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from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Boyes enjoyed a fast start, scoring five goals in his first six games, but he has scored just one goal since Oct. 25.
“I’m one of the guys who has to pick up my game offensively,” Boyes said. “I’ve got to put the puck in the net. I’ve got to get going again.”
Murray has been shuffling his lines for much of the season, due to injuries and the ineffectiveness of some combinations. The forwards have gotten used to working in different combinations.
Now he seems ready to reunite Boyes with Tkachuk (just one goal since Oct. 25) and Kariya (just back from the injured list) starting Friday night. In that scenario, Berglund would center Stempniak and David Perron on the No. 2 line.
from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,
Melrose got fired because he didn’t know what he was doing.
He might think it was because his players didn’t like that he publically chastised them after the first two games of the season (in Europe no less) or that he resorted to his celebrated cold-shoulder approach when he walked out of the locker room and left them to practice on their own the day before a game just prior to his being dismissed, but that’s hardly the case.
He got fired because he didn’t do game-prep well, manage his players and bench effectively, and was regularly outcoached by opponents, many of whom knew what they were doing behind the bench and took advantage of the fact that Melrose did not have a clue.
from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
If Burke does sign on this weekend, it appears increasingly likely he won’t be coming alone. His visit to Vancouver this week will include a meeting with Dave Nonis, who worked with Burke in B.C. and was hired by Burke to work in Anaheim during the summer. Nonis had meetings with the Leafs last summer over their vacant executive position, but couldn’t come to an agreement, so clearly he’s already seriously considered re-locating east.
How that would affect the Leaf front office isn’t clear. Fletcher would likely stay on a consultant capacity at least until the end of the 19-month contract he signed last January, and Joe Nieuwendyk appears likely to be part of a Burke team. Burke didn’t immediately clean house when he took over in Vancouver or Anaheim, so he may be content with bringing Nonis in without dumping those already working in Toronto.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
The Star has learned the NHLPA has filed a grievance over the Washington Capitals’ refusal to allow representatives of the union into the Capitals room.
The union believes this to be a violation of the agreement, which states: “No one other than NHL, NHLPA or team representatives or properly accredited members of the Media shall be allowed in dressing rooms during Media access periods.”
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the issue is isolated to one club. “From our perspective, it’s not something either the collective bargaining agreement or applicable law provides for or guarantees, and our position is that each club has the latitude to establish its own policy,” Daly said.
I asked the Capitals about this situation this morning and they are deferring to the quote from Bill Daly.
Find out what it’s like to be a professional hockey player in the new series ‘Day In The Life,’ airing tonight at 7 ET on the NHL network.
Share the morning skate with Chris Pronger…
from Mke Knoble of Thrashers Blog,
Erik Christensen knows Pittsburgh. Here’s his analysis of tonight’s game between the Thrashers and his former team, the Penguins.
“Army [Colby Armstrong] and me, we just know their breakouts and everything that Michel Therrien did. We both played for him for three-plus, four-plus years, everything forwards and backwards that he likes to do. Anytime during a game, when we see something they’re doing, we can make an adjustment. We know where they’re going to be on the ice. We just have to figure out how to get around them….”
For a preview of the game tonight, check out Empty Netters which includes a Ty Conklin fight video…
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
If you think the Canadiens are in a funk, thank your lucky stars you’re not an Ottawa Senators fan.
The Senators awoke yesterday to discover they have the worst record in the Eastern Conference and the second-worst in the National Hockey League.
It’s not a pleasant place to be for a group accustomed to being regarded as a Stanley Cup contender.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
They’ve got arguably the best goalie in the league in Tim Thomas. The Bruins. With the best goalie in the league. If this keeps up, Harry Sinden’s “101 Ways to Rip Your Goalie” will finally go out of print.
They won back-to-back nights, 1-0, in Western Canada (kudos again to Thomas). Two goals. Four points in the standings. The Bruins. With regulation-size nets. No one needs bigger nets when one goal is enough to win. True today. True, too, for Eddie Shore’s Bruins.
In their last dozen games, they’ve lost once in regulation (3-2 at Calgary), playing their best hockey since before the lockout.
Now that’s entertainment.
from Paul Branecky at CarolinaHurricanes.com,
After the low point, a 5-1 loss to division rival Washington in which the team’s work ethic was questioned by management, that conclusion would have been a tough one to make.
However, as bleak as the situation may have been back then, GM Jim Rutherford said his finger never got too close to the trigger on making significant changes.
“With what our team’s gone through with the number of injuries and whatnot, to consider making any changes early in November I think would have been way premature,” said Rutherford.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Before coming out of the lineup last Wednesday night in New Jersey, Scott Gomez had played 10 games with an ankle stress fracture he sustained when struck by a puck in Detroit on Oct. 18, The Post has learned.
Gomez, who missed his fourth straight game last night when the Rangers and Canucks met at the Garden, learned the nature of his injury after undergoing an MRI exam on Nov. 7. The center then played two more games before finally yielding to pain he had been playing through and a groin pull he suffered in adapting to skating with the injury.
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