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from the St. Peterburg Times,
The decline starts from the top and is more notable because rookie Karri Ramo has provided in his five starts goaltending that gave the team chances to win.
Richards, a league-worst minus-23, has zero goals in eight games and one in 11. St. Louis has two goals in eight games.
Lecavalier, who leads the league with 56 points, has six shots in his past three games and is minus-3 since Dec. 1.
Since scoring 12 goals in his first 18 games, Prospal has just five in 22.
from All Things Avs by Adrian Dater,
That was the worst loss of the season for the Avs tonight, and there could be some hell to pay. I’m not saying Joel Quenneville is in immediate danger of losing his job, but a second straight loss to the Coyotes - and fourth overall, third straight at home - is going to put the heat on.
I don’t care if Joe Sakic and Ryan Smyth were out of the lineup tonight. That was an abysmal loss, characterized once again by an Avs team that didn’t come out ready to play, had to play catchup, then let up and ran out of gas after they’d finished tying it up….
Let there be no doubt: a terrible loss, one that could have repurcussions. And I don’t want to hear any injury excuses either.
from Rosie Dimanno of the Toronto Star,
Wellwood, along with other younger Leafs – except none are very green and scrubeenie anymore – have been treated with excessive gentleness in their prolonged adjustment to the NHL. It’s as if they were dainty creatures – the Stajans and the Steens – overly praised on the nights they acquit themselves decently and usually protected from reproach on the more frequent nights when they don’t.
It’s as if an entitlement has settled upon the more youthful members of this club, itself an extension of franchise arrogance, where one win a fortnight is sufficient to quell anxiety and as you were, boys. This is evidenced in the dressing room, as well, where young pros without the chops to support such haughtiness can be witheringly snide and condescending to reporters. Where they learn such attitudes is a mystery because they certainly aren’t emulating the class of a Mats Sundin or Tomas Kaberle.
from the National Post,
Canadians may not know his name, but they know his voice. They have been listening to it for decades accompanying highlights of the Pittsburgh Penguins, describing the action on the ice with non-sequiturs such as “scratch my back with a hacksaw,” and “buy Sam a drink - and get his dog one, too.”
Mike Lange does not always make sense. And it has taken years of practice.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
For Brendan Shanahan, one of the architects of change, the view from ice level, two-and-half-years after the lockout, looks pretty good. Not perfect, but considering where the NHL was in the not-too-distant past, not bad at all.
“What I like most is people don’t call it the new NHL anymore, they’re used to it now,” Shanahan was saying Wednesday morning, as his New York Rangers began a swing through Western Canada. “Every once in a while you’ll see an old playoff series on that hockey channel. You just sit and watch that now and it’s ‘oh my god, look at that hook, look at that guy getting mobbed or held.’
continued and recommended reading…
NEW YORK—Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza, Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk and San Jose Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the month of December.
read on at NHL.com…
From the Bear Essentials at Bruins.com,
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced Wednesday that the team has acquired defenseman Shane Hnidy and a sixth round draft choice in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Brandon Bochenski.
Update 6:08pm ET: Press release here.
from TSN and the CP,
The Edmonton Investors Group that currently owns the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers have rejected the latest offer from businessman Daryl Katz to buy the team.
Katz has attempted to purchase the Oilers from the group several times already. The latest bid that was rejected Wednesday was proposed last month when the drugstore billionaire made a $188 million offer for the team.
Update 6:15pm ET: More from TSN
The offer however is far from dead as several major investors are not on the Board and would still like to sell to Katz. TSN has learned that the board voted 6-4 to recommend rejection, but that some of the bigger shareholders are known to support the offer.
Shareholders’ meeting is January 21.
NHL clubs came up with their nicknames in a variety of interesting ways, and now you can brag of your all-encompassing hockey knowledge at your next cocktail party….
When determining a nickname, there’s been everything from the traditional fan contests to simply accepting the whims of an owner to, well, just basically going with what they gave you. Don’t believe me? Just take a look.
The battered Ottawa Senators’ defence corps will get a significant boost with the return of Anton Volchenkov this week.
The defenceman confirmed he will return to the lineup on Friday night in Buffalo after missing 15 games with a broken right index finger.
“It’s in good shape and I’m ready to play,” Volchenkov said on Wednesday morning.
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