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from Razor With An Edge,
What the Stars don’t seem to have this time though is an heir apparent.
Turco was brashly demanding Belfour’s mantle back in that 2001-2002 season. His stats were better, and his presence was unsettling to Eddie who was also dealing with an increasingly tempestuous relationship with Hitch.
Fast-forward eight years and there is no young, talented goaltender ready to take the net over.
Mike Smith might have been that guy but he was sacrificed in the Brad Richards trade.
Jonas Gustafsson was a targeted “next one” this summer but decided to sign in Toronto.
So if we are witnessing the final months of another chapter in the lineage of larceny in the pipes in Dallas then the organization’s birddogs better have eyes peeled for a replacement, because it’s the most important position in the sport.
Some KK readers may recall a story I posted in mid-July regarding a new skate sharpening technique.
Let’s see where it stands today…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Known as the Flat Bottom V for the shape of the cut in the skate blade, it is currently the rage from beer leagues to the big leagues. In all, players on 22 of the NHL’s 30 teams are using the technique, some of them – from San Jose Sharks centre Joe Thornton to New Jersey Devils forward Zach Parise – among the top players in the game….
Panthers forward Cory Stillman was passing through the dressing room as they were about to go on the ice and volunteered to act as the guinea pig.
“Stillman said to us: ‘I can tell you in three strides if it’s good or not,’” Wilson recalled. “So he got out on it and took three or four strides and turned to me and said, ‘What the heck is this?’ I said immediately: ‘Hey, it’ll take two minutes to sharpen your skates back to where they were. It’s something new that we’re developing and we don’t know much about it.’
“He said: ‘No, this is weird, but interesting.’
Tough one to call, but with Colton Orr involved, questions will be asked.
Orr received 2 minutes for interference on the call plus five for fighting with Shaone Morrisonn. You can see the penalty log below…
from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,
After the Carolina win, Howard was unlacing his skates while trying to explain the importance of the bounce-back game. How was an inexperienced NHL goalie able to shake off a rough start so easily?
He stopped messing with the skates and pointed to the veteran to his right who was peeling off mostly dry hockey gear.
There was the answer: Chris Osgood. The reason Howard is succeeding is because of Osgood.
“I’m just trying to stay in the moment and he’s taught me how to do that. He’s one of the best in the league at that,” Howard told Sporting News. “He knows how to let things roll off his back and just continue to push forward.”...
According to Babcock, Howard will start again Saturday in Dallas. Following the Carolina game, he wasn’t ruling out another Howard start on Sunday….
“The way the league works, the guy who is playing good gets to play,” Babcock explained.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Agent Allan Walsh continues to call out the Wild via his Twitter account.
Less than a week after tweeting that coach Todd Richards is “treating [Petr] Sykora with less respect than a rookie,” Walsh sent out a string of Sykora tweets from http://www.twitter.com/walsha Friday reciting statistics, such as 302 career goals, 677 career points, 10 consecutive 20-plus goal seasons ... “leader, winner, intense competitor.”
Although this wasn’t a direct attack, make no mistake: Walsh is taking aim at Richards. Sykora has been scratched five games in a row, most recently Thursday in St. Louis when Richards dressed James Sheppard, a scratch the previous four games.
from Curtis Zupke of the OC Register,
The Ducks have lost a star Finnish player to injury for the second time in as many days.
Center Saku Koivu suffered a sprained knee Thursday night, the team said late Friday. A timetable for his return was not immediately known, but recovery from a sprained knee can typically take 2-6 weeks, depending on the severity….
A suspension appears unlikely for Bobby Ryan for his hit on Kings forward Oscar Moller late in Thursday’s game.
Ryan did not have a disciplinary hearing with NHL officials Friday morning. Such hearings usually take place if a player is going to be suspended, but the league is not believed to be reviewing the play.
more on the Ducks…
update 10:42pm, I just received an update on Koivu from the Ducks which states he will be out approximately 1-2 weeks.
“We have put offers on the table that make sense for our team going forward and that we think are fair with the reality that Kovy is one of the great, great players in the game.”
-Atlanta Thrashers Owner Bruce Levenson. More on this topic from Craig Custance of the Sporting News.
The team is sitting in last place in the Western Conference with a record of 16-25-5 and just 37 points. They’ve lost three in a row, they’re eight points below the next-lowest team in the Blue Jackets, and their playoff prospects are impossibly bleak.
Normally, a team mired in that bad of a situation can at least look forward to a brighter future - the idea being that they can really only go up. But when it comes to the Oilers, could things be looking equally shaky for the long term?
“I get the idea that they want to peddle hope - and they should - and there’s a major rebuild that’s going to go on here,” says TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie. “But this is a last-place hockey team with a first-place payroll, and they’ve got some serious financial issues they have to address.”
Those financial issues are going to provide a major obstacle for a team whose immediate priority is simply to climb out of the NHL’s basement. The first step?
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Matt Bradley is being hailed around the capital as a hero for cutting in on an impending knuckle-duster between Steve Downie and national treasure Alexander Ovechkin.
He shouldn’t be.
If anything, the fourth-line banger’s impetuous intervention embarrassed the team’s newly-minted captain and set him up for a potentially more dangerous confrontation down the road.
continued with more hockey notes…
Watch the hit and reaction to the hit from both sides.
Want more background, check out the KK post from this morning.
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