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from NHL Media via the Chicago Blackhawks,
Dan Craig isn’t pumped up just yet, but as the man in charge of every inch of ice in the NHL, he already has more than just a few things on his plate to temper any brewing enthusiasm for the upcoming Winter Classic.
Come Thanksgiving, Craig expects to be overcome by anticipation.
“I want to see it,” Craig, the League’s Facilities Operations Manager, told NHL.com. “I want to feel it. I want to see the players enjoy it and for all of us to put on a good show for TV and the people that are in the stadium.”
from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Red Wings would have turned their 3-0 lead into a 6-0 lead against a lesser team. They have the speed, skill and persistence to turn bad bounces into goals.
So the Blues can take something positive from the loss. They can take the last 20 minutes of that game and build on it.
“That’s the best team in the league,” Legace said, “and we dominated the third period.”
Thursday’s matchup between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins begs the question: Can a shootout game end in a tie by default?
Both the visiting Maple Leafs (1-2-3) and the host Bruins (2-1-3) have been sources of much shootout futility so far this season, each losing three of their six games in that manner.
It’s to the point that you’d half-expect coaches Ron Wilson or Claude Julien to pull their goalie toward the end of overtime in order to force someone to come up with a victory the next time a shootout looms.
from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,
Too old, too slow, too nonchalant—the Flames goalie lets it all whistle by him like a rising slapshot over the net.
“I’m kind of used to it,” Kiprusoff said Wednesday as the Flames packed their bags for tonight’s game in Nashville against the Predators. “That’s how it is to be a player, a goalie in the NHL.
“First, you’re young and not experienced. Then, you’re old. It’s always something.”
And it’s something Kiprusoff chooses not to concern himself with.
“I have worries to be able to help this team win games here,” the Finn said. “And take care of my body and keep in good shape.”
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
...He wants out.
The Ducks wouldn’t release him as he asked last spring, or at least give him permission to talk to other clubs. But soon that won’t be their call any longer.
That, of course, will put the Ducks and team president Michael Schulman in a dicey predicament. When Burke tells them during the holiday season that he won’t be agreeing to a new contract – only a major change of circumstances would change that now – Schulman will be left with the problem of having a lame duck GM heading towards the trade deadline and, after that, the draft and free agency.
from Spector at Fox Sports,
The recent economic crisis has led to talk the NHL’s revenue for this season could decline, dragging down next season’s cap limit to as low as $50 million. Several NHL teams could find themselves with limited cap space to prepare for the 2009-10 season. Here’s a look at the top 10.
10. Edmonton Oilers
A decline in the salary cap could make it difficult for management to come up with the money to re-sign key Oilers such as winger Erik Cole and goaltender Mathieu Garon, or to find suitable replacements on next summer’s free agent market.
from Mark Hale of the NY Post,
He’s also at minus-five through nine games. That’s the worst mark on the Rangers.
Heading into tomorrow’s game in Columbus, the 32-year-old captain is very much struggling. Drury’s managed a not-so-grand total of one point this year, thanks to paltry stats of no goals and one assist
“I’m getting there. Nothing’s really clicking too good right now,” Drury said after practice on Tuesday. “But obviously importantly our record is pretty darn good and that’s what this is all about.
from Luke DeCock at Talking Points,
“At 34, to be a fourth-line guy, teams are not sure I can stay healthy,” (Kevyn) Adams said. “A team would rather put in a 22-year-old who’s spent a year or two in the minors, pay him same money and be a guy they drafted. …
“I’ve won a Cup and done a lot of things and can bring a lot to a team, but it’s different for me than a guy like Roddy (Brind’Amour). It’s a similar injury, but he’s a top-line guy, not a depth guy. I’m in shape. If the phone rings I’m ready.”
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
Mats Sundin has taken the first step toward a return to the NHL.
The 37-year-old free-agent centre underwent a physical exam at a Toronto hospital yesterday — necessary to begin a rigorous period of training to continue his hockey career.
Sundin, who spent the past 13 NHL seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, returned to the city last week and soon is expected to travel to Los Angeles to begin a two-week on-ice training stint.
It is believed that after those two weeks are up, he will begin talking to NHL teams to determine the best fit for him.
from James Duthie of The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
I used to find Avery amusing, but he now become a caricature of himself: Sideshow Sean. He says or does something stupid every other day. We asked the panel on the NHL on TSN Wednesday if the league or NHLPA should intervene. I wouldn’t worry about that. Some Dallas players are already sick of the act, and will likely try to take care of it themselves. Good luck with that.
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added 9:35am, from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Imagine both (Avery & Claude Lemieux) playing in the NHL at the height of their powers. One wonders whether the league would be big enough for both of them. One wonders how NHL VP Colin Campbell would have hours in the day to keep track of the Dastardly Duo.
One wonders who would wear the crown.
“It would probably be me,” the 43-year-old Lemieux, who is embarking on a serious attempt to return to the NHL despite being out of the league since 2002-03, told The Post yesterday.
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