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Add Parent to list of those impressed by 'Bob'

Wednesday, 12.08.2010 / 6:55 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Philadelphia Flyers rookie goalie Sergei Bobrovsky can add another individual to his increasing list of admirers this season -- Hockey Hall of Fame goalie Bernie Parent.
The Flyers legendary goalie, who spoke to the media prior to his "Banner Night" at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday, has been extremely impressed with the 22-year-old Russian, who could be a potential candidate for the Calder Trophy as League rookie of the year.
Parent, in fact, compared Bobrovsky to the late Vezina Trophy-winning Flyers goalie Pelle Lindbergh. Parent was Lindbergh's goalie coach during his four-plus season stint in the City of Brotherly Love in the mid-1980's before a tragic car crash took the young goalie's life in November 1985.

Banner night for Parent as Flyers pay tribute

Wednesday, 12.08.2010 / 4:21 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer



RECORD: 271-198-121
SO: 54 | MIN: 35,136
TEAMS: Flyers, Leafs, Bruins

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers will present Hall of Fame goalie Bernie Parent and his family the original retired number banner that hung from the rafters at the Spectrum prior to Wednesday's game against the San Jose Sharks at Wells Fargo Center.
Parent, who wore No. 1, not only helped lead the Flyers to back-to-back Stanley Cup crowns in 1974 and '75, but won the Vezina Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy both seasons. The phrase "Only the Lord saves more than Bernie Parent" was becoming a popular catch phrase in and around the Philadelphia area during his time in net.
"With a different goalie we would have won a lot of games but probably not the Cup," said Flyers teammate Bob Clarke in Adam Kimelman's "100 Things Flyers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die." "We could have taken anybody out, taken any other player off the team and still would have won. Take Bernie off -- we wouldn't have."

Burish feels right at home in Chicago

Wednesday, 12.08.2010 / 3:08 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- He's on the Dallas Stars now, but Adam Burish has watched his former team get off to a somewhat-rocky start the season after he helped the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup.
The Hawks are 15-12-2 heading into their first meeting with Burish and the Stars (16-8-2) on Wednesday and have key injuries to Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane they need to overcome.
Still, Burish remains a Hawks believer.
"To me, just watching the games, it's there," said Burish, who spent four seasons with the Blackhawks before signing with Dallas as a free agent this past summer. "They still have what it takes to win a bunch of games. It won't be long before they're back to where they expect to be and they'll start running again."


Phaneuf could return to Leafs on Thursday

Wednesday, 12.08.2010 / 1:15 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf could be ready to return to the Maple Leafs' lineup as early as Thursday's home game against Philadelphia.

"He could play tomorrow," Leafs coach Ron Wilson said after Wednesday's morning skate here at Consol Energy Center. "We haven't decided yet."

Phaneuf has been out since Nov. 2, when Ottawa forward Peter Regin's skate inadvertently sliced a deep gash into his left leg. He underwent emergency surgery to repair the damage and just this past weekend started skating with the club. He participated in his fourth straight hard practice Wednesday morning.


Guerin weighing options for second career

Wednesday, 12.08.2010 / 9:33 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

"I want to stay in the game, but No. 1 right now is I'm going to spend some time with my family. My wife and kids, when you're in the middle of the grind you don't realize how much time you miss at home. So right now they're No. 1 and then I will be involved in the game in some way, shape or form in the future." -- Bill Guerin

Bill Guerin is at a crossroads for the first time since he was old enough to cut the ice with his skate blades and hold a stick in his hands.

"For my whole life I knew what I was going to do -- I was going to play, and now that is not going to be the case any more," Guerin, 40, told Tuesday, one day after announcing his retirement after 18 successful NHL seasons. "I guess I am zeroed in on one industry, though, so that's good. I don't know. It's definitely different."

Different, yet fascinating.

Guerin isn't slumming it. He's got at a plethora of options, but it's up to him to choose his next path.

Does he want to do TV work? Does he want to work in hockey operations? Does he simply want to be a stay-at-home dad?

Hawks looking forward to seeing, hearing Burish

Tuesday, 12.07.2010 / 4:34 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

"Sharp hasn't gone after anybody in his whole career. Who's he going to hurt? I'm not scared of Sharpie. He's not going to hurt anyone. He's good-looking and he's got the nice hair and smile, but that's all he's got going. I'm not scared of him." -- Adam Burish, on Patrick Sharp

CHICAGO -- The new "Mouth of the South" is back at the Madhouse on Madison, but Adam Burish will be wearing the visiting uniform of the Dallas Stars instead of the home jersey of the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
That, combined with the fact Burish was one of the most popular players among teammates and fans in Chicago, has his former teammates already anticipating Wednesday's game at the United Center. The scene likely will rekindle some fond memories for Burish, who spent four seasons in Chicago earning a reputation as a scrapper on the ice and amateur comedian off it.

Hawks forward Patrick Sharp and Burish, who used to be road roommates, regularly trash talked each other as TV cameras rolled -- and Burish always had something to say if asked. That much hasn't changed, according to Sharp, who stays in touch with Burish through texts and phone calls.

In fact, Sharp said after Tuesday's practice that Burish has ramped up the banter this week. 

Davidson: League has lots to be excited about

Tuesday, 12.07.2010 / 4:09 PM / NHL Insider

Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor

"What's different is we're a much more significant player in the media landscape than we've been for a whole host of reasons. It's the game on the ice, the competitive balance, variety of thing we're doing to engage our fans, the presence of digital media. Our ratings are stronger. We had a terrific year last year, including during the playoffs where we set all sorts of records for us."
-- Gary Bettman

PALM BEACH, FLA. -- John Davidson has spent the better portion of four decades involved in the NHL, joining the League as a player and now serving as president of the St. Louis Blues after a distinguished broadcasting career.

Since he arrived in St. Louis as a rookie goalie in 1973, Davidson has been among the vanguard of those trying to raise the sport's profile in the United States. For Davidson, who was born in hockey-mad Ottawa, Ont., the struggle to grow the game in the U.S. has not always been easy, but he believes all the hard work by pioneers like himself is starting to pay off in spades.

"It's nice to see the NHL evolve over the last few seasons to where people genuinely want us," Davidson said Tuesday at the Board of Governors Meetings.


Positive vibe as Board of Governors meeting ends

Tuesday, 12.07.2010 / 3:42 PM / NHL Insider

Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor

"I don't think the game has ever been better. I can go look at tapes from 15 and 20 years ago and the game is faster, it's more physical, (there are) more blocked shots, more commitment. There's fewer dud games because with parity there is more competition from day one of the season all the way through. Just about every game is so much more important to everybody. "
-- John Davidson

PALM BEACH, FLA. -- After two days of presentation at the Board of Governors meeting here, which wrapped Tuesday afternoon, many of the NHL power brokers walked away from the information-gathering summit believing the game is making significant gains in a variety of areas.

"I don't think the game has ever been better," said John Davidson, president of hockey operations for the St. Louis Blues. "I can go look at tapes from 15 and 20 years ago and the game is faster, it's more physical, (there are) more blocked shots, more commitment. There's fewer dud games because with parity there is more competition from day one of the season all the way through. Just about every game is so much more important to everybody."

The governors spent much of their time here reviewing the recent advances the game has made and looking for even more ways to grow the game in the future.


Sens need to get their offensive stars going

Tuesday, 12.07.2010 / 2:46 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

"I think the last two games have definitely been steps in the right direction, something to build on. We need to continue that." -- Senators captain, Daniel Alfredsson

MONTREAL -- The Ottawa Senators are in Montreal on Tuesday to face the Canadiens for the fourth of six meetings this season, with a lot of their top players struggling on the offensive end.

Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Sergei Gonchar have no points in their last seven games, with Alfredsson's drought matching a career high set in his rookie season.

Milan Michalek, Mike Fisher and Alex Kovalev have gone four games without a point.

Jones making most of Hemsky's absence

Tuesday, 12.07.2010 / 2:32 PM / NHL Insider

Robin Brownlee - Correspondent

EDMONTON -- With Ales Hemsky out for a month with a strained groin, the window of opportunity has swung wide open for Edmonton Oilers journeyman forward Ryan Jones.

Jones, 26, who began the season on Edmonton's bottom two lines, will play right wing alongside Sam Gagner and rookie Magnus Paajarvi when the Oilers host the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday (9:30 p.m. ET, TSN).

"You never wish injury upon anybody, especially guys on your team and a guy like Ales who is a huge part of our team," Jones said. "But injuries do happen in hockey and you have to be ready to fill in for guys."

With Hemsky sitting out five of the previous six games because of the injury, Jones has seen his ice time increased. He lined up with Gagner and Paajarvi against St. Louis last Saturday and scored the game's first goal in a 2-1 overtime win against the Blues.

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