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from Brett Cyrgaus of The Blue Seats at the NY Post,
This is a plea to all Rangers fans. It’s a plea to realize how much impact you have on the game and how much impact a gang-up mentality within a fan base can affect the players.
Specifically, this is a plea to stop mercilessly booing Michal Rozsival.
The defenseman, who in the off-season signed a lucrative 4-year $20 million contract, has been playing sub-par so far this season and has been hearing it from the fans. Let’s not turn him into this year’s Marek Malik.
from Matt Higgins of the New York Times,
One wears No. 22, the other No. 33. One has 394 career points, the other 393. The similarities can seem endless between the identical twins and Vancouver Canucks linemates Daniel and Henrik Sedin.
Even their contracts have been the same during their eight-year N.H.L. careers, a trend that Vancouver’s first-year general manager, Mike Gillis, would like to continue by re-signing them before they become unrestricted free agents in July.
“That is clearly a completely different dynamic than an individual player,” Gillis said about dealing with hockey’s most enduring one-two combination as a single entity. “However, because they are so highly thought of, it does not present any issue whatsoever.”
from John Buccigross of ESPN,
• OK, here are Bucci’s top four power rankings for each conference. Keep in mind, my rankings are not so much based on performance thus far; they are based on who I see are the toughest teams to beat in a best-of-seven series come playoff time.
Eastern Conference: 1. Pittsburgh; 2. Washington; 3. Montreal; 4. New York Rangers
Western Conference: 1. Detroit; 2. San Jose; 3. Minnesota; 4. Anaheim
• From a strategical standpoint, I still believe that a player should skate to the bench, and another player should hop on, when he breaks his stick. This saves time from a stick handoff scenario and saves me the frustration of watching a forward on the ice without a stick.
much, much more...
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
No one has been able to make the NHL All-Star Game a meaningful exercise for going on two decades now, no matter how much they tweaked and adjusted and tried to convince you that the light-hearted shinny they play bears even a reasonable facsimile to the way the game is played, night-after-night, through a gruelling 1,230-game regular season.
Given how that is not going to change this year either, even though the All-Star Game is being played in the cradle of hockey – Montreal – in January, I have little issue with the fact that Canadiens’ fans are doing such a good job of guaranteeing that all six of their candidates for the All-Star team may crack the starting line-up.
The Detroit Red Wings placed forward Darren McCarty on waivers on Tuesday.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
There is a rumor out there that the Minnesota Wild are on the verge of trading Gaborik. As in any hour or day now, it’s that close.
Under normal circumstances, this wouldn’t be a reach.
Gaborik, after all, is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.
Gaborik, thus far, has rejected all contract offers from the Wild and it doesn’t look like he’s about to put pen to paper in the Twin Cities any time soon.
added 1:36pm, via Russo’s Rants,
Risebrough, by the way according to multiple sources, was at last night’s Ottawa-Rangers game — two teams I said weeks ago made sense for a potential Marian Gaborik trade. Bryan Murray, Ottawa’s GM, loves making blockbusters, and Rangers GM Glen Sather is buddy buddy with Risebrough
Clarification: Doug Risebrough was on the Ottawa-Rangers press box seating chart, but he never made it to the game. He planned to scout the game, but flight problems forced him to detour to Pittsburgh. He was in Pittsburgh by 4:45 yesterday..
added 2:24pm, Mark Hermann of Newsday wonders if the Rangers could fit Gaborik into the lineup…
from Erik Erlendssen of Bolts Report,
I had the opportunity earlier today to submit some questions to Lightning co-owner Oren Koules to get some of his thoughts about the direction of the team since Barry Melrose was let go on Friday….
Q: What can you say to fans who may be soured by the start of the team on the ice and the issues off the ice? Do you still believe you have a good hockey team or do more changes need to be made?
OK: In talking to many players coaches and general managers around the league, most feel we have a very good hockey team. And as I said above, I still very much believe we will make the playoffs. In fact, with 65 games left to play, we are three points out of the playoffs. So I feel pretty good about things the way they are now.
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
Laviolette’s uncertain position ranks among the five most significant coaching crises in the Hurricanes’ time in North Carolina—this week’s Tuesday Top Five.
5. NOVEMBER 2008: After consecutive embarrassing losses, Rutherford on Thursday issued a scathing critique of the team’s work ethic. In the end, that’s an area for which the coach bears final responsibility. Coming off last season, when the Hurricanes missed the playoffs because of poor play this time of year, Rutherford made it clear he would not countenance a repeat performance.
from George James Malik SnapShots,
The Red Wings re-launched their Hockeytown Blog without much fanfare, but this post from DetroitRedWings.com’s Shannon Paul illustrates why Wings fans need to bookmark the blog and check it on a regular basis.
The team is officially reaching out to fans, and they want your input as to how you want them to move forward in connecting you to all things Red Wings-related:
Here is one suggestion- Start acknowledging bloggers instead of not returning emails or treating them like they don’t exist!
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators could be stepping up their pursuit of defenceman Mattias Ohuld (Ohlund).
Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis and assistant Lawrence Gilman were on the list of scouts for last night’s Senators-Rangers game at Madison Square Garden and GM Bryan Murray hasn’t made any secret of the fact he’s looking for a puck-moving defenceman.
While the Gillis’ Canucks were playing across town on Long Island, it’s believed contract talks with Ohlund have been fruitless and if they continue to go nowhere, he might be asked to waive his no-movement clause to accept a deal elsewhere.
read on plus more Ottawa notes…
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