And Another Thing

STEVE SIMMONS

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HASEK NUMBER

Weird as he is and weird as he plays, Dominik Hasek is statistically the greatest goaltender of all time. He won the Stanley Cup in 2002, had a 2.17 goals-against average over the season in Detroit. In his next full season, three years later, he had a 2.09 average in Ottawa. Now, at age 42, he has a 2.12 average in Detroit. All of which is mystifying.

SHOW SAM SOME LOVE

Isiah Thomas (right), not having a Sam Mitchell-like season, has a new three-year contract that will pay him about $5 million US a season to coach New York. The new coach of Milwaukee has a three year contract. The head coach in Philadelphia has been promised an extension. Meanwhile, Mitchell, ahead of all three, waits and wonders on his future with Raptors.

SHOOTOUT CHUMPS

Should the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes fail to make the playoffs, they can blame shootouts as the reason why. They are the worst shootout team in hockey. As of yesterday, they were 1-for-17 in attempts, 0-for-5, as a team. Meanwhile, Erik Christensen of the Pittsburgh Penguins has scored eight shootout goals. That's more than nine other NHL teams.


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