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“I’m sure the mandate on other teams, what they’re saying is, ‘Just move your feet, get inside and they’ll take penalties. I don’t think we’re working anywhere near hard enough. We’re not working in the tough areas to get enough done.
“I can’t point to one area where I’d say we’ve been satisfied, but I know these guys have it in them. We’ve worked hard before, and that’ll be a staple of our hockey club. We’ll outwork teams.”
-Ducks coach Randy Carlyle after losing to the Kings last night. More on the game from Dan Wood of the OC Register…
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
So where are we now? We’ve got a team that is 0-3, one that has allowed 13 goals and blown all three games in the third period, that’s where. You’ve got a starting goalie with a saves percentage worse than a drunk preacher, and a team that has zero confidence in him. No, nobody has explicitly said that, and never will. But it’s the truth.
Budaj is a good kid, who wants to succeed and his teammates do like him. But liking someone and having confidence he’ll make the tough save in the really tough moments of a hockey game are two separate things.
The fact is, this team is a mess right now, and I lay the blame at the feet of a management group that, based on its off-season decisions, seemed to lose their minds over the summer.
via Working the Corners,
SAN JOSE – The San Jose Sharks and Comcast SportsNet Bay Area announced today that they have reached an agreement to have the local blackout lifted for nine 2008-09 San Jose Sharks games that are not scheduled to be televised on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
The move will allow those local hockey fans who subscribe to the Center Ice hockey package to view all of the Sharks 82 regular season games on television.
Looks like a trend may be developing- via a press release from the Phoenix Coyotes…
Phoenix Coyotes Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Michael Bucek announced today that the National Hockey League has lifted the “NHL Center Ice” blackout in the Phoenix region for 19 Coyotes games. Coyotes fans that subscribe to the “NHL Center Ice” package will now be able to see 78 of the Coyotes’ 80 remaining games on television this season
from Mike Harrington of Sabres Edge,
The Sabres have just announced that Jochen Hecht had finger surgery today in Buffalo. No diagnosis, no information on which finger but the team says Hecht will be out a couple of weeks. So Hecht joins Paul Gaustad and Tim Connolly on the sidelines.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed unrestricted free agent defenceman Marek Malik to a one-year contract, worth a pro-rated $1.2-million for the 2008-2009 season.
via Russo’s Rants,
Right wing Pierre-Marc Bouchard will return to Minnesota tomorrow morning to rest a sore back that’s been bothering him since early in training camp. He missed the first three preseason games with the same problem.
Wild assistant GM Tom Lynn wouldn’t say anymore.
from Lightning Strikes,
Seems Steven Stamkos, the No. 1 overall pick, is averaging just 9:47 of ice time. That was 41st among rookies heading into Tuesday’s games. Saturday against the Hurricanes, he played just 6:05….
“It’s got to be a conscious effort on my part,” Melrose said about finding Stamkos some ice time. “You want to get him in the lineup. You want to put him in situations where he will succeed. We have to get him more than six minutes.”
from Rich Chere at NJ.com,
“It was a tremendous honor because my personality doesn’t necessarily fit to that position,” (Bobby) Holik said. “It didn’t change me. It’s something I value very highly as far as my career goes, but as the season went on I realized I’m not captain material because sometimes you have to be more politically correct or get along with people. Or not be too honest, because I feel you have to kind of keep the peace.
“I guess I’m just too blunt about some things. Or too honest. You’d think that would be a strength or a good thing about a captain, but not the way I am, I guess, sometimes. At least I don’t think it worked out that well there.”
Islanders lose Radek Martinek for 4-6 weeks with upper-body injury.
Snapshot at Mlive points out…
WJBK Fox 2 Detroit will webcast the Red Wings’ visit to the White House today, starting at 2:30 PM.
added 2:52pm, webcast is over.
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