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from Lightning Strikes,
Marek Malik could be the next addition to the Lightning’s ever-evolving defense. The 6-foot-5, 233-pound unrestricted free agent is expected in Tampa this week, though it is unclear if he will sign a one-year, $1-million contract or practice as a tryout.
Add the expected return, perhaps as soon as Thursday against the Islanders, of Paul Ranger (shoulder), and Saturday’s addition of Lukas Krajicek, and you have a real episode of Extreme Makeover.
After the team (0-2-1) allowed 126 shots, the worst three-game stretch in club history, it needs it.
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
While his teammates flew to Washington on Sunday to continue a six-game road trip, Kevin Bieksa flew back to Vancouver to have his injured left knee further evaluated.
The Canucks defenceman will have an MRI [magnetic resonance image] on Sunday to assess how long he’ll be sidelined following a first-period collision Saturday with Wayne Primeau..
As Nashville play-by-play man Pete Webber said, it was a 3 ring circus out there. But I enjoyed the last ten seconds of the video, Avery was left speechless.
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
So Gordon decided to sit franchise goaltender Rick DiPietro for a second straight night, though he claimed that DiPietro and his surgically repaired left knee were “capable of playing.”
“As I said [Friday], we could play him these first three games and then go to Florida and he could be out a month,” the coach said. “If we’re 0-3 after these three games and he’s better prepared to play in Florida, then he’s better off.”
It’s hard to see the logic in that, especially with the sight of DiPietro sitting in full uniform as the backup.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Aaron Miller opened hockey season in grand style, playing with two people who were his greatest teammates from the very beginning. He spent Thursday afternoon with his parents on a golf course near his home in Vermont, enjoying the sport that is synonymous with the end of hockey….
At 37, his body finally caught up with his age. He suffered from back problems for a few seasons, which were relieved by hip surgery. He broke his foot last season before shoulder problems led to another surgery. The kids were getting older, the game was getting faster, his 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame a half-step behind his instincts.
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One thing for sure: These Internet rumors that Gaborik wants to play in Edmonton are as laughable as Sean Avery jumping up and down in front of Martin Brodeur.
-Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune. More hockey talk from Russo…
from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Darryl Sydor deflected the question - why did the longest-tenured NHL defenseman on the Penguins’ roster play six minutes and 31 seconds Saturday night as a left wing? - to coach Michel Therrien.
“Ask him,” Sydor said following the Penguins’ 2-1 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils at Mellon Arena.
“I’m going to keep to myself, be a professional and work hard.”
Therrien, who essentially shelved the fourth line that Sydor shared with right wing Eric Godard and forward Michael Zigomanis, said Sydor’s role last night was determined by the need to use him at the point on the Penguins’ second power-play unit.
“And we thought (rookie defenseman Alex) Goligoski did a great job his last game, and we’re going to work with him,” Therrien said.
from Lightning Strikes,
Anyway, (Len) Barrie said he is not going to judge the team until the end of November.
“You have to remember, we were in 30th place, so we’ve made a lot of changes we really believe in, so we’re going to be patient with them,” he said. “There’s no panic here, for sure. ... I said to (hockey ops chief) Brian Lawton, ‘If this team isn’t a good hockey team, then we should do something else.’ I really believe it’s a good hockey team.”
from Keeli Garza of Five for Fighting at the Star-Telegram,
Wow, where to start with this one. A total mess, and that is one aggravated, frustrated group right now. The woes of training camp are just spilling over, and it is producing some ugly, ugly hockey.
Coach Dave Tippett brought up the names Jere Lehtinen and Fabian Brunnstrom; as in, it may be time for these two to get into the lineup. Message to players: You’ve had your chance, you’re doing nothing, have a seat.
The tsk-tsk’s abound. Mike Ribeiro has been MIA. Loui Eriksson has done nothing. Insert name here has been bad, too.
from Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,
Geez, tough marker. Canucks coach Alain Vigneault appeared reluctant to give the Flames much credit for their one clear decision — Jarome Iginla’s left-hand flooring of Willie Mitchell in the first period.
“They have a great leader obviously in Jarome and he was a man on a mission tonight,” said Vigneault after his team’s 4-3 overtime triumph on Pavol Demitra’s heroics. “But you know Willie was a man on a mission too — he did a great job defensively against him and he stood up toe to toe. If Jarome’s sweater doesn’t rip, I don’t think he wins that one.”
continued for more reaction to the OT win by Calgary and watch the Iginal/Mitchell battle below…
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