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Michel Therrien, A Head Coach In-Waiting

from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Michel Therrien wasn’t a perfect NHL coach, but he should rank atop the list of any in-season replacement candidates.

There is no indication he does, though. It’s puzzling, considering even his harshest critics among former Penguins players privately confided this week that Therrien knows hockey. To paraphrase one of his former players: Therrien knows pucks, but he doesn’t always know how to deal with people….

He would command respect again if given a chance to step behind a bench.

Reports of potential openings with New Jersey — despite general manager Lou Lamoriello’s claims to the contrary — and Buffalo should excite Therrien. He is still being paid by the Penguins and can often be found at Consol Energy Center serving as a first-year pro scout for Minnesota.

Lamoriello has long been a presumed fan of Therrien, of whom he spoke in complimentary terms to the Tribune-Review in May 2008 by praising the former Pens coach for his commitment and patience in helping change the franchise’s “culture.”

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Teams With No Star Power Must Play As One

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

There’s been more star power at Xcel Energy Center during the Wild’s five-game homestand than a party at the Playboy Mansion.

Unfortunately, for Wild supporters though, all the stars have been wearing visiting white jerseys.

Los Angeles brought Anze Kopitar. Washington brought Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin and Mike Green. Chicago brought Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. San Jose will bring Dany Heatley, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, and Calgary will bring Jarome Iginla.

The Wild, due to years of swinging and missing in the draft (oh, and there was that Marian Gaborik guy leaving), lacks the star power that routinely thrills fans. This is why it’s essential for the Wild to play as a “team” like it did in upending the Capitals Thursday


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Start Using Havlat

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

On a night when the Washington Capitals and their star-studded lineup make a rare appearance at Xcel Energy Center, more eyes might be on Martin Havlat than Alex Ovechkin.

That’s because on Wednesday, the Wild winger’s agent went on the attack over the way his client has been used since signing a six-year, $30 million contract with the Wild.

Agent Allan Walsh said he believes Havlat can be a marquee player in Minnesota, but Walsh said Havlat’s productivity has been inhibited because the Wild is using him in a “purely secondary role.”

Walsh’s comments put coach Todd Richards and General Manager Chuck Fletcher on the defensive Wednesday—one day after Richards and Havlat had what Fletcher called a “productive meeting” regarding these very same issues.


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Evening Line

“I feel like we’re playing OK but just not quite getting over the hump to win the games. We’re playing good teams right now, and we’re playing well enough to win.”

-Minnesota Wild Owner Craig Leipold.  More on the Wild from Bruce Brothers of the Pioneer Press.

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Video- Dustin Brown Hit On Antti Miettinen Tonight

Brown received five for illegal check to the head, a ten and game misconduct.

Miettinen is OK.


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Bettman Calls Fan Who Was Grabbed By Rypien

from Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press,

James Engquist, 28, the Mendota Heights resident who was grabbed while in the stands by Vancouver Canucks player Rick Rypien during a game against the Minnesota Wild Tuesday, today received a telephone call from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman apologizing with an offer of dinner and tickets to another game.

Engquist said he appreciated what he called a “classy” gesture by Bettman, but is disappointed that Rypien received just a six-game suspension from the NHL and the Canucks at $25,000 fine.


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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/20/10

A toast to those who shined last night (albeit 10:00 in the morning!) It’s time, once again, for JJ’s Three Cheers.

***A collective cheers to the Carolina Hurricanes, who rode a complete team effort, with five different goal-scorers and 11 players with at least one point, to a 5-2 decision over the Sharks in San Jose. Chad LaRose led the way with a goal and two assists and Cam Ward stopped 41 San Jose shots in the win for Carolina, who will finally finish a seven-game, three-country adventure after stops in Los Angeles tonight and Phoenix on Saturday.

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  Tags: brad+staubitz, chad+larose, miikka+kiprusoff, rene+bourque, rick+rypien, tim+thomas

It’s Called Practice

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

It wasn’t even the skating. Richards opened up the practice by gathering the troops and laying into them for last night, in particular the lack of winning battles. And in a profanity-laced screamfest, he told the team that they’d battle in today’s practice until they “get it.”

I immediately wrote on Twitter to get ready for a nasty practice, and boy, did I swing for the fences and connect with that hanging curveball.

Players nearly came to blows a half-dozen times. Cal Clutterbuck and Justin Falk. Cal Clutterbuck and Guillaume Latendresse. Cam Barker and Kyle Brodziak, who nearly got into it during Wednesday’s practice. The one today, Richards had to break up himself. Greg Zanon and Brad Staubitz, and the loudest of them all, Nick Schultz just lit into Staubitz verbally and for a very long time after one nasty exchange….

It was unbelievably physical, so much so, that I joked on Twitter that Pierre-Marc Bouchard, who watched with his mouth probably ajar, likely got a setback simply by watching the battles. It was that unbelievably intense.


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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/09/10

In the debut of the new, daily feature from yours truly, I offer a morning toast to those who deserve as much for their performances of a night ago:

***Cheers to Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk, for stepping up to Anaheim’s Corey Perry and earning the decisive victory in a scrap last night. He may have taken himself out of the running for the Lady Byng Trophy in this season’s very first game but taking out a bullying Perry, in this instance, was well worth it.

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Two-Goal Start for Sutter, Productive Youth (and No Injuries!) All Good Signs for Carolina

He’s not the youngest player on the roster, nor would he be considered a shocking contributor after last season’s 21-goal, 40-point showing but Brandon Sutter is most certainly a key piece to any Carolina Hurricanes success this year and his two-goal performance in Thursday’s season-opening, 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild in Helsinki, Finland is an excellent early sign for a club hoping for a lot to go their way in 2010-11.

For the Hurricanes, banking on both young guns and sustained health and rejuvenation for several veterans who were hobbled last year, a player like Sutter, at 21, serving as an alternate captain and coming off of a breakthrough season a year ago, will play a major role in determining their fortune. So far, so good for Sutter, who played just six seconds less yesterday than Carolina captain Eric Staal and so far, so good for the ‘Canes, who dressed six players 25-and-under in the game and got production from Sutter (two goals), Zac Dalpe (assist) and Jamie McBain (assist), as well as sparkling reviews for 18-year-old forward Jeff Skinner from that group.

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