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from the National Post,
Vigneault likes the identity his team has forged in the last month and said that Linden doesn’t fit the type of player he is looking for on his fourth line.
“We have to look at our team identity right now,” Vigneault said yesterday, which was a day off for his players. “We have one offensive line, we have a good checking line, we are getting some identity now on that fourth line as far as grit, grind and in-your-face-type hockey ... So that’s where we are right now.
“Where does Trevor fit? If we want to be an in-your-face type team on a fourth line, Trevor doesn’t fit there. We’re in that little dilemma now.”
from the Star-Ledger,
Two months into his first season as an NHL coach and with the Devils riding a seven-game winning streak, Brent Sutter sat down yesterday for a one-on-one interview with The Star-Ledger….
You’ve been tough on some guys. Is part of your coaching style to challenge, push and test your players?
Coaches need to find the right buttons with players. There is accountability. They need to play at a certain level for the team to be successful and there are different ways coaches have to get them to do that. It depends on the circumstances and what is going on at that point in time. Coaching isn’t always about soft love. Sometimes there is tough love involved.
from the Courier Post,
Briere and Kapanen, each of whom is listed at an exaggerated 5-foot-10, traded a flurry of punches while battling for a puck along the boards in a 2-on-2 drill. They were quickly separated by teammates.
“It wasn’t much,” Briere said. “It was a battling drill. I think he gave a shot to somebody and then he gave me a shot. There were some pushes back and forth.”
For the record, those weren’t pushes, they were punches.
Kapanen suggested there was more to the skirmish than some spur-of-the-moment adrenaline…
So what gives? Is it possible Kapanen was trying to send a message to Briere?
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
“Who would have thought it would be his third year in the league before he went to Western Canada? It would have been special the first year. But this makes it extra special, especially for Sid because he is so respectful of the game and the traditions.”
From the minute Crosby lands here, he’ll be an event.
First he’ll proceed to a special press conference at the team hotel this afternoon. He’ll also have special pre-game and post-game press conferences tomorrow as well.
It’ll be the same drill in Calgary and Vancouver minus the hotel press conference to launch the closest thing there is to a royal visit in hockey in the new millennium.
from the Chicago Sun-Times,
Though Jonathan Toews has been mentioned as a future captain of the Blackhawks ever since he was drafted third overall in 2006, coach Denis Savard didn’t plan on giving the rookie center a letter designating leadership in his first NHL season.
But Savard changed his mind Monday, naming Toews and Brent Seabrook alternate captains for December. Tuomo Ruutu and Brent Sopel served in that rotating role in November, joining Martin Lapointe, who will wear the ‘‘A’’ all season.
The Hawks don’t plan to name a captain until a candidate emerges who figures to be around for many seasons to come. That will probably be Toews, 19.
Remember the KK post about a month ago called “Gordie Howe Is The Greatest Of Them All”? Well, if you enjoyed it I suggest you read Dave Stubbs at the Montreal Gazette today,
Whether Detroit Red Wings Hall of Famer Gordie Howe was the greatest of them all, regardless of the record book, might forever be debated by hockey fans.
But in the spring of 1963, when Howe was celebrated in a hit song by Verdun’s Bob Davies, there was no doubt.
Tonight, the man they call Mr. Hockey will be joined by a handful of other Red Wings legends at the Bell Centre when the Canadiens pay tribute to one of their Original Six rivals, another special event on the road to the Habs’ 2009 centennial.
With the game being on Versus tonight, we can only hope they care enough about their fans that they show this pre-game tribute!
The segment HNIC did on Saturday regarding some of the hockey blogs has of course created some great conversation.
Probably the best thing I have read about it comes from Tom Benjamin at his NHL weblog,
I’m really tired of the unsupported criticism - advanced in the story by Kevin Allen - about the lack of accountability and journalistic ethics in the blogosphere. First, I think my readers hold me accountable. Every time I make a mistake, I hear about it in spades and so does everyone who reads the comments on the blog.
Second, if this really is a problem, it is time to name names instead of throwing it out as a general criticism. Which post or blogger violates or has violated the ethics of hockey journalism? Who has been irresponsible? Which opinion falls outside the boundaries of fair comment? Support the criticism with some evidence or shut up about it.
If you listen online to many of the sports radio stations in Canada, like I do, these numbers may interest you…
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
The Bill Watters Show, launched in August on AM640 Toronto to compete against Bob McCown’s Prime Time Sports afternoon drive-time sports show on The Fan 590, has yet to inflict any damage.
McCown’s market share (percentage of the Toronto audience listening) for the September-October survey period was 8.0, up from 7.5 a year ago (all figures for males, 25 to 54).
Still, the Watters show, which is targeting a male audience, did pretty well for its first survey. It produced a share of 3.1, up from 2.0 a year ago.
more ratings talk regarding other shows throughout Canada…
from the Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
A week ago, Rome was burning, or at least the Maple Leafs were in freefall, candidates were openly lobbying for John Ferguson’s job, Richard Peddie was saying all kinds of silly things and major organizational change seemed imminent.
Then came a credible performance in a shootout loss to Montreal, followed by a solid victory in Atlanta and an impressive triumph against the struggling Pittsburgh Penguins on home ice Saturday night.
So can the alarm be turned off now? Or should it never have been turned on in the first place?
Well, no and no.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
“I don’t know if there’s anything specific at the moment. I’ve told teams we need to get healthy. We’ve said all along that it would be nice to have another forward who can score goals. But there doesn’t seem to be that person available right now. We’re just trying to find out what is out there.”
Murray said the answers mostly have to come from within.
“I’m not sure that trades do very much,” said Murray. “You may scare a person. You may eliminate a person or two from your lineup. I think we have a pretty good hockey team. You don’t want to make a change just for the sake of making a change. If that’s what it takes to stimulate this group, then I’d be pretty disappointed.
“We’ve got a good group here. We’ve obviously gotten away from our game. We’ve got too many guys worried about statistics rather than winning.”
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