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via Craig Harris of the Arizona Republic,
The Phoenix Coyotes, despite an increase in ticket sales and a competitive team, have laid off 18 employees or about 10 percent of its staff during this economic slowdown.
“As everyone is doing at this time you take a look at everything you do and evaluate it,” Coyotes President Doug Moss said Tuesday. “We hate to do it, but we are running more efficiently.”
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
Now that was a stinker.
And since I still have caffeine coursing through my system, that 5-2 loss to the Flames gets a rare post-game posting.
The news of the moment is that Todd McLellan was upset enough with tonight’s poor performance that he added a 9:15 a.m. practice to tomorrow’s schedule.
Instead of relaxing around the hotel until the 11 a.m. bus to the airport, his players now have to be on an 8 a.m. bus back to the Saddledome. And I wouldn’t be surprised if an old-fashioned bag skate is in order.
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
Replays clearly showed Peters yelling, “he [bleeping] bit me” and the action was frozen on the arena’s HD board as Ruutu sank his teeth on to Peters’ thumb and ripped off the glove.
“I’ve never experienced that before,” said a stunned Peters, whose broken skin was bandaged but not stitched afterward. “I’ve been involved in a few altercations, too. I’ve never had anyone bite me before. I didn’t know that even happened for real. I saw the replay of it and it’s pretty evident he did bite me….
Facing several different media inquiries, Ruutu repeatedly proclaimed his innocence against the overwhelming video evidence.
“I didn’t bite him,” Ruutu said. “He had his glove in my mouth but I didn’t bite him.”
added 10:11am, ESPN zoomed in on the bite, watch below…
from Matt Kalman of the Bruins Blog,
A patch of adversity was inevitable for the Boston Bruins as a noreaster hitting the Hub this February and people complaining about the All-Star voting.
But the Boston Bruins’ two-game losing streak — their first in regulation of the season — isn’t all that important….
Until Thursday, the Bruins are in for some extra work with their coaches before, during and after practice Wednesday.
“First of all, you don’t panic,” head coach Claude Julien said about how he’ll handle his team’s current predicament. “I don’t think anybody thought we were going to be flying the way were flying for 82 games without going through some bumps and bruises.
“It’s a combination of a lot of things. … Eventually things catch up as well in certain areas. You’ve got four key players that are out of the line-up. You’ve got some top players right now that probably aren’t at the top of their games, so it doesn’t take much sometimes to slip a little bit. But you’ve just got to work your way through it.”
from pucksandbooks at On Frozen Blog,
“Let’s go Flyers!” (tepid) . . . “Flyers suck!” (thunderous)
There was last night in our building, in abundance, hatred. Blissful, beautiful, bellicose, and long-lost loathing, united against the orange and black. The universe at last seemed ordered. An observer in the Phone Booth last night couldn’t help but imagine these two teams—so evenly matched last spring, last night, and likely for much of the next decade—engaging in scores more of these heart-stoppers of hatred, but with division pride at stake each time. And near the end of regular seasons, division titles on the line. Except that can’t happen.
What a (Bettman-birthed) tragedy.
Thanks to Gary Bettman, for the past 10 years we’ve wandered in a division of dreck, an outpost of ‘Oh who cares?’ as the winter evenings’ scores scrolled by. But not last night.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Tonight’s 3-2 loss to Carolina was the Devils’ fourth sloppy effort in their last five games.
“That’s four out of five games, so that’s not a good thing,” Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner said. “We’ve gotten away with a couple of them, but it’s something we definitely have to stop. We have to get back to playing game sharp from the drop of the puck all the way through, especially going on the road trip we’re going to be on. We’re going to have to be sharp every night.”...
“There’s no question that to the coaching staff that’s something that’s alarming,” Sutter said. “Yet, you can [yell] until you’re blue in the face and go through things, but it’s up to the individuals to put it into that gear again. I’ve said this before. You’re not going to win every game. But we haven’t played all that well. We’ve had one decent game in the last five and we’ve been fortunate enough to win two out of those ones that we didn’t play.
“But when you play a team like this tonight, you’re not going to get away with it.”
more on the Devils…
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Jarkko Ruutu bites the right hand of Andrew Peters tonight.
Rick Nash slid into the boards during the first period of the Columbus/Wings game tonight.
He made it through the first period but is doubtful for the rest of the night, getting ice treatments to his ankle.
added 10:25pm, Puck-rakers is saying it is not an ankle injuiry as reported earlier.
from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Carlyle came away from a series of one-on-one meetings with players the past week with his own midseason assessment of where the team stands. Among the harsh realities are a November knee injury that knocked defenseman Francois Beauchemin out for the season, current injuries sidelining right wing Teemu Selanne and defenseman Kent Huskins, and a second-half schedule that is heavy on road games.
The Ducks have also been hurt by a maddening tendency to blow leads, particularly of late, and their continued propensity to take penalties. The Ducks have been short-handed 216 times, compared to their own power-play total of only 155, which accounts for by far the largest discrepancy in the league.
“We’ve found ways to give points away, and that cannot continue,” Carlyle said. “You have to be smart, and we have not been smart enough. That’s a criticism that’s pretty easy to make when you take the number of penalties that we take.”
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