- June 1, 2001 First penalty costly Devils open scoring on the power play By RED FISHER The Gazette When Adam Foote hauled down Petr Sykora 1:29 into lastMessage 1 of 3 , Jun 1, 2001View SourceJune 1, 2001
First penalty costly
Devils open scoring on the power play
By RED FISHER
When Adam Foote hauled down Petr Sykora 1:29 into last night's game,
it marked the first time in the three games Colorado has drawn the
first penalty. They paid the price for it when Jason Arnott scored -
his first point of the series.
Arnott and linemates Petr Sykora and Patrick Elias had been held
pointless in the first two games of the series. The Arnott goal, his
eighth of the playoffs, keeps alive their record of not being shut
down for three consecutive games.
MISS MONTREAL, LARRY? Larry Robinson (remember him?) yesterday was
talking about newspapers in reply to a question about pressure from
the community and press.
"We don't have the same battle between newspapers that they had in
Montreal," he said. "Every day, there were seven, eight, nine, 10,
11, whatever it was, papers to fill every day.
"We have our group that follows us all year and, you know, they get
along well together and work well and I am very fortunate that I have
such a great group to work with.
"They are not overbearing," Robinson added. "They don't try to get
into your personal lives. They follow the game and, you know, they
write about things that people like to read about. They have been
fair with us," Robinson said.
As you can see, Robinson somehow has retained his sense of humour
despite the pressure of the Stanley Cup final. Or has he?
A BRIEF VISIT: Bobby Orr, now a big-time agent (he represents No. 1
or 2 draft choice Jason Spezza) flew into the city "a couple of hours
work," which didn't include staying for the game.
"Who's gonna win this one?" he asked.
"New Jersey," he was told.
"Yeah, I think so," he agreed. "The point is, you don't know where
it's gonna come from with that team."
What he was alluding to was that in Game 2, the tying and winning
goals came from Bob Corkum and Turner Stevenson. So yeah, you never
Orr on client Spezza: "He'll be a big star in the NHL."
THE NUMBERS GAME: Teams winning Game 3 have gone on to win the Cup in
45 of 62 seasons since the NHL introduced the seven-game format in
1939. Teams winning Game 3 with the series tied 1-1 have won the Cup
in 19 of 22 seasons.
MORE NUMBERS: The Avalanche have led their opponents from the start
of the playoffs 38 per cent of time, have been tied 52 per cent and
trailed 10 per cent. The Devils have been ahead 46 per cent of the
time, tied 28 per cent and trailed 26 per cent.
- GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS: If you can find a general manager who did more than Mike Milbury to upgrade his team during the off-season, introduce him to me. OK, it sMessage 2 of 3 , Sep 16, 2001View SourceGOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS: If you can find a general manager who did
more than Mike Milbury to upgrade his team during the
off-season, introduce him to me.
OK, it's true that "up" was the only way for Milbury's team
after finishing No. 30 in the 30-team NHL last season. On the
other hand, let's agree that Iron Mike finally put the money
where his mouth normally is when he added Alexei Yashin and Mike
Peca to the mix. Actually, too much money - starting with the
$6,549,944 the Islanders are paying Yashin this season.
Where Mike erred badly, however, goes back to last season, when
he traded goaltender Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers
after making Rick DiPietro the No. 1 pick in the entry draft.
The college kid was something less than eye-catching with a 3.49
goals-against average in 20 starts. Luongo, who signed a
four-year deal with the Panthers on Thursday, was a lot better
than the 12-24-7 record he posted with the Panthers, who scored
only 24 goals in his first 16 games with the team. His GAA was
an excellent 2.44, his save percentage .920, sixth-best in the
league and the second-best for a rookie in NHL history. His five
shutouts were a Florida record.
- - -
TRADES, ANYONE? Are you getting as tired as I am about the sour
monologues being delivered by Adam Oates and Jason Allison.
Oates is in the Washington Capitals' camp, but wants a trade.
Allison, a restricted free agent in Boston, wants millions more
than the Bruins have offered him and has refused to report. He
wants a trade, don't you know, a message he is delivering
through the media on almost a daily basis.
Oates, 39, has been an unhappy camper since Linden was moved to
the Capitals at the trading deadline last season. The result:
Oates was stripped of his captaincy before the start of training
camp and, after promising he would try mightily to prevent his
trade demands from becoming a distraction for himself and his
teammates, has been talking non-stop about it.
