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from Lightning Strkes,
On Saturday, Hockey Night in Canada’s Al Strachan said in an unsourced report, “I heard Vinny Lecavalier went in to ownership and said, ‘I didn’t like it under (former coach John) Tortorella. This is worse under this guy and you’ve got to get rid of him’ “
“I didn’t do it. I don’t know what else to say,” Lecavalier said Wednesday. Later, he reiterated, “I’m telling you, I didn’t say anything. I don’t think any of the guys did. He’s just saying that.”
Asked if he worries his reputation can be tarnished by such accusations, even if they are not true, Lecavalier said, “To tell you the truth, I don’t. (Strachan) said what he had to say ... but there weren’t facts.”
from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
Henrik Lunqvist pulled himself from the Rangers/Canucks game Wednesday after Vancouver scored it’s fifth goal, something he has done before. Lundqvist is one of the best goalies in the NHL, but what does that say to his teammates? “I quit guys, good luck.” Let your coach make the call. No game is over these days, even at 5-1. Claude Julien kept Manny Fernandez in after he gave up four first period goals against Buffalo, and the Bruins came back to win 7-4.
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from David Staple of The Cult of Hockey,
The NHL’s official plus/minus stat is one of the most discussed individual stats in hockey, but it’s also one of the most flawed, misleading and misunderstood.
For instance, this year Marian Hossa of the powerful Red Wings is plus-8. But last season, playing with the hapless Thrashers most of the year, Hossa was minus-14.Bobby Orr plus/minus
Hossa is pretty much the same strong player this year as he was last year, but his plus/minus this year would make you think he’s utterly outstanding, while his plus/minus last year would make you think he was a mediocre bum.
via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
Mike Green was wearing a shoulder sling on his right arm after the game. But he said he’s hopeful the injury is not too serious. When I asked him if it was sprained or separated, the defenseman said he won’t know until the morning.
“It was a good hit,” Green said of Chris Pronger’s shoulder check that sent him hurtling into the end boards. “I seen him coming, but he’s so big I couldn’t brace myself. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow morning. I’m just trying to keep it still right now. Obviously, it’s not too bad, so we’ll see how tonight goes.”
from Tim Sassone of Between the Circles,
How’s this for a potential scenario: Would the Hawks consider putting Cristobal Huet on waivers for the purpose of sending him to the minors in order to free up cap space for Nylander? It’s certainly an option.
“I was sitting in the [penalty] box and I was asking the guy if they actually gave me five minutes, I didn’t even know if they called that a fight. I couldn’t get my left glove off so I was more worried about just making sure he wasn’t throwing at me. Next time I’m in that situation I’ll be a little bit more confident on how to protect myself and do the right things.
“Sometimes things like that happen and you can’t back down from it. You just have to step up and protect yourself and do what you have to do. “
-Jonathan Toews after his first NHL fight last night. More on the Blackhawks from Chris Kuc of Icing at the Chicago Tribune.
from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,
If someone asked me to describe Tim Thomas’ goaltending style I would probably say he reminds me of a 34-year-old insurance salesman who plays once a week in the Friday night midnight recreation league.
The man looks frightfully awkward at times.
But Boston Bruins fans need to just close their eyes and utter the phrase “I do believe. I do believe. I do believe.”
Thomas might have a body like Gump Worsley, but he is leading the NHL with a 1.78 goals-against average and .944 save percentage.
from Damien Cox at ESPN,
The world of quotes. Yes, indeed, they do make the world go ‘round, even the NHL, which isn’t exactly the sassiest of pro sports leagues when it comes to lipping off….
“Every single day, you ask the same questions. You know the amazing thing? You’ve never asked me once about what we’re doing in practice. ‘What was that drill?’ No one’s ever asked that. It’s always, ‘What’s Jason Blake going to do tomorrow? Where’s Brian Burke having dinner tonight?’ You don’t really talk about the actual X’s and O’s of the game. I find that kind of strange. So, then I wonder, maybe you don’t ask those questions because maybe you don’t understand.”
—Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson sparring with the media
from Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge,
Here to suggest the NHL reconsider the goal nets they currently utilize in the great frozen game.
Simmer down goalies, I’m not pushing for larger dimensions. What I want is a return to the less taut, more cascading netting of yesteryear. A return to that once upon a time when goals were accentuated by the billowing of diamond shaped nylon as the vulcanized rubber disk sailed agonizingly past the guardian of the twine, and dramatically popped the netting from its lifeless, drape-like state. (I tried to catch the flavor of the memory)
Nowadays, like most things in society, we want it over with as soon as possible so we can move on to the next “moment”, so they’ve created a scenario where the puck trampolines out of the net like a tennis ball off a racket.
On Saturday night, prior to their game with the Boston Bruins, the Montreal Canadiens will honor Patrick Roy by retiring his No. 33 at the Bell Centre. The following is the transcript from the Q&A session Roy had with the NHL media today.
Q. Can you just talk about what it means to you, and did you think this day would come given your departure from Montreal?
PATRICK ROY: Well, you have no control on if they will retire my jersey or not, but I surely hope that that would happen one day. I knew they had a lot of guys to do before me. You know, the Canadiens haven’t done that for a long time, and I felt that the Savards, the Robinsons, Gainey, Dryden, they’ve been a big part of the history of the Canadiens, and I think they deserve that.
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