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from the Calgary Sun,
Only two Flames players were exempt from the exhausting conditioning skate that came at the end of yesterday’s practice.
One of the absences could spell trouble for the club. Defenceman Dion Phaneuf is out indefinitely with a leg injury.
“Dion went for an x-ray,” said coach Mike Keenan after the hour-long session wrapped up at the Saddledome.
“He re-aggravated an (old) injury, and then he bumped it again (Monday) night. It’s a recurrence and he needs some time to heal.”
update 3:06pm, via TSN,
The 22-year-old Edmonton native had the leg x-rayed on Tuesday and the results were negative. He plans to skate tomorrow and is probable to play against Vancouver Thursday evening.
from the Columbus Dispatch,
“Driving in some days, you feel like you’re going to go out on the ice and run through the boards,” Shelley said Sunday night as he watched the Jackets play the St. Louis Blues. He was sitting alone in a darkened booth on press row, just below the rafters.
Shelley is—or was—primarily an enforcer. But there are fewer fights in the NHL. There is also a greater importance on special teams, so agitation is a more delicate art. In the Jackets’ case, they have this kid Jared Boll who knows how to irritate, and skate, and hit.
from On the Rangers Beat,
In my haste to put news up here, I neglected to mention the new blogroll on the left-hand side.
The goal is to provide a base for hockey fans to come here and then bounce to worthy sites that I often scan. Hope to adding a few more soon.
Just mentioning this since very few MSM blogs are listing hockey bloggers on their site. Hopefully other sites will catch on…
from the LA Daily News,
Which Ducks team will show up from night to night has become anybody’s guess. That only makes tonight’s game with the Coyotes - the third time the two teams have faced each other in the season’s first five weeks - all the more interesting.
“If we play our style, our game - forechecking, getting in and out of the cycle - our power play clicked a few times in Phoenix. If we’re doing that and we’re skating, we’re going to create chances and eventually they’re going to go in the net,” said Corey Perry, who scored twice in Saturday’s win. “So it’s just one of those things. The other night, five went in, and last night none went in.”
from the Edmonton Sun,
The Edmonton Oilers had a little heart-to-heart yesterday.
Head coach Craig MacTavish gathered the troops during practice and spoke to them for around 20 minutes.
The message was clear. They need more from everybody in order to save their sinking ship.
from the Mercury News,
When Ron Wilson was asked recently how many games he planned to play goalie Evgeni Nabokov this season, the Sharks coach leaned back in his office chair and pretended to do the math in his head.
“Well, we have 82 regular-season games, and then add in the playoffs . . . ” Wilson said.
He was kidding.
read on (reg. may be req.)
from the Tennessean,
But how does Detroit, which hosts the Predators in their first matchup of the season tonight, do it year after year?
The secret to its success seems to be a mix of luck and longevity. While centering play on a core of key veteran contributors, the Red Wings have drafted a contingent of young talent, which they have injected into their system and painstakingly molded into professionals.
The result is a continual influx of ability that complements the nucleus, easily replaces the departed, and prevents Detroit from the falloff so many other teams experience.
from the Chicago Daily Herald,
Martin Havlat is not quite ready for a practice with contact.
“I was hoping for this week, but we want to make sure he’s mentally ready for it. That’s a big key,” Denis Savard said. “His mind-set is not quite there yet.”
more on the Blackhawks…
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
A growing number of small-market NHL franchise owners are wringing their hands over how league’s CBA – particularly Article 49 – governs revenue sharing, several team owners say.
Here’s the problem: Teams like the Nashville Predators, Florida Panthers and Phoenix Coyotes, which rely on revenue-sharing money, must generate “a year-to-year revenue growth rate in excess of the league average revenue growth rate,” the CBA says.
Put simply, if the average NHL club increases revenue 6 per cent this season, and the Predators increase revenue 5 per cent, the club would lose 25 per cent, or about $3 million, of its revenue-sharing stipend of $11 million (all figures U.S.).
Remember gentlemen, no complaining, it was your CBA!
from the Buffalo News,
The Sabres still have talent but five of a kind has become genuinely unkind this season. They have been stifled by their own play and not-so-subtle changes in a league that has returned to tight checking and close quarters. Teams are intent on buckling down on defense and exploiting teams relying too much on skating alone.
“The message is there,” Ruff said after practice Tuesday. “You watched the playoffs. You saw how tight it got, and the scoring chances got fewer and fewer. Coaches are pretty good at looking at video and wondering what’s going on and [experimenting]. There is a little bit of a trend developing.”
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