Here are the national morning papers:
- As Dave Shoalts of the Globe & Mail tells us, it didn’t take long for the new boss of the NHLPA to have a disagreement with Gary Bettman.
- Shoalts provides readers with a recap of yesterday’s All-Star Game.
- Mark Spector of the National Post has an interesting article on the modesty and humbleness of NHL players.
- Mike Brehm of USA Today gives the players’ perspective of all these long-term contracts being signed in the NHL.
Here are the Eastern Conference morning papers:
- Bill Tiller of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution gives an Atlanta perspective of All-Star weekend.
- After getting booed all weekend long, Marc Savard was happy to score the winning goal for the Eastern All-Stars and finally hear some cheers in Atlanta, writes Fluto Shinwaza of the Boston Globe. After being scored on twice early in the third period, Tim Thomas made sure to remember that the All-Star Game is supposed to be fun.
- Brian Campbell increased his price tag once again last night, writes Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News.
- Eric Staal is being used to advertise for the NHL and, as a result, he has come to the realization that he is one of the young marketable stars of the NHL.
- Making his second All-Star appearance, Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun wasn’t as nervous as he was in his first appearance in the All-Star Game a few years ago and just made sure to enjoy himself over the weekend.
- With the 2009 All-Star Game slated for Montreal, Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette provides readers with the history of the game in Montreal.
- Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger wonders what the Devils are going to do for a netminder once Martin Brodeur hangs up his blades.
- Sidney Crosby was clearly missed by both the fans and fellow players in Atlanta this weekend.
- Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star bashes the NHL Skills Competition. (Writer’s note: This article raises many of the same points that Illegal Curve’s Andrew M. brought up in his Cold Hard Rants yesterday.)
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun speculates that the NHL might cancel the All-Star Game altogether after 2009.
- Alexander Ovechkin always enjoys himself playing hockey, writes Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post.
Here are the Western Conference morning papers:
- Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun has an interesting piece on the evolution of Mike Keenan as a NHL coach. Meanwhile, George Johnson of the Calgary Herald provides readers with Jarome Iginla and Dion Phaneuf’s perspectives of the All-Star Game.
- Terry Frei of the Denver Post suggests the Avalanche should attempt to make a trade for Thrashers superstar Marian Hossa.
- Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch believes Rick Nash has missed out on the All-Star Game MVP two years in a row because he is playing for the Blue Jackets.
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News examines the dynamic between co-GMs Les Jackson and Brett Hull and their possible plan of attack before the upcoming trade deadline.
- After watching yesterday’s NHL All-Star Game, Helene Elliot of the L.A. Times (should demand a pay-raise) thinks the league is in good hands with all its young talent.
- Sharks coach Ron Wilson sees Jacques Lemaire as the perfect tutor for Marian Gaborik even if the speedy Slovak sometimes craves more freedom.
- Ron Wilson was happy to be able to get to know other players around the NHL that he hadn’t had an opportunity to meet throughout the years.
- The Blues still see themselves contending for a playoff spot but the organization is not going to mortgage its future for a short-term fix, writes Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
For Illegal Curve, I’m Richard Pollock.