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Edmonton R.I.P?

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Many Edmonton Oiler fans appear ready to throw in the towel on the 2009/10 season now that Ales Hemsky is out for the season recovering from shoulder surgery.  Hemsky has been the top scorer on the Oilers in every season since the lockout (he tied for the lead in 2006/07).  Offensively he is very important to the Oilers.  The Oilers currently have 10 wins in 27 games and sit in 14th place in the West Conference.  Is the season effectively over?

While the Oilers look unlikely to make the playoffs, I think they will probably stay in the race until late in the season.  They are a team with some talent.  Dustin Penner is among the top 10 scorers in the NHL so far this year.  They have some other offensive talent in Shawn Horcoff, Sam Gagner, Patrick O`Sullivan and Gilbert Brule.  Most of those players are young enough that it is reasonable to expect they take a significant step forward in the remainder of the season.

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Flyers Need Results

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vis Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

Stevens is a classy man who is one of the NHL’s most dedicated coaches, but if the Flyers (13-10-1) are around .500 a month from now,  I don’t think he will still be here.

    Asked to evaluate Stevens’ job this season, GM Paul Holmgren, who is a staunch supporter of his coach, didn’t exactly give a ringing endorsement Sunday.

  “We’re ninth in the conference and I’d like to be in a better position,” he said, “but the coaches are working hard.”

    He paused.

  “But it goes back to what I was saying about the players. The results need to be more positive.”

    If they’re not, if this team doesn’t show marked improvement in the next month, you’ll probably see a new man behind the bench.

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Wild Competing

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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Examine Saturday’s victory at Colorado, and it might be impossible to come up with another game in which the Wild has spent more time in the opponent’s zone. The Wild probably spent three-quarters of the game forechecking the rubber off the puck.

Now, it’s safe to say the Wild is starting to get it. There’s a reason why the team has earned points in 10 of the past 13 games (7-3-3) and in each of the past four (3-0-1).

As coach Todd Richards loves to say, the Wild’s level of “compete” these days is off the charts. It has a lot to do with General Manager Chuck Fletcher’s ability to add motivated newcomers, such as Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Ebbett and Guillaume Latendresse.

But it also has to do with a bunch of veterans setting the tone.

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Winning Culture In New Jersey

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from Stan Fischler of Game On,

The more players they lose through injury, the better Lou Lamoriello’s team plays.

Jimmy Devellano, the Red Wings executive vice-president, was on the phone.

“How do they ever do it?” asks Jimmy D.

What can I tell him after watching this over-achieving hockey club since opening night?

An easy answer comes by way of Hockey Night Live analyst Butch Goring.

“It’s the culture developed by Lou (Lamoriello) and his winning teams over the years,” says Butch.

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Milbury On Goodenow

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from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

For a moment during Hockey Night In Canada, Mike Milbury seemed ready to pull off his shoe and use it on Ian Pulver. The big guy was sputtering over Pulver’s rules-are-rules attitude to a suggested solution for an NHL problem.

Pulver, a Bob Goodenow acolyte and now a player agent, defended during the Hotstove segment the regime of Goodenow, the former NHL Players’ Association executive, to which Milbury, face red, said, “That was the most untrusting guy in the goddamned world.”

  The expletive wasn’t needed, but Milbury had it right about Goodenow.

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Time For Tortorella To Put His Stamp On The Team

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Tortorella joined the Rangers preaching, “It’s not about defense, it’s not about the defensive zone,” before amending his mantra. The problem is, his team has apparently taken him at his original word, for the Blueshirts enter tonight’s match ranked 24th in the NHL in goals-against average.

The Rangers have no presence in front of their own net—how exactly do we know that Lundqvist isn’t feeling the effect of being smashed down repeatedly by marauding forwards?—and no clue in their own end, where they habitually chase both the puck and opponents….

It is time for Tortorella to take ownership of that. It is time for Tortorella to take ownership of the Rangers. If he does not, he will never need to worry about having to acknowledge a Garden crowd giving him a standing ovation.

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Morning Line

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Folks, once again it has to be pointed out that the salary cap prohibits struggling teams from making any significant early season roster changes like trades. Forget about the nonsense floating around the internet about “big moves….”

-Spector (Lyle Richardson) of Spector’s Hockey.

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Komisarek Will Return With Fun Attitude

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from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

Hockey players don’t often experience the luxury of getting a do-over in the midst of a rigorous season.

But Maple Leafs defenceman Mike Komisarek will, and he has no plans to waste the opportunity.

The Leafs’ big catch on the free-agent market last summer after he was lured from the arch-rival Montreal Canadiens with a five-year, $22.5-million US contract, Komisarek wants to erase from his memory his first 16 games in a Leafs uniform. His next Toronto chapter will begin tonight, when he is slated to return to the lineup against the Buffalo Sabres after a small quadriceps tear kept him out nearly three weeks.

“It was good to take a step back and re-evaluate,” Komisarek said. “You can’t change what has happened. It’s a fresh start, a clean sheet, and forget about what has happened.

“It doesn’t matter what it was. I don’t know—trying to make an impact, trying to make your presence felt, trying to do too much. I would not say it was one exact thing. I have to simplify my game and, most importantly, try to have some fun.”

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Levels Of Change

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail (Monday edition),

Ken Holland, general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, the NHL’s most consistently successful team over the past 12 years, says you could argue a culture change that began in the early 1980s when Jim Devellano took over as GM and continued through a couple of regimes until Holland took over in 1997, took as long as 15 years.

“If you’re looking at the change to an elite team, it was probably 10 years,” Holland said. “But if you’re talking about going from what was the worst team in the world, as it was in 1985, to a playoff team, then you could say five years.”

In the case of the Red Wings, Holland said, there were three distinct stages to the change.

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Since The Team Pays For The Equipment, They Should Have Input On What To Buy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Province,

When last the NHL general managers met, they discussed the issue of player equipment and one of the points on the agenda was suggested by Sharks general manager Doug Wilson.

When first it was learned the league was discussing Wilson’s suggestion, the media were claiming the NHL initiative was moving toward players buying their own equipment, and it came off as though the owners were somehow cheaping out, looking to offload an expense.

Anyone who knows Wilson knew that couldn’t be the case unless his owners had gotten to him, as he has always been one of the chief advocates for the players both as a GM and earlier when he worked for the NHLPA after his retirement as a player.

What Wilson was trying to suggest is that if the NHL teams are going to be paying for the player’s equipment, they should have some input in what they were wearing.

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