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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
• Something happens to goalies who play for the Ottawa Senators. Like, suddenly, they lose their co-ordination or their brains. No team lets in more ridiculous looking goals on a regular basis than the Sens, no matter who is in net.
• Why it is hard to take the Calgary Flames seriously: Their best players age Iggy, Kipper and Dion. Apparently, Beany and Cecil weren’t draft eligible.
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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators have been linked heavily to Vancouver D Mattias Ohlund, a potential unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. If he doesn’t sign an extension with the Canucks soon—and talk is there hasn’t been any discussions—then he could get moved.
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from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,
...when I asked Bill Guerin if the Isles were inspired to play harder in the second and third periods as a response to losing DiPietro because of an injury, he said, “I wasn’t aware of an injury.”
From that statement, I only can deduce that, if the Islanders didn’t know DiPietro was injured, then, they assumed he was pulled for the bonehead play. If that had been the case, it would have sent a message that Gordon isn’t afraid to discipline his star player for careless or selfish mistakes.
But when Gordon and DiPietro both attributed the decision to switch to MacDonald to an injury while refusing to specify the nature of said injury, when it occurred and how long it might affect the starting goaltender, the message was mixed and invited speculation. Gordon and DiPietro both expressed some discomfort about discussing the subject, which only added to the doubt about what really happened.
from Lightning Strikes,
The stats are one thing: outshot 45-22, winning just 18 of 46 faceoffs, failing to challenge backup goalie Brian Boucher, who got his second shutout in his second start. But the most disturbing thing for the team was its lack of passion….
“What’s the definition of insanity?” coach Barry Melrose asked. “You do the same thing over and over again and think you’re going to get a different result. We’ve got to come at it from a different direction. We’ve got to get our star players to score. We’ve got to get everybody to compete harder. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
OK, so what’s going on here? Pretty simple, really. Boods has been better, the forwards are putting lots of biscuits in the basket and for the first time all season tonight, your Lanchers didn’t allow a PP goal.
But the real story has been the play of the defense. The six blueliners are all playing around 16-20 minutes a night, chipping in at the offensive end, and basically making very few mistakes in their own end. I did predict the defense of this team would be its strong suit, and I think that’s been the case so far - although the line of Stastny-Smyth-Hejduk has been tremendous.
About Budaj: no, I’m still not remotely sold on him or ready to stop worrying about him.
from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Pay no attention to rampant Internet speculation that the Penguins are interested in trading for Minnesota left wing Marian Gaborik. His injury history is a major concern. His asking price, at least $9 million annually, is a deal-breaker. The Penguins are not sure the salary cap will rise beyond next season, meaning a third high-priced forward on a long-term deal is unlikely.
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The way the Gaborik talking is going, we will soon see every NHL team saying they are not spending $8-$10M on a guy who has a history of injuries.
As David Lee blogged about, the Canes won a rough game against the Islanders tonight.
A big hit was delivered by Doug Weight of the Islanders on the Canes Brandon Sutter…
from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,
Welcome aboard everyone - Are you ready for some hockey!
I sure am and I’m here at NHL headquarters in Toronto to prove it….
Right now, it feels like I’m at the local sports bar; television monitors all over and grown men anticipating the inevitable.
The Winter Classic jerseys are now available. Here’s the Blackhawks sweater:
Update 9:24pm ET (Alanah): And now here’s the Wings jersey for the event:
added 10:57am on 10/29/08, If you are interested in purchasing these sweaters, they can be found here.
Full press release below.
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