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from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
Patrick Kane had a ringside seat on the Blackhawks’ bench as teammate Kris Versteeg threw haymaker after haymaker during a fight against Patrick Eaves in Sunday’s game against the Red Wings.
Earlier this month, Kane was a spectator as Jonathan Toews exchanged punches with the Blues’ David Backes at center ice. For Versteeg and Toews — neither of whom are exactly heavyweights — they were each the second fights of their NHL careers.
So when does Kane, roughly in their same weight class, drop the gloves for the first time?
“I’m wondering that too,” said Kane, in his third season.
from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
...I also talked to Kings head equipment manager Darren Granger and Terry Murray about the new socks, which the Kings have been wearing for approximately 10 days.
Question: How many players are wearing the new socks? Is it an optional thing for them?
GRANGER: “Obviously, it’s their decision about what they want to do. I think we have five right now. We had one player that was pretty exposed, where he was vulnerable to be cut, so he was sort of the reason it got started. That and, obviously, the injuries around the league. It’s been something that we’ve been trying to find for a couple years now, and now we’ve finally got a couple companies making them.”
Question: What does the sock do for them? It prevents them from being cut, right?
GRANGER: “The yellow part that you see is Kevlar, which is cut-resistant. Obviously if it’s punctured, like a stabbing motion, it’s going to go right through it. But what we’re trying to do is reduce the slashing of the skate, or like Cam Ward’s injury, where somebody slides into you, that type of thing….
“When you come into that team, you come into a situation where you’re no bigger than anyone else, and it’s all a concept of team, no matter how good you think you are. It’s a model franchise, and I think every team in their wishes would like to model themselves after that team.”
-Washington Coach Bruce Boudreau on the Detroit Red Wings. More on the Wings/Capitals game tomorrow from Gene Wang of the Washington Post.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
I reached out Monday to three former Flyers captains, Bob Clarke, Eric Lindros and Keith Primeau, to get a sense of what it’s like to be team captain in Philadelphia, long known as a tough sports town.
“Things were a lot different when I was captain,” Clarke, now a senior vice president with the team, told ESPN.com. “In those days, if you played poorly, it was pointed out, but there wasn’t so much individual criticism and stuff like there is now.”
Primeau loved being captain in Philadelphia.
“I personally felt that I was able to thrive under it,” Primeau said. “I tried to wear my emotion and my heart of my sleeve.”
The Big E? He did chuckle when asked whether he had “fun” as Flyers captain.
“There will be a lot of discussion during the Olympic break, and you may have deals done on a handshake and wait to [make them official]. But you’ll probably see more concentrated on the back end.”
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli discussing when will most of the trades be made. Watch the video at NESN as Chiarelli discusses the trade scenarios.
from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,
For the first time in 15 years, the script is vastly different for the storied Detroit Red Wings. Instead of gradually gearing up for a Stanley Cup run, the Wings know the playoffs aren’t a certainty this time around. Beset by injuries, their depth has been taxed to the limit. In the past, injuries afforded the regulars some rest while the front office and the fans got a glimpse of prospects toiling in the AHL.
It is against this unusual but not unforeseen backdrop that the Red Wings are now operating. In their nightly scramble for precious points, they are finding out what they have and what they need. GM Ken Holland knows that he’ll clear plenty of cap space after the season. Coach Mike Babcock understood that this campaign wouldn’t be about 50-wins and another Central Division title. It was going to mean finding different ways each night to just get to the postseason.
What Detroit didn’t know was how much it could expect from goaltender Jimmy Howard.
NEW YORK (January 18, 2010) – Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, St. Louis Blues goaltender Chris Mason andMinnesota Wild left wing Guillaume Latendresse have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Jan. 17.
Obviously NBC has a bit of contempt for hockey fans. It would never condescend to explain to casual football fans how the NFL’s overtime works. Nor would it interview Rex Ryan in the middle of a quarter as Pierre McGuire did with Mike Babcock in the second period. Nor would it miss a touchdown because it was running promos for next week’s game, as it did with Patrick Eaves’ game-tying goal in the third period.
-Ryan Lambert of PuckDaddy. More from Ryan on the NBC broadcast yesterday.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Now, as for the logic of reports that Turco won’t be re-signed, I think we all can speculate that those could very well come true. Turco can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and the Stars decided that they would use this season to help determine whether they wanted to re-sign him. So far, with Turco posting a 14-13-8 record with a 2.84 GAA and a .905 save percentage, the odds are he will not be given an offer.
After nine years in a Stars uniform (including a ton of regular season franchise records), the Stars are probably going to end up looking for a new goalie.
Who is that goalie and when will the Stars find him? It appears they are looking around the NHL right now and trying to get a feel on some of the netminders who are out there. It appears they would like a younger goalie who can grow with the franchise and who can step right in right now and win some games.
The names you’ll hear tossed around a lot are: Jaroslav Halak in Montreal, Cory Schneider in Vancouver and Kari Lehtonen in Atlanta.
from Capitals Outsider,
We had a chance this evening to ask Coach Bruce Boudreau his thoughts about Don Cherry’s comments from the night before.
Boudreau : You know what, I love Don Cherry.
continue for an explanation from Boudreau why he had Ovechkin and Green on the power play late in the game…
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