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Talk Continues- Thornton Hit On Perron

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Players and one San Jose broadcaster had suggested that Perron embellished the hit by lying flat on the ice for a while in order to make sure Thornton got the maximum in-game penalty. The fact that Perron was back on the ice less than five minutes later and ended up scoring a goal certainly bolstered the idea.

So were players ready to back down now that the St. Louis forward has been held out of two games?

Not exactly.

“Like I said, from what we saw on the bench, it didn’t look that bad,” said Dan Boyle, one of the players I talked with that night. “We felt he embellished. . . .  The fact that he’s missed a couple of games certainly makes it a more legit injury. But it didn’t look right from the bench and then he came back right away.”

Both Boyle and Dany Heatley noted that it was unfortunate that Perron has missed a couple of games and “nobody wants that at all.”

But Heatley stuck to his original statement as far as Perron “did stay on the ice to get that five-minute call.”

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  Tags: david+perron, joe+thornton

Injuries Hit The Kings

via Helene Elliott tweet,

uh-oh: Kings say Mitchell has fractured wrist and will be out 4 to 6 wks, and Ponikarovsky has fractured finger and will miss 4 weeks.

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  Tags: alex+ponikarovsky, willie+mitchell

Flyers Extend Giroux

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

PHI signs Claude Giroux to three-year $11.25M contract.

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Boyd on waivers, Lapierre moves up

So Dustin Boyd is on waivers, much to Jacques Martin’s surprise (based on his comments to the media…the questions seemed to catch him off guard), and Max Lapierre is apparently the latest to audition for the second line left wing spot.

Because, let’s be honest, after four or five years as a checker/pest/grinder, it makes perfect sense that Maxime Lapierre can now be a contributing second liner.

Or not.

As the Habs continue to try and fill that top six spot, is there a move afoot? It seems odd that Boyd was suddenly waived, especially after Lars Eller was a healthy scratch. Could Aaron Palushaj or Max Pacioretty be on their way up to the big club? Could a trade be in the works? Are the Habs going to take my advice and reach out to free agent Bill Guerin, or perhaps Owen Nolan? As of this evening, the Team 990’s Tony Marinaro, who had Guerin as a guest on the radio earlier today, said Guerin had not received a call from Montreal (though he’d love to play for the Habs…although I suspect he’d just like to play, period).

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  Tags: bill+guerin, dustin+boyd, marc-andre+bergeron

Reasons To Worry In Pittsburgh

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

The Staal injury is simply bad luck, but there has to be concern in Pittsburgh that Malkin simply hasn’t been the dominant player that he was two seasons ago. The Pens had high hopes this season because Malkin has mastered the English language and he came to camp driven to be the best player he can be.

    But thus far it simply hasn’t happened. Malkin has one goal and is minus-8 over his past six games. His minus-5 is the worst plus-minus on the team.

    It hasn’t helped that the Pens’ roll-of-the-dice free agent signing of Mike Comrie hasn’t yet paid off.  When you have stars taking up a bulk of the cap hit, you have to find inexpensive players who contribute significantly.

  The other worry in Pittsburgh is the reality that goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (with a $5 million cap hit) hasn’t looked sharp since early last season.


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Afternoon Line

There is no way the Blackhawks can defend their title if they regularly give up more shots on goal than they take, and continue to give up more goals than they generate while skating five-on-five. Where this shows up most is at crunch time. The Blackhawks have actually been in position to win several games, and have already given up four in which they entered the third period with the lead—three in which they came away with no points at all—including Sunday’s 2-1 home-ice loss to the upstart Edmonton Oilers.

The Blackhawks also have a 1-3 mark in games where they’ve entered the third period tied. That adds up to six games of garnering zero points in situations where top teams typically thrive.

-Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated where you can read more on the Blackhawks.

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Jimmy D. Tried To Get Bourque In the Winged Wheel Sweater

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

“One of the guys that I always tried to make a pitch for late in his career, I tried three or four times, was to acquire Raymond Bourque,” Devellano said Monday morning during his Hockey Hall of Fame media availability. “He was getting a little older but I knew he could still play. He’d be terrific under Scotty Bowman for a few more years. I thought we could win a Cup with Raymond Bourque.”

The former Detroit GM, set for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, said he kept trying but realized after a while that the Bruins would never trade him to Detroit.

“We had had some squabbles with Boston over the years, mainly because they thought we spent too much money,” Devellano said.

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  Tags: immy+devellano

Monday Thoughts

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

• Don’t think Darcy Regier will ever fire Lindy Ruff. They’re a package deal.

• Ron Wilson said he was against the coach’s challenge idea because it “embarrasses” the referees. Now there are a few things to figure out before the NHL adopts this idea, but that shouldn’t be one. People recognize how hard it is to officiate this game. It’s not about embarrassing anyone, it’s about getting the call right.

• Why it works in Detroit: Mike Modano went eight games without a point. During that span, there was one minus-3 game and two minus-2 games. Mike Babcock could have benched him. Probably had reason to bench him. But he doesn’t do it, not embarrassing his GM, who chased Modano all summer.


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Kings Making An Impression

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Are the Los Angeles Kings ready to take a page from the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Stanley Cup playbook? Remember how the Pens matured far more quickly than anyone imagined they would, making the playoffs in 2007, going to the Cup finals the following season and then winning it all in 2009?

Many were expecting the Kings to take another big step forward this season after losing in the first round to Vancouver. What has been so impressive about their 10-3-0 start has been their commitment to team defense, the bedrock of almost all championship teams. Even with Norris Trophy nominee Drew Doughty out of action for a chunk of time (Doughty has missed six of the team’s 13 games, but returned to the lineup last week), the Kings remain one of the most difficult teams in the league to play against.

They are third in the league in goals allowed per game with an impressive 2.00 team GAA after finishing ninth in that category last season.

more plus additional hockey talk…

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Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (November 8, 2010) – Vancouver Canucks left wing Raffi Torres, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Mathieu Garon and St. Louis Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Nov. 7.

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