next season. While Lidstrom will be in Detroit or retired, the uncertainly will remain until he declares his intentions for next season.
“I look at the unrestricted free agent market as two parts,” Holland, the team’s general manager, said of his free agent strategy. “The first week of July is the premier guys at the prime dollars. Then there’s the real nice group of players that sit out there until early August that aren’t getting the money they hoped for, but their good additions to a team.
Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk answers to SovSport readers’ questions
By: Roman Piontkovsky Updated March 23, 2011 05:38 AM EST 1442 views
Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk is known not only for his smart and skilled game, but also for his incredible sense of humor. Recently the Russian forward met SovSport’s Pavel Lysenkov to answer the readers’ questions.
Sovetsky Sport: Would you like to live in the USA after your career will be over?
Pavel Datsyuk: I don’t know, haven’t decided yet.
SS: Can you call yourself a patriot?
PD: Yes, for 100%. Certainly I will come over to motherland, will live in Russia. But it’s up to what iI will do after my playing career. I hope this moment won’t arrive soon. Man proposes, but God disposes…
Flyers forward Jeff Carter is out for Friday night’s Game 5 against the Buffalo Sabres after colliding with Buffalo Sabres Tyler Myers.
MyFoxPhilly.com says Jeff Carter could have MCL tear.
The University of Pennsylvania\‘s Dr. Mike Cirigliano joined \“Good Day\” Friday morning to talk about the injury and what it means for the rest of the playoffs.
Reports are that Carter may have a medial-collateral ligament injury, perhaps even a tear.
Read more over at MyFoxPhilly.com
Michigan State University has named CCHA Commissioner Tom Anastos as Rick Comley’s replacement at the position of head hockey coach. Comley is retiring after the current season.
Anastos has been serving as the commissioner of the CCHA since 1998 and has been named one of “hockey’s 100 most powerful people” by The Hockey News for the past 5 years. Anastos played hockey at MSU from 1981-85. IN addition to his role as CCHA commish, he was also president of the HCA (Hockey Commissioners\’ Association).
This news comes on the heels of the Big Ten announcing the probable formation of their own hockey conference, which would strip the CCHA of 3 of its premiere schools, including MSU.
Aside from the above facts, Anastos will be looking to return MSU to national prominence following a rough couple of years in East Lansing. MSU has had a tough time recruiting as of late, and has had to deal with rival Michigan\‘s ability to recruit US NTDPers that already reside in Ann Arbor as part of that program.
As for the CCHA… it\‘s the second big blow in only a few days. They appear to be losing Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State in a few years, and now also have lost the man widely considered one of the best and most-innovative heads in all of hockey.
What do you think, college hockey fans? Personally this blindsided me. As an MSU fan I’m happy to see this hire. As a longtime CCHA fan though, this move makes me fear for their long-term well-being now.
After years of speculation, and the recent announcement of Penn State adding Division 1 hockey for both men and women, it seems the inevitable is now all but official:
The Big Ten would boast powers from two of the premier D1 men\‘s hockey conferences—Wisconsin and Minnesota from the WCHA, and Michigan, Michigan St., and Ohio St. from the CCHA. Penn St., who has not committed to a conference yet, would be the sixth team.
While the WCHA has not responded yet, the CCHA has an official response in which they state that the announcement is not a surprise and that they have been talking to the Big Ten for some time.
I have seen several games this that Stephen Walkom has refereed. I have been less than impressed with the on ice calls of the former Director of Officials..
First, I’ll admit that I believe being an NHL referee is the most difficult refereeing/umpiring job in sports.
Second, I proudly admit that I am a biased Red Wings fan.
While I am not wining about the Red Wings loss to the Preds on Saturday night 3-1. However, the standard of officiating in that game was amongst the worst I’ve seen. I am not only complaining about the wrong call taking away a Wings goal because the goaltender interference. However, ironically just after the GM meetings about player safety and addressing concussions, the pair refereeing the game obviously did not get the memo. Elbows directly targeting the head were ignored, , repeated punches to the head from behind allowed and charging/ boarding were let go.
I’m not sure every game is reviewed for the quality of officiating, but Terry Gregson, you need to ok at this one. Maybe Walkom is better suited to reviewing calls from the press box.
In honor of Black History Month, and in support of the NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone initiative, we present the All-Black Hockey Team over at Gunaxin Sports. The full roster is constructed entirely of active players, and is more balanced and talented then you might expect.
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