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Question from anonymous (Westerville, Ohio): What is your scouting report on the Flyers this year?
Jones: Well, 22 to 24 of the teams are .500 teams. There are four elite teams and there about three or four are above average. I’d put the Flyers in that above-average category. The four elite teams are Ottawa, Carolina, Detroit and Anaheim (once they get Scott Niedermayer back). The Rangers are in the class of the Flyers. I’m not sure how much Jaromir Jagr has left in the tank. He looks disinterested and that’s a big concern.
If you missed the interview Alanah did with Keith, you can listen to it here and also buy the book, Jonesy”.
The National Hockey League posted record attendance for the month of November, attracting 3,367,547 fans to 199 games for a per-game average of 16,922. The per-game figure eclipsed the previous November high of 16,818 set during the League’s successful re-launch season in 2005 and was 2.3% ahead of last season’s 16,538.
from University Sport,
Mike Babcock has indicated that his alma really does matter and he intends on wearing his old school tie when he steps behind the bench for Detroit’s National Hockey League game against the Montreal Canadiens, tonight.
Babcock, who played hockey at McGill University in the mid-1980s, where was captain and MVP of the Redmen, confided to some old school buddies during dinner in Old Montreal, Monday, that he would wear the crimson red silk tie for the game against the Habs.
For close-up pictures of the tie, see a previous KK post...
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.
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