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from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
Most notably, the Maple Leafs decided to buck tradition by skipping the customary salute to fans following a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. During the last couple seasons every win at Air Canada Centre has been celebrated in the same way: With players skating to centre ice and raising their sticks in the air.
At least every win until this one.
While one member of the team told me afterwards that the group was simply looking to change things up and didn’t intend to offend the paying customers, the gesture certainly left plenty of room for another interpretation.
It has been a trying season in Toronto, with fans often booing the team and throwing sweaters on the ice repeatedly during games. Already the Leafs have been beaten by three or more goals in their building on four occasions.
added 9:41pm, Well okay then, a semi-stick salute.
added 10:00am, Oh, and then there is this...
Patrick Roy said post-game Tanguay will be evaluated on Friday.
Sportsnet style and note, the video is 25 minutes long.
Some great names on this list...
Bruce Boudreau when asked about Sami Vatanen’s Corsi rating...
“I don’t know, I’ve never looked at a Corsi number so that tells you my answer. I don’t pay any attention to any of that.
“I can tell by my eyes whether he is playing good or bad.”
More on the Ducks from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times as Ryan Kesler returns to Vancouver tonight.
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Thursday the acquisition of defenseman Bryan Allen from the Anaheim Ducks, in return for forward Rene Bourque.
Allen, 34, recorded one assist in six games thus far with the Ducks in 2014-15, averaging 18:12 of ice time per game. He recorded four shots on goal, 11 hits, 10 blocked shots and served four penalty minutes. He missed 14 games due to a lower-body injury.
Since he first joined the NHL back in 2000-01, Allen has recorded a total of 135 points (29 goals, 106 assists) in 716 regular season games. He scored five game winning goals. The 6'05'' and 223 lbs forward also served 837 penalty minutes and displays a +28 plus/minus differential.
added 4:47pm, DA press release is below...
I definitely plan on staying here. My wife is American so that was always sort of the plan, to stay here. My boys were born here—one of my sons surf, one plays baseball—so they are as American as you can be. It was just always the plan, stay here and raise our family down here. LA is great too—San Diego is just a little bit more mellow so for the family life I think it’s a little bit better.
My boys are 11 and 9 so I didn’t get to spend that much time with them as far as sports and their activities when I was still playing, so I’m making up for that and just participating in their sports, coaching a little bit here or there and just basically being there and supporting them. Besides that, there’s not that much time left in a day so I would say right now the kids are number one and obviously family. I think for the next few years, just spend time with them and then we’ll sort of see what happens.
from Stephen Burtch of Sportsnet,
After winning their second Stanley Cup in three years, and starting the 2014-15 season with a bang, the Los Angeles Kings are off track.
The season began with the Kings playing seven of their first eight games at home. They convincingly won six straight at the Staples Center before hitting the road with a 6-1-1 record. But they lost four straight to start the trip, before winning the final game. Heading back to L.A. didn’t improve things and, despite playing four of five on home ice, the Kings sported a 3-4-3 record over the past 10 heading into their game Tuesday night (they beat Florida 5-2). They just aren’t striking fear into the hearts of opponents like they once did.
While the Kings have appeared dominant the past few years, they haven’t raced out to amazing early win-loss records. Superficially, it appears there is nothing to worry about, as the Kings are traditionally slow starters and strong finishers. (The past two seasons they had 22 and 23 points through 18 games.) Unfortunately for the Kings, that isn’t quite how this story goes.Score Adjusted Corsi tells us more about what to expect than the number of points the Kings have accumulated.
from Sean McIndoe of Grantland,
It’s never easy to see somebody lose his job, even in the big-dollar world of the NHL, but it does help to be prepared. So here’s a look at 10 seats around the league that are already getting warm or worse.
Sharks Coach Todd McLellan
Why he’s in trouble: McLellan has been on the hot seat for years, and his firing seemed like a sure thing after last season’s playoff collapse against the Kings. He was given a surprising reprieve by GM Doug Wilson, who vowed to overhaul the roster instead. That led into the summer’s odd standoff with Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, and the team emerged without a captain but with essentially an unchanged core. So far, that patience hasn’t paid off, as the team has hovered around the .500 mark....
Flyers Coach Craig Berube
Why he’s in trouble: He’s the head coach of the Flyers, which is one of those positions where the seat starts getting warm on the day you take the job. That’s especially true when the team struggles to get over .500, which the Flyers have for much of the season. And he’s working for a GM who didn’t hire him; Ron Hextall was the assistant GM when Berube got the job last season, and could want to put his own guy in place now that he’s in charge....
more on each of the above plus more 'hot seat' candidates...
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