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Blame Lou

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

This is the NHL. The Devils have been a premier franchise, winning three Stanley Cups in a nine-year span from 1995 to 2003, racking up at least 100 points in 12 of the past 15 full regular seasons. Lou Lamoriello has been regarded as one of the best general managers in the league.

At least he used to be.

This is on Lamoriello, not the circumstances, not the system. He took a risk when he signed winger Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) to a mega-contract this summer. He took a risk when he opened the season with a bare minimum roster of only 20 players because of how he had (mis)managed the cap. And it all backfired quickly.


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Arthroscopic Knee Surgery For Rafalski

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski is having arthroscopic surgery on his knee at noon today.

Coach Mike Babcock said he doesn’t think Rafalski will be out long.

“He had a little pain and it hadn’t reacted the way it had in the past,’’ Babcock said. “He had the back surgery this summer and the quads probably aren’t as strong, so his knee, which he hurt when he was 18, suddenly there’s more wear and tear.

“They decided they needed to have a quick look and clean it up. Don’t think it’s very long, but don’t know until you get in there.’’

more on the Wings…

added 3:06pm, Holland says Rafalski will be out 3-4 weeks.

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Four Time Stanley Cup Champion Kirk Maltby Will Hang Up His Skates

via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings forward Kirk Maltby will announce his retirement today at 5:30, according to a source.

Maltby, 37, decided to retire after 16 NHL seasons rather than report to the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins.

During his prime, Maltby was a premier grinder and penalty-killer, one of the hardest players in the league to play against because of his physical, agitating style. He was a mainstay on the club’s heralded Grind Line, with Kris Draper and Darren McCarty, for many years.

He played 14 seasons in Detroit and is one of four Red Wings to play on all four Stanley Cup-winning teams since 1997 (the others are Nicklas Lidstrom, Draper and Tomas Holmstrom).

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Big Hits, Big Misses, and Bad Coverage

Some Sabres musings compiled while looking at 29 different angles of the big hit last night, and wondering what they really put in those shoulder pads…

• With an extended absence from Jason Pominville likely, courtesy of Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, the opportunity is there for Nathan Gerbe to cement his place in the starting lineup.  But with the way Portland Pirates (AHL) forward Luke Adam is playing, it might need to happen sooner for Gerbe rather than later.  There is already talk of Portland commandeering an AHL Rookie of the Year three-peat.  Gerbe and Tyler Ennis have won the award the past two seasons.

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, jason+pominville, niklas+hjalmarsson, patrick+lalime, thomas+vanek, tyler+myers

JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/12/10

Today’s three cheers, saluting those who deserve as much for their performances yesterday:

***Cheers to Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo, whose 41 saves thwarted the efforts of his former club, the Florida Panthers en route to the first win of the season for the Canucks. Luongo’s .973 save percentage through his club’s first two games is hardly anything to scoff at and his quick start is a great sign for a Canucks team with extremely high hopes for the season. As for Florida, 42 shots on goal are great but three goals through two games won’t get the job done and that sort of paltry offensive production could be exactly what keeps the Panthers from succeeding this season. Tomas Vokoun can only keep opponents at bay to a certain extent.

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The Bolts Beat, 10/12/10: Lightning Home Opener, Road Trip Ahead, Devils Dilemmas, Wisniewski & More

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, Jon, Mike and Mark recap the Lightning’s successful home opener and preview their road trip ahead. The boys also discuss the current (disasterous) state of the New Jersey Devils and the James Wisniewski/Sean Avery incident (how about that? “Sean Avery” and “incident” in the same sentence? Shocker…) Finally, JJ blows his top (again) in the latest installment of “What the Hell Was THAT?”


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Guy Boucher Ready To Coach In Montreal

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

“I’m sure it’s going to be emotional, but the players need me to be calm,” Boucher said. “The thing to remember is that I didn’t coach the Montreal Canadiens. I coached some of the players and I know some of them. I worked for the organization and I’m grateful for the opportunity of working with Jacques Martin, Pierre Gauthier and Bob Gainey.

“We played two games in the Bell Centre and I’ve watched some games, there so I have an idea of what to expect,” said Boucher, who is the youngest coach in the NHL at 39.

He said the important thing is that Tampa has veteran players from Quebec like Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and Simon Gagne.

“They have experience in playing in Montreal and they’re the ones who have to put on the show,” Boucher said.

Boucher is part of a major overhaul in Tampa. New owner Jeff Vinik brought in Steve Yzerman as his general manager and he raided the Canadiens’ organization to sign Boucher, who brought along assistant coaches Martin Raymond (another Mc-Gill grad) and Dan Lacroix from Hamilton. Yzerman also added Julien BriseBois, who was the Canadiens’ point man in dealing with the salary cap. BriseBois had a prior working relationship with Boucher because he served as the Bulldogs’ general manager.

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Desperate Devils

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

The numbers are nasty. The Devils have allowed 14 goals and scored six in opening 0-2-1. They have been outscored 11-2 after the first period. Worse, they haven’t opened winless in three games since 2001-02.

“It’s time to be playing desperate hockey,” Jamie Langenbrunner said. “When things don’t go your way, you sometimes try to do too much. The way to work yourself out of these things is to go back to basics.”

The Trap is not why they made Ilya Kovalchuk the $100 Million Man, but he has not had a point since his two assists in the opening 11 minutes of the season.

When they dropped the puck on the season Friday, the Devils were supposed to a juggernaut. Naught is more like it, with just one charity point thus far.

“I would have expected to have at least four points out of six, but nobody is going to feel sorry for us,” Elias said.


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Shut Down Dman Mike Green

from Katie Carera of Capitals Insider,

Without Tom Poti in the lineup Monday against the Senators there was a considerable chunk of even strength and penalty killing minutes to be picked up by someone, or a combination of someones on the Capitals roster. Throughout the Capitals 3-2 overtime win, that responsibility fell largely to Mike Green, who played a game-high 31 minutes and 53 seconds—many of which came against Ottawa’s primary offensive threats.

While Green may have just one point through three games this season, the two-time Norris Trophy candidate’s defensive contributions have been very visible. In three games, he has a plus-4 rating, eight hits and has blocked seven shots and just been reliable in his own end.

“Me and [Jeff Schultz] have our agendas and that’s to shut down their [No.] 1 line,” Green said.


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Evening Line

“I think I fit in great.  I’ve played a bunch of games against Anaheim. It’s kind of another system a little bit. Obviously I’ll have to sit down with coach and he’ll tell me what to do. But I’m real excited.”

-Andreas Lilja of the Anaheim Ducks.  More on Lilja from Eric Stephens of the Ducks Blog.

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