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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
At the Bell Centre last night, a century less a year after the Canadiens’ historic first game, the encomiums - glowing, praiseful words, if your Latin is rusty - were still overwhelming.
Right through a needlessly nailbiting 4-3 shootout victory over the Boston Bruins.
It began hours earlier as a playoff-like atmosphere gripped Montreal well before the home opener of the Canadiens’ 100th season. This after the team had taken five of six possible points in three road games, then returned home to a city where hockey matters and all else is filler until the next game.
(Gary Bettman) talk(ed) about the state of the league during the current worldwide economic crisis, the possibility of NHL teams north of the border in the near future, the falling Canadian loonie’s effect on Canada’s team revenues and the NHL’s look into expanding into Europe.
listen to the interview from this morning…
from the Detroit Free Press,
Here’s today’s conspiracy theory, courtesy of Chris Chelios’ appearance with JJ & Lynne on WCSX-FM.
Remember when Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott set the Stanley Cup upside down on the stage during last week’s “NHL Face-Off Rocks” show at the Fox Theatre?
“Someone should have drove that guy, he did that on purpose,” Cheli said Wednesday.
J.J.: “You think he did it on purpose?”
“No, we know he did ... we talked to people at the show and the guy was being real rude to everybody,” Chelios said.
Sergei Fedorov in a four minute video interview on NBC4 talks Capitals Hockey, his mentor role and a few other topics.
Now, if they could only spell his name correctly…
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
The NHL medical examination at the outset of the season is pretty thorough, but there is one more step the league could take to help weed out some of these ticking time bomb cases.
Teams could introduce a 24-hour halter heart monitor test for their players and even take them through a tough skate with no hitting during the test to help detect lapses in heart function, either when the athlete is sitting with a low resting heart rate or when he’s driving his rate through the roof playing the game. This test has resulted in many a fine young man on the street being diagnosed with problems before they reach any kind of critical stage.
Obviously, players would not be thrilled about another new test, particularly when they find they must wear electrodes all over their body and then walk around and sleep at night with a small pack about the size of an iPod slung over their shoulder.
from Dan Wood of the Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
As tempting as it might be, what with the club sporting an ugly 0-4 record and struggling to produce offense, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle is not planning any major shake-ups in line combinations.
“We’re going to stay the course with our groupings at forward,” Carlyle said after Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers at Honda Center. “I think they’ve earned an opportunity to get back together. Players don’t want to be changed on a day-to-day basis. They’d like some continuity, and we’re going to try to provide that right now.”
from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
Toronto Maple Leafs Coach Ron Wilson was strolling through Yorkville, the trendy downtown Toronto neighbourhood recently, when a fan yelled, “Hey Wilson, you need to turn those guys into a bunch of Wendel Clarks’!” Wilson, who majored in Sarcasm at University, responded: “Wendel was good, but how many Cups did he win?” When the fan wouldn’t shut up, Wilson kept going. “Hey buddy, can you turn the cup of coffee I’m holding into a glass of red wine? I can’t either.” The fan, confused and defeated, quietly walked away.
more notes from James Duthie…
But the story of the night is obviously rookie Fabian Brunnstrom, who became the third guy in NHL history to get a hat trick in his debut.
Why didn’t the Swedish dude play in the first two games? That’s one of the questions we’ll ask when he head downstairs for postgame duties.
More at the Dallas Stars blog later, presumably.
*hat-tip to Roddie for the head’s up
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
(Terry) Murray was drafted in 1970 by the late, lamented Golden Seals, who were part of the NHL’s 1967 expansion. Their initial name was the Oakland Seals, but they became the California Golden Seals in 1970-71 after Charles Finley bought them. Finley also designed the then-radical uniforms in what he called kelly green, California gold and polar bear white….
Murray said that somewhere in the attic of his family home in Canada he still has a pair of the white skates the Seals were required to wear. And he revealed a secret: the boots weren’t white—they were black but were covered with white shoe polish.
“They got pretty heavy by the end of the season because there were so many coats of shoe polish on them,” he said.
from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
• Sean Avery has not gone over the top yet, but The Great Gabbo certainly is getting there – fast. His “Rip a Week Club” now unwillingly includes Don (Grapes) Cherry, Gary Bettman and even one of the NHL’s most noncontroversial figures, Jarome Iginla. Avery’s media beat will go on because newsmen love his outrageous out-takes. On the other hand, it could stop just as abruptly the moment he hits someone below the belt. And as we all know, that could happen tomorrow.
• It’s premature to be sure but Jose Theodore’s “effort” for Washington might be cause for concern in Ted Leonsis-land.
• We couldn’t be happier for Teppo Numminen, recovered from heart surgery and, at 40, back on the Buffalo backline.
more from the Maven…
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