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Head Shot Talk This Season

Sportsnet reviews the head shot calls this season.

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No Plan To Send Taylor Hall To Juniors

from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,

Four games ago, the Edmonton Oilers’ first-round draft pick was the wunderkind who could do no wrong.

In his NHL regular-season debut, he was creating chances, fuelling hope. Now there are suggestions from the a segment of fans that the 18-year-old may be better served returning to junior hockey with the Windsor Spitfires for another season.

That’s not likely to happen, said Oilers head coach Tom Renney, who figured Hall played his best game on Saturday against the Flames in Calgary.

“He’s going to be here all year unless somebody tells me otherwise,” said Renney. “That’s a conversation you’d have down the road if, in fact, there was something that seems consistent in his game that really prevents him from moving forward. I’m not there.

“I think he’ll just get better (and) that’s an assimilation we’re prepared to work with. And not just with him but others in our lineup in a year where we think we can afford to do that and, quite honestly, we need to.”


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The Flames Up And Down Season

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The victory over Edmonton momentarily quelled the panic in Calgary city streets. If the first four games are any indication, it promises to be a yo-yoing up-and-down year for the Flames. The axe may be hovering in the deep background over the current Sutter regime, but it is not poised in the imminent, we-need-to-win-tomorrow’s-game-or-else way that you see in Minnesota with Todd Richards.

General manager Darryl Sutter convinced the team’s ownership to stick with his vision, and ownership, unwilling to make a change that would probably involve dumping not just a highly paid executive but also a well-compensated coach, gave the brothers the reins – for another year, anyway. The Sutters have a decent amount of rope to show that their way is the right way – and if it all goes off the rails, as so many think it can, changes will come in the off-season.

In the meantime, the Flames are 2-2, not an especially fast start compared to last year, where they roared out of the gate to a sparkling 12-4-1-1 record and then limped home the rest of the way.


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Tom Gilbert Fined For Hit On Stajan

via Joanne Ireland tweet,

Oilers defenceman Tom Gilbert has been fined $2,500 (the maximum allowed under the CBA) for the hit he laid on the Flames Matt Stajan.

I tried to find video of the hit when it happened and again right now, nothing.  If you have a link, please post it.

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Doan Gets Three Games

via Darren Dreger tweet,

As per Mike Johnson (tweet) 3 games for Doan is confirmed.

If you missed the hit, watch it here.

added 4:17pm, via NHL.com,

“Doan delivered a late hit from the blind side to the head of an unsuspecting opponent,” NHL Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell said. “While it was fortunate that Sexton did not suffer an injury, the message should be clear that this is the type of hit that we want out of our game.”

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DiPietro In Pink

Rick DiPietro shows his support for Hockey Fights Cancer.

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Afternoon Line