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“I certainly don’t like the way we played, to tell you the truth, the last three games. I don’t think our level of work and competing and desperation is high enough. I think we’ve got players that need to get out of the comfort zone and start to realize they need to battle harder. Battle to stay on lines, battle to stay in the lineup.
“We have got to change our identity as a team. Our identity right now is not a hard- working, competing, checking team. If it doesn’t change, we won’t have any success.”
-Ottawa Coach Craig Hartsburg. More on the Senators from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun.
from Dave Dye of the Detroit News,
The number of regular-season fights increased from 466 in 2005-06 to 664 last season, according to data compiled by hockeyfights.com….
At the current rate, there will be more than 920 fights this year….
The Red Wings, however, remain an exception to this developing trend.
The defending Stanley Cup champions were last in the NHL in fighting majors last season with 21, compared to 70 for league-leader Calgary.
Five games in, the Wings are also one of three teams who haven’t gotten into a fight yet.
from the Fabulous Forum Blog at the LA Times,
Here are the top 10 richest sports owners from the Forbes list:
1.) E. Stanley Kroenke ($3.5 billion) and his wife, Ann Walton Kroenke ($3.4 billion). Stan owns the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche…
6.) B. Thomas Golisano ($1.7 billion), owner of the Buffalo Sabres.
7.) Michael Illitch ($1.6 billion) from Detroit got rich from the Little Caesars Pizza chain and he owns the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings.
9.) Jeremy Jacbos ($1.6 billion) is much derided in Boston. He owns the Boston Bruins and the TD Banknorth Garden…
note: the list is for the richest American owners.
On Wednesday, October 22, 2008 the National Hockey League and USA Hockey will team up to honor Bob Naegele Jr., Brian Burke, Phil Housely and Ted Lindsay with the 2008 Lester Patrick Award.
“I had the idea that I should beat up every player I ever tangled with,” Lindsay famously said. “And nothing ever convinced me it wasn’t a good idea.”
Tonight we feature Ted Lindsay, watch the video below.
About 5 1/2 minutes of the goals of the week!
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
The Sharks have placed forward Lukas Kaspar on waivers, giving 29 other teams a chance to claim San Jose’s 2004 first-round draft pick.
Sharks GM Doug Wilson said the team made the move today in part because three injured players — Milan Michalek, Tomas Plihal and Douglas Murray — appear ready to return after missing two or three games with injuries. But it also was made because the team wants to stay one-player under the 23-man limit in order to maintain maximum flexibility to brings up players from Worcester on short notice.
The First Star of the Week, Thomas Vanek took part in a tele-conference today….
Q. When you’re a goal scorer, is there a lot more weight put on you than if you’re a point producer? Is there a lot more pressure on guys who are known as goal scorers?
THOMAS VANEK: Sure, I mean, just like you said, I mean, it’s a good label and a bad label at the same time. I think if you’re known as a goal scorer, you want to be the one putting up the goals. Guys who are just known as point guys sometimes get away with I think a lot of maybe second assists or so.
But at the same time I think it is a team sport. Like myself, I’m not too worried about goals and points. Always at the end of the year you look back and you obviously want to be up there in the top 20 or top 15 in goal scoring.
from Dan Wood of the OC Register,
The upcoming road swing, which also includes stops in Ottawa, Montreal and Columbus, could not only play a huge role in determining the course of this season but also future campaigns.
“I think the players need to worry about playing the game and not worry about the other (stuff) that can go on outside the game of hockey,” Pronger said. “We have to get into the dirty areas. We think we have, and we haven’t. We have no traffic in front of the net. We’re off to the sides. We’re not gritty. Until we realize that we have to be a dirty team, this (losing) is going to be a regular occurrence – and it’s getting old.”
more on the Ducks plus Burke says he will have made a decision on his contract with the Ducks by Christmas…
Zetterberg and Stuart feeling better, McCarty waived.
Snap Shots at Mlive has all the details…
via Habs Inside/Out,
Depleted lineup tonight.
Andrei Kostitsyn is still recovering from having his bell rung against Phoenix.
Christopher Higgins is still recovering from his groin injury.
Georges Laraque was recovered from his groin injury; but after two games, it’s acting up again.
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