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from Iain MacIntrye of the Vancouver Sun,
Winger Kyle Wellwood has been given a few days off. He cleared waivers this morning and is back in Vancouver waiting for the Canucks to find him a place to play in the minors….
The Canucks are trying to find another minor-league team with room for Wellwood, although Vancouver will be paying his NHL salary of $998,000 US.
Bieksa is eligible to come off the injured list today will likely play Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks. He strained his knee early in the Canucks’ victory in Calgary one week ago.
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When I hear Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock say the Sharks might be better defensively than Detroit, that tells me former Red Wings assistant Todd McLellan already has control of the San Jose bench. It made me want to watch more and more of the Sharks this season, even before they opened the season with a 4-0 record.
much more from Larry Wigge of NHL.com…
from Jamie Bradburn at the Torontoist,
It was inevitable that hockey-mad Toronto would wind up with a WHA franchise to take on the Maple Leafs during the league’s seven-year odyssey. The tale of the Toronto Toros is marked by family rivalries, local heroes, international defections, and a lot of money down the drain.
The Toros’ story began when an “Ontario” franchise was established after the initial batch of WHA teams were granted in 1972. Initially earmarked for Hamilton, the team settled in Ottawa as the Nationals. The 1972/73 season resulted in a sub-.500 record, weak crowds, and a battle with civic officials over performance bonds for the following season. The Nationals shifted their playoff games to Maple Leaf Gardens as rumours arose around two groups interested in buying the team and shifting its operations permanently to Toronto.
from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
“When you play a team as good as San Jose, you have to be very aware that you can’t spend the night in the penalty box, and tonight we got away with it,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “We have to play a little bit on the edge. We have to play nasty, but we can’t continue to take penalties. The hook on the hands and those stick-in-the-midsection penalties are something that has to be eliminated. We’ve talked about it, talked about it, talked about it, but it has to be eliminated.”
The Ducks have talked about it for years, and they haven’t eliminated it yet, so it’s foolish to think that will ever happen. Still, they need to find a way to walk the fine line between effective aggressiveness and outright lack of discipline.
The Ducks were on the right side of the fine line last night and must not cross that line in order to be considered one of the top teams in the West.
from Chris Kuc of Icing at the Chicago Tribune,
Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane let his emotions flow Friday while talking about the dismissal of head coach Denis Savard.
Savard was Kane’s only coach in the NHL and the pair developed a bond after the then-18 year old made the team in training camp and went on to become the league’s rookie of the year.
Sitting in front of his locker following Friday’s practice at the Edge in Bensenville, Kane couldn’t hold back tears in describing the bond the two had formed.
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from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,
Leaf fans lucky enough to have a view of the team’s bench from their seats will notice something new by the end of the month.
But they may need a computer handbook to figure it out.
Tablet PCs, hard wired into a Sling Box streaming device, will be mounted at both ends of the bench, lending a bit of Bill Gates wizardry to Leaf games.
“It’s all about getting information into a player’s hands quickly and efficiently,” Leafs assistant coach Rob Zettler said, making it sound easy.
from Robet Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,
It was a move that seemed a little odd, throwing a raw rookie into the first chapter of the Battle of Alberta on the road, but maybe it wasn’t when you consider that Drouin-Deslauriers stopped 43 out of 47 shots in his last preseason game here.
So, out of the frying pan and into the Flames, he went.
“They showed ... appreciation to put me in a great rivalry, Edmonton and Calgary,” said Drouin-Deslauriers, struggling to find the right word in English.
“It’s always something special, your first NHL start. Preseason is something, but the regular season is something very different.”
from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
Head coach Mike Keenan’s stick was up high in the post-game presser, though. He was calm, but obviously upset about the lopsided calls.
“The question is, ‘Are they warranted,’ and then the next question is, ‘Are they penalty free for 40 minutes, the opposition, because that’s how the assessment was made,” said Keenan.
“I look down here,” he added, looking down at the game sheet, “and we’ve got four hooking penalties and they have none. I would say you would be hard-pressed to say they never took a hooking penalty tonight.”
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
They’re having fun in Phoenix. Not encumbered by weighty expectations, this is a team mixed with youthful energy and veteran personalities like captain Shane Doan. It’d be harder to find a looser dressing room than the Coyotes’....
The rookies have made an effort to respect to the veterans. It’s simple things, Turris explained, like letting the older players on the team plane first.
Tikhonov said he always allow the vets off the bus first and makes sure the rookies are the last to grab their hotel keys.
Small things, yes, but in the forming of team chemistry early in the season on one of the NHL’s youngest teams, it’s important.
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
“There’s going to come a point where we say, ‘It’s time to give it a test,’” Gordon said. “If [Saturday’s] the game, great. If not, then we’ll shoot for Thursday.”
As for DiPietro, he’s ready to play as soon as Gordon and the training staff give the go-ahead. “I’ve been doing whatever I can to get ready and get healthy, and I’m going to approach it like I’ve approached the last five days,” DiPietro said. “I’ll see how I feel [this] morning and go from there.”
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