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Tom Gulitti at Fire & Ice asked Devils’ GM Lou Lamoriello, “What’s Wrong with the Ice?”
Lamoriello said the problem has been with a malfunctioning computer that is supposed to regulate the ice’s temperature, hardness, etc. These things can be affected by numerous factors: the outdoor temperature, humidity, being covered for basketball games, concerts and other events. For Sunday’s game against Atlanta, they turned off the computer and changed the settings manually. The idea, however, is to get the computer working properly.
“We’ve been talking to CIMCO and had people from the NHL here to work on (the ice),” Lamoriello said. “This is the best system in the country. There’s no excuse not to have the best ice. We’re completely comfortable that this is all going to get straightened out.”
From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,
Truth be told, the player the Ducks would most like to ship out is Todd Marchant who earns $2.517 million - too much for what he brings to the table as a fourth-line checking forward. Who would take Marchant, up front, at the figure? No one. That’s why the Ducks might need to get creative to make a deal happen. Someone with salary-cap space might take Marchant off their hands, provided Anaheim sweetened the deal by including their own 2008 first-round choice in the transaction.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Could this be the week Scott Niedermayer ends his retirement and returns to the Anaheim Ducks?
It’s beginning to look that way.
Sources close to Niedermayer suggest he is prepared to return to the NHL team in the near future.
from the Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Todd Marchant admitted it was a tough pill to swallow Sunday when he was a healthy scratch for only the second time in his 14-year career.
“As a player, I’m not happy about it, but the only thing I can do is control what I can control,”
Marchant has been moved around the forward spots and played on mulitple lines this season. Coach Randy Carlyle said he would like to see more tenacity from Marchant, a former Olympian who has been known as one of the faster skaters in the NHL.
“Todd Marchant’s a skating hockey player, and he’s got to be on the puck all the time,” Carlyle said. “My expectations for our whole group are that we have to more of a skating group.”
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
In an era of pro leagues seemingly trying to curtail individualism through rules about what can’t be worn or done on the field, the NHL celebrates, even promotes, the goalie’s right to turn essential equipment into works of art.
“Like snowflakes and fingerprints, no two masks are alike anymore, which is fabulous for the goalies and fans,” says Frank Brown, the NHL’s group vice president for media relations.
from the CP via TSN,
Log on to the Facebook social networking website and there are 500-plus newsgroups dedicated to the 20-year-old from Cole Harbour, N.S.
One is dedicated to counting down the days until Crosby leaves Pittsburgh as a free agent to join the team of his childhood love, the Montreal Canadiens.
There’s an “I Hate Sidney Crosby” group, complete with his head pasted on a pink flower print dress. The antidote is the “I Hate Crosby Haters” group.
from Craig Custance at Thrashers Blog,
If the Capitals, and their blogger-friendly credential policy are one end of the spectrum, the Thrashers are at the other end. To be fair, they are probably still in the majority with the rest of the league.
Their official stance comes from the PR department: “Our policy is only to allow bloggers from accredited news agencies.”...
We’ve heard a lot of the arguments back and forth, but ultimately it comes down to one thing: accountability. One Thrashers staffer explained it to me this way: “If we have a problem with you, we have someone we can go to.” Presumably my editor or somebody up the food chain at the AJC.
Joe Pelletier of Greatest Hockey Legends has issued a challenge to hockey bloggers across the blogosphere to adopt a charity, and the charity of choice was an easy one.
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock may be my favourite Wing, Babblespeak and all, and the frequent visitor to Children’s Hospital in Detroit was moved by the death of one of his biggest fans as the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks’ coach, Jeffery Thomas Hayden, who died of a brain tumour at 12 years of age.
Babcock has lent his name and considerable time and effort into both raising awareness for this understudied area of cancer research and providing a network of resources and support for parents who face the unreality that is their child suffering from a brain tumour at an extremely young age.
from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal, Lightning owner,
Bill Davidson, won’t do anything to hurt the team financially according to Tom Wilson.
“The only thing categorically I would say is that the odds of us going from spending $43 to $33 million are zero,” says Wilson. “It’s just not going to happen. We don’t have any interest in going back to that kind of program. The time you go back to that is when you’re awful, when you have no chance.” …
Bryan Murray has a dilemma: One of the Ottawa general manager’s goalies (Martin Gerber) is overpaid. And the other (Ray Emery) is undertalented.
more NHL bits from the Maven…
Roberto Luongo took part in an NHL tele-conference today.
Q. There was a drastic difference in play from October to November. Could you explain some of the changes that may have happened, some of the changes in mentality or in certain X’s and O’s that helped you turn things around a little bit.
ROBERTO LUONGO: Well, I think it’s a bit of both. First of all, we lost two of our top defensemen the first game in November when Kevin and Sami Salo went down. So I think that was pretty much rock bottom for us. As a team we really decided to regroup and realized that, if we’re going to win some games from now on, we’re going to have to work hard, but at the same time we’re going to have to work smart. We adjusted a couple things with our system as far as our forecheck and play in our own zone. Since then it’s really been going well for us.
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