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from Scott Cullen of TSN,
Most teams don’t get too concerned about making big moves until the 20-game mark, but it’s never too early to start looking at some players that may not be living up to expectations.
Here’s a look at some early-season underachievers in this week’s edition of Backchecking.
Brendan Morrison, C, Anaheim (0-1-1, minus-5 in 11 GP, one year, $2.75M)
Comment: Still a step slow coming off knee surgery.
Shawn Horcoff, C, Edmonton (3-1-4, minus-2 in 9 GP; seven years, $36.6M)
Comment: Strong two-way player, but at his price tag he needs to provide offence.
read on plus a wrap-up of all the trade talk this week…
Edmonton at Carolina starts off our hockey viewing day at 3pm ET.
I have received numerous emails regarding the three games that will not be televised tonight and feel free to express your thoughts in the comments.
Below is the full NHL Schedule for today…
from Mark Everson of the NY Post,
In the middle of the second period Oct. 22, with the Devils leading 1-0, Brodeur cleared the puck past an on-charging Dallas winger - Brodeur’s nemesis, Sean Avery.
“I saw somebody,” Brodeur told The Post. “It’s hard to know who it is when you’re playing the puck.
“I got the puck by him, saw it was him, and said, ‘[Rats], I should have hit him.’ “
A possible brawl was averted, but only by the slimmest of margins.
from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,
The Hawks need another top-six forward, preferably a center, and possibly another defenseman. Dale knows this, but he’s right up to the salary cap and has no money to make anything happen without disrupting the roster.
Sending Nikolai Khabibulin ($6.75 million cap hit) or Cam Barker ($2.7 million hit) to the minors would open up cap space, but Nik has been the best goalie so far and Barker is an upgrade over Jordan Hendry, so he has to stay for now with little other options until either Wisniewski comes back or Hjalmarsson is ready to return from Rockford.
from Bob Duff of Duffer’s Dabbles at the Windsor Star,
• Friday was the 76th anniversary of the night that Maurice (Rocket) Richard played his first NHL game with the Montreal Canadiens. He wore No. 15 and picked up his first NHL point, an assist 36 seconds into the game, a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins at the Montreal Forum.
• Former Windsor Spitfire Steve Ott returned to the Dallas Stars’ lineup following a three-game absence due to a groin injury. According to an NHL source, the cause of Ott’s injury came when he was playfully hooked from behind by teammate Sean Avery while taking a shot during practice.
read on for some slap shot talk regarding Al Iafrate…
From Iain MacIntyre at the Vancouver Sun,
Scott Niedermayer, the 35-year-old from Cranbrook who will go to the Hockey Hall of Fame when his career ends, said Friday he wants to be part of Team Canada for the 2010 Olympic tournament in Vancouver.
The Anaheim Ducks star hasn’t decided if or where he’ll play in the National Hockey League next season, but knows he wants to play for Canada. That probably means he’ll sign another NHL contract if he becomes an unrestricted free agent next July.
“It would be a great experience if I was able to be part of that team and compete for your country, in your own county, in your home province,” Niedermayer said. “I really haven’t decided [about the NHL], but I’d love to play in the Olympics.”
from Steve Zipay of Newsday,
“You try to find something that relaxes you, “Naslund said. “Whether it’s watching a movie or listening to music or playing with the kids. I think you need the mental release from thinking about the game and what’s going wrong ... Now, I’m just trying to enjoy it more than anything, have fun and enjoy the moment. I always think it’s nice to get your mind off hockey. I don’t watch hockey when I’m at home, I try to get a breather.”
more on Markus Naslund…
from Randy Harvey (LAT Sports Editor) of the Fabulous Forum Blog at the LA Times,
The Times has excellent hockey writers, including Helene Elliott, the 2005 Elmer Ferguson Award winner for her oustanding hockey coverage and this year’s winner of the Jim Murray Memorial Foundation sportswriter of the year award. She was among honorees along with Sugar Ray Leonard and Ashley Force at a dinner last night in Beverly Hills.
But it’s true that we’ve had to cut back on national coverage. It’s also true we will be more selective this season, as we were last season and the season before, about which Kings and Ducks road games to cover with our own reporters….
“I know the reaction often is that there aren’t a lot of hockey fans and therefore they don’t get enough respect,’’ he said. “So maybe there was some of that, that we have a sport a few of us love but that not everybody likes.’‘
We at the Times will continue to try to serve that few as best we can. But it’s not easy with the ravenous hockey crowd. As a colleague once said, “There’s not enough hockey in the Hockey News for hockey fans.’‘
more including a nice award for Kings play-by-play man Bob Miller.
The LA Times just doesn’t get it, nothing else to be said.
“The economy is tough, and if anyone says it isn’t they’re just not being accurate”.
“We may not see the effects for a while, either. A lot of people had their spending budget in place prior to our season. We sell our seats, we sell our corporate business, and we sell our season tickets starting in July. But from July through now, the world’s been tougher on the United States. We have to really work at playing an entertaining game on the ice, having people coming to our arena and understanding that it’s an event and having fun in the building.”
-Blues President John Davidson. More from Davidson at TSN.
from Kelly Hrudey of Blogs and Columns at CBC,
I shared goalie duties with a really good guy, Chris Terreri, but shortly after opening the season, Chris broke his hand in a game in St. Louis.
A couple of games after that, I separated my right shoulder and our goalie prospects at that time weren’t ready for NHL action.
The Sharks chose not to tell anybody about my injury.
So I ended up playing 12 straight with a separated shoulder. This kind of injury made it impossible for me to raise my arm over my shoulder.
If the other teams around the league would have known of my injury, without question every shot would have been high to my stick side.
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