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from Wes Gilbertson of Sun Media,
The Calgary Flames reportedly jumped the queue for H1N1 vaccinations, and that has some members of the Sea of Red seeing red.
The Flames received their shots Friday, one day before the province temporarily shut down clinics, saying they would eventually reopen but only be available to high-risk Albertans.
“I’m hearing from people,” said Flames CEO Ken King.
“I’m hearing from fans this morning and I intend to speak with them and try to help them understand why we would make a decision and what criteria under which we made that decision and again explain to them that we ... appreciate that not everyone will agree.”
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Asked if he could play Wednesday, Elias said. “I don’t know. They just asked me how I feel. That’s all. So, I don’t know.”
Initially Lemaire said, “I don’t know” when asked about Elias’ status for Wednesday’s game. He pulled Elias aside and spoke to him briefly after they left the ice following today’s practice.
“We want to make sure he’s 100 percent, close to 100 percent and he’s the one that will determine that,” Lemaire said. “Myself, the way he’s playing right now, he can play. If it’s only me, he’s going to play. He’s the one that makes the decision.”
When informed that Lemaire said the decision would be up to him, Elias said, “Really? That’s funny.”
Elias sounded concerned about having a setback by coming back too soon.
A minute and a half of the best goals, saves and hits from the past week in the NHL.
And he still doesn’t break.
The players will all rally around the coach and the jerseys that they wear. This is a team. They play for each other and for our passionate fans. The players will want to thank Alex for his MVP talents and we hope to NOT miss a beat. We will test our mettle now. This may be a small blessing in disguise as each and every player will have to step up their game to replace the one-of-a-kind talents of Alex Ovechkin.
-Washington Owner Ted Leonsis. More from Ted at Ted’s Take…
from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,
Here are the Top 9 NHL Teams of the Last Decade ...
9. 2005-06 Carolina Hurricanes
A Southeast Division champion with 112 points in the first regular season following the lockout, Peter Laviolette’s group had four 30-goal scorers including Eric Staal’s 45-goal, 100-point career year.
Outside of their star center, it was a solid but unspectacular team, and was carried through the postseason by rookie goalie Cam Ward’s Conn Smythe performance (.2.14 GAA, .920 save percentage).
from Damien Cox of the Spin at the Toronto Star,
First, it sure looks like this team is moving somewhere at the end of the season. When the NHL governors convene in December, Gary Bettman will deliver a status report on trying to find local buyers, and this time around the questions are going to be tougher when he tries the “all is well” speech.
Second, any sex appeal this team had is gone because Wayne Gretzky is gone. Dave Tippet’s a heck of a good hockey coach but he’s not Gretzky and the media interest there once was in the Coyotes because of Gretzky is now gone.
The team is 9-5-0 despite last night’s loss, a terrific start by all measures. But the Coyotes play in a tough division and a playoff berth seems unlikely.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Tossing the puck towards the faceoff dot like a lion tamer would hurl raw meat, Brent Sutter ordered two of his most ferocious beasts to do battle.
With players lined up along the centre ice circle to provide a makeshift cage, Dion Phaneuf and Brian McGrattan were summoned to the middle where they collided with considerable force.
With instructions to simply fight for the puck, the two scraped and clawed while Sutter barked at them three times to “battle.”
Following a series of violent cross-checks to one another’s backs, their 30-second war had ended with McGrattan doubled over in exhaustion and Phaneuf checking his beak for blood.
Without hesitation another puck was hurled into the circle for another two teammates to clash over….
After squandering leads in consecutive home losses, Sutter followed up a day off with the type of practice yesterday that was, quite frankly, three or four years overdue for the Flames.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
The learning curve lies ahead for Tavares, but he should have no problem with it. He has Crosby’s demeanour: respectful, ready to learn, yet in a hurry to take in the knowledge.
(Doug) Weight, who recently had H1N1 and jokes that his primary responsibility in taking the team’s franchise player under his wing is “Don’t give him The Swine,” would bet you an NHL paycheque that Tavares will turn into a superstar.
“He just wants to be an islander and be a great player. He’s on his way,” the tutor said. “His shot, his savvy. He’s got it, he gets it, and he wants it.
“He wants to be great. I think he’s going to be a winner.”
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