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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- I’m glad Nazem Kadri has good analytics. I’d be even more impressed if he was in better support position when he played in the defensive zone and didn’t turn the puck over in the offensive zone.
- Somehow Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish must have forgotten that when they won Stanley Cups, Grant Fuhr, Bill Ranford or Mike Richter were in goal.
- From the department of weird stats: Evgeni Nabokov has more career shutouts (59) than Ken Dryden, Bernie Parent, Ed Giacomin, Rogie Vachon and Curtis Joseph. That list includes three Hall of Famers, one passed over Hall of Famer and one maybe someday Hall of Famer.
more including some Mike Babcock talk which does not include any mention of him coaching in Toronto next year...
from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Pouring coffee with Penguins head equipment manager Dana Heinze can be a revealing experience.
First, grab a Styrofoam cup, black or gold with the Penguins logo on the side. Heinze packs these for road trips and insists the Penguins are the only NHL team that travels with logo-covered cups.
But don't dare put cream at the bottom and pour. That's an inadequate mix. Instead, dump one into the other, then repeat.
Spill a little? In an instant, there's an outstretched arm offering a paper towel.
“It's the little details that set us apart,” Heinze said. “People might think it's excessive or extreme, but I think it makes a difference.”
Heinze, 46, is a master of details. The 2014-15 season is Heinze's ninth in his current role, each more obsessive-compulsive than the last.
The man who outfits the Penguins, who fixes equipment, who sharpens skates, who ensures players are offered their preferred hair product and who organizes the locker room, leaves no box unchecked.
What do you think of the new look montage which played before the puck dropped last night?
from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,
...defenseman Victor Hedman suffered an upper-body injury in the second period, forcing him to miss the rest of the game, and likely the rest of this five-game, 10-day road trip, coach Jon Cooper said.
Hedman, the team's top defenseman, is heading back to Tampa to get re-evaluated for what's believed to be a hand injury. Considering how well Hedman was playing, entering Saturday among the league leaders with seven points, it's a huge loss. But Cooper said he has "complete confidence" his team can shoulder the load, and with Radko Gudas (lower body) expected back soon, they won't need a call-up.
"We're hoping for the best," Cooper said. "It's unfortunate, clearly. We're going to test our depth. It just puts a little more pressure on our d-core as a whole. I just really feel for him. It's just too bad."
Said captain Steven Stamkos: "That's obviously a huge loss. He's playing so well this year. He's a horse for us."
more on Tampa's win over Vancouver and below, watch how the injury occurred...
My question is, where are the Avalanche players?
One of the topics Ron MacLean and Don Cherry discussed were the goal nets.
Don Cherry said the net has become too top-heavy because they took 12 inches off of the back and that someone is going to get hurt the same way Mark Howe got impaled by the goalpost back in the day.
A few other topics including a look at Tyler Toffoli of the LA Kings.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
- So Ken Dryden literally handed the torch to Carey Price at Thursday’s home opener in Montreal. This hopefully will work out better for the Canadiens then when Dryden figuratively handed the torch to Bunny Larocque and Denis Herron in 1979.
One game, winner take all.
Who do you want: Dryden or Patrick Roy?
I’ll take Dryden.
- Which team last year filed a complaint with the NHL, alleging circumvention committed by the Rangers when Martin Biron retired instead of accepting a demotion to the AHL and soon after took a job with MSG-TV?
- Of the 35 goaltenders to play at least 84 games since the start of 2011-12, Steve Mason has the fifth-worst save percentage at .908 while Ray Emery has the fourth-worst at .907.
If I didn’t know better, I would say that “Mr. Snider” has his eye on Connor McDavid.
more NHL talk including Marty Brodeur should go out on his terms...
from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,
The players say that any problems have been addressed and that they are united now. But a degree of stress still seems evident as the Sharks make an early-season swing through the metropolitan area, which ends Sunday at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers. The players stiffen when they sense the inevitable questions coming with each city they visit.
“It made for good TV,” defenseman Scott Hannan said of the reports of internal friction. “That was last year. Everyone in here, everything’s great.”
Referring to the Sharks’ perennial playoff woes, forward Tommy Wingels said: “I don’t know why we haven’t cleared that hurdle. But unfortunately we’re not going to be given another opportunity for many months now, until the playoffs are to begin. We’d love to fast-forward there.”...
During the summer, McLellan relieved Thornton of the captaincy, with the responsibility delegated to a number of alternates. Wilson said the Sharks were “going young.”
Before Saturday’s game against the Devils, Thornton said: “It was disappointing, but life moves on. It hasn’t affected me as a guy or as a player.”
Wilson also said he gave Thornton the chance to leave the Sharks if he did not want to be part of the youth movement. Thornton, 35, said he chose to stay for a simple reason. “I had a three-year contract — that’s pretty much it,” he said, laughing.
"It was a selfish act. I think it takes away from all the positives from the game. I'm obviously not proud of what I did there"
"I know [the Canadiens fans] can get under your skin sometimes, but they are great fans. They are what make the games fun"
- Milan Lucic via tweets from Joe Haggerty.
added 4:04pm, video of the Lucic talking about the incident is below...
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