NHL Players' Poll: Ice isn't nice in Anaheim, L.A.
The ice at the Honda Center and Staples Center was voted among the five worst surfaces in the NHL in a poll of more than 300 players conducted by the NHL Players' Assn. and Hockey Night in Canada.
The New York Islanders were voted the most undesirable team to play for, and the Detroit Red Wings were the team most would want to play for.
Kings Coach Terry Murray ranked fifth in voting for the easiest coach to play for, and Quebec City beat out Hamilton, a second Toronto team and Winnipeg in voting for which Canadian city deserved an NHL franchise.
And check back later for news and notes on the NHL All-Star Game, to be played Sunday at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C. Organizers have done a fine job so far, with a well-attended fan fair and downtown events that have created a fun atmosphere for players and visitors.
-- Helene Elliott, in Raleigh, N.C.