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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
They’re back, so once again you can expect to hear about the Canadiens-Maple Leafs “rivalry.” The Rocket and everyone wearing a Leafs sweater. Eddie Shack and any Canadien who was within a stick-length of him. Dickie Moore and Frank Mahovlich.
“Hey, remember the time Dickie led a charge off the Canadiens bench after the Big M intentiallly shot the puck into Henri Richard’s face?” That was then and this is now - so what rivalry? The rivalry as we knew it was at its height in the six-team league and continued after the NHL’s first expansion and into the 1970s. Since then, it has gone the way of the grus Americana.
from The Record,
It’s clear that Jagr is missing the chemistry he had with Michael Nylander. For two seasons, Nylander brought out the best in Jagr because their styles complemented each other….
It’s time to give Gomez or Drury another try with Jagr, who hasn’t scored a goal in five games, and stick with it until they figure out how to make it work.
from the Edmonton Sun,
“It’s like being in Vegas up a couple of thousand,” said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. “You’re playing with house money, and all of a sudden that $20 bet isn’t that intimidating.
“When you’re 9-1 in the shootout, you go into those situations pretty loose and if something bad does happen, it’s not the end of the world because of the record that we have. That allows the players to relax.”...
“In large part it’s been the goaltending,” said MacTavish. “And Horc (Shawn Horcoff) has had great numbers in the shootout, as has Ales (Hemsky) and (Sam) Gagner.
“When you have great goaltending that is not letting in any goals and you have shooters that are as confident as our shooters are right now, it’s a good combination.”
While Burke did manufacture a team that quickly became a Stanley Cup champion, he has almost as quickly allowed it to slip back into mediocrity.
Empty Netters tells you why…
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The holdup in the deal was Weight’s no-trade clause, which he waived reluctantly. Weight spent six seasons in St. Louis, re-signing with the club in 2006 after winning a Stanley Cup in Carolina.
When asked how the deal unfolded and why he waived his no-trade clause, Weight said: “I just don’t feel like I want to comment on that. It is what it is ... Over the last 15 years, I’ve developed a pretty good reputation and I’m an honest person. I have no need to leave this city throwing mud, you know. I’m not going to comment on how it went down. If somebody asks me, I’ll tell them ... and I guarantee my teammates and friends will know exactly what happen.”...
“There’s nothing more I wanted than to try and win here,” Weight said. “It was an exciting atmosphere at the beginning of the year. Sometimes things happen that aren’t in your control. Some things aren’t always as they seem.”
A couple of early games on the NHL schedule today. Check NHL.com for broadcast information.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
“I am who I am,” the 24-year-old says. “I never change.”
He thinks somebody, maybe him, could score 70 goals in today’s NHL. That’s the limit.
“When Gretzky scored 92, the game was different,” he says. “I don’t think anybody is going to score 92 anymore. I think 70 is the most ...
“I think that’s possible.”
He admits to being selfish and doesn’t apologize for it.
“You have to be,” Kovalchuk says. “When it’s time, it’s time. You don’t have to be shy. You take over. It’s an emotional game, a team game, but sometimes you need to be selfish (to score).”
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
A Russian tycoon with a lifelong love for hockey has hired former NHL Players’ Association head Bob Goodenow to help start a new pro league in Europe that would compete for players with the NHL….
The likelihood of a new European league has increased in recent years as hockey federations in Russia and elsewhere in Europe have grown disenchanted with the NHL over its recruitment of their best players.
At the same time, Medvedev has ample dollars to start a competitor to the venerable NHL. In an interview from Russia, Medvedev confirmed that former Russian NHL star Igor Larionov and Goodenow are members of a so-called “working group” that’s starting the league. Goodenow travelled to Moscow this week to discuss the prospective league, Larionov said.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
...the fact that the Ducks opted to trade McDonald, a centre, as opposed to a defenceman such as Sean O’Donnell or Shane Hnidy or Mathieu Schneider, did come as something of a surprise.
Some may look at the trade and decide that the Ducks aren’t as good now with Weight as they were with McDonald.
Fair enough, that is not an illogical face-value assessment, even though McDonald’s numbers are way down this season.
But in the grand scheme of things, this McDonald trade is precisely what the doctor ordered for the Ducks and will help the organization in ways you don’t immediately see.
Now, if you believed Corey Perry was going to be moved, or there was even some talk of him being moved, then you probably should not be reading this. Go back to the drama queen channel, you may find something you like there.
Brian Burke held a little media scrum before the game tonight and says he needs to make one more small move, after the holidays, which will allow the Ducks to look at extending Corey Perry. He mentioned signing Perry is a top priority and hopes to get it done.
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