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Capitals Fine With Their “Two Great Young Goaltenders”

from Gene Wang of Capitals Insider,

There may be a variety of reasons for the Washington Capitals’ six-game losing streak, but goaltending is not chief among them, at least not according to Coach Bruce Boudreau, who vigorously defended Michal Neuvirth and Semyon Varlamov today after practice when questioned about local and national media reports suggesting an upgrade at the position was necessary.

“I’ll tell them the same thing: We’ve got two great young goaltenders,” he said during a heavily attended media session at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. “Not good, but great young goaltenders. We’re not going after anybody else.”


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Afternoon Line

“It’s not a huge surprise,” he said. “Obviously. I didn’t know it was going to happen today, but I can’t say it’s a surprise. We all know that since September our whole team has been waiting for something to happen and, again, we’re in a situation that with the way the season has been going, it can’t really be a surprise.”

“I’ve been in this league a long time, is it disappointing to be placed on waivers. I suppose it is.  But I’m not overly disappointed. This could be an opportunity to play somewhere else. If not, I may be playing for the Devils tomorrow night (against Phoenix).”

-Brian Rolston of the New Jersey Devils on being placed on waivers.  More from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice.

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Comparing Two Great Defensemen

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Bobby Orr, Doug Harvey and Nicklas Lidstrom have won the most Norris Trophies as the NHL’s top defenseman, and it just so happens legendary Scotty Bowman has coached two of them, Lidstrom and Harvey.

I thought you hockey fans might be intrigued to hear from Bowman on his coaching experiences with Harvey and Lidstrom. I know I was.

“It’s hard to compare them in a way because they played in vastly different eras. I coached Harvey in St. Louis before Nick Lidstrom was born,” Bowman told ESPN.com last week. “But the two most common denominators between those two was that it was very seldom either one got caught up ice. Their passing skills were so terrific. Their first pass.

“If you charted a hockey game and you wrote down where the puck went every time those two touched it, it usually went on another teammate’s stick unless they were killing a penalty. Their positioning and that sixth sense to be aware of what’s going on ... they made a lot of partners looked pretty good.”

They also shared a common presence in the offensive zone.


added 1:17pm, Most of you probably only have heard of Doug Harvey but never saw him play, but now you can watch some video of Harvey below…

added 1:21pm, Chris Osgood interview Nick Lidstrom for ESPN, watch the video below and a follow up story on TPH from LeBrun at ESPN.

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  Tags: doug+harvey, nick+lidstrom

Another Swede Headed To The Wings?

from Bob Duff of Duffer’s Dabbles at the Windsor Star,

There’s speculation in NHL circles that Michigan senior co-captain Carl Hagelin, who notched a pair of goals Saturday as the Wolverines blanked the Michigan State Spartans 5-0 in the Big Chill outdoor NCAA hockey game at Michigan Stadium, could be headed for the Detroit Red Wings.

Currently the property of the New York Rangers, who selected the 5-11, 176-pound left-winger from Sodertalje, Sweden with the 168th pick of the 2007 National Hockey League entry draft, word around the NHL is that the Rangers won’t be signing Hagelin, who would then become a free agent Aug. 15, 2011. “I wouldn’t be surprised to see Detroit sign him,” said one NHL scout at Saturday’s game.

continued with a few more hockey notes…

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Ducks Extend Randy Carlyle And David McNab

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed head coach Randy Carlyle to a one-year contract extension through the 2011-12 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

“Randy has done a terrific job for us over the last six seasons,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “His record speaks for itself and we are pleased to have him leading our club going forward.”

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations David McNab to a one-year contract extension through the 2011-12 season.

“David’s longevity with the organization speaks to his character, talent and unwavering commitment to the team,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “He’s a critical part of our hockey operations staff and will continue to be in the future.”

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Devils Place Rolston On Waivers

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

NJD put Brian Rolston on waivers

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The Bolts Beat, 12/14/10: Omark’s SO Goal, Lightning Goaltending, Evgeni Nabokov and More

On this week’s episode, Jon, Mike and Mark discuss the “controversial” shootout move by Edmonton’s Linus Omark that beat the Lightning on Friday, address the ongoing goaltending concerns and ponder what, if anything, GM Steve Yzerman might do to fortify the team’s netminding, including the hot topic from yesterday - the idea of signing free agent goalie Evgeni Nabokov.

Plus, the word “foof” is used, which has to be considered a milestone of some sort.


Listen in after the jump…


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  Tags: dan+ellis, evgeni+nabokov, linus+omark, mike+smith

Winning Doesn’t Help The Flames

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Despite the less-than inspiring effort and the one point they handed the Jackets, the Flames did the only thing they can to stave off the endless rumours that, after more than a year of pressure to have heads roll, she’s finally gonna blow.

But are they really doing themselves any favours?

There’s an overwhelming feeling with every win — as rare as they are — the Flames are just prolonging the inevitable.Eventually this club is going to have to admit it’s time to alter the course, thus saving future fans from efforts like the one they witnessed last night for the first three periods.

By winning the odd game — or every second game as has generally been the trend of late — the Flames are doing themselves a disservice.


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Will The AO Fight Motivate The Caps?

from Katie Carrera at Capitals Insider,

It’s not a common scene to see the NHL’s most skilled players, and captains, dropping the gloves in a fight. When they do, there’s usually good reason. When Alex Ovechkin fought Brandon Dubinsky at center ice on Sunday it was a combination of frustration boiling over and trying to spark his teammates.

At about the 30 second mark of the clip of the fight below, you can see Ovechkin looking in the direction of the Capitals bench wave his arm upward as if to say ‘Let’s go’ to his teammates.

Ovechkin said the fight was “just a moment in the game, nothing special happened.” But to any who saw, it appeared to be more than that—the biggest ‘Let’s go’ gesture he could come up with for his team.

“He did what great leaders do,” Coach Bruce Boudreau. “Trying to get their team going and that’s what he did….He’s an emotional player that wants to win and this is what captains do. I hope he doesn’t have to do it anymore ever.”


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Tough Sell In New Jersey

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The Devils rank 23rd among the NHL’s 30 teams in attendance with an announced average crowd of 14,680, down almost 900 from last season’s average of 15,535, which was 20th in the league. To sell tickets, there are customized pitches by e-mail to selected groups, and by the Devils’ owner himself in personal appearances. They’ve even introduced specialty licence plates.

“We’re working very hard,” Vanderbeek says. “There’s a lot of upside. We are actually the only team in New Jersey to wear an NJ on its chest. We pride ourselves on being a Jersey team. It resonates with the [fans]. They really buy into the fact this strip of land between Philadelphia and New York is theirs.”

The stunning on-ice struggles of the Devils this season are not helping Vanderbeek’s efforts. The Devils sit 29th overall in the NHL with an 8-19-2 record, 17 points out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Only the New York Islanders have an inferior record.


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