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from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Canada.com,
Detroit, New Jersey and Colorado have captured eight of the past 10 Stanley Cups, coming as close to dynasties as the NHL has had since 1995. All three were hit hard this summer as talent spread around the league in the NHL's new salary-cap world, but only one team so far hasn't lost a beat: the Red Wings. Why? Try Johan Franzen, Jason Williams, Mikael Samuelsson and Andreas Lilja. Never heard of them? Neither have most hockey fans, but they're part of the reason the Red Wings sit atop the NHL's overall standings at 9-1-0 while the Avalanche (3-4-1 before Tuesday) and Devils (4-4-0) have sputtered somewhat.
from the East Valley Tribune,
"For our success as a group, we need our top players to be better each and every night," said Gretzky, who confirmed he was referring to Shane Doan, Petr Nedved, Ladislav Nag y, Derek Morris and Mike Johnson. "That will come. Part of the problem was Petr was hurt for a while. Morris was hurt, and they battled that for parts of the first 10 games. We need to get more production out of that part of the core of our team to have the success that we need to have."
This week's offensive player of the week answers a few questions in a conference call interview. from NHL.com,
Q. Andy Murray has the reputation of a details-oriented coach. Is that a good type of coach to have in the new NHL, where so much emphasis is on special teams and power play and I assume quite a bit of instruction? CRAIG CONROY: I think so, because it pretty much maps everything out for you. Everything is just, you know, black and white and he takes whatever the players think, too. He's always asking questions, what we do to get better and things like that. For the most part he tries to just keep it very simple.
The Carolina Hurricanes announced Tuesday that the team will honor former captain and 23-year NHL star Ron Francis prior to its game on Jan. 28 against the Atlanta Thrashers. The team will formally retire Francis' familiar No. 10 jersey during a pre-game ceremony, and honor the franchise's all-time goals, assists and points leader throughout the game.more
from the CP via Slam,
Edmonton Oilers centre Mike Peca went into Tuesday's game against Colorado in Craig MacTavish's doghouse. "He's got to play better," the Oilers head coach told the Edmonton Sun. "The time for him feeling his way in, learning the situation and what we need out of him is over. We need more intensity out of him. We need a better performance out of him, and he knows that."
via the CP,
Wild winger Marian Gaborik is injured yet again, this time diagnosed with a strained left hip flexor that will keep him out indefinitely. A right groin strain forced him to miss the first six games of the season. His return lasted only three games. "It's (ticking) me off, obviously. Frustrating," he told the Pioneer Press. "This kind of thing doesn't help you mentally - kind of (messed) up."
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has signed forward Fedor Fedorov to a NHL contract and has recalled him from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL). In addition, the club has also reassigned defenseman Dale Purinton the Wolf Pack.
With two weeks under the belt, the Power Rankings are back. And while Nashville, Ottawa and Vancouver have made some noise, the Red Wings have quietly dominated and top our list.
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
While much of the rookie attention is being placed on some of the outstanding 18-, 19- and 20-year olds, the rookie who might be having the biggest impact on his team is Buffalo Sabres' 25-year-old goalie Ryan Miller. Four years after winning the Hobey Baker Trophy as college hockey's best player, Miller has been a major factor in the Sabres' best start in almost 30 years.
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