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from the Daily Times,
There is no goaltending controversy in Philadelphia. Esche is clearly the starter. Antero Niittymaki is clearly his backup. Advertisement But when Esche doesn’t play up to par, or his teammates fail him and leave him hanging out to dry, it would be difficult to pry that notion from the back of Esche’s mind. That’s because he witnessed it first hand just a few short years ago, albeit from a whole different perspective. When Esche arrived to the Flyers along with Michal Handzus in a trade that sent the popular Brian Boucher to Phoenix, he was considered a throw-in. He was the prototypical backup goalie.read on
Milbury is rarely out of the trade game -- "I've talked with a lot of teams lately," he said -- but it doesn't sound like he is planning for anything near the seismic deal the Bruins and Sharks made. Still, after 25 games, his team has a 12-12-1 record, which is enough evidence to suggest Milbury wants a change, whether it is personnel or attitude. "The record is what the record is. Right now, we're mediocre," he said yesterday from his office at Nassau Coliseum. "Nobody here can be content."more
If the Islanders are looking for defensive help, they can pretty much give up on the hope that old reliable Kenny Jonsson might consider making a return. Jonsson, a former all-star defenseman and captain who anchored the Islanders defense from 1995-96 until 2003-04, said yesterday he had no plans to reconsider his decision to finish his professional career in his native Sweden instead of coming back to the NHL. "My family is doing good and happy to be back in Sweden," Jonsson said in an e-mail exchange. "I will not come back to New York or North America for next season. Send my best wishes to everybody over there."
from the Toronto Sun,
"I don't think (Jacobs) cares about his team," Domi told a scrum of reporters at Philips Arena. "If he doesn't want to be involved in hockey I think he should step aside. There are a lot of people who would want to buy that franchise for sure. "It's unfortunate for hockey (when) one of the original six teams has an owner like that. He was a hardliner through the whole work stoppage, now he's got a salary cap and now he wants to drop his salaries even lower. To be honest I'm not surprised. Jacobs is the guy who stood firm through the whole work stoppage and now his true colours are coming out.more
from the Detroit Free Press,
This is the last season of Steve Yzerman's career. The only question is whether he finishes it. Before you drop your coffee, grab your rifle and hunt me down, hear me out. Nobody is saying Yzerman should retire. He has earned the right to keep playing, and he still has value to the Red Wings. But that value is (at best) a 12-minute-a-night, third-line forward -- the kind of guy who often goes several games without having a major impact.read on
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Now that the Joe Thornton blockbuster is in the books, all eyes will be on the fallout, especially in Boston. For example, how is Jumbo Joe's good friend and former linemate Glen Murray going to react? Murray signed a four-year, $16.6 million deal in the summer for two reasons. One, it was more money than he would get anywhere else. Two, because he wanted to play alongside Thornton. Oops. Which way is his game going to go now? It's a critical question for the B's.read on
Jimmmy Howard interviewed by his old college newspaper...I broke down just the quotes, it appears Howard has his head on straight. from the Maine Campus, "Instead of 5,000 fans watching you play, there were 18,000 people in the stands and tons more watching on TV," he said. "You are playing with all-stars and future hall of famers. The speed of the game changed dramatically, the players are a lot faster, smarter and lot more skilled." "The fans here sell the arenas out and they are always in abundance whereever we go, similar to the UMaine fans." "Hockey is a lifestyle now; it's a job," said Howard. "There's no job security like there is in college. They can't send you anywhere. "Here, they can send you, trade you, release you any time they want. I could get a phone call right now and be traded." "My parents couldn't come on such short notice, but they watched on the television and I think my mom cried like three times. They are very supportive of me and the team supported me a lot also. I felt comfortable out there after the first five minutes," said Howard. "They cut down on hooking, so the forwards are taking liberties of going to the net hard and a lot of goalies are getting injured and getting concussions. Forwards are literally taking us out to score. I didn't get rushed at all, thank God," he said.
Of interest to Red Wing fans... from the AHL,
His coaches and teammates have taken to calling him Flip. And if you’ve seen the contorted positions opposing goaltenders are forced into when facing him on a breakaway, you know why Grand Rapids Griffins winger Valtteri Filppula has earned the nickname – as well as the attention and respect of those around him. His name is one that Detroit Red Wings fans should become very familiar with in years to come. Along with rising stars such as Jimmy Howard, Jiri Hudler, Brett Lebda and Kyle Quincey, Filppula promises to be a mainstay of the next generation of talent emerging from the Red Wings’ farm system.continued
via the CP,
Ottawa right-winger Daniel Alfredsson and Dallas goaltender Marty Turco are the NHL's players of the month for November. Alfredsson was named top offensive player after amassing 25 points - 13 goals and 12 assists - and posting a plus-14 on the plus-minus scale in 12 games. He helped the Senators to a league-best 11-1-0 record during the month. Ottawa's captain edged Atlanta Thrashers left-wing llya Kovalchuk (13-13), Los Angeles Kings centre Pavol Demitra (6-15) and Philadelphia Flyers left-winger Simon Gagne (13-7), who put up their numbers in 14 games. Turco was named top defensive player after leading all goalies in wins with a 10-2-0 record, 1.90 goals-against average and .924 save percentage. Turco edged Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff (8-2-0, 1.77) and Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Curtis Joseph (7-3-0, 1.79) for the award.
Over at the Hockeyfights forum, they discovered a story in the Swedish paper Afton Bladet that Stephen Walkom is interested in finding the best officials in the world for the NHL and is trying to establish an academy of some sorts in Europe. I am all for it, find the best in the world, train them properly and the officiating will be better in the long run. The raw translation of the article can be found in the comment section of this post.
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