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from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,
Nash said as much when he was asked about the difference between the 2006 Zherdev and the 2007 model.
“I think the biggest thing is his work ethic,” Nash said. “He’s out there every single shift working 110 percent. And that was a team problem in general, not just him. Last year, a lot of the guys were taking nights off, myself included.”
Zherdev didn’t single-handedly hold the Blue Jackets below their potential, even if he seems to be a glistening example now. While the change in Zherdev’s play seems incredible, it likely started during the summer when Howson and coach Ken Hitchcock made a special trip to Ottawa to meet with Zherdev and his agent, Rollie Hedges.
from James Duthie of TSN,
It’s time for a hockey version of the NBA Slam-Dunk Contest.
I want the most ridiculous “How’d he do that!?!” dekes, the sickest spineramas, the lacrosse-like over the shoulder flips.
I want celebrity judges with placards (Hey, I know a guy who could get Hilary Duff). I want screaming fans holding up “10” signs. I want more YouTube hits than D*** in a Box.
“Well, it’s something that was brought up in our meetings,” says NHL VP Colin Campbell. “We know we have to do something to spice up the all-star weekend to make it more exciting for the fans. So it’s worth considering.”
from Lightning Strikes,
Dan Boyle did not practice Sunday and will have an MRI Monday to make sure the three surgically repaired tendons in his left wrist are healing properly. Coach John Tortorella said Boyle will not play Monday at Florida, and said the team has some concerns about the strength in the hand.
from Steve Zipay at Newsday,
Columbus’ Sergei Federov is 3-3-6 and a minus-2 in 12 games. He’s an aging superstar on a young team on the rise ... The Blues’ Doug Weight. Another vet in trouble. He has no goals and two assists in 11 games ...
Pittsburgh reps have been following the Stars from city-to-city. The hunch: Assessing Dallas G Marty Turco and/or defensemen.
from the NY Daily News,
Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr ain’t happy with his twigs at the moment. And he believes that while much fuss has been made about his getting used to a new center, his modest start to the season is also due to unfamiliarity with his hockey sticks. But there appears to be little he can do about that, because Reebok doesn’t make his preferred model anymore.
“Look at this - just touch the stick, how slippery it is. How am I supposed to shoot?” Jagr said, disgustedly trying to get tape to stick to the ultra-smooth surface of the RBK sticks he’s felt stuck with this season.
fromm Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Ex-Bruin Anson Carter hoped to kick-start his career with a return to Edmonton this fall, joining the Oilers on a tryout basis, but suffered a concussion during the first shift of his first exhibition game. Tryout over. “He’s fully recovered and ready to go now,” said his agent, Pat Brisson, who also guides the career of one Sidney Crosby. “Let us not forget that he had a career high of 33 goals a couple of years ago.”
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from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
...But MacTavish doesn’t have enough guys with grit wearing those wimpy new Oilers uniforms.
The coach desperately needs to have some brave hearts here to ride beside the talented trio which will eventually take the Oilers from the bottom rung of the standings, where they sit this morning, to much greater heights.
The skill of Ales Hemsky, Sam Gagner and Andrew Colgliano needs to be matched with some intestinal fortitude if they’re going to be able to get the space to create the goals.
from Blueland Blog,
So as fans, how should we show our appreciation for Ilya Kovalchuk on Tuesday night?
* A KOV-AL-CHUK chant during warm-ups? KO-VY, KO-VY? How about during the first faceoff he’s on the ice for?
* He had back-to-back hat tricks on the road. Can we throw hats on the ice for him on Tuesday since most of us weren’t there on Thursday and Saturday? It’d have to be during warm-ups or else you could spark a delay of game call. then again, you might want to save your hat for when he scores three at home. The way he’s playing it could happen any time now.
Watch the post game press conference with Al Arbour….
from the Tennessean,
Perennial powerhouse Detroit could make another run for the Stanley Cup this season. St. Louis and Columbus have improved dramatically behind new coaches. Nashville continues to make strides despite offseason setbacks. Even Chicago has something to shout about, boasting a pair of high-profile rookies.
It may be the best division in the NHL, which will present new challenges for the Predators.
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