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Debuted the new-look version of The Bolts Beat yesterday, complete with some first-time technical goofs, as I suppose we should have expected. (Our intro song was somehow infiltrated by a portion of, co-host Mark Pukalo was effectively muted throughout the broadcast without a headset, the camera didn’t pick up my good side and , overall, “goofy” comes to mind…) In all seriousness, if you tuned in, thanks for sticking with us, despite our clear need for some serious polishing in the show’s new incarnation.
If I had to sum it up briefly, I’d call on fellow old school professional wrestling fans to remember the infamous first appearance of “The Shockmaster” in WCW. (Look it up if you’re unfamiliar. It communicates yesterday’s frustrations pretty well…)
I’d have posted it here, as promised but I think I’ll wait to do that until we shine her up a little more.
Moving right along, it’s time for a look at this past week’s AHL action for the affiliates of the NHL’s Southeast Division teams, which is shorter than usual this week, thanks to the All-Star break.
Head Coach Roy Sommer of the Worcester Sharks takes a puck to the face, but quickly returns to his coaching duties.
From Elliotte Friedman at CBC.ca:
While researching how different organizations approached scouting, several other teams ripped Buffalo’s approach. At the time, Golisano considered that self-serving, because those people stood to lose their jobs if “The Sabre Way” caught on. But, what interested me most was a common thread throughout many of those conversations. It went like this: “I’ll explain to you why video scouting is a bad idea. But, I’m not going to rip Darcy because he’s at the mercy of his owner.”
In the interview, Golisano didn’t exactly disprove that theory.
“These scouts are traveling all over the world. All these expenses, could they accomplish a lot more staying in one place with the use of video?” the owner said. “And they believe they can. If somebody interprets that as not being progressive and being regressive, that’s too bad. But we think we’re far more efficient and have a much better scouting organization than we did three years ago.”
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Introducing This & That. a feature set aside for those days when my brain is incapable of any smooth transition from one thought to another. Instead, a random spattering of things I’m thinking, items I meant to include elsewhere but may have forgotten and miscellaneous ramblings that may otherwise have no defined category or forum for inclusion.
(Plus, this way, I never have to use the term “hodgepodge” again.)
Off we go:
—-“If Smitty gets claimed, it’s good for him. If he doesn’t, he goes down and plays for us down there. We want to get him playing.” – Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, on recently waived netminder Mike Smith.
To the first point, absolutely. As far back as late last season, I was wondering whether or not Smith might be better off with a fresh start. Amid flashes of brilliance, Smith has struggled consistently throughout his tenure in Tampa and had all kinds of promise stifled by injuries. This year, despite unsightly statistics, some in scouting circles have seen reason for optimism in his game, giving new life to the idea that he might somehow flourish in a new situation.
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Just like their big NHL brothers, the AHL has hit the All-Star portion of their season schedule. American League teams won’t resume play until Thursday but there was plenty of action to recap before the break.
It’s that time again. Your stats pack-style update on the Southeast’s AHL affiliates:
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Tuesday, 1/25/11: Portland Pirates 2, Norfolk Admirals 1
Norfolk goal-scorers: Johan Harju (16)
Norfolk goaltenders (saves/shots): Mike Smith (19/21)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Jhonas Enroth, POR; 2 – T.J. Brennan, POR; 3 – Mark Mancari, POR
I’ve waited on posting this story since I received an email from TMZ alerting me of the law suit. I think we need both sides of the story to make any kind of judgment….
from Nathan Koppel of the Law Suit Blog at the Wall Street Journal,
Quick disclosure: We have never played professional sports and do not know what passes for bonhomie or hard-edge humor in a locker room.
So, we have little context to bring to this post about a suit filed by 23-year-old Jewish hockey player Jason Bailey, who claims that certain coaches with the Anaheim Ducks of the NHL subjected Bailey to a hostile and discriminatory work environment.
continued or at least read the comments…
thanks to a KK member for the pointer
Stay tuned later tonight for the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, where we discuss the state of the Lightning at the break versus where we thought they’d be at this time, the All-Star Game, the drama surrounding the Red Wings, Islanders and Evgeni Nabokov and much more.
Until then, another week, another look at the Southeast’s AHL affiliates:
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Tuesday, 1/18/11: Hamilton Bulldogs 7, Rochester Americans 0
Rochester goal-scorers: none
Rochester goaltenders (saves/shots): Jacob Markstrom (18/23), Tyler Plante (10/12)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Ryan Russell, HAM; 2 – Frederic St. Denis, HAM; 3 – Aaron Palushaj, HAM
The Tampa Bay Lightning have sent goaltender Mike Smith to AHL Norfolk on a conditioning assignment today, as announced by the team.
Smith has been recovering from a knee injury and has missed the last fifteen games.
With Dwayne Roloson and Dan Ellis already on Tampa Bay’s active roster, Smith has been assumed by many to be the odd-man out eventually, though nothing has been made certain to this point.
Today’s move, at the very least, buys general manager Steve Yzerman some time to continue to consider all options.
Smith, acquired by Tampa Bay in February of 2008 in the deal that saw forward Brad Richards head to Dallas, is in the final season of a two-year contract that carries a cap hit of $2.2-million.
Let’s get right to it this week, as we’re a day late in delivering the latest installment of our look at the top minor league affiliates of the NHL’s Southeast Division clubs:
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Tuesday, 1/11/11: Charlotte Checkers 2, Norfolk Admirals 1
Charlotte goal-scorers: Oskar Osala (9), Nicolas Blanchard (3)
Norfolk goal-scorers: Marc-Antoine Pouliot (10)
Charlotte goaltenders (saves/shots): Justin Pogge (33/34)
Norfolk goaltenders (saves/shots): Cedrick Desjardins (37/39)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Justin Pogge, CHA; 2 – Cedrick Desjardins, NOR; 3 – Oskar Osala, CHA
Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011 vs. Chicago Wolves
Time: 8 p.m. at Van Andel Arena (doors open at 7 p.m.).
Jimmy Howard Bobblehead Giveaway: 3,000 fans will receive a Griffins Jimmy Howard bobblehead.
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