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from Bob Duff of Duffer’s Dabbles at the Windsor Star,
• Friday was the 76th anniversary of the night that Maurice (Rocket) Richard played his first NHL game with the Montreal Canadiens. He wore No. 15 and picked up his first NHL point, an assist 36 seconds into the game, a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins at the Montreal Forum.
• Former Windsor Spitfire Steve Ott returned to the Dallas Stars’ lineup following a three-game absence due to a groin injury. According to an NHL source, the cause of Ott’s injury came when he was playfully hooked from behind by teammate Sean Avery while taking a shot during practice.
read on for some slap shot talk regarding Al Iafrate…
Are there any good looks for facial hair right now? What would you recommend?
(Avery): Facial hair is still going strong. I am rocking a really red beard that looks like sh*t right now, but I feel fall/winter is the time to do it. I think women like a man with a beard because it reminds them of their dads.
from Mike Heika of Dallas Stars Blog,
Joel Lundqvist is out with a shoulder injury (I believe it’s a fractured scapula) for the next 4-6 weeks.
The Stars said they do not have any immediate plans to call up a replacement.
However, the injury to Lundqvist, and the fact the Stars can put Jere Lehtinen on long-term IR retroactive to the start of the season, should clear the necessary salary cap space to bring back Sergei Zubov without having to do too much juggling.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Zubov is working out on his sore hip and is expected to play his first game of the season Saturday in Boston. His return could help settle a team that is allowing a league-worst 4.22 goals per game.
But while Zubov can do a lot of things in a lot of areas, the Stars have to be better throughout the lineup if they hope to snap out of an early-season slump that has them 3-4-2 after nine games.
“He’s an elite-level defenseman who will give you 25-plus minutes a game and play in all situations. So, yeah, he can have a positive impact for us,” coach Dave Tippett said.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Andy Moog was back on the ice again Sunday – and that could be a good sign for the Stars’ goaltending situation….
“He looks at it through a goaltender’s perspective,” Stars coach Dave Tippett said. “He knows the movements, he knows the idiosyncrasies of the goaltender’s position. He’s lived them, he’s studied them, he knows them.”
Moog worked before practice with Turco.
“I think we need to get back to the hard work part of the goalie business,” Moog said.
from Mike Heika of Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,
“The goals against is a joke right now,” Tippett said after a 6-5 OT loss to the Washington Capitals. “There are a lot of guilty parties out there. You have to evaluate your personnel, how they are playing, who is making mistakes. It is not the way we do things around here, to have to score seven goals to win.”
“You can’t have an .820 save percentage and survive in this league.”
Turco officially has an .842 save percentage and a 4.26 goals against average.
“Our goaltending hasn’t been very good,” Tippett said.
from James Duthie of The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
I used to find Avery amusing, but he now become a caricature of himself: Sideshow Sean. He says or does something stupid every other day. We asked the panel on the NHL on TSN Wednesday if the league or NHLPA should intervene. I wouldn’t worry about that. Some Dallas players are already sick of the act, and will likely try to take care of it themselves. Good luck with that.
more hockey notes…
added 9:35am, from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Imagine both (Avery & Claude Lemieux) playing in the NHL at the height of their powers. One wonders whether the league would be big enough for both of them. One wonders how NHL VP Colin Campbell would have hours in the day to keep track of the Dastardly Duo.
One wonders who would wear the crown.
“It would probably be me,” the 43-year-old Lemieux, who is embarking on a serious attempt to return to the NHL despite being out of the league since 2002-03, told The Post yesterday.
“[Sean Avery is] making a fool of the game. He crosses the line all the time. He’s an idiot. And if the referees see him giving it to Brodeur like he did in the playoffs - yapping, yapping, yapping - it’s pre-meditated. Give him a penalty. You’ll end it right away. If not, I think one of the Devils should come to Brodeur’s aid. Drill him, punch him, make him fight. If he wants to be a yapper, make him fight.”
—Bob Clarke on Sean Avery.
More at TSN on Clarke’s appearance on Off the Record
From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:
Must admit, I felt kind of “dirty” watching the Dallas Stars beat the New York Rangers Monday night. Why? Well, I was glued to the game for one reason and one reason only—Sean Avery
You never know what is going to happen during a game Avery participates in, especially coming back to NYC to take on his former team. The back of my brain was thinking “train wreck,” my heart was saying “get the game over before the wreck occurs.”
continued with notes on various topics today
Stan Fischler of Game On talks with Sean Avery after the Stars defeated the Rangers last night.
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