Enough, already! By now, both players should understand they're
in no-win situations. Oates is under contract. He can't force
the Capitals to trade him. Allison isn't, but he must know that
every time he pleads his case through the media he's taking one
step up and two steps back. If he doesn't lower his sights,
Bruins management will let him sit.
- - -
SOAP-OPERA FINALE: Aren't you glad the Eric Lindros soap opera
is over? He was finally signed and sealed by the New York
Rangers. Can he deliver, though?
By now, you must know that after six concussions, Lindros is a
risk. However, it's a risk the Rangers had to take in a game
where the real risk is not taking one. What you might not know
is that the risk isn't as great as you're probably imagining.
Most people were saying Lindros would be earning in the many
millions after this superb athlete was signed. Mentioned were
numbers high enough to place him among the NHL's richest
performers. That's true - but only if he delivers.
He's guaranteed $2 million this season. He can earn more - but
all of it is linked with individual and team performances and
how many games he plays. Furthermore, he's guaranteed $2 million
only for this season.
- - -
AN OLD GAME: If you're wondering how close the Canadiens really
came to signing Brett Hull, well ... don't even think about it.
As you know, the Rangers, as well as the Canadiens, were
interested in Hull. There's no doubt that both teams talked with
Hull's agent, Mike Barnett, who's now the general manager in
Phoenix. Neither team made a firm offer, but I can tell you that
Barnett told the Rangers the Canadiens had offered Hull $6
million and $6.5 million U.S. (Sit back for a moment and try to
imagine the Canadiens offering Hull $12.5 million for two
Agents have been known to sweeten the numbers in talks with
potential buyers. It's an old game. As it developed, only one
call from the Rangers to Canadiens president Pierre Boivin was
needed to confirm that in fact, the Canadiens had talked with
Hull's agent, but had not made an offer. As it developed,
neither did the Rangers.
- - -
HE'S BACK! I am excited, and I hope you are, too, that Stephane
Quintal has returned to the Canadiens. After all, can you
imagine how difficult it must have been to pry him loose from
the Chicago Blackhawks?
The Canadiens didn't make the playoffs in Quintal's final year
with the team. Neither did the Rangers in his first and last
season with that team. Neither did the Blackhawks last season.
Three teams in the last three seasons. Three times out of the
playoffs. How's that for a Big Three?
- - -
AROUND THE NHL: Former Dallas Stars star Guy Carbonneau can
attest to the fact Ken Hitchcock isn't popular with his players,
but it's no surprise that his contract extension through the
2003-04 season makes him one of the highest-paid coaches. In the
five full seasons since Hitchcock was named head coach, the
Stars have won one Stanley Cup, reached the final the following
year and won five consecutive division titles. ...
Do you think New Jersey's Petr Sykora can get along with the
$3.3 million he was awarded in salary arbitration last month?
After all, it's only a raise from $675,000. "I'm so much more
relaxed," he said. (I kid you not. That's what he said.) ...
Yes, Raymond Bourque is a slam dunk for the Hockey Hall of Fame.
No, the Hall's bylaws no longer - and haven't for the last two
years - allow waiving of the three-year waiting period. ...
I don't believe for a minute that the Canadiens put in a bid for
Yashin, but trust me on this: they were only a few dollars short
of getting Joe Sakic, Rob Blake, Dominik Hasek, Patrick Roy,
Mario Lemieux, Hull, Alexander Mogilny, Doug Weight, Jeremy
Roenick, Pierre Turgeon, Peca, Donald Audette, Martin Lapointe
and Jaromir Jagr. ...
You've got to think Devils defenceman Ken Daneyko, 37, has to be
happy with the two-year extension worth $4 million he signed
I spent most of the long, hot summer trying to figure out the
St. Louis Blues trade that sent goaltender Roman Turek to
Calgary for Fred Brathwaite. ...
Here's a surprise for you: former Avalanche defenceman Jon Klemm
says he's "very excited about coming to Chicago," that Chicago
"is a great hockey city," and the Blackhawks "are a great
Chris Osgood's agent, Rollie Thompson, promises his client "has
every intention of being the No. 1 goalie" ahead of Hasek. Yeah,
What does Luc Robitaille, now a Red Wing, really mean when he
says: "I'm happy now because I'm going to a team that wants to
Success story: the Minnesota Wild have sold 16,000 season
I started to think Hull wasn't coming to Montreal from the
moment he suggested: "I'd like to have a place like Dallas,
where hockey is in the mainstream, where the community loves the
team and where it's so much fun to play." ...
