Surprise! Marty’s Back

St. Louis Returns Early, Delivers Late

Perched high above the ice, planted in the broadcast booth — that was supposed to be Marty St. Louis’ view Thursday night.
But with a customized glove and a splint protecting the fracture on the tip of his left ring finger, St. Louis was on the ice in the right place at an opportune time to lift the Lightning to a 3-2 victory against the New York Islanders.

Are the Penguins kidding?

Are they kidding?
Marc-Andre Fleury stops 45 of 47 shots in Philadelphia and wins in overtime, and the Penguins respond by sending him back to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton?
What would the Pens have done had Fleury pitched a shutout, banish him to Wheeling?

Martin Brodeur Named to Competition Committee

New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur has been named to the Competition Committee, the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players’ Association announced today.
“I am excited to be a part of the Competition Committee since it plays such an important role in the future of the NHL,” Brodeur said. “I look forward to representing the goalie fraternity as part of my role.”

Acting by Pens rookie Crosby does not draw rave reviews

As marvelous a talent as Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby is, he appeared to take several dives during the Penguins’ 3-2 overtime victory against the Flyers on Wednesday that were not called as penalties.
Crosby is the face of the “new” NHL. Taking checks seems unnecessary for someone who has been anointed as the next Mario Lemieux or Wayne Gretzky.
That’s not to take away from anything Crosby did during the game – two goals and an assist. It’s just that Crosby has too much talent to be pushing the envelope.

Team USA keeping close eye on Esche

After six seasons playing goal in the NHL, Robert Esche doesn’t believe he is ever auditioning when he steps onto the ice.
Like it or not, however, tonight figures to be an exception because the Flyers are hosting the Atlanta Thrashers.
Don Waddell, the Thrashers’ general manager, is expected to be on hand. Waddell is also the GM for Team USA, which will play in February at the Olympics in Turin, Italy.

Auction site offers Gretzky’s first contract with Oilers

The first contract Wayne Gretzky signed with the Edmonton Oilers — for $25,000 — could end up being worth that much in an auction.
The 10-year deal Gretzky, now the coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, signed on Jan. 26, 1979 — his 18th birthday — is up for bidding on New York-based sports auction service, the Globe and Mail reported Friday.

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