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via Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Losers of four straight and participants for maybe 20 minutes in each of those contests, the Flames are a team that has yet to become comfortable with the demands of Mike Keenan. To the fiery coach’s credit, he’s been patient during the process, allowing his players time to adjust. But it’s becoming clear that not everyone is on board, and a shakeup seems inevitable.
Stephane Yelle, a solid defensive player who could add something to any team’s penalty kill, could be available. Center Craig Conroy, who has just two goals this season despite playing alongside Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay for long stretches, is another candidate. His contract brings a $2.85 million hit, but it only goes through this season and becomes more manageable for another team to assume with each passing day. Calgary would like to add scoring (who wouldn’t?), but might be willing to take on a veteran forward with leadership experience and a winning background.
Atlanta’s Bobby Holik, perhaps?
The Sabres announced today that more tickets will be made available:
Larry Quinn, Managing Partner of the Buffalo Sabres today announced the organization has secured 4,500 obstructed-view seats from the NHL for the AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic that will be sold for $10 each through a random selection process at Sabres.com.
Also, info on the retro jerseys to be worn at the game:
Buffalo will wear the white version of the jersey worn by the club from 1978-79 through 1995-96, which features the familiar circular logo of the charging buffalo over crossed sabers. Pittsburgh will return to the powder blue version worn from 1968-69 through 1972-73. This marks the first time the Penguins will wear powder blue since switching to black and gold in 1980.
From the NHL comes this news today. Not only does the “Kid” have his own replica Stanley Cup ring, he also has the love of the NHL:
Singer and songwriter Kid Rock is NHL.com’s “Artist of the Month” for November. NHL.com, the official web site of the National Hockey League and the leading online community for hockey fans, will feature a Q&A, photos, articles and give fans the opportunity to stream tracks and videos from the Detroit native’s latest album, Rock N Roll Jesus, which recently debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
In addition, NHL.com fans will be able to post comments and interact with the three-time Grammy nominee here.
from the Calgary Sun,
What’s preventing the club that’s now lost four straight games from the expected 60-minute performance?
“I have some ideas, but I’m not prepared to share them right now,” Keenan finally said. “I want to discuss them with the team before I make those comments.
“I think I know why but I want to make sure, and in fairness to them give them an opportunity to explain it first before I have that discussion.
“Maybe I can answer your question in a day or two.”
Until then, Keenan’s club will deservedly be queried about its Jekyll-and-Hyde outings. After all, it’s hard to understand how a team that went into the clash having lost three in a row could be listless through the first 30 minutes.
from Lightning Strikes,
...It seems you have to believe the part about him not knowing about such a trade because it just doesn’t seem to make sense for the Lightning which was supposed to give up Richards, its second-line center and one of its alternate captains for Ryder and Kostsitsyn who between them have just 11 points, and Halak has 16 NHL games to his name.
I’m sure the potential new owners of the franchise would love to have to fill that kind of hole in the roster.
from the Chicago Tribune,
“I’m making progress every day,” Havlat said. “I’m still not in place with a couple of movements to where I want to be. I still have to work on those.”
Havlat has been strengthening his right shoulder and will wear a brace during practices and games.
“We have to make sure the shoulder is strong enough, almost as strong as the other one, because when I come back I want to help as much as I can,” Havlat said. “If I come back 50 percent, I can’t be the player I can be.”
added 3:03pm, from Icing at the Chicago Tribune,
Savard said he approached injured winger Martin Havlat this morning and said: “You ready? You playing tonight?”
Havlat said not yet as he recovers from the shoulder injury he suffered during the first game of the season.
“As long as his mind is clear, that’s the biggest thing,’ Savard said. “He’s going to have to make that decision, I can’t make it for him.”
Former NHL defenseman Jere Karalahti has been arrested in his native Finland on suspicion of a drugs crime, police said on Friday.
Karalahti, 32, played for Los Angeles Kings and Nashville Predators between 1999 and 2002 before returning to Finland. He is among the best Finnish players and has been playing for league champions Oulun Karpat this season.
Police said the arrest was related to a big amphetamine smuggling case and that the player was being held in custody while an investigation was underway.
“The court of Espoo has today imprisoned Karalahti ... suspected of a gross drugs crime,” detective chief inspector Ari Karvonen from Espoo police said.
from the Macomb Daily,
Pavel Datsyuk is an admitted pass-aholic. He would much rather pass than shoot, rather stick-handle than set up for a one-timer.
Lost in Zetterberg’s remarkable opening—he has a franchise record 15-game point streak from season’s start and leads the NHL in scoring—is that his linemate, Datsyuk, has helped turned the Swede into a sniper.
Entering Thursday night’s games, Datsyuk was third in the NHL with 14 assists in 15 games.
“I like passing,” said Datsyuk. “When somebody scores in an open net after my pass is the best. If somebody says, ‘Would you rather score or have somebody score off your pass?’ ... I’d say pass.”
from the Calgary Sun,
Luc Bourdon has come to realize who his biggest enemy has been in the past.
“A couple of years ago, when I made a mistake, I was pretty much done for the whole game,” he admitted prior to facing the Calgary Flames last night. “Now, you know it’s what happens. It happens to the best and I know it’s gonna happen to me.
“That’s something I’ve had to work on.”
from the Buffalo News,
This isn’t the NHL. It’s the English Premier League.
The upgraded style of play that resulted from the lockout has been victimized by strategy. Coaches adjusted to the rule changes intended to promote skill and skating. Defense reemerged as the great equalizer for offensively challenged franchises. Nowadays NHL players are always in the zone, be it a 2-3, a 1-4 or variations thereof. The game can’t breathe.
“Zone defense right now, I would put it under the label of killing the game,” Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said Thursday. And he plays it.
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