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from the Montreal Gazette,
A week after saying that he liked the way his team was playing, Carbonneau shrugged his shoulders when asked about the recent slide that has seen the Canadiens lose four of their last six games. While the Canadiens are clinging to fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings, they have slipped four points behind their pace of last season.
“I think we’re playing well defensively, but we’re not scoring,” said Carbonneau…
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
While the print media was oozing doom and gloom after Islanders edged New Jersey, Sutter steadfastly insisted that he saw many positives—and he was right.
Plus, his boss, Lou Lamoriello hardly was in a panic mode either.
It didn’t hurt that Jamie Langenbrunner had returned to the offense and Colin White soon would follow on the back line.
more on the Devils…
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
This could be John Ferguson’s last week as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Or possibly his last day.
A bevy of sources confirmed yesterday the Leafs are frantically searching for Ferguson’s replacement—either on an interim or permanent basis—as the team’s downward spiral continues.
It’s not clear which direction the Leafs are headed, but it is clear the climate for change has become desperate in the wake of a dreadful start that has seen the Leafs win just eight of 24 games to date.
added 8:56am, from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Either combination – Healy-Messier or Campbell-Yzerman – would completely alter the public perception of the Leaf operation.
This much is clear. This situation isn’t just going to fix itself.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Funny, but when it was over no Rangers player stomped around the locker room complaining that his team lost 3-2 because it had been out-goaltended, although Lundqvist griped after Wednesday’s 2-1 victory in Tampa because he was unhappy with the players Tom Renney had on the ice when the Lightning scored at 19:43 of the third to spoil the shutout….
“I wasn’t questioning why any individual player was on the ice, but I had a conversation with Brendan about maybe having more defensive players on the ice,” Lundqvist told The Post yesterday. “I haven’t talked to Tom about it. I’m not going to.”
from the National Post via Canada.com,
Reality being what it is, both Ferguson and Maurice are walking a tightrope.
Ferguson has clearly not provided his coach with adequate resources. The Leafs admitted they were looking for an adviser to abet their still-young GM last summer. Momentum towards making a change is growing. And, it’s implausible that the club could hire an accomplished replacement for Ferguson without allowing that man to name his own coach.
Management and coaching changes in mid-stream are not unusual - already, this season, Atlanta, Dallas and Washington have fired employees who were in place to begin the schedule. The Leafs will probably will do the same, barring a dramatic and quick reversal of fortune.
from the New York Times,
“You have to break the fear,” Rangers defenseman Michal Rozsival said. “You try it once, it hits your shin pads and you say, O.K. We all played the game for so long. Nobody really thinks about it anymore. It’s like natural. I don’t think there’s any guy in the locker room who would be thinking, Oh, should I block it or not?”
The N.H.L. did not start keeping statistics for blocked shots until 1998. Since then, blocking shots has become an increasingly important — if still hard to fathom — part of the game. Coaches preach of them as a way to cut down scoring chances, to keep life easier for the goalies, and to turn defense into something practiced by the whole team, not just the defensemen.
From the Minnesota Wild,
Fans of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild are encouraged to tune into ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” this Sunday, Nov. 25, at 6 p.m. CST. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” can be found locally on Eyewitness News Channel 5 (KSTP). The special will air for two hours.
The episode will feature the Swenson-Lee Family of suburban Minneapolis. The Wild played an important part in the makeover.
The show airs tonight, November 25th, on ABC.
from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
There is no aspect of the Penguins’ performance to date with which management should be particularly pleased.
Consequently, aside from the nucleus of players who are either elite young talents or have the potential to be there should be no untouchables when Shero is discussing potential trades.
That doesn’t mean a roster-wide purge is in order but sticking with the status quo will become more of a high-risk strategy with every point the Penguins surrender if they don’t start to string together some victories.
from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,
This shameless cheering from the media stems from a story our U.S. college correspondent Andy Baggot wrote for The Hockey News in January, 2005. Dowell was in his sophomore season with the University of Wisconsin Badgers and was having to come to grips with devastating news that affected his father, his family and his future.
Jake’s father John, a former small college offensive linesman and a fitness buff, was diagnosed in 2003 with Huntington’s disease, an incurable genetic brain disorder that leads to a steady regression in mental and physical capabilities….
If that grim news wasn’t enough to deal with, Jake was confronted with another terrible reality. Children of a person with the disease have a 50 percent chance of inheriting the gene.
from Sean McCormick of Sportsnet,
But this young, impressionable Oiler ship needs a rudder right now, and Moreau’s leg is still in a cast. His return is still weeks, if not months away, and it’s time the Oilers considered appointing a deserving veteran to the post of interim team captain. That veteran is Shawn Horcoff, who, in all likelihood was the second best candidate for the job when the vacant C went to Moreau at the conclusion of training camp.
The concept of an interim captain is not unheard of around the NHL, nor is it unheard of on the Edmonton Oilers, who are lacking many things right now, not the least of which is a healthy leader in chief.
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