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Hockey Notes On A Great Spring Sunday Morning In Motown

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- On Saturday night, Patrick Marleau tied Howe by playing in his 1,767th game. (Marcel) Dionne is more impressed with Ovechkin than he is with Marleau, who on Monday, barring an injury, will pass Howe. “What is he scoring now, a goal or two a year? I’m not that impressed with that. I give him credit for playing that long. Just not how he’s doing it.” Marleau, for the record, has four goals this season.

- So if J.T. Miller doesn’t say anything, would the Vancouver Canucks have been playing on Saturday night? Would the NHL have turned its back on its players’ health and safety? Would the NHL Players’ Association have protected its membership? Would Canucks management and ownership have stepped in? Odds are the games would have gone on as scheduled without the Miller interview and to hell with the health of those putting their lives on the line.

- The top four goaltenders in all-time wins are Martin Brodeur, Patrick Roy, Roberto Luongo, and now Marc-Andre Fleury. All of them Quebecois. And there’s not a single Quebec goalie of consequence (apologies to Jonathan Bernier) playing in today’s NHL.

- Didn’t understand all the praise for GM Steve Yzerman for getting a first-round pick and more for Anthony Mantha. Mantha has a big shot to go along with big shooters like Ovechkin, John Carlson, Nikita Kuznetsov in Washington. The Capitals get a player now. The Red Wings get a player and a draft pick, who might be a player by 2024. Mantha can be a playoff series difference-maker now for Washington.

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- The top four goaltenders in all-time wins are Martin Brodeur, Patrick Roy, Roberto Luongo, and now Marc-Andre Fleury. All of them Quebecois. And there’s not a single Quebec goalie of consequence (apologies to Jonathan Bernier) playing in today’s NHL.

Is Fleury not of consequence?

No comment on his Mantha take. Its just a continuation of, at bare minimum, ignorance.

Posted by ilovehomers on 04/18/21 at 09:37 AM ET

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to keep things in context, mr. howe also played 419 games in the whl..

Posted by rickytarr on 04/18/21 at 09:53 AM ET

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Completely agree with Dionne

Posted by SevensForTed on 04/18/21 at 11:44 AM ET

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  - The top four goaltenders in all-time wins are Martin Brodeur, Patrick Roy, Roberto Luongo, and now Marc-Andre Fleury. All of them Quebecois. And there’s not a single Quebec goalie of consequence (apologies to Jonathan Bernier) playing in today’s NHL.
Is Fleury not of consequence?
No comment on his Mantha take. Its just a continuation of, at bare minimum, ignorance.
Posted by ilovehomers on 04/18/21 at 09:37 AM ET

Disagree on Mantha. The take is why the Wings did similar back during their championship days (trade a draft pick say Mike Green for sniper but limited defense Lang).

Also he is saying the Q and the region was known to produce the best goaltenders, were expected to do well (based on draft position), lived up to the hype and there was always the next one coming:

Roy played in the Q was drafted (1984 draft) and was dominating in the NHL, Brodeur (1990 draft) was coming up in the Q then dominated in the NHL, then it was Luongo (1997 draft) in the Q then dominating, then it was Fleury (2003 draft) with his success.

Bernier was the last of the highly thought of coming out (#11 draft pick) but has only had a mediocre NHL career.

He could have made the point with Maxime Ouellet (1999 1st rounder), Pascal Leclaire (2001 1st rounder), Jake Allen (2008 2nd rounder—Montreal’s backup), Christopher Gibson (2011 2nd rounder—Tampa’s backup), Zachary Fucale (2013 2nd rounder), Mason McDonald (2014 2nd rounder), Evan Fitzpatrick (2015 2nd rounder), Olivier Rodrigue (2018 2nd rounder)

...but most fans might only recognize Leclaire and Allen and even Allen was only a 2nd rounder so the expectations were muted compared to a #11 pick like Bernier.

Posted by d ca on 04/18/21 at 07:17 PM ET

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“Nikita Kuznetsov”???

Posted by Primis on 04/19/21 at 08:50 AM ET

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