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via the Buffalo Sabres,
Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced that defenseman Craig Rivet had arthroscopic surgery on his knee today. His recovery is expected to be a minimum of two weeks.
from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,
There’s apparently just no sanctuary from abuse for Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom.
Even in the Wings dressing room, the slashes and cross checks turn into verbal jabs as Holmstrom readied himself to join a photo shoot for an upcoming story for Men’s Health Magazine. “How did you get picked for that?” queried Kirk Maltby. “They must have been looking for someone to show what not to do.”
Holmstrom merely smiles. The veteran winger is doing a lot of that lately.
The 35-year-old Swede has scored in all five game this season and leads the NHL in scoring percentage by converting half of the 10 shots he’s taken. “I should shoot more,” Holmstrom said.
from the ICEMAN Bloggeth,
So…how does this year’s team compare after six games? Well, let’s just say that John Anderson shouldn’t have any reason to fret if he gets called into Don Waddell’s office Wednesday morning.
After Tuesday night’s 3-2 overtime loss in Tampa, the Thrashers find themselves at 2-2-2 for 6 points, which won’t get ya to the playoffs but it is a world better than last year.
Unlike last season…when they had already suffered a pair of blowouts…they have been in every game played. Their most “lopsided” defeat…a 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild, a game in which they were within one with fewer than three minutes to play.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
In the victorious Anaheim dressing room, goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere couldn’t quite believe the goaltending switch.
“I would be so pissed off,” he said when asked how he would react to being yanked for a shootout. “And you’re putting the other goalie in such a tough position.”
But it wasn’t just about winning the game. It was about accountability and pushing each and every player to think team first and improve his game, with no exceptions, no sacred cows.
“(Toskala) has to find a different way of stopping the other team in shootouts,” Wilson said.
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
The question was put to Tyler Sloan as he sat in the far corner of the Washington Capitals dressing room, a few stalls to the right of Sergei Fedorov, Alexander Semin and hockey’s most dynamic force, Alexander Ovechkin: If someone made a movie out of your career, what would they call it?
Sloan smiled as he undid his skates. Cinderella Man, he replied.
Indeed, his saga is the feel-good story of this early NHL season.
It’s the tale of a 27-year-old career minor-leaguer who finally gets his shot in the NHL.
Watch the big hit from Sloan on Langkow during last night’s game below…
from Lightning Strikes,
A last bit of intrigue concerns the acquisition of wing Matt Pettinger, an investor in owner Len Barrie’s Bear Mountain resort in Victoria, British Columbia. Barrie said Pettinger is a “very minor” investor and their relationship had “zero” to do with acquiring him.
Vice president of hockey operations, Brian Lawton, said Barrie told him, “I’ve known him for X number of years but you have to go with what our scouts and say and what our management says. Yes he does like him and he was very forthright about that. But it’s not at a point where he is making that decision for the hockey club.”
Wing Gary Roberts and special assistant Mike Vernon also are investors. Asked about making hockey decisions based on his business connectuions, Barrie joked, “I wish it could be because we’d have a Hall of Fame team.”
more on the Lightning win last night…
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
In fact, the Caps outdid themselves, finishing 0 for 5 with the man advantage. They reached a new low when they mustered only three shots during a seven-minute stretch of power play time in the first period.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: There wasn’t much traffic in front of Miikka Kiprusoff. There weren’t many shots getting through from the point. There were plenty of puck battles lost deep in the offensive zone.
“We try to play so fancy, our big mistake,” Ovechkin said. “We know we have some great skills. But we try to create some create some crazy moments, play beautiful hockey.”
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
I’m not too impressed with their three-game winning streak. First off, victory No. 1 was against a disjointed Flyers team playing on the road. Victory No. 2 was an early Christmas present, against a Dallas team that missed a bunch of easy chances late in the game, against a goalie who handed them two goals on a silver platter and had a questionable goal called back that would have tied a game the Avs were well in motion of blowing to that point. Win No. 3 was against a Kings team with the pylon in net named Jason LaBarbera.
from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told a local radio station Tuesday the Panthers “absolutely” will remain in South Florida long term.
“I don’t worry about this team into the future,” Bettman said during an interview with ESPN Radio 760. “And I think this team is now at a stage where people can get really excited about it.”
a little more...
Earlier today we linked to David Shoalts report in the Globe & Mail, which claimed numerous unnamed sources who suggested that a second NHL team in Toronto was not out of the question. Later, we also linked a Toronto Star article which refuted the initial reports, with their own source claiming it was “nonsense.”
Now Damien Cox weighs in on The Spin with his thoughts:
Sometimes, another media outlet publishes or broadcasts a report that is clearly off-base and speculative at best, but is sensational. It causes lots of conversation and water cooler talk.
Is it our job to follow up on that story? To dispute it? To prove it right or wrong? To ignore it?
That’s what the issue was for me today when the Globe and Mail published a patently bogus story about NHL governors considering a second NHL team for Toronto.
For starters, there was no attribution to any of the main parts of the story.
Read the rest for Cox’s perspective on the story and its coverage.
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