St. Louis coach Joel Quenneville, on the changes his team has
made since the end of last season: "Doug Weight is good for the
team, along with Mike Keane and Rich Pilon." (What! He's not
excited about landing Christian Laflamme?) ...
Would you believe that Atlanta goalie Norm Maracle didn't report
to training camp because he didn't think he could pass the
Thrashers' conditioning test? Weight problems, it seems. Maybe
Maracle should have a chat with Dallas coach Hitchcock, who 15
years ago weighed more than 450 pounds and now is below 250.
(Goaltender Maracle, by the way, was demoted to the American
Hockey League's Chicago Wolves by Atlanta GM Don Waddell.)
They Said It:
- Boston general manager Mike O'Connell, on being asked if his
last conversation with holdout Jason Allison occurred months
- - -
-"If we stay healthy and all play the same way, there is not
much difference between this team and New Jersey."
- Former Devils defenceman Sean O'Donnell, on being acquired by
- - -
-"Even when I was struggling, I felt management had respect for
me. I never, ever felt like that when I was in Philadelphia. In
81/2 years there, I never felt they really respected me as a
player and what I was doing for them."
- Rod Brind'Amour, on signing a five-year, $24-million contract
with the Carolina Hurricanes.
- - -
-"I've always wanted to win the Stanley Cup, and this was the
best opportunity I'll ever have in my life to do it."
- Former agent Mike Barnett, on being named Phoenix Coyotes
Top salaries for 2001-02 season
1. Peter Forsberg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $11,000,000
2. Jaromir Jagr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10,007,100
3. Pavel Bure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10,000,000
4. Paul Kariya . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10,000,000
5. Chris Pronger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $9,500,000
6. Joe Sakic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . $9,500,000
7. Teemu Selanne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$9,500,000
8. Rob Blake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $9,000,000
9. Dominik Hasek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $9,000,000
10. John LeClair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $9,000,000
11. Doug Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $9,000,000
12. Brian Leetch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8,680,000
13. Nick Lidstrom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8,500,000
14. Jeremy Roenick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8,500,000
15. Patrick Roy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8,500,000
NOTE: All figures in U.S. dollars; includes base salary, signing
bonus and deferred salary.
- January 4, 2003 Sens situation demands dialogue League, Players need to start talking. Financial woes facing Ottawa, other NHL clubs will be at forefront ofMessage 3 of 3 , Jan 4, 2003View SourceJanuary 4, 2003
Sens' situation demands dialogue
League, Players need to start talking. Financial woes facing Ottawa,
other NHL clubs will be at forefront of next collective agreement
By RED FISHER
They talk about it in the dressing room, toss it back and forth
around a breakfast table, as Jeff Hackett and Andreas Dackell were
doing yesterday. Talk ... lots of it.
"What's going to happen with the Ottawa situation?" they were asking.
A payroll isn't met, the country's No. 2 politician, Finance Minister
John Manley, phones the chief executive of the Canadian Imperial Bank
of Commerce "to discuss attempts to salvage a refinancing" of a
hockey team, for heaven's sakes, so why shouldn't they be talking
about it? People in all walks of life are having trouble putting food
on the table, and the finance minister is calling a bank to find a
way to keep a hockey team alive? Oh, my!
"Yeah, I'm concerned about it, all of us should be," said Dackell, a
one-time Ottawa Senator.
"It's an eye-opener, all right," Hackett agreed. "Something like
this ... it's not one club. There are others. And then you have
2004 ... the collective bargain agreement ... what does this do to
Sté°¨ane Quintal is the Players' Association representative. He's
concerned, he says. He should be.
"We're having a big meeting the night before we play in Atlanta on
the 15th," Quintal said. "We've got questions. Lots of questions.
We're wondering about Ottawa ... wondering about 2004. Where are we
going with all of this? We want to know. We have to know."
Of course they do. He ... everybody ... wants to know where is an
Ottawa team that is struggling with a debt of more than $160 million
(U.S.) going? Is it going? Where is the NHL going with a CBA that is
not that far down the road? How many more teams are bleeding money?
Talk is good, but where are the people who really should be talking?
Where's the Players' Association? We know where the New York head
office is located, but why isn't it talking? If both sides really are
interested in putting a new and acceptable fiscal face on a league
that needs plastic surgery desperately, why aren't they talking now?
Mount Burns: Those media wretches who comment on the New Jersey
Devils should trust me on this: Pat Burns wouldn't be the jolly,
kindly ol' coach he really is if he didn't blow off a cloud of steam
at reporters now and then. Sooner or later, he explodes over what he
perceives to be unfair criticism directed at him - but it's a sham.
It's Burns-choreographed show biz. He did it when he was top banana
in Montreal. He did it in Toronto and he did it in Boston. Those
aren't replicas of Jack Adams trophies on his night table: they're
My great and good friend Pat's most recent explosion was on Thursday.
His problem: he claimed he was being unfairly criticized for New
Jersey's defence-oriented system, which has been partly to blame for
poor attendance at the House Lou Lamoriello Built.
"I'm sick of it," Burns told reporters. "I keep reading that we don't
score goals because of my system. Do you think I tell guys not to
score goals? Do you think I tell them: 'Don't score more than one
goal because that's not my system?' I've never told anybody that.
Ever. We want to score goals. We want to win, 6-0.
"Do you think people (at Continental Arena) want to see Mario Lemieux
score seven goals? Do you think people would leave happy and
say: 'Wonderful, Mario Lemieux scored seven goals.' No, because we
wouldn't win the game. They wouldn't be happy because the Devils
lost," St. Pat told reporters.
(Know something? I'd like to see Lemieux score seven goals.)
Doing the right thing: Washington's Jaromir Jagr breaks in on Devils
goaltender Martin Brodeur in overtime and is dragged down by
defenceman Oleg Tverdovsky. No penalty call.
Guess what? Tverdovsky, to his credit, admits he expected a penalty
on the play - and when was the last time you heard something like
"I didn't really hook him," Tverdovsky told reporters. "He's a big
guy. He kind of got off-balance and fell. I thought they were going
to call it, but they didn't."
Capitals coach Bruce Cassidy's take on the non-call was ... uh, at
least slightly different: "I shake my head at some of the decisions
by the referees."
Keep your night job: I'm starting to get the idea Minnesota Wild
goaltender Manny Fernandez isn't GM material.
After the Wild held on for a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres,
Fernandez had this assessment of the dead-last Sabres: "You're crazy
if you think that team deserves to be at the bottom of the standings.
They're just as dangerous as any other team around the league. It's
just a case where they're missing a little bit of that confidence."
Sure it is.
Telling it like it is: If you're a Sutter, you tell it like it is.
Yes, you do.
So this was Brian Sutter following Calgary's hiring of his brother,
Darryl, one month after he was fired by the San Jose Sharks: And who,
by the way, led his team to five out of a possible six points since
taking over behind the bench.
"It's a good fit. They need discipline and direction - and not just
the players," Brian said. "It's the whole organization. They need a
rudder in the water. It all comes from the coach."
You'll remember, of course, that Brian once coached the Flames.
They add up: Colorado rookie coach Tony Granato knows his math.
The Avalanche recently fell to Philadelphia in overtime, which
prompted this suggestion from Granato, whose team has won only one of
15 overtime games this season:
"Eventually, we have to start winning games like this. That's 14
extra points that we weren't able to get."
Lou won't bend: On a scale of one to 10, what are the chances of
suspended (without pay) New Jersey forward Mike Danton using lawyers
and the Players' Association to force GM Lou Lamoriello to trade him
or face losing him as a free agent.
Doing it right: Former Boston goaltender Byron Dafoe is made of the
right stuff, even though he was yanked from the Atlanta nets after
allowing four goals on seven shots in an 8-1 loss to Ottawa. Here's
what he told Boston Herald hockey writer Stephen Harris about John
Grahame, who replaced Dafoe in the Bruins nets this season:
"He's done a great job taking advantage of it. Part of being an NHL
player is you have to pay your dues: jobs aren't given to you. You
just have to bide your time, work hard in practice and keep
impressing the coaches every chance you get. And he's done that. It
might have taken longer than he wanted, but he's got an opportunity
to make this his team," Dafoe said.
A classy departure: Working NHL coaches should go to school on the
classy goodbye Curt Fraser delivered when he was fired by the Atlanta
Thrashers. Head held high. Nothing other than good memories and
appreciation for the time he spent there.
"Sometimes a change is what a hockey club needs," he said. "There are
some real good kids who will only get better. It will be hard not to
be a part of that, but I wish the team only the best.
"I tried everything I could," Fraser added, "but we could never find
the right formula. I hope the new coach can help make a difference. I
want to see these guys start getting some rewards. This team will
always be a part of me."
He's someone special: You won't find a more decent human being in
this game than Tampa Bay associate coach Craig Ramsay, who now has
passed the 2,000 mark in games as a player and a coach.
"I suspect no younger player watched me play," said Ramsay, who
retired after the Buffalo Sabres' 1984-85 season. "Mostly, what I end
up doing is trying to show them things on the ice I can still do with
a stick. And you hope they'll read something about me somewhere and
say: 'Hey, this guy did play this game and was pretty good at it.' "
Listen carefully: Ramsay was more than 'pretty good' at it. He was
poison to the Canadiens every time the teams played - offensively and
A few ideas: You'll remember Gene Ubriaco, of course, who played for
three seasons with three teams in the NHL. He's still in the game as
the director of hockey operations with the Chicago Wolves, and he'd
like to see the NHL go back to the rule that compelled a player to
serve the full two minutes of a penalty, no matter how many goals are
scored by the opposition. Another suggestion: get rid of allowing
substitutions on coincidental minor penalties. In other words, if
four-on-four is acceptable during overtime, it's more than good
enough during regulation.
Around the NHL: Tell me this: is there a special reason why one
Calgary front-office person was asking a member of the Canadiens'
travelling party for an assessment on Jan Bulis? Interesting. ...
Do you suppose jolly Pat Burns enjoyed his Devils' 1-0 win in Boston
last Monday - his first appearance in that city since being fired by
the Bruins. And can somebody explain to me what's happened to the
Bruins, a team that went 16-3-3-1 during the first two months of the
season and only 5-8-1 in December? ...
Run, don't walk, to the nearest San Jose ticket office when former
Sharks coach Darryl Sutter brings his Flames into that city on Feb.
You've noticed, no doubt, that Jiri Dopita is back in the Czech
Republic after his contract was bought out by the Edmonton Oilers -
for a reported $1.1 million. What that tells me is that even high-
quality hockey people such as Oilers GM Kevin Lowe can make
Right about now, it wouldn't be a bad idea to mention that the Leafs
didn't make a mistake when they signed Ed Belfour after Curtis Joseph
bolted to the Detroit Red Wings. He struggled in his first five
games, but since then has been the biggest reason, by far, for the
Leafs' resurgence. ...
I am relieved, and I hope you are, too, that Blackhawks defenceman
Boris Mironov ended his walkout Tuesday after nearly a month away
from the team. He skipped practice Dec. 3 and demanded a trade. The
team suspended him two days later. Mironov's walkout cost him a mere
$500,000 U.S., which might give you at least a small idea of why the
NHL is flirting with fiscal suicide. ...
Some Toronto people are saying Gary Roberts won't be back with the
Leafs before the all-star break, but Roberts insists he's ready to
play now. "Nobody has worked harder to get back in shape," Toronto
assistant coach Rick Ley told me, "but we had to send him south to
get some rest. We don't want him to come back before he's taken all
the time doctors say he needs to have his shoulder injuries heal." ...
Don't look for Brian Savage to return to the Phoenix lineup any time
soon. He's still suffering from post-concussion syndrome . ...
And finally, don't worry a whole lot about Senators players not
getting their paycheques. Any day now, the NHL expects to announce
that attendance is up by 1.5714 per cent. ...
They Said It "He is a good player,there is no question about it."
Nashville coach Barry Trotz, on Peter Forsberg scoring a goal and
five assists in a 7-3 rout of the Predators.
"Detroit didn't play well, but they had the better goalie."
St. Louis goaltender Brent Johnson, on the Blues' 5-1 loss to the
Detroit Red Wings.
"He was good. He's learning to play in this league."
Chicago coach Brian Sutter, on Blackhawks rookie centreman Tyler
Arnason's hat trick against San Jose.
"His legs were there when he got back, and now his hands have caught
up to his legs."
Pittsburgh coach Rick Kehoe, on frequently injured Martin Straka.
"It was a bad goal.
It was a routine save.
I make 999 of 1,000 of those."
Chicago goaltender Jocelyn Thibault on tying goal by the Sharks'
Jonathan Cheechoo midway through the third period.
"We played an 'A' team and we didn't bring our 'A' game."
Anaheim coach Mike Babcock, on a 7-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.