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From Pierre Lebrun at the CP (via NHL.com),
Scoring is down for the second straight season in the NHL and there’s no easy solution to fix the downward trend.
The league was averaging 5.5 total goals per game through Monday night (not counting shootout tiebreakers), down from 5.9 through the same number of games last season and markedly down from 6.2 at the same point in the first season coming out of the lockout when a number of rule changes opened up the game.
That’s 100 fewer goals from last season through 251 total games and 175 fewer goals from 2005-06 at the same point. Is the league alarmed?
“Not yet,” commissioner Gary Bettman told The Canadian Press.
via the New York Rangers,
On Tuesday afternoon, the Rangers organization released the following statement to the press on behalf of forward Sean Avery.
Avery made the following remarks regarding recent media reports:
“I am extremely upset and hurt that false and damaging comments were attributed to me regarding Jason Blake. I made no such comments. I have lost two grandfathers to cancer and have been a consistent contributor to multiple cancer related charities, first and foremost, Hockey Fights Cancer. I am unable to comment further, as the matter is now being addressed by legal counsel.”
Update 5:48pm ET: From TSN,
Avery and Darcy Tucker began jawing at each other near centre-ice during the warm-up to Saturday’s game at Air Canada Centre. Blake was also involved before Avery and Tucker exchanged shoves as both teams gathered around. In the first period, Avery and Tucker hooked up in a fight and continued a heated conversation in the penalty box.
As a result of the incident, the Rangers were fined $25,000 and the Maple Leafs $10,000 while Avery was fined the maximum $2,500 and Darcy Tucker $1,000. The Maple Leafs made no formal complaint about the incident to the league.
The National Hockey League announced today disciplinary action resulting from NHL game #251 between the Phoenix Coyotes and San Jose Sharks, November 12.
Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Nick Boynton has been suspended automatically for one game, while head coach Wayne Gretzky has been fined $10,000. Boynton was assessed an instigator penalty at 15:50 of the third period.
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from the CP via TSN,
Wayne Gretzky with Peter Forsberg and Valeri Kharlamov up front, Viacheslav Fetisov and Alexandre Ragulin on defence and Vladislav Tretiak in goal.
Others will suggest variations, and the International Ice Hockey Federation has enlisted 56 hockey experts from around the world to get it right.
An all-time global all-star team will be announced during an IIHF gala in Quebec City when the world championship tournament is held in Canada for the first time next spring. Games also will be played in Halifax.
from David Amber at ESPN,
Within the last week, Jeremy Roenick became the third American-born player to join the exclusive 500-goal club. Earlier this month, Mike Modano surpassed Phil Housley as the most prolific American-born scorer. So it’s a good time for 10 Degrees to weigh in with the 10 best American-born hockey players.
Chris Chelios 5th, Mike Eruzione 8th… read on...
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
The Pittsburgh Penguins can say all they want about how they’re still pleased with the development of Jordan Staal, but the fact remains Staal has been one of the major disappointments of the early season.
Of course, he’s not alone on the Penguins who, if you can believe it, go into Tuesday night’s games with the fourth-worst winning percentage in the NHL.
What do you think, any come to mind that they may have missed?
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
As hockey moments go it was just about perfect except for one thing: In his introduction Messier was called “the greatest leader of all time.”
Not one of many, not even one of a handful, simply the greatest….
But I keep getting stuck on that introduction and my response is twofold: who says so?; and isn’t that a terrible injustice to many hockey players who are already or someday will join him in the Hall?
Don’t misunderstand; this is no knock on Messier’s leadership ability. What he did throughout his career makes a strong argument that he should be considered for that title, but how does one quantify leadership?
In Canada, The Rocket has been hailed by MacLean’s Magazine as “the Gladiator of hockey movies.” Starring Roy Dupuis (Jesus of Montreal) as Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame player Maurice Richard, the film also takes a look at the discrimination suffered by French-speaking hockey players during his era (1930’s-1950’s) and features in supporting roles real-life hockey players Sean Avery (New York Rangers), Pascal Dupuis (Atlanta Thrashers), Ian Laperriere (Colorado Avalanche), Vincent Lecavalier (Tampa Bay Lightning), Stephane Kintal and Mike Ricci. Made in 2005 and released in Canada in 2005-2006, The Rocket (a.k.a. Maurice Richard) is finally coming to U.S. theaters via Palm Pictures this December in limited release.
Movie Trailer for ‘The Rocket’:
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