from Patrick Kennedy at theToronto Sun,
"It used to be I'd go right home after Coach's Corner, have five fast beers and watch that second game," Grapes said. "Cold pops, a bowl of peanuts, some cheese and crackers and, hey, I'm right in heaven.
"Now they're making me stick around a little longer."
Holy senior abuse, Batman.
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from SportsDaily.ru (rough translation),
- Alexander, you acknowledge that it is possible to leave the KHL some guys who "can not wait" in the NHL?
- Players are allowed to use the clause in the contract that allows them to complete the case to stay in the NHL lockout. And as far as I know, a number of NHL players or decide to stay in the Continental League, or...
from Larry Mahoney of the Bangor Daily News,
“There’s a lot of excitement in the air. I wish we had a chance to play a couple of preseason games, but everyone is in the same boat,” said Howard.
He spent the year in Detroit, training with his Red Wing teammates four to five times a week.
“We’d have 10-15 players every day,” said Howard.
He is currently...
The Atlantic Division is my favorite in the entire NHL. The level of skill, the teams, the rivalries and passion played in these games is as good as it gets. Whether it's Rangers v. Flyers, Flyers v. Devils, Devils v. Rangers, Flyers v. Penguins, nearly every contest is one worth watching. (unless of course it's against the Islanders! )
With that being said, here is...
Not much news yet, as the CBA hasn't been signed, but a few quick notes:
- Negotiations are ready to go between Don Meehan and Marc Bergevin to get PK Subban's new contract worked out.
- Mike Commodore has been invited to Canadiens training camp, giving the Habs a plethora of NHL defencemen
- Alex Galchenyuk is expected to be at Habs camp, and coach Michel Therrien...
Bowman visited Sportsnet's Hockey Central to talk Tomas Holmstrom, a 48-game season and his Chicago Blackhawks.
from the CP at TSN,
If NHL players are to continue participating in the Olympics, it's going to involve a delicate political dance.
The issue was not resolved as part of the tentative collective bargaining agreement reached by the NHL and NHL Players' Association early Sunday morning and will now need to be hammered out between those parties and two others with strong...
TORONTO (January 8, 2013): “All players and staff are deeply saddened by the passing of Katie Moore. Katie fought her battle with courage and conviction, and she will be greatly missed. At this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers go out to Dominic Moore and the Urbanic family, as well as Katie’s many friends.
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
If fans had their way, Gary Bettman would be gone. Short of that, he would never award the Stanley Cup again. Following his third lockout as commissioner of the National Hockey League, they don't want another chance to boo him. They would rather not see another of his fingerprints left on what they consider sacred.
But if the lockout...
The Dallas Stars score a TKO over America's Team:
What started as seemingly innocuous Tweet by the Dallas Cowboys’ official Twitter account about the NHL got a little heated — and quite funny — Tuesday morning on the popular social networking site.
The original Tweet (which was made from @DallasCowboys and has since been deleted), read:
"Datsyuk hasn't left, either... If Medvedev says it's OK, we'll play in the All-Star Game" - Kovalchuk to Sport-Express #NJDevils #RedWings
— Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) January 8, 2013
To all asking, the only possible avenue for KHL to keep Kovalchuk/Datsyuk (IMO) is to try to prove their NHL deals are voided w/ new CBA.
— Slava Malamud...
Each team plays: 4 games vs. two Divisional opponents (8); 5 games vs. two divisional opponents (10); 3 games vs 10 Conference rivals (30).
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) January 8, 2013
Before we move on to the new season, let's review the Top 10 plays from last year via TSN.
via the CP at TSN,
NHL training camps are expected to open on Sunday.
Deputy commissioner Bill Daly tells The Canadian Press that the ratification process for a new CBA should be completed on Saturday, which would allow for camps to open the following day.
The NHL's board of governors will gather in New York on Wednesday to vote on the new agreement.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Joel Quenneville, Chicago Blackhawks
After guiding the Hawks to their first Cup win since 1962 back in 2010, veteran coach Joel Quenneville has been one-and-done the past two playoff seasons. Yes, were it not for a couple of brain cramps by netminder Corey Crawford in the first round against Phoenix, Chicago might have written a different ending...
I joined Mick Kern and Peter Berce this morning to talk some hockey with the boys.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
“It’s pretty clear how Gary’s operated here,’’ said the agent, referring to Gary Bettman, league commissioner for all three lockouts in the game’s history. “If you look at the document, you can tell he’s ignored the input of hockey people, especially his own GMs, who are the guys who have to work with it every day....
from Daryl Reaugh at the Dallas Stars website,
Going forward, the NHL and NHLPA ‘partnership’ can only sell so many more tickets, jerseys, hats, key chains, etc. The biggest potential growth area for them is eyeballs -television. But you can’t grow something if you don’t water it and allow it to flourish. Leave it in the same small pot, give it just enough water to survive...
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
Iginla, the face of the franchise and the Flames’ all-time leading scorer, is in the final year of his contract and due to become an unrestricted free-agent after the coming season.
Considering his age — 35 — and where the team is in terms of Stanley Cup contention — long shot — the question of his plans is a biggie.
from Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post,
I am thankful to the New York Islanders for being so good to me. My decision not to play in the NHL is due to family and personal reasons,” Visnovsky said in a statement released by his agent, Neil Sheehy. “I have made no decisions on next season. My focus now is on HC Slovan Bratislava, and enjoying my family in my home country.”
@tsnbobmckenzie That is what Lou Lamoriello told me yesterday as well. Said he had no reason to think he wasn't coming back.
— Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) January 8, 2013
Well folks, it is finally over.
With a new CBA agreement in place, we can now look forward to what should be a very interesting New York Rangers' season. With a shortened season and the Rangers known for being a streaky team, a good start out of the gate could end up leading to something special for the Blueshirts.
What's interesting is that after the 1993-94 season...
The draft rankings can get a little murky once you pass the top five. Even after the top three one tends to see a lot of variation from scout to scout, and so for many teams it becomes a matter of what they value and need the most that will lead them to pick one player over another.
For Edmonton Oil King centre Curtis Lazar bouncing around first round draft ranking has been something...