Sven Butenschon, Jason Chimera, and Brian Swanson all participated in the AHL All-Star game on February 14th. Butenschon led the way with three assists, Chimera had one goal and one assist, while Swanson chipped in one assist. Although Swanson may not have had the game he would have liked, he did tie with Nathan Dempsey in the Koho Accuracy Shooting event, as both hit four targets in seven attempts.
Also, Ales Hemsky has now been the player of the week in the QMJHL twice this season.
German defenseman Sascha Goc was traded from the New Jersey Devils to the Tampa Bay Lightning organization in the fall of 2001. In what has been a bit of a whirlwind season, Sascha is currently playing with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL, thus wearing his fourth different jersey in this season alone. He was kind enough take some time to answer some questions.
Hockey’s Future: Sascha, you played a handful of games in the NHL last season and had a very nice plus/minus statistic in the process. You were also summoned to duty as an extra body by the New Jersey Devils during the playoffs and you even gave an interview with Germany’s Premiere World cable system. You began this season in the NHL with the Devils which the German audience got to see as you logged a great deal of ice time in a 4-6 loss to the New York Islanders. At this point in the season, did you think you had finally made it to the NHL for good?
Sascha Goc: Well, more or less, I had a good feeling about it. The coaching staff (Robinson and Fetisov) also let me know that they were pleased with me and I should just keep up the good work. Even Scott Stevens said that I had earned myself a spot on the team. Since all three are Hall of Fame defensemen, I was feeling pretty sure of myself. However, in New Jersey as elsewhere in the NHL, the general manager makes the decisions and he (Lamoriello) obviously had a different opinion.
HF: Did you get along well with Hall of Fame defenseman and, at the time, Devils head coach Larry Robinson, and were you surprised by his being fired?Read more»
As preliminary round play in Salt Lake City comes to a close, many hockey fans around the world are probably wondering, “What went wrong?” Other hockey observers are probably muttering, “What didn’t?” Mostly due to complications arising from the involvement of the National Hockey League, the men’s hockey portion of the Salt Lake City is quickly becoming an embarrassment. It’s a situation where everyone involved loses, and everyone involved in the decision-making is culpable.
The idea of having NHL players in the Olympics has always raised two questions, one of philosophy and one of logistics. In other words: Should they play? And how should they play? I’m not going to tackle the thorny question of whether NHL players should be allowed in the Olympics. There are compelling arguments on both sides of the issue, and a thousand different points to consider. (What’s truly an amateur? What’s really the spirit of the Olympics? And so on.) Frankly, it’s a topic that’s been beaten to death by many wiser than I am. So let’s look at the second consideration…
When the NHL, National Hockey League Players’ Association, International Ice Hockey Federation, and International Olympic Committee decided that NHL players should be allowed to play at Salt Lake City, they created a huge logistical problem. There are many proposed solutions floating around the hockey world. Shorten the NHL season and take a longer break. Limit NHL involvement to players under 25. Simply lengthen the break. Move the preliminary round to the fall before t Read more»
What are the greatest accomplishments of the Rick Dudley era?
What are the biggest failings?
CHAD – DudleyDudley gave more attention to scouting in
three years than has been done for the Lightning in the previous seven. He drafted 4 goaltenders in 3 drafts (Konstantinov, Eklund, Polukeyev, Lanicek). In the previous 7, only 3 goaltenders had
been drafted (Tyler Moss, Derek
Wilkinson, Zac Bierk). He also
went in with an agenda, drafting first for size and speed and paying close
attention to the European style of player development. Murdoch seemed to draft with a
spoke favorably about the European way of developing players — concentrating
on practices, rather than the North American way on concentrating on
games. He gave the draft and prosp Read more»