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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
...Again, we’re talking about Martin Skoula here.
Lemaire simply loves him, as displayed by Skoula’s ice time in critical situations. Late in tight games, one constant will be Skoula ... on the ice ... every other shift.
Lemaire has complete faith in him, which is why Lemaire asked Risebrough three times at June’s NHL draft, “What’s going on with Skoula?“He’s the only guy he cared about,” said Risebrough, who then got on the horn and re-signed the veteran to a two-year contract.
from the Detroit Free Press,
Never one to soften his words, Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios delivered a simple message to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday.
“I can’t believe my good friend Gary would want to leave me in Russia,” Chelios said, and it must be noted the “good friend” was deeply sarcastic. “I’d like to have a private talk with Gary one of these days, see what he means.”
Chelios was referring to the latest turn of events in the soap opera that debuted in the aftermath of the 2004-05 NHL lockout, starring Bettman, deputy commissioner Bill Daly and former NHL Players’ Association boss Ted Saskin.
from the NHLPA,
TORONTO (October 15, 2007): The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) Executive Board, which consists of the 30 Player Representatives, held a conference call on Monday evening during which Paul Kelly was nominated for the position of NHLPA Executive Director. The Executive Board will immediately conduct a secret ballot vote.
The NHLPA’s constitution requires that the Executive Director be elected by a majority of the members of the Executive Board. This process will be completed by October 23, 2007.
From Fluto Shinzawa at the Boston Globe,
Aaron Ward, more than most of his teammates, has been steamed ever since the preseason by the league-wide crystal-ballers who have pegged the Bruins for yet another rotten season.
“Most people,” said Ward about the season-opening five-game swing, “would have predicted that we’d be lucky to get 2 [points].”
Instead, the Bruins finally flew east - they had been on the road for 10 days - late Saturday night as owners of 6 hard-won points, probably more than any Black-and-Gold homer would have predicted for the West Coast trip.
“We’re struggling for attention in the city of Boston,” said Ward. “We’re kind of the redheaded stepchild out of the four teams.”
From Jim Morris at the CP,
Roenick is on course to become the 40th NHL player, and just the third born in the U.S., to score 500 goals.
“That would be great,” said Roenick, who signed as a free agent with the Sharks this summer after a couple of frustrating seasons in Phoenix and Los Angeles. “That would be a true treat but that’s not my goal right now. That will be something I can look back at when I’m done and really feel good about myself. No. 1 would be the Stanley Cup.”
Roenick, a 37-year-old native of Boston, headed into the game against Vancouver with 497 career goals. The two goals he scored this year both came in a 3-1 win over the Canucks on Oct. 5.
*I’m guessing he gets his 500th against Vancouver—it seems like everyone scores their milestone goals against the Canucks.
So it’s either a hat trick tonight, or Sharks fans better not expect him to score his 500th till December 13th…
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
But unlike the NHL, in the NBA, an assist isn’t a big deal. It doesn’t get a player more money in contract negotiations or more status as a star player the way it does in hockey. The big stats in basketball are points, rebounds and steals, followed by blocked shots and assists.
We’re not advocating the assist fall that far down the food chain, but how about a system where an assist gets what it’s actually worth? We say goals should count for a point and assists for a half a point. (Shameless plug here: In Campbellnomics, a statistic you’ll find in THN that charts only important goals, assists are worth half a point.)
The NHL, of course, will never do this because it would compromise scoring records that have been established throughout history. And hey, they have a point there, but it’s probably not as drastic as you’d think. Here’s how the top 10 scorers of all time would look under the one point for goal and half point for assist system.
read on for the Top 10 and much more on this subject…
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Jonathan Bernier is heading back to junior hockey.
Sources tell TSN the Los Angeles Kings are in the process of returning the 19-year-old underage netminder to Lewiston of the Quebec League. He is expected to be back with his junior team as early as tomorrow.
Updated 6:32pm ET:
Kings activate Jean-Sebastien Aubin from IR.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
“If you look at our season last year, towards the end of the season, we were fighting for our playoff lives,” said Hurricanes’ goaltender Cam Ward. “You’d hate to look back at your early season, thinking or wishing that you’d had a better game here or there. Every game is huge. It’s not just all about the second half or the last week, trying to get into the playoffs. It’s about what you do the entire season that really matters.
“To get off to a great start, it does help the confidence of the team.”
Ward, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner in the ‘06 playoffs and the reigning player-of-the-week, is undefeated in regulation thus far.
“Right from Day One in training camp, you could definitely see the guys were a lot more excited and a lot hungrier,” he said.
With thanks to Roman at eNHL.cz, we’ve discovered Dominik Hasek’s new off season hobby.
(*Important to note that when Hasek spoke to eNHL.cz’s camera man, he was insistent that he does not ride during the NHL season.)
from Inside the Kings,
The dressing-room chemistry seems to be good. It’s a real good group of guys, on a personal level, and they seem to like each other. So I don’t think that’s a problem. Is the coaching staff getting through to them? Maybe that’s an issue. The fact that Dave Lewis was brought in, as sort of a ``father figure’’ to the players, tells me that there might have been an issue with Crawford’s ability to relate to the players. I don’t know that for a fact, but if there is, that’s a bigger issue than any X’s or O’s problem or an inability to kill penalties.
much more on the Kings slow start…
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