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from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,
This is a team that, for understandable salary cap reasons, entered into a rebuilding phase years ago. Key, veteran players were allowed to leave, replaced by high draft choices and prospects. The scouting staff and management appear to have done a good job with their draft picks, adding a long list of kids who should represent the next generation of players wearing the ‘B’.
But such a program is not about now, it’s about the future – about where the organization is two, three, even four years down the road. To be obsessed with making the playoffs this season is silly and counterproductive, which is why team owner Jeremy Jacobs’ remarks earlier this season – his expectation that the B’s would not only qualify for the playoffs, but make a deep run -- was so frivolous, misguided and harmful.
That aided the process not one bit. The whole point of a rebuild is to stay patient and wait – even it means taking a step back now to take two steps forward later.
Also misguided and harmful – downright nuts is more like it – is the prospect that coach Claude Julien could be fired, which seems to be the red-hot rumor du jour.
NEW YORK (Jan. 19, 2017) – The National Hockey League (NHL®) today announced the details of the 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ and the format of the six events that will showcase hockey’s top talent on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on NBCSN in the U.S. and on CBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada. Prior to the 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition™, NHL legends will face celebrities from the worlds of movies, television and music in the 2017 NHL All-Star Celebrity Shootout™, a friendly hockey game at 2:15 p.m. PT at STAPLES Center.
This week's Big Question: What changes would you make to the game and why?
Brendan Gallagher, RW, Montreal Canadiens: "Take out the goal crease. That would be more fun for a guy like me, it would help my game. Wait a minute, our goalie wouldn't like that. Let me rethink that. Let's make the nets bigger. Because he will still be able to stop pucks and we'll be able to put more in."
Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim Ducks: "One thing that we need to do a little bit of a better job is that coach's challenge and a way to speed it up a little bit. I feel like a lot of times we're waiting at the bench to see if they're going to challenge and it ends up taking so long. The other night in Detroit, it went in our favor; it's not like we got screwed on it, but they went and looked at it, then we challenged it, then they went back and looked at it. That part of it slows things down for me, and I really don't care for it."
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3 1/2 minutes of action from the NHL games played last night.
from Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports,
Doan said in multiple interviews this week that this isn’t the first time he has considered the possibility of a Cup run with another team. It’s true there has been considerable interest from multiple teams for his services in the past, but Doan has never truly reciprocated that interest. Like Larry Fitzgerald, he has been an Arizona lifer; a loyal soldier who clung to the admirable and sometimes naïve belief that he could realize his championship dreams in Arizona before his career ended.
So what has changed? What is it in his voice that makes this possibility sound so much more real? How did such a perfect marriage end up on the rocks so late in the game? How did the Coyotes and Doan end up in this unhappy place?
The seeds of discontent can be traced to this summer’s prolonged contract negotiation when the Coyotes initially asked Doan to take a significant pay cut over the $4.55 million he had earned the previous season when he scored 28 goals. Doan never imagined that would happen and it opened his eyes to the possibility that the new hockey operations department — president Gary Drummond, executive vice president (and coach) Dave Tippett and newly hired GM John Chayka — was fully prepared to move on from him, despite his immeasurable contributions to the franchise and the community.
from Dane Mizutani of the Pioneer Press,
So does Leipold think the pieces are in place for a legitimate Stanley Cup run?
“Who knows?” said Leipold. “They could be. I’ve seen things from this team that I’ve never seen from this team before. …. We have to continue to build on that. This could be the year.”...
Leipold, who bought the team in January 2008, is as happy as he’s ever been, and rightfully so as his team has as good a chance as any to hoist the Stanley Cup.
“It’s been crazy fun,” Leipold said. “Things have gone so well. … It’s been a fun ride so far.”
And should the Wild come up short this season, Leipold is confident in the foundation that’s in place for prolonged success.
“I feel like the window is open,” he said. “I feel like it’s open for a number of years going forward. I like the direction our team is going. We are going to be in this for a long time.”
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
The Canadiens were beaten at their own game as they dropped a 4-1 decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday night at the Bell Centre.
“We weren’t sharp coming through the neutral zone and we fed their transition,” defenceman Jeff Petry said. “They play a fast transition game and you can’t give them the puck and have them coming at full speed through the neutral zone. That’s a tough thing to handle.”...
“The level of competition was not there,” said Therrien.
“We played a really good hockey team, the Stanley Cup champion. To have a chance, against a team like that, you have to compete. The focus wasn’t there tonight.”...
Goaltender Carey Price has given up three or more goals in eight of his last 10 starts and was a tad testy when asked if teams were targeting his blocker side.
Below, watch Price when asked about his 'blocker side' and catch the game highlights too.
Home Team in Caps
WINNIPEG 6, Arizona 3
Pittsburgh 4, MONTREAL 1
DETROIT 6, Boston 5 (SO)
EDMONTON 4, Florida 3 (OT)
San Jose 3, LOS ANGELES 2
McDAVID NETS LATE OVERTIME GOAL IN OILERS’ FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN
The Panthers registered three straight goals to overcome an early 2-0 deficit, but Jordan Eberle tied the game with 2:59 remaining in regulation and Connor McDavid (1-2—3) scored with 2.6 seconds left in overtime to lift the Oilers to their fourth straight win (all at home).
* McDavid registered his seventh three-point game of the season to increase his lead atop the NHL scoring race (15-39—54 in 47 GP) and eclipse 100 career points (31-71—102 in 92 GP).
* Elias notes that McDavid (92 GP) became the fourth-fastest active player to record 100 career points, behind Alex Ovechkin (77 GP), Sidney Crosby (80 GP) and Evgeni Malkin (89 GP). Only two players in Oilers history have accomplished the feat in fewer games: Wayne Gretzky (61 GP) and Blair MacDonald (85 GP).
* McDavid, who faced the Panthers for the first time in his career, has collected at least one point against all but two NHL teams he has played (CAR and TBL).
from Allan Kreda of the New York Times,
“Here we go,” he said while approaching the waiting throng of television cameras and reporters.
The pressure is instantly on Weight, 45, a Stanley Cup winner with Carolina in 2006 who started his career with the Rangers and finished it with the Islanders in 2011. Since then, Weight had been an assistant under Capuano, who led the team to the playoffs in three of the past four seasons.
But with the squad enduring an inconsistent first half, squandering leads and losing games late, General Manager Garth Snow made the coaching switch, putting Weight in charge on an interim basis.
“When it comes down to it, we have to play better,” said Weight, a native of Warren, Mich., who served as the captain of the Islanders and the Edmonton Oilers during his 19-year playing career. “I’ll just be standing a little more to the right on the bench. Guys have to play better, and I’m going to let them know when they’re not.”
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