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from Jill Painter of Inside the Kings,
As promised, here’s my quick interview with Kyle Quincey from before yesterday’s game….
On whether he was caught up in numbers game in Detroit.
“Detroit’s a very special place. Guys take pay cuts to stay there. Winnings is what they do there. They had 10 defensemen join camp. That’s a pretty hard lineup to crack. I’m grateful for my time there and being part of the Stanley Cup, their tradition and winning ways. I learned so much.”
more from Quincey, all Kings releated…
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
If there’s anyone out there who can explain the NHL’s rationale when it comes to meting out discipline, please contact The Hockey News as soon as possible.
Let’s take the Ryan Hollweg suspension, just for fun. Hollweg drills Alex Pietrangelo of the St. Louis Blues into the boards from behind during a game Monday afternoon. It earns him an automatic three-game suspension, his second automatic suspension in a matter of weeks. The league has the latitude and discretion to add as many games as it sees fit, but opts to let a habitual and egregious offender go without any further discipline.
from Jim Wilkie of ESPN Fantasy Hockey Blog,
The new coach, who shares Saskatchewan roots with Marleau and has known his dad from when the Sharks captain played junior hockey in the WHL, has taken a patient approach with Marleau while he adapts to McLellan’s new system. So far at least, McLellan’s communication style has been a better motivator than the blunt criticism of former coach Ron Wilson, who was fired after last season’s second-round loss to the Stars.
“He just looks so strong and he has a lot of confidence,” Thornton told the San Jose Mercury News about Marleau. “You can tell. When you play with confidence the sky is the limit for guys like that.”
read on and more fantasy talk…
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
Are the Canucks that fiery team who started off the season guns blazing, or are they the team critics warned fans about back in July, the one that won’t have enough skill to compete? It’s a plate-half-full, half-empty question, and the answer depends entirely on how hungry you are.
“We had basically been on a high since the first preseason game. We started getting loose. We were too loose [Monday],” Henrik Sedin said. “After that loss, everyone seems hungrier, refocused, re-energized. We aren’t as loose any more.
“Thursday’s is a big game for us and we are going to show if we can come back from a big loss like that.”
from Ian Winwood of the Guardian,
The part of me that wants to get this column written so that I can go to bed is tempted to say it would be good for hockey were the team to once more find their mojo. But I’m not sure this is at all true; in fact, I’m not sure that it would be good for anyone other than Toronto were Toronto to once more find their mojo. The NHL needs the Maple Leafs, but it needs the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Islanders too; it doesn’t need them to be successful, it just needs them to be.
If it sounds like I have a downer on the Leafs then, well, that might be true. But perhaps it would be truer to say I have a downer on the element of their fanbase that believes that success is a divine right and that can neither accept nor understand the fact that this ain’t necessarily so.
from Robert Tychkowsky of the Edmonton Sun,
Steve MacIntyre has been waiting his whole life for this game.
He rode a lot of buses, jammed his six-foot-six frame into a lot of commercial airplane seats and traded punches with more hungry tough guys than he cares to remember for this chance.
So, while most people wouldn’t consider a road tilt in Anaheim and a possible fight with George Parros to be the best day ever, it’s going to rank right up there for the big-hearted 28-year-old.
I always enjoy the pictures and videos Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters finds. Today we have a picture of Flyers and Penguins fans drinking together and the goal calls from Mike Lange.
from Anne E. Stein at ChicagoBlackhawks.com,
Last season, rookie Jonathan Toews was known by teammates as “Mr. Serious.” This season, thanks to being named the third-youngest captain ever in the National Hockey League, his nickname’s been upgraded: The Winnipeg native is now known as “Captain Serious.”
“I love it when I hear him called ‘Captain Serious’ because it’s so true,” says his mom, Andrée Gilbert. “Just recently I read an article quoting the hockey coach from Shattuck-St. Mary’s who coached both my sons. He said that hockey-wise they’re very similar, but Jonathan plans his days three or four years ahead of time, and David [drafted by the New York Islanders this year] flies by the seat of his pants. Jonathan’s been serious and dedicated since he was very young.”
from Dan Arritt of the LA Times,
Steve Kampfer, a fourth-round pick of the Ducks in 2007, remains hospitalized in Ann Arbor, Mich., after he was attacked by a University of Michigan football player early Sunday morning.
Kampfer, 20-year-old defenseman on Michigan’s hockey team, was thrown head first onto the sidewalk after he and a friend were confronted by a group of young men, university police said. A Ducks spokesman said that Kampfer suffered a fractured skull.
more Kings and Ducks talk
“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…
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