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from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
They must rack up about 40 points in their final 28 games to have a chance. They must do this in a highly competitive atmosphere, one that may prompt other playoff contenders to make long-range sacrifices to acquire immediate help.
It won’t be easy for the Note.
“We have to get on a roll here,” Legace said. “We have to win 10 or 11 in a row to get back in this. We can do it, we’re capable. We play well enough defensively. We just have to get some bounces.”
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
You don’t think Sam Pollock or Frank Selke or Jack Adams would have won Cups if they had changed teams? Does that mean Lou Lamoriello or Holland would suddenly lose their ability to build a winner if they changed organizations?
Of course it doesn’t, which is why if the Maple Leafs search committee doesn’t do everything it possibly can to get permission to speak with Ken Holland, then hire him if they do, then they are simply abdicating their responsibility and doing the organization a complete disservice.
That’s because Holland is the best GM in the NHL, period. That’s why the Detroit Red Wings have won three Stanley Cups and are a perennial contender regardless of the financial landscape of the league. There’s absolutely no reason to believe he wouldn’t bring those same attributes to Toronto if he were hired.
Earlier today, Denis Potvin was on “Hockey This Morning” (NHL Home Ice XM 204) describing the scene last night in Buffalo regarding the horrific injury to Richard Zednik. Denis was doing color for FSN Florida last night.
Our thanks to Hockey This Morning on NHL Home Ice XM 204 for the providing the audio for KK readers.
Note: details of last night’s events were previously posted here on KK (including video).
Update 2:04pm ET: An update from the Panthers states that Zednik is still in stable condition, but remains in the intensive care unit.
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from the AP via Yahoo,
The Sea Wolves, who joined the ECHL in 1996, stayed afloat thanks to local ownership that was committed to Biloxi. But on Aug. 29, 2005, only weeks after the Sea Wolves offered former ECHL player Steffon Walby his first head coaching job, Katrina obliterated Mississippi’s coastline.
Water inside the coliseum swamped the first five rows of seats, destroying two Zamboni ice surfacing machines and the scoreboard, which had been lowered to the floor out of fear that it might fall if 140 mph winds tore away the building’s walls or roof.
Few could have blamed the franchise for folding or selling to owners from elsewhere who might have moved the team to a Northern city where hockey is embedded in local culture.
It wasn’t even clear how many fans would be around if the team would come back.
from the Star-Telegram,
Lehtinen has been back for five of the Stars’ last six victories, and his play has been as much a reason for the Stars’ latest success as anything. Whether it’s forechecking, killing penalties or boosting the power play, Lehtinen’s impact is being felt everywhere.
“He’s all-purpose for us,” captain Brenden Morrow said. “He stepped in, and the power play’s working. It’s not just the penalty kill or 5 on 5. He’s on every facet of our game. That’s the Jere Lehtinen of old. He’s probably underrated throughout the league, and many don’t recognize his work. But 22 guys in this room certainly do.”
from ABC Action News, FL,
Thomas Kostopoulos and Ryan Obryne were arrested early Monday morning at Whiskey Park in Tampa.
The victim was inside Whiskey Park and had set her purse on the bar counter top. She immediately noticed it missing and alerted the bar security staff. The security staff saw the defendent (Obryne) outside the club holding the purse in one hand and the victim’s cell phone in the other.
added 9:46am, A little more on this at the Montreal Gazette...
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
The NHL is very good at disciplining and suspending its players.
Someday, it would be nice to see them apply some performance standards to their on-ice officials outside of firing the ones they don’t like at the end of the season.
Yesterday afternoon, the Red Wings and Ducks went at it in an humdinger of a hockey game, won 3-2 by Anaheim. The crime, however, was that the Wings clearly scored in the final minute of play on a Nicklas Lidstrom shot from the point that beat J.S. Giguere but had it incorrectly waved off by veteran official Dan O’Halloran.
You can see a video of the non-goal at A2Y.
Update 1:20pm: More on the refs from Michael Farber in Sports Illustrated today.
from the Daily Herald,
Ryan Shannon scored the only goal in the shootout on a spin move that saw him bump Hawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.
Referees Paul Devorski and Wes McCauley appeared confused but allowed the goal to stand, much to the dismay of Hawks general manager Dale Tallon, who exploded in anger in the press box and immediately got on his cell phone and called the NHL office in Toronto.
“To me, that’s interference,” said Hawks coach Denis Savard. “The goaltender shouldn’t be able to get bumped.”
more on the Hawks shootout loss to Vancouver….
Watch the Shannon SO goal…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
They’re off today, but when the Rangers New York Rangers return to the practice rink tomorrow to open what in essence will be a four-day mini-camp preceding their next match on Saturday, the team will be charged with building off this weekend’s work ethic while Tom Renney will work on implementing changes within the current structure.
“I think this weekend gives us reason to believe that we can battle with anybody relatively well when we play within our system,” the head coach said following yesterday’s 3-2 overtime defeat here to the Capitals. “At the same time, there are adaptations that can be made to help our confidence.”
There are adaptations that can be made to improve the power play while contemplating a major deal for a PP quarterback like Tampa Bay’s Dan Boyle
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
It is considered a fact of NHL life that legs will be heavy when a team returns from the road, and that legs will be even heavier when a West Coast trip was part of the itinerary.
The Blue Jackets did nothing to dispel this notion last night, when they were beaten by the last-place Los Angeles Kings and their butcher of a goaltender, Dan Cloutier.
The Jackets lost 3-2 in a shootout and, as soon as the game was over, more than a few members of the home team noted that they spent Saturday flying cross country from San Jose, where they had lost in overtime Friday night.
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