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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Rarely in the history of the NHL have 18-year-old players made the kind of impact they are right now.
“First of all, I think it’s due to the draft class this year. As early as three years ago our guys were targeting that draft, that if you were picking in the top 10, you were going to get a guy that could probably step in and play in the NHL,” Phoenix Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky told ESPN.com on Wednesday.
“They’ve proven beyond a doubt … they’re all fitting in nicely and they’re all playing a part on their teams.”
from Graeme Hamilton of the National Post,
Back in the days of Maurice Richard, there were tales of ailing Montreal Canadiens fans who claimed they had been cured by touching his jersey. Today, the young goalie expected to lead the team to playoff glory has been nicknamed Jesus Price. That Montrealers are mad about hockey is no secret, but students at the Université de Montréal will soon be learning that the fervour is religious.
from Loose Change of the Hockey News,
Not only is Toskala especially pathetic in this little endeavour, but other Finnish goaltenders are equally as kauhea, as the Finns call it (pronunciation note: the R and the B are silent).
Columbus’s Fredrik Norrena has the eighth-worst winning percentage (minimum 10 shootouts) of all-time, while Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff holds the current record for longest shootout losing streak at eight….
Conversely though, Finnish shooters have the highest success rate of any nationality in the NHL at an almost astounding 42.7 percent.
from NHL Media via the Chicago Blackhawks,
Dan Craig isn’t pumped up just yet, but as the man in charge of every inch of ice in the NHL, he already has more than just a few things on his plate to temper any brewing enthusiasm for the upcoming Winter Classic.
Come Thanksgiving, Craig expects to be overcome by anticipation.
“I want to see it,” Craig, the League’s Facilities Operations Manager, told NHL.com. “I want to feel it. I want to see the players enjoy it and for all of us to put on a good show for TV and the people that are in the stadium.”
from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Red Wings would have turned their 3-0 lead into a 6-0 lead against a lesser team. They have the speed, skill and persistence to turn bad bounces into goals.
So the Blues can take something positive from the loss. They can take the last 20 minutes of that game and build on it.
“That’s the best team in the league,” Legace said, “and we dominated the third period.”
Thursday’s matchup between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins begs the question: Can a shootout game end in a tie by default?
Both the visiting Maple Leafs (1-2-3) and the host Bruins (2-1-3) have been sources of much shootout futility so far this season, each losing three of their six games in that manner.
It’s to the point that you’d half-expect coaches Ron Wilson or Claude Julien to pull their goalie toward the end of overtime in order to force someone to come up with a victory the next time a shootout looms.
from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,
Too old, too slow, too nonchalant—the Flames goalie lets it all whistle by him like a rising slapshot over the net.
“I’m kind of used to it,” Kiprusoff said Wednesday as the Flames packed their bags for tonight’s game in Nashville against the Predators. “That’s how it is to be a player, a goalie in the NHL.
“First, you’re young and not experienced. Then, you’re old. It’s always something.”
And it’s something Kiprusoff chooses not to concern himself with.
“I have worries to be able to help this team win games here,” the Finn said. “And take care of my body and keep in good shape.”
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
...He wants out.
The Ducks wouldn’t release him as he asked last spring, or at least give him permission to talk to other clubs. But soon that won’t be their call any longer.
That, of course, will put the Ducks and team president Michael Schulman in a dicey predicament. When Burke tells them during the holiday season that he won’t be agreeing to a new contract – only a major change of circumstances would change that now – Schulman will be left with the problem of having a lame duck GM heading towards the trade deadline and, after that, the draft and free agency.
from Spector at Fox Sports,
The recent economic crisis has led to talk the NHL’s revenue for this season could decline, dragging down next season’s cap limit to as low as $50 million. Several NHL teams could find themselves with limited cap space to prepare for the 2009-10 season. Here’s a look at the top 10.
10. Edmonton Oilers
A decline in the salary cap could make it difficult for management to come up with the money to re-sign key Oilers such as winger Erik Cole and goaltender Mathieu Garon, or to find suitable replacements on next summer’s free agent market.
from Mark Hale of the NY Post,
He’s also at minus-five through nine games. That’s the worst mark on the Rangers.
Heading into tomorrow’s game in Columbus, the 32-year-old captain is very much struggling. Drury’s managed a not-so-grand total of one point this year, thanks to paltry stats of no goals and one assist
“I’m getting there. Nothing’s really clicking too good right now,” Drury said after practice on Tuesday. “But obviously importantly our record is pretty darn good and that’s what this is all about.
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