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Old-fashioned hip check by Demers on Jarret Stoll.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
This collection of players doesn’t have the right stuff to succeed under the glare of the Toronto spotlight. Maybe they would be able to make it in Raleigh, Sunrise or Newark, but they don’t have the hide to take on the challenge of being Maple Leafs — certainly the alleged leaders don’t.
Maybe Dion Phaneuf would be the right guy to lead a small-market U.S. team, but his endorsement/approval of the infantile, tone-deaf stunt his team pulled on Thursday makes it pretty clear he should not be captain of the Maple Leafs.
It is as if general manager Dave Nonis and his immediate predecessor, the bombastic, never ignored (even if always to be ignored) Brian Burke, somehow put together the hockey equivalent of a team of Eddie Lee Whitsons, the one-time Yankees pitcher whose personality was not made for New York.
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Don Cherry and Ron MacLean disussed the Toronto 'stick-gate' issue along with a few other topics.
Tonight Sportsnet showed this segment during their pre-game and although it was probably recorded earlier this week it is still worth the watch especially if you are a Blues or Wings fan.
Blues GM Doug Armstrong and Red Wings GM Ken Holland sit down with George Stroumboulopoulos to talk about the craft of being a general manager.
I wouldn’t call us friends, but there aren’t many athletes with whom I’ve had a better professional, working relationship. When speaking to kids or doing question-and-answer sessions, you get asked who the best guys are to deal with. He was always on my list.
-Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet on Daniel Alfredsson. Read more on Alfredsson from Friedman.
from Gary Sataniello of the New York Times,
The Sun Devils’ promotion to N.C.A.A. status opens college hockey to the West and to a metropolitan area of four million people, and it gives the N.C.A.A. a 60th Division I program.
The ultimate goal is the creation of a Pacific-12 hockey conference. Currently, Arizona State plays in Division I of the American Collegiate Hockey Association, where it was ranked No. 1 with a record of 18-1-0 entering the weekend. Arizona and Colorado play in the same division. The other Pac-12 teams play in A.C.H.A. Division II, except for Oregon State, which has no hockey program.
Arizona State’s athletic director, Ray Anderson, hired in January after more than seven years as the N.F.L.’s executive vice president for football operations, said the Pac-12 supported the move.
“The hope is that Arizona State will tip the dominoes to get some of the Northern schools, in Washington and Oregon, and our folks in California who have programs and probably don’t want to see us competing when they’re not,” he said.
from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
The Sharks practiced what they've been preaching Saturday, putting veteran forward Adam Burish on waivers in their effort to become a younger team.
Burish, 31, has one goal and two assists in 20 games. More significantly, he is a minus-6 playing an average of 11:08 per game in a limited fourth line role.
"It's where we are as an organization," Coach Todd McLellan said after his team's Saturday morning skate. "We made a commitment to brining some younger players in, and at this point with Adam's position and where he is in the lineup, we are exploring some younger possibilities there."...
"Somebody could use that type of player in the league," the coach said. "He'll get an opportunity to move on and play somewhere else."
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from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citzen,
In 2013-14, Ottawa were to play 17 afternoon dates. They wound up playing 18 because a Jan. 24 game in Carolina was re-booked to noon on Jan. 25. Nearly every one was a disaster.
The overall record: 4-12-2. The Senators were equal opportunity daytime pushovers, losing in multiple U.S. states, in three different time zones, in Western Canada and on home ice.
Staff and players tried everything to change the mojo: Arrived at the rink sooner. Altered the warmup routine. Drank extra coffee.
“We changed everything down to the music,” said centre Kyle Turris at one point. To no avail.
It’s a new season and, the Senators hope, a new storyline on afternoon starts. To boost it along, they have delayed their home afternoon start times by an hour, hoping it’s a better match for players’ circadian rhythms.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
MacTavish needs a No. 2 centre (something he undoubtedly knows), and before you say he would be dealing from a position of weakness now, Montreal GM Marc Bergevin managed to trade winger Rene Bourque for a useful defenceman Bryan Allen this week.after sending the inconsistent Bourque to the minors, first.
Whether that means MacTavish has to trade a winger, even with Benoit Pouliot busting his foot after a Marek Zidlicky shot slammed into him Friday, so be it. While rookie Leon Draisaitl was markedly better against the Devils, driving the net, distributing the puck, playing 16 minutes, the Oilers need an older second-line centre who’s played 400, 500, 750 games.
Draisaitl, who was robbed by Cory Schneider in the dying seconds on his doorstep, could move back to the third hole and Mark Arcobello could be the 13th forward.
Does MacTavish have to dangle David Perron, a greasy guy with hands who had 28 goals last year but can’t get untracked (one goal in 48 shots)? Does he consider trading Jordan Eberle in a bigger package as some have suggested? Who knows, but the GM, before he starts looking at the coach, has to make a deal. And, no, Detroit’s oft-injured but former No. 1 centre in Florida, Stephen Weiss, is probably not the answer.
ISLANDERS EDGE PENGUINS IN FIRST HALF OF HOME-AND-HOME
Kyle Okposo scored the decisive goal in the third round of the shootout to power the Islanders to a win in the first half of their home-and-home series with the Penguins.
* At 13-6-0 (26 points), the Islanders trail the Penguins (13-3-2, 28 points) by two points for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division. These clubs face off again Saturday at Nassau Coliseum, the third of five meetings in 2014-15 (also Jan. 16 at NYI and April 10 at PIT).
* The Islanders improved to 7-1-0 in their last eight contests. They have won 13 of their first 19 games of the season for the first time since 1987-88 (13-5-1); they didn’t record their 13th victory until their 41st outing in 2013-14.
* Okposo improved to 4-for-4, with three game-deciding goals, in tiebreakers this season. He is 8-for-21 (38.1%), with six game-deciding goals, in his shootout career.
* Frans Nielsen also scored in the shootout; his 56.3% career efficiency (36-for-64) leads all active players with a minimum of 20 attempts.
* Ryan Strome posted 1-2—3 to set a career high for points in one game.
* The Islanders now have won six consecutive shootouts dating to April 11 at NJD, including a 4-0 mark in 2014-15.
* ICYMI: Trailing 1-0 just 73 seconds after the opening face-off, the Islanders scored three goals in 1:35 to take a 3-1 lead midway through the first period.
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