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from the Iceman Bloggeth at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
The next nine games, as we know, contain eight road games, so if we are to get better, it’s gonna be in hostile environs. It won’t be easy, but 10 points minimum in that span would go a long way to righting the ship. Either way, when we reconvene in Bluland on the 6th of November we will have very clear indication of just what this team is facing.
more on the Thrashers…
Update 11:46am ET:
From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a game-by game breakdown of what’s gone wrong and possible fixes.
“When you’re 0-5, everything is an issue,” coach Bob Hartley said. “It’s as simple as this.”
From Nancy J. White at the Toronto Star,
You’ll never see Wendel Clark on a mountain bike or jogging down a country lane. For that matter, you’ll rarely catch him in his home gym.
“I hate working out,” confesses the former Toronto Maple Leafs captain who retired in 2000.
But you may well spot him on a tractor or up a ladder, at his farm. And you’ll likely find “Captain Crunch,” not known for his on-ice gentility, toting a cup of green tea – part of his health regimen. The hard-charging winger’s advice? “Everything in moderation.”
Retirement can change a guy’s perspective, especially after years of gruelling games and battered body parts.
From Lacy J. Banks at the Chicago Sun-Times,
While Blackhawks coach Denis Savard is ‘‘quite concerned’’ about injuries sidelining Martin Havlat (right shoulder) and Rene Bourque (groin), there are three significant reasons why Savard is happy and why his team is off to a 3-2 start.
First, Robert Lang has opened the season with a bang, leading the teams in scoring with three goals and two assists.
Second, rookies Patrick Kane (four assists) and Jonathan Toews (one goal, two assists) have each made an immediate impact.
Third, the Blackhawks have better depth, especially on defense, with the contributions of such newcomers as Kevyn Adams and Yanic Perreault.
From Mike Zeisberger at the Toronto Sun,
And he would like nothing better than to be part of the Canadian contingent that is seeking to repeat the championship effort turned in by Joe Sakic and company back in 2002 in Salt Lake City.
“It actually crossed my mind when I was watching Team Canada at the 2006 Games in Turin,” Ruff said yesterday. “I just thought to myself that it would be nice to be involved. It’s a tremendous honour just to be considered in any capacity.”
Ruff’s name already has been discussed by Hockey Canada officials, joining a list of candidates that includes New Jersey Devils coach Brent Sutter, St. Louis Blues coach Andy Murray, the Detroit Red Wings’ Mike Babcock, Stanley Cup-winning coach Randy Carlyle of the Anaheim Ducks and the Phoenix Coyotes’ Wayne Gretzky.
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from Mark Spector of the National Post,
...Because most hockey players come from communities where, if someone’s dad made $150,000, that family was considered wealthy.
Remember that, Mr. Kelly, if the time ever comes where you advise 700 players to start missing pay cheques that are in the neighbourhood of US$1.5-million per season.
But that’s enough advice from a sports writer, Mr. Kelly. If you take the job as leader of NHLPA, you’ll have no shortage of that.
Listen less to those voices and more to hockey fans. Canadian ones in particular, who deserve an economic system like the one in place today, where Calgary and Edmonton can compete on a level playing field with Toronto.
from the Buffalo News,
Not even a game with their nearest rival could keep the Buffalo Sabres’ sellout streak alive.
The Sabres failed to fill HSBC Arena for the first time in more than a year and half Monday, drawing 18,217 for their game with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Sabres had sold out 45 straight regular-season games dating to the finale of 2005-06. They had packed the 18,690-seat arena for 62 games in row including the playoffs.
from the Arizona Republic,
The Coyotes haven’t gotten much use lately out of their “White Out” tradition of filling their arena with white-clad fans for the playoffs.
But that doesn’t mean they’re going to stand by without a fight and let anybody else take it.
It seems that Penn State has developed a similar tradition, designating some important games as “White Outs.”
And last season, the school had a student contest to design an official “White Out” T-shirt to be sold for a game.
Trouble is, the Coyotes have trademark rights to the term “White Out.” The club registered the term even before moving from Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Phoenix and has reapplied when necessary to keep it up to date.
from the Calgary Herald,
There are a couple of surefire ways for head coach Mike Keenan and Kristian Huselius to put an end to all the snarky speculation and giddy gossip about their relationship.
Keenan can simply keep tapping the Swedish left-winger on the shoulder and firing him over the boards - Huselius has averaged better than 18 minutes a night through the Calgary Flames’ first five NHL outings….
“It’s a different time now than Florida,” emphasized Huselius. “I haven’t thought about it. There’s nothing to talk about it now, I don’t think. It’s a different organization, a different team, a different situation for both of us. I’m just going to make sure I’m ready to play every night and help the team win.”
from the NY Post,
So far, Brendan Shanahan’s season has been a microcosm of the Rangers’. Through five games, Shanahan has 32 shots on goal - including 13 against the defending Eastern Conference champion Senators on Saturday. Yet, he still finds himself with zero goals and his team tied for last place the Atlantic Division.
The 20-year veteran knows it’s still early, and he’s not letting the slow start get to him.
“There’s a difference between a sense of urgency and panicking,” Shanahan said yesterday. “This team is not panicking.”
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