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from Jim Baumbach of Newsday,
But I have a hard time accepting the fact that Arbour gets credit for the game and the win when his presence was completely ceremonial. In baseball there is a rule that limits the number of coaches who are in uniform in the dugout during the game, but I skimmed through the NHL record books and I couldn’t find a similar rule….
There was nothing wrong with having an Al Arbour night and putting him behind the bench for the 1,500th time with the Islanders. Everyone there still would have had a blast. But let’s stop fooling ourselves. In my record books, I’m crediting Ted Nolan with the win.
Wake up on the wrong side of the bed this morning Jim?
This was not a PR stunt, but was actually suggested by Coach Nolan. Hockey honors their past greats, and it will continue to do so, with or without your record book.
from the Denver Post,
Another solid performance tonight, and Jose Theodore could suddenly find himself as the Avalanche’s new No. 1 goalie.
Avs coach Joel Quenneville did not say as much Sunday, but he probably didn’t need to. What is fact, however, is that Quenneville will start Theodore against the Calgary Flames tonight at the Pepsi Center.
“Jose’s been solid,” Quenne- ville said. “He’s confident, he’s composed, he’s challenging (shooters) and controlling rebounds and fighting through to find pucks. You can just see the confidence in his overall game.”
Atlanta Thrashers left wing Ilya Kovalchuk, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and Minnesota Wild right wing Marian Gaborik have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending November 4.
For the second consecutive year, the NHL-All Star Fan Balloting process will be entirely digital. From Nov. 13 through Jan. 2, fans around the world can “Vote Now, Vote Often” for the Eastern and Western Conference All-Star starters for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game online at NHL.com. In addition, U.S. fans also can cast votes through Verizon Wireless cell phones….
The NHL will promote the “Vote Now, Vote Often” campaign across the NHL All-Star Fan Balloting print, radio, online and wireless advertising platform….
“Due to the tremendous response from our fans around the world during last year’s All-Star balloting, the completely digital platform is back,” said Brian Jennings, NHL Executive Vice President, Marketing. “Our fans will have the ability to cast their votes for the starting NHL All-Star line-up as often as they like.”
from Lyle Richardson at the Hockey News,
The Columbus Blue Jackets are off to a surprising and impressive start to this season, powered by rejuvenated winger Rick Nash, who’s thrived under Ken Hitchcock’s coaching.
Imagine how much better Nash could do with a genuine first line center on his line.
Hitchcock and Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson have tried without much success to find that center within their ranks, and it’s believed Howson is calling around the league in search of one.
more trade and rumor talk but first a word on Nash….
I believe Hitchcock is quickly turning him into an all-around player. Having Nash killing a 5-3 yesterday sure shows the confidence Htich has in Nash and he is responding…
from the Calgary Herald,
...Because Detroit, too, is where Anders Eriksson got saddled with that nickname.
“I guess I had a large behind when I got there,” he was recalling after the Calgary Flames practice Sunday afternoon. “That was Kris Draper’s funny joke. First it was Big Swede, then Big Ass, then Bubble Butt, then Bubba. Now, most of the guys just call me Bubs. That’s the evolution of the whole thing. It’s stuck for 12 years.”
from the Sun-Sentinel,
Standing in the visitors’ dressing room inside RBC Center, goalie Tomas Vokoun pointed out all of this after Florida’s 4-2 loss at Carolina, and then said he couldn’t understand why the Panthers didn’t work hard.
“We’re not consistently doing that enough to be successful on an every-night basis,” Vokoun said. “We are whatever we feel like that day, and that’s just not winning hockey. If you want to be in the playoffs, you have to be a whole lot better than that.
“No team is going to give you an easy game and say, ‘We’ll just let you win tonight.’ Especially with our team, we need everybody pulling their weight. That’s the bottom line for us to win. If that’s not happening, we can’t blame anyone but ourselves. We’re on the ice.”
from the Washington Post,
“The overriding theme for us is [a] lack of scoring,” Hanlon said. “That’s the main thing. Defensively we’ve made as big an improvement as any team. We don’t have those chaotic games where we’re running around. But there’s a price for scoring goals and, at times, we’re not doing that.”
Added veteran goaltender Olie Kolzig: “You have to first get ugly goals to get things going. You have to get people in front and throw pucks at the net….”
more (reg. req.)
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
If you had your choice between a broken-down, unreliable Forsberg and a rejuvenated Sundin playing his best hockey in years, which one would you want? In fact, any team that is considering picking up Forsberg at this point must also consider making a pitch for Sundin. The Leafs are still in the playoff picture only because they’ve played more games than anyone else in the Eastern Conference, but it’s not likely to last.
There’s no way Leafs GM John Ferguson would be willing to make a trade for the long-term future with his immediate future in so much doubt. That’s why until the Leafs either fire him or give him a long-term extension, the team’s board of directors should be the ones mandating personnel moves. This is one they should make for the good of the franchise.
from the Star Tribune,
Thursday morning, the Wild front office said Walz, one of the most popular players in team history, would be away for “two or three days.” Saturday night, General Manager Doug Risebrough referred questions regarding Walz to his agent, Jay Grossman.
Via e-mail Sunday, Grossman said that he understands the concern and the need to address Walz’s absence, but “the matter is personal and he is going to need additional time.”
Update 12:23pm ET: More from Michael Russo
...I think we’ll hear from Walz soon — whether he announces his retirement or says he’s thoroughly refreshed and ready to return. He’s an emotional player who has contemplated retirement before. After taking some days away from the game to clear his head, he’s always decided to stay.
This might be different though. He’s never left the team in the middle of the season, and from talking to people that know him, if he doesn’t feel he can play at the highest level, he’d walk away at peace.
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