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TOI Talk

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Of all the statistics charted in a figures-obsessed era, time on ice may be the most illuminating, if underrated and largely ignored number. More than any other stat, ice time illustrates a player’s internal value and importance to a team.

“You can get a pretty good idea of what a coach thinks of his group – who he plays against the other team’s best players – and who he’s hiding – just by looking at their minutes played after the game,” Carolina Hurricanes head coach Paul Maurice said.

Maurice clearly thinks a lot of the Hurricanes’ own Joe Corvo, the former Ottawa Senators defenceman who never found a home in the nation’s capital but is currently second in the league in minutes played behind the 35-year-old Pronger, who is now with the Philadelphia Flyers.


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Some Rangers See The Bench

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from Steve Zipay at Blue Notes,


          Coach John Tortorella means it. 

        Brandon Dubinsky, who held out for a week in training camp but played well early in the season on the first line, skated just 8:51 in the first two periods tonight and was benched in the third period. So was the homecoming boy, Christopher Higgins, a minus-2 in 12:44.       

        Whether that was a wise short-term idea against a fleet Canadiens team can be debated. It may be good in the long run for the 7-3-1 Rangers, we’ll see. But regardless, the breakdowns have to be eliminated.


added 11:45pm, from Stan Fischler of Game On,

“What me worry?”

That deathless quote came from none other than Mad Magazine’s preeminent nutcase, Alfred E. Newman.

Alfred E. may be history, but his commentary now applies to the Rangers as they prepare for the Coyotes’ visit on Monday night to The Garden.

Yes, there is concern now that the Blueshirts have lost their third straight, albeit in overtime on Saturday night in Montreal.


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Hot Stove Talk

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If you missed the Hot Stove on HNIC tonight, you can read about it at CBC or watch the video.

added 11:35pm, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN may have touched on subjects here that he did not mention in the Hotstove segment.

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Update On David Booth

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from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Florida Panthers winger David Booth is alert and moving after being taken off the ice on a stretcher after a hard hit to the head from Philadelphia Flyers captain Mike Richards on Saturday night.

Booth, 25, remained motionless on the ice after the dangerous hit administered by the Flyers star. Booth was taken to Pennsylvania Hospital in south Philadelphia where he was expected to remain at least until Sunday.

Team athletic trainer Steve Dischiavi rode to the hospital with Booth and will remain with him until he can return to South Florida. The Panthers boarded a jet soon after Saturday’s game.

‘‘They are doing a whole host of tests just to make sure everything is OK,’’ said general manager Randy Sexton. ‘‘I don’t know [if Booth had a concussion]. It’s too early to tell. The injury just happened. We’ll have a much clearer picture in the morning. He was moving his extremities and was awake when he left the ice.’‘

continued including Mike Richards comments…

In case you haven’t watched the hit, you can see it here.

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Devils Suffer Two Injuries

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

It appears defenseman Paul Martin and left wing Jay Panfolfo might both be out for a while.

Pandolfo’s right shoulder popped out of the socket on a hit from behind from ex-Devil Mike Rupp in the second period of the Devils’ 4-1 win over the Penguins tonight.

Martin said his left forearm “maybe” broken after he was hit with a shot and slashed on it in the third period.


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  Tags: jay+panfolfo, paul+martin

Save Of The Night- Tim Thomas With The Diving Glove Save On Daniel Alfredsson

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Tim Thomas on Daniel Alfredsson.

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  Tags: daniel+alfredsson, tim+thomas

Sunday Rumors On A Saturday Night

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun at the Toronto Sun,

GMs are taking notice of the success Oilers RW Dustin Penner and C Sam Gagner are having under new coach Pat Quinn and assistant Tom Renney. Both players were in the doghouse of former coach Craig MacTavish, who was fired after eight seasons. Executives are wondering whether coaches’ messages get stale if they’re kept around too long.

Barry Trotz, who has been behind the Predators bench since 1997, could soon feel the heat with his club off to a horrible start and its top players struggling. A possible replacement if Trotz is fired could be Peter Laviolette, who was fired as Hurricanes coach last December.

Confirm or deny: The NHL will have to pay $80 million to Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes and another $22 million to former coach Wayne Gretzky if it wants to assume control of the franchise.

Lightning GM Brian Lawton could be forced to make moves to unload salary. The club is off to a decent start on the ice, however, ticket sales and revenues are down. Don’t be surprised if you start hearing the names of RW Martin St. Louis and LW Ryan Malone in trade talks.

oh yes, there is more...

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HHOF Member Bill Chadwick Passes Away

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from NHL.com,

Bill Chadwick, the longtime NHL referee and television analyst who earned the nickname “The Big Whistle” has died at age 94. MSG Network, for whom Chadwick served as an analyst for 14 years, reported his death during the second period of the New York Rangers’ game in Montreal on Saturday night.


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Evening Line

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“I love you as a guy, and as a player. You play my type of game.”  … [But] you’re going to be very, very sorry one day because someone is going to cut you in half.”

-Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner tonight speaking about Alexander Ovechkin when reviewing his recent slew-foot.  More from Don at CBC.

added 9:32pm, Watch Coach’s Corner from tonight.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, don+cherry

Ilya Kovalchuk Injures Foot/Ankle?

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Reports are circulating that Ilya Kovalchuk hurt his foot after taking a puck off of it, but as P.J. Stock pointed out on HNIC, it looked like he tweaked his knee or ankle on an innocent play in the corner.

He left in the first period and will not return.

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

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