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from the CP via TSN,
The situation in Phoenix is reminiscent of the one Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane enjoyed as rookies last year in Chicago. Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky wants to give Boedker and Turris every chance to showcase their talent in the desert.
“We’re not going to trap,” said Gretzky, who enters his fourth season as coach. “We’re going to go offensively and we’re going to utilize our speed.
“And we’re going to enjoy watching this team grow and watching this team play.”
It’s been 15 years since the Stanley Cup was awarded to a Canadian team and the Montreal Canadiens enter the season with the best chance of ending that drought.
from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,
“We’re fortunate to be a part of these things,” Therrien told NHL.com Monday. “The Winter Classic was a great experience for us and we were looking forward to it for a long time. We’re fortunate to be involved in events like these. That’s the way we look at it. We see the positives.”
Penguin General Manager Ray Shero was singing a similar song Monday as his team went through a strenuous practice at the Hovet Arena. Shero has been to Stockholm several times to scout tournaments here and loves the city. He is glad his team can experience such a magical place, especially those players from North America who have never been abroad.
More importantly, he is glad the Penguins have this time to bond and develop team chemistry.
from the New York Islanders,
The New York Islanders have claimed defenseman Thomas Pock off waivers from the New York Rangers. Pock has played in 59 career NHL games and has scored seven goals with seven assists for 14 points.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
“I think last season was the first season teams actually started taking us serious,” Nash said. “We weren’t as consistent as we wanted to be, but you could sense that teams were taking us serious. We’re the only team to not make the playoffs (in the NHL), but with Ken Hitchcock as our coach, now teams are watching us and that puts us on the map.
“We’re lucky for how patient our fans are already, but we have to show them a good product and start winning to get the whole city excited.”
Nash appears ready to lead the surge.
Bob McKenzie of TSN just mentioned on NHL Live that Nikolai Khabibulin is on waivers. Bob said maybe Tallon knows someone will pick him up, or, if not, he comes back on re-entry waivers at half price and maybe gets picked up.
from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
Vancouver Canuck general manager Mike Gillis vowed Sunday to let players determine the market and said he won’t set limits on how many new players could make the National Hockey League team or how many veterans—who are on one-way contracts—might need to shed.
“I think the timing is right this year for that approach,” Gillis said. “We were determined to change the makeup of the team as best we could. You have to allow players to compete if you want competitive behaviour. You have to give players the opportunity.”
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
The Rangers might want to get Brendan Shanahan in uniform, at least for opening night. He and Cam Neely share the NHL record with hat tricks in two different season opening games, Shanny’s coming in St. Louis in 1993 and Detroit in 2001. He’s just about due again.
more hockey bits…
from Mick Kern at the NHL Home Ice Blog,
Everyone thinks his or her man should be included in a list of top goaltenders. Red Wings’ fans are easily riled when Chris Osgood is not included in any Top Five list for last year, yet these are the same folk who weren’t all that enamoured with him during his first tour-of-duty in Detroit. Similar passions are stirred when the likes of Tim Thomas doesn’t crack the Top Ten, or Twenty.
Trying to come up with the Top Thirty N.H.L. Goaltenders of All-Time meant that some very good netminders were not going to make the cut. So many different factors went into determining these rankings.
“I think we need to give him some breathing room right now to see if the change is going to affect him positively or negatively. We’re going to find that out within the first month and from there we’ll have a plan which way to go from.
“I really believe Patty Marleau is going to have a really good year. I think he’s excited about a fresh start and we have to let that evolve a little bit. I can’t be in his kitchen on an hourly basis. We have to let him breathe and let him play his game.”
-Sharks coach Todd McLellan on Patrick Marleau. More on Marleau by David Pollak at Working the Corners.
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
If you’ve ever seen the “Seinfeld” episode where the manager of the Chinese restaurant keeps telling Jerry and friends they will be seated in “Oh, five, 10 minutes,” you know how the Lightning, and especially hockey ops chief Brian Lawton, felt Sunday morning….
The person in charge of the charter, a Czech gentleman who spoke with a thick English accent and was receiving phone calls every 30 seconds, it seemed, assured Lawton the plane would be coming, and he really said this, in five or 10 minutes. He said there was a maintenance issue and the plane was parked at another terminal.
Well, five or 10 minutes go by and Lawton asks again. This time he is told seven minutes. Seven minutes later, we’re told, I’m not kidding, five or 10 minutes. On the next go-round, the Czech Airlines guy says he has word from the control tower that the plane is on the move. How long will it take to arrive? No joke, five or 10 minutes. He scurries out of the office to take yet another phone call.
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