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from Mike Madden at the Beaver County Times,
Could Michel Therrien do a better job as Penguins coach?
Let me count the ways:
Marc-Andre Fleury should start every game unless he physically needs a rest….
Sidney Crosby should play the entire two minutes of every power play…
Use Crosby and Malkin to kill penalties, especially when the Penguins have committed several infractions in a short span….
Apparently the Chicago Blackhawks are finding their way to television in more ways that expected. A little mainstream, pop culture exposure:
In tonight’s edition of the ABC hit comedy series, “Samantha Who?,” Samantha (played by Christina Applegate) inadvertently leads her blind date, Kevin (played by Eddie Cibrian) to believe that she’s an avid hockey fan. When he invites her to a Chicago Blackhawks game, Samantha turns to her ex-boyfriend Todd (played by Barry Watson) for help. The episode, “The Hockey Date,” which features game footage licensed by NHL Productions, will air tonight on ABC.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In the end, the league asked each general manager to submit his team’s position on the proposal. If the results of the straw poll show an overwhelming support for the Burke initiative, then the matter might go forward.
“It was discussed and the league has asked each of the managers to get back to them on their position on the issue,” said Jay Feaster, GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning. “I would anticipate that once that happens, there’ll be a more in-depth discussion in February.”
more GM talk…
With the successful U.S. launch this season of NHL Network, the first national network dedicated entirely to hockey, the network today unveiled the live regular-season game telecast package in the U.S. for the month of December. To ensure fans receive the best match-ups, NHL Network’s game telecast schedule is released on a monthly basis.
from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,
I asked Crosby about the team’s rather uneven start, postulating that maybe the young core group overlooked how well teams would prepare for them after the Penguins’ successful 2006-07 campaign. He replied, “I don’t think that’s it. We went through it last year when there was a lot of attention paid to us. We are a young group and we’re gaining experience all the time. We’ve been playing good hockey lately and hopefully we can start getting some results.”
They have been losing a lot of close games, which is disconcerting in that they excelled at winning them during the second half of last season. “The difference is in making plays” Crosby offered. “Whether it is a pass, a hit, blocked shot or save, we need to make plays at the right time. We’re starting to do that more consistently.”
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Brian Burke has a bee in his bonnet. Two of them, actually, and it may surprise you to know that neither has anything to do with Kevin Lowe.
So the Anaheim Ducks’ general manager has requested the NHL hold a conference call with all 30 NHL GMs today at 12 noon (EST) and the league has agreed to stage it.
Two topics are up for discussion.
One is the issue of whether GMs should be able to trade “salary” when they trade players, which is currently against the rules in the new CBA.
The other is the mega-suspensions recently given to Steve Downie (20 games) and Jesse Boulerice (25 games) and whether NHL GMs ever signed off on or were fully apprised of a new standard for supplementary discipline.
Philadelphia Flyers center Daniel Briere, Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov and Dallas Stars goaltender Mike Smith have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending November 25.
continued… with video available featuring each player’s highlights
From Carter Gaddis at The Tampa Tribune,
It’s alive. The ice, that is. Not in the biological, breathing-in-and-out sense that defines much of the life on this planet.
But to Tim Friedenberger, it often seems as if the massive sheet of frozen water at the St. Pete Times Forum has a mind of its own. And if it can think…
“It is alive,” said Friedenberger, the Forum’s vice president of facility operations. “It’s a living thing. I’d say every facility, the ice has a personality.”
Like any living thing, a sheet of ice has its good days and bad. A unique facet of the NHL is how vulnerable the aesthetics of the game itself can be to the vagaries of the playing surface.
Sun columnist Steve Simmons wrote that a source told him Ferguson tried to fire Maurice, but was “prevented” from doing so.
“There isn’t a shred of truth to that assertion,” Ferguson told TSN. “This is made up, its a complete fabrication.”
So many reports, yes, no, maybe, he said, no he said… Just let it play out, the Leafs will do what they want to do
added 2:26pm, from the Globe and Mail,
Peddie also said reports that he and the MLSE board of directors are talking to potential replacements for Ferguson are incorrect. He also said he has had no conversations with Ferguson about firing Maurice.
from Damien Cox at ESPN,
Today, it’s fair to say the majority of NHL fans are far more familiar with the Original 21. Or the Original 30 (“You mean Nashville hasn’t always had a team, Grandpa?”).
Still, the Red Wings might well be the league’s most popular team on a city-by-city basis, with the Rangers not that far behind.
So, to some, there is a special allure to those six franchises. In Canada, the Leafs and Habs always will be viewed through a different telescope than the Canucks, Senators, Oilers and Flames.
You could argue, however, that the league has spent more time promoting all of its new franchises than protecting the integrity and status of the so-called Original Six.
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