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from David Staples at The Cult of Hockey,
Q: Do you think any bloggers should be in the press box, if that is there only media connection?
Answer from TEAM 1260 sports radio host Jason Gregor: Blogs are allowed in the press box, as long as it isn’t a play-by-play account. If I wanted to write a blog about stats that weren’t relative to the game I could.
My beef with bloggers is that anyone can be one. Most are nameless, faceless people who write their opinions, but unfortunately there are too many false facts in blogs. I understand the next generation gets most of their information from the Internet, but unfortunately lots of it is horribly written or inaccurate. Kids read this stuff and they believe it. I don’t think bloggers truly understand the strength of their message, and also the damage it can do.
What about writing an article on the damage that bloggers do? They all seem to think that because they “care” about the team, that their messages are helping the team. Well that might be true, but no one in blog world ever talks about the negatives.
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
The Vancouver Canucks hope to augment their injury-riddled lineup with Matt Pettinger and Kyle Wellwood, should the forwards not be claimed today on recallable waivers from the Manitoba Moose.
Should an NHL club claim either forward, the Canucks would be on the hook for half of their salaries - $500,000 US for Pettinger and $498,750 US for Wellwood - but they have plenty of salary cap space. Money is not the problem for general manager Mike Gillis. Healthy bodies are.
With Pavol Demitra (upper body), Rick Rypien (virus) and Darcy Hordichuk (knee) on the shelf following a 4-2 setback Monday in Chicago, the Canucks hope Pettinger and Wellwood clear so they can skate with the Canucks on Tuesday morning and play that night in Columbus against the Blue Jackets.
from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,
With so many historic goaltending records about to fall this season, it seems appropriate to to consider Martin Brodeur’s brilliance.
Up close and in person, Brodeur looks like you or me—or maybe your uncle who works as, let’s say, a pipefitter. But after spending time during the offseason with a personal trainer, the burly Brodeur now appears to be more streamlined.
from Damien Cox at ESPN,
1. Starting the season in Europe doesn’t automatically jeopardize a team’s start
We should have already known this, of course, since the New York Rangers went to England before the start of the 1993-94 to contest the French’s Mustard Cup with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and went on to win the Stanley Cup that season.
Fitting, then, it’s the Rangers proving this season that just because the Ducks and Kings seemed to suffer ill-effects from overseas travel last season, the travel alone doesn’t mean that has to happen. It may keep Chris Drury pointless for a while, but team-wise, it may just be a handy excuse.
The Hockey Show asks the fans of New York City what there feeling is on Sean Avery’s return to MSG.
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
To many Canucks fans in Vancouver, Roberto Luongo is Superman. If he is, October is his Kryptonite.
Luongo is Vancouver’s scene stealer, but he hasn’t stolen any games. He is the Canucks’ best player, their star, but that’s not the way it reads on the stat sheet.
There it claims Luongo is struggling. His 3.39 goals-against average and a .886 save percentage should be a source of frustration, and is assuredly an area of concern for fans.
TORONTO (October 20, 2008) – Buffalo Sabres left wing Thomas Vanek, Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom and Dallas Stars rookie left wing Fabian Brunnstrom have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending October 19.
from Adam Kimmelman of NHL.com,
One of the early stars of the New York Rangers’ strong start has been described by teammates as a “motormouth” with “sickening” skills.
That’s how teammates see Nikolai Zherdev, who seems to have a new lease on life in the NHL in his first season on Broadway….
“We have good chemistry,” Voros told NHL.com. “We hang out on the ice and off the ice. … We’re good friends on the ice and good friends off the ice, so it’s kind of seamless.”
read on and more Atlantic Division notes…
fromMichael Russo of the Star-Tribune,
After the Wild’s 1-0 shootout victory Saturday night at Tampa Bay—a game in which the Wild was outplayed by the Lightning—coach Jacques Lemaire lit into Benoit Pouliot, 22, James Sheppard, 20, and Colton Gillies, 19, for not stepping up…
“They’ve got to do better!” snapped Lemaire, his voice rising, his face reddening. “Come on. We’ve got to see them. I’ve got nobody! I’ve got nobody to play, and I’ve got to sit them? They have to wake up. Come on!
“I don’t want to get on them, but you know, this is the NHL. I’ve said that. But we demand a lot. The kids, they’ve got to play.”
from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,
Come Saturday night, it will be wall-to-wall hockey across North America.
All 30 NHL teams are in action, creating a dynamite opportunity for hockey fans to come together, crack open a favorite beverage and break out the tortillas and salsa. After all, it’s hockey night in North America.
“This is only the second time we have had all 30 teams playing on one night since I’ve been here and actually, at around 9 p.m. (ET), we’ll have 12 games going at once so I think I’ll be glad when the night is finally over,” said Kris King, the NHL’s senior director of hockey operations in Toronto.
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