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Toskala & The Goalie Consultant

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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

There is a theory going around that one of the reasons for Toskala’s poor start is he’s having trouble adjusting to Allaire’s different style.

Tuesday morning, Toskala disagreed with that hypothesis.

“Who’s saying that?” he asked.

I told him I’d read it in a couple of articles and heard it discussed on television.

“All the big things are pretty much the same,” he said. “Every coach is similar, there is nothing unusual. I feel good.”...

Anyway, I relayed this story to another goalie on Thursday, and he disagreed. He understands Toskala’s refusal to make excuses, but says there is a big difference between the two men’s preferences.

“Toskala is all about getting out and challenging [the shooters]”, he said. “Francois is adamant how he wants his goalies to play. He is all about being a blocker ... taking away the net, covering up all holes and limiting gaps.”


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Bill Daly With Many Topics

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from Fan590,

The number two man at the National Hockey League joins Hockeycentral @ Noon to discuss a variety of topics including: Updating the status regarding the running of the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes franchise; the league’s relationship with three-time failed NHL owner candidate Jim Balsillie; the potential of bringing the NHL to Hamilton; and Wayne Gretzky’s future with the league.

listen here and Bill also said the NHL has tried to help both Directv and Versus settle the dispute and the NHL hopes it gets settled soon.

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Sens Battle - Between Themselves

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from TSN,

A day after their 3-2 overtime win over the New York Islanders, the Ottawa Senators seemingly brought that game intensity to practice where Chris Neil and Jason Spezza got into a skirmish.

The two forwards had a dispute during Friday’s practice that saw Neil give Spezza a two-handed slash to the back of the legs, which led to Spezza returning the favour.  When Neil dropped his gloves, teammates stepped in to stop it before the incident escalated.

After practice, head coach Cory Clouston downplayed the confrontation.


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All Over The League

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

• Funny how $7.14-million per year doesn’t buy what it once did. After signing Brian Campbell to that contract two summers ago, largely for his abilities on the power play, the Blackhawks are now using Cam Barker, plus Patrick Sharp – a forward – as the point men on their top unit with the man advantage … Think Atlanta is glad they finished second in the Campbell sweepstakes? With Zach Bogosian looking as if he’ll evolve into an elite-level defenceman, the Thrashers now have the financial wherewithal to get a deal done with Ilya Kovalchuk, who had a pair of goals Thursday night, as Atlanta’s unexpectedly good start continued.

• Signs of the Kings’ increasing depth: Alexander Frolov, a 32-goal scorer last year and linked to Ottawa, among other teams, in off-season trade speculation, is playing on the team’s de facto checking line alongside Michal Handzus, what with Anze Kopitar anchoring the No. 1 unit with a pair of newcomers, Ryan Smyth and Justin Williams; and with Jarrett Stoll getting to play with team captain Dustin Brown.

much more from Eric including a look at the Coyotes…

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Patrick Kaleta Hit On Petr Prucha

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Dave Strader and Tyson Nash with the call.  Did Kaleta leave his feet?

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Talking Skates

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from John McGourty of NHL.com,

This is the time of year when tens of thousands of hockey players will be buying new skates, so who better for advice on purchasing the right pair than Pittsburgh Penguins Equipment Manager Dana Heinze?

NHL.com: Dana, what is the first consideration in purchasing and fitting skates?

Heinze:  As a parent buying skates for a player at any level, take into consideration that there are a lot of brands and you are concerned with how that skate will perform for you. The key is what fits you best. There are so many good pairs of skates out there that it’s a matter of personal preference.

NHL.com: What is the proper way to break in a pair of skates?

Heinze: We fitted Matt Cooke this morning for a new pair of skates. He wore his previous skates for a long time. We had him custom-fitted, baked his skates for 2 1/2 minutes and then put them on his feet. At that time, we want the player to pull outward, not upward, on the laces because the boot is soft and there is a chance that you can pull the eyelets out if you pull upward.


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Bad Goal Of The Night

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Nicklas Backstrom from center ice scores on Henrik Lundqvist.

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Injuries Occur Due To Escalator Malfunction After Blues Game

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from Blythe Bernhard of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Thirteen people were hurt when a crowded escalator malfunctioned just after a Blues game at Scottrade Center ended Thursday night.

Witnesses said the down escalator near the Clark Street entrance of the arena suddenly sped up and then several of the front steps collapsed into one another, throwing riders forward.

“I fell down and people fell on top of me,” said Tim Peterson, 22, of Collinsville, who had been in the middle of the stairway.

After the speed up, the moving stairway came to a sudden halt, witnesses said. Some riders’ clothing got trapped in the steps.


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Pat Quinn Upset With ‘Dirty’ Play Of Iginla

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from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,

But really steaming Quinn’s bean was one particular play by Jarome Iginla. Early in the second period, the Flames captain had knocked out the feet of Sheldon Souray, then landed on top of the Oilers defenceman . . . all of which drove Souray’s face into the boards, cutting him and concussing him.

Later, Iginla did answer the bell — accepting the straight-up challenge from Ethan Moreau (and even letting the Oilers captain regain his feet after he’d fallen down).

Not near enough, according to Quinn.

Not even close.

“That’s not addressing it,” huffed Quinn. “In the era I come from, you’re supposed to do dirt with dirt. You don’t give him honour (by offering to fight him fair and square). Why would you give a man honour for that kind of a play? He honoured him with a fistfight.”

read on

added 10:57am, from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

While his own coach is taking a long-term approach to re-shaping Jarome Iginla’s game, Edmonton Oilers head coach Pat Quinn is in favour of a much quicker makeover.

And he could care less about the way Iginla plays.

Iginla took out Oilers defenceman Sheldon Souray’s feet as the two went into the corner, then landed hard on top of him.

The play was out of character for Iginla, but it was surely the dirty kind of move that — had Daniel Carcillo or Jordan Tootoo done it — would be routinely called “chicken-bleep” by those around the game.

“It was a freaky play — I definitely didn’t mean to do it,” he said.


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Wild Were Not Ready To Play In Loss To Kings

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from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Martin Havlat was a minus-3 in 3:07 of ice time in the first period. His first three shifts against resulted in goals against, including his first shift after being benched for more than seven minutes.

Asked about Havlat, coach Todd Richards said, “There were just some guys that weren’t ready to show up. The way that the game went, it’s about doing the right things. You have to be committed to playing in your own zone, and we had some guys that just weren’t ready for that.”


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