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from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,
It’s early, but…
• It looks like Jason Spezza will win the Art Ross Trophy with no goals and 128 assists.
• Could we have been dead wrong? Will it be the New York Islanders, and not the Rangers, that succeed this season?
from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,
In days gone by, one team’s enforcer would engage the other team’s designated hitter and the code was to oblige. More and more though, the challenges that once meant an immediate throw-down now garner a dismissive shrug. So what’s a roughneck “role player” to do except try to redefine his role?
To that end, some have made the transition from baiter to skater and proved valuable forecheckers who can score a bit. Check out Chris Neil in Ottawa and Sean Avery in New York. Even Simon made the switch from puncher only to tough guy who could also take a regular shift.
Why is the Golden Jet smiling?
Read on and you will find a “sometime” hockey blogger smiling too!
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
So, when does “it’s early” become “it’s too late”? Well, if history is any indication, many teams will have crossed that all-important line by Halloween.
A quick look at the standings on Nov. 1, 2006 shows that teams that endured a rough start to the season found it very difficult to get back into a playoff spot, especially in the Western Conference. Of the top eight teams in the West, only one team didn’t maintain its standing within the top eight—the Edmonton Oilers, who held down the eighth and final playoff spot last Nov. 1 but tumbled all the way to 12th by the end of the season.
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
“It’s been used to getting a whole new crew,” Neale said. “Jeanneret has been easy to work with. But it’s like getting traded to a team. You have to get used to your new teammates.”
Neale was asked that after the Sabres 0-2 start, some of the Buffalo players and coaches kidded him that he brought some of the Leafs struggling ways with him.
“Actually, I missed one of the first-two games because of my duties with Hockey Night in Canada,” he said. “I was only 0-1 before I had a meeting with the team and straightened them out.
NEW YORK (October 15, 2007) – Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward, Buffalo Sabres defenseman Brian Campbell and Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending October 14.
About eight to 10 NHL players will begin using Thermablade during upcoming games and practices. The NHL and NHLPA will use the testing phase to evaluate Thermablade’s potential for use in NHL competition on a broader scale.
KK had a write-up from the Toronto Star about the Thermablade back in late September…
from the Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
While not denying that the apparent concussion suffered by newly acquired winger Todd Bertuzzi in Sunday’s 2-0 loss to the visiting Minnesota Wild “puts pressure on other people,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle chose to look at the club’s latest problem another way. With a matchup against the powerful Detroit Red Wings on tap Monday night at Honda Center, Carlyle challenged his players to each raise their game by “10 percent.” Certainly, the Ducks are hurting. They are short a winger legitimately capable of playing on the first or second line, and will be short two as long as Bertuzzi is sidelined.
from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,
Let’s revisit Cannonball Pitre, the first man to sign a playing contract with the Canadiens, and that first historic game that changed Montreal forever.
read on and some great, old-time pictures…
What a wonderful piece by Mr. Stubbs. Makes you want to put on one of those heavy wool sweaters and find a pond to skate on.
from STATS NHL Blog,
How big were Buffalo’s offseason losses? If we isolate all players who changed teams and scored either 15 goals or 30 points in 2006-07, the Sabres lost more goals and points than all other teams. The totals reflect not only goals and points lost from a year ago, but those gained by new acquisitions with 15 goals or 30 points last season.
The Sabres lost a total of 73 goals and 172 points without adding a single player who netted 15 goals or 30 points a year ago. At least the Islanders signed a few players to make up for most of their lost production, including Bill Guerin, Mike Comrie, Jon Sim and Ruslan Fedotenko.
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