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from John McGourty of NHL.com,
Here’s a topic guaranteed to tick off a lot of present and former NHL players, not to mention many of those reading this: The 10 smartest NHL players I’ve seen.
With apologies to those omitted, I humbly submit for your consideration this list, arranged not in order but as a group. Goalies are not included.
10. Bryan Trottier
from the Dallas Stars,
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has activated defenseman Mattias Norstrom from the injured reserve list and placed right wing Jere Lehtinen on injured reserve, retroactive to November 21.
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
You pessimists who frequent The Rangers Despair Society can dispatch your crying towels to the laundry pile; the Blueshirts are on the move, up, up, and UP.
A victory on Monday night against Carolina at The Garden SHOULD, if accomplished, establish New York as “la creme de la creme” of the East.
With goaltenders Cristobal Huet nursing a pulled groin and Carey Price sick with the flu, the Montreal Canadiens may have Jaroslav Halak between the pipes when they host the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night.
via the Tennessean,
Predators center Scott Nichol is scheduled to talk with NHL officials here this afternoon and could face a suspension for the double-minor, high-sticking penalty he picked up in Montreal on Saturday.
Nichol was given the four-minute penalty late in the second period of the Predators’ 5-4 shootout victory, after officials whistled him for what appeared to be a crosscheck to the chin of Montreal defenseman Patrice Brisebois.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
“It’s not fair (to blame the goalies). It’s not the goalie’s fault,” said Senators centre Jason Spezza.
“It’s all of our faults. It doesn’t matter if you’re getting points or you’re playing well. It’s every forward. It’s every defenceman and it’s both goalies.
“We’re in this together. I’ve said that the whole time. The only way we’re going to win is if everybody plays well and plays better. We’ve just got to raise our level of play so that we’re a better hockey club.”
from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,
Burke has always been a blunderbuss - Don Cherry with a law degree.
In the wake of Anaheim’s Stanley Cup win last spring, he’s morphed into a blowhard who believes he’s a genius - but a genius who doesn’t look half as smart without Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne.
more and some Wings/Canadiens talk too…
from Working the Corners,
Limit teams to only four skaters in their own defensive zone. That does two things — unclogs the scoring areas and legitimizes the cherry-picking scoring threat who never wanted to worry about defense anyway. Opposing coaches would have to decide whether to have someone hang with the cherry-picker or go for the man advantage in the offensive zone. Linesmen would have responsibility for whistling a new penalty — too many men inside the blue line.
Wilson acknowledges that he and his fellow coaches deserve some of the blame for the current drop in scoring since play resumed after the lockout.
from the Edmonton Sun,
Understandably he looked like a kid delighted to be playing his first hockey game.
In a sense Fernando Pisani was.
Only a few months ago the Edmonton Oilers forward was struggling with ulcerative colitis.
He couldn’t keep any food down, struggled to walk up a flight of steps and needed to make constant trips to the bathroom….
“I feel like I’ve come a long way,” Pisani said. “I was really nervous and excited before the game and I was looking forward to getting back on the ice, just being on the bench and on the ice with all the guys. Those are the things that you miss when you’re not playing, being on the ice with the team.”
from On the Islanders Beat,
Because salaries are pro-rated against the cap on a daily basis, when they reach the mid-point of the season, the Islanders will have the ability to take on players whose contracts total up to $15 million at that point because half their salaries already will have been paid. So, cap room isn’t a problem.
But since the NHL isn’t a fantasy league, the trouble is finding someone who is ready to give up a goal scorer. That’s not likely to happen much before the Feb. 26 trade deadline. At a time when the Islanders have gone 12 straight games without scoring more than two goals (not counting the shootout goal against Ottawa), that’s why they must look within for help.
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