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from Scott Cullen of TSN,
Some players that are of interest to fantasy owners have yet to light the lamp a month into the season. Here’s a breakdown of the more notable goalless NHL forwards.
Jonathan Toews, C, Chicago (0-7-7, minus-1, 36 shots in 12 GP)
He still leads Blackhawks forwards in ice time and he’s getting more shots per game than he did as a rookie last season, so Toews will break through soon enough.
SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has assigned LW Jamie McGinn to the Worcester Sharks and recalled goaltender Thomas Greiss (GRYCE) and forward Brad Staubitz.
Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov is day-to-day with a lower body injury.
Greiss has a 4-5-0 record with Worcester this season, posting a 3.22 goals-against average and an .860 save percentage.
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
On the eve of his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, Emrick reflected on his career that began with announcing parts of games at Bowling Green University, where he got his doctorate in radio-television-film. Hence, the nickname. He had been teaching near Pittsburgh and was looking to get his doctorate.
“I was considering going to Michigan or Bowling Green for my doctorate and Bowling Green University had the local NPR station with All Things Considered and their usual shows,” Emrick said. “They had a staff member who broadcast the first and third periods and they felt a student should do the second period.
“That’s what Bowling Green offered me that Michigan could not. That made it pretty easy to make up my mind.”
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Coach Mike Babcock said he expects forward Johan Franzen to return to the lineup for Tuesday’s game against Pittsburgh. Franzen has been out since Oct. 25 with a sprained left MCL. If he returns Tuesday, he will have missed only five games, half of what he missed with a similar injury last year around this time.
From Craig Custance at the Sporting News,
When former backup goalie Darren Eliot, now a television analyst, heard that a reporter was going to write about New York Islanders goalie Joey MacDonald, he couldn’t resist a little jab.
“What are you going to give him, one paragraph?” Eliot said, his sensitivities for the backup goalie shining through. If there’s such a thing as middle child syndrome, there’s certainly a backup goalie syndrome.
But Thursday, at Philips Arena, the backup goalie was the story. MacDonald was surrounded by reporters inquiring about his string of strong starts, while he capitalized on the opportunity created by Rick DiPietro’s surgery
from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog,
Another option would be to send 475 red carnations to Fedorov, one for each of Fedorov’s goals, care of the Caps. Because that wouldn’t be weird at all. The floral excess arrived yesterday, in all its rocking-the-red glory, although Fedorov went out and got hurt that night. Maybe next time roses would be better. I’m told that Fedorov was very appreciative of the gesture, if a bit taken aback.
Coach Boudreau? No. Owner Ted Leonsis!
We struggle on the power play and with all of our talent, we must be more effective. We pass too much. We don’t shoot the puck and generate enough traffic.
We are not aggressive enough on our forecheck.
We are not making crisp enough outlet passes, D to forwards in transition.
We are not taking the body enough.
A report in a Montreal newspaper that the Canadiens are for sale was quickly denied on Friday by owner George Gillett and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
According to La Presse, Jim Balsillie of Research in Motion told the newspaper that the 100-year-old club was for sale.
When asked by TSN to respond to the report, Balsillie’s lawyer Rich Rodier said, “absolutely not, it couldn’t be farther from the truth, there is nothing to it - zero.”
from George Richards of the Miami Herald,
The season may only be 12 games old, but a frustrated Panthers team has already run out of words to describe its crummy play.
‘‘What do you say? It’s the same old story,’’ coach Pete DeBoer lamented.
‘‘We were just brutal, that was basically it,’’ added Stephen Weiss.
Make no mistake: The Panthers are a bad hockey team right now.
The Panthers are tied with the fewest points of any team in the NHL after losing their fifth straight 3-2 to the Kings at Staples Center on Thursday night.
I posed that question via email to a few media types yesterday. Their response follows and I will add to it if I receive anymore responses.
Helene Elliott, columnist for the LA Times,
I’m not sure he knows what he wants to do.
i think Anaheim intrigues him because the Ducks have a legitimate shot at contending this year. But they can’t pay him a lot, so that could drive him away.Tthe Ducks would have to move a lot of bodies to get the cap space…..I’ll be crazy and say Vancouver.
Terry Frei of the Denver Post and ESPN.com,
Put me down for Montreal.
Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Sundin? Toronto. Why? Because it makes the least amount of sense for both the player and the team, and that’s more or less the way things have gone for this hockey team the last 40-odd years.
Keivn Allen of USA TODAY,
Anaheim, that’s his best fit and best chance to win a Stanley Cup. But he would have to take less money.
Jim Kelley of Sportsnet and Sports Illustrated,
My choice is the New York Rangers, creditable team, excellent goaltending, big city environment, easy travel, lots of endorsement opportunities, American dollars.
Rangers have a need for a veteran play-making center or centre and though it is New York, it still offers an opportunity to avoid the endless media obsession that he has endured in Toronto for years.
Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Rangers or Leafs. if I can only pick one, I’ll take New York.
added 12:22pm, Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
Montreal: Sundin will want to play with a Stanley Cup contender and will ultimately prefer the lighter travel schedule of an Eastern Conference team which rules out Anaheim and Vancouver. The Canadiens fit the criteria, although I wouldn’t rule out the Rangers either.
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