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  • Monday, June 11, 2012

    Cheers for Rick, Devils Four(th) of a Kind, and the Next Messier?

    • Congratulations to Rick Jeanneret, the voice of the Sabres! The longest tenured play-by-play announcer in NHL history has been selected to receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, the most prestigious honor given to hockey broadcasters. Jeanneret will be formally recognized at a Hockey Hall of Fame ceremony this fall. “Our organization has always been extremely proud and humbled to have a legend like RJ calling our games and creating Sabres history,” said Sabres President Ted Black. “His talent is unmatched and he has touched generations of Sabres fans with his passion for this team and the game of hockey. He is more than deserving of this award and we are thrilled he will now be recognized among hockey’s greatest voices.”


    • Here is an astute statement on the Devils fourth line from the Toronto Sun’s Steve Simmons: “One thing the Devils’ impressive fourth line has in common: Stephen Gionta, Steve Bernier and Ryan Carter are all unrestricted free agents at the end of the season and collectively they’re worth more as a group than they are as individuals.”


    • It has been said that there could never be another captain like Mark Messier and for good reason; he was one-of-a-kind. But if ever there was a Messier-type in terms of leadership, Rangers forward Ryan Callahan is the man. And that is why he is one of only three candidates throughout the entire NHL to be nominated for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, which is given out annually “to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season.” The other two nominees this year are Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes and Dustin Brown of the LA Kings. All three players are the respective captains for their teams, and have led their teams to remarkable runs in this year’s playoffs, including Brown who is still vying for the Cup.


    • Islanders' left wing Matt Moulson will be featured in the next issue of Athletes Quarterly in a piece by Allan Kreda. The gregarious Moulson, who hasn't missed a game in three seasons on Long Island while compiling 30, 31 and 36 goals respectively, credits the workout regimen he began with super trainer Ben Prentiss after he signed with the Islanders in the summer of 2009. "They've been huge for me, changing my views on everything including proper rest and nutrition. The workouts are never the same and they constantly get harder,'' says Moulson, whose brother-in-law is Kings' goalie Jonathan Quick. "I'm always looking for ways to improve because I'm not the flashiest player. I have to work hard for everything. I pride myself on doing all the little things well on the ice."


    • It’s safe to say that the Alexander Radulov experiment with the Predators is officially coming to an end after a tenuous and bizarre stint that lasted just 17 games. Nobody can say that the young forward isn’t extremely talented, but his compete level and mental toughness seems to be less than stellar.  There is already talk that the forward has agreed to re-sign in the KHL with a new team for a staggering amount of money, and perhaps that is the best place for A-Rad; a league where showcasing skill and excitement goes farther than heart and determination.  Nashville g.m. David Poile told The Tennessean, “If he wants to play in the KHL that’s fine, if he wants to play with another NHL team I’d be willing to trade his rights.”


    • 39-year-old veteran Mike Knuble will not be back with the Washington Capitals following a strange season for the long-time NHL forward. He was told by g.m. George McPhee that he would not be brought back next season, which was a first for him in his career. Knuble went from beginning the season playing big minutes, to being demoted to the third and fourth lines, and then eventually to being a healthy scratch down the stretch and into the playoffs. Here’s what Knuble had to say on his way out: “Finding someone who can go between Bruce (Boudreau’s) style and Dale (Hunter’s) style, I think, is key (for the Caps),” he told the Washington Post. “They have a lot of skilled players who don’t have to play so conservatively all the time; you can be a little more aggressive at the start of the game. I think you’ve got to let them go be the world-class talents that they are. Then you work to get everybody playing defensive when the situation calls for it.”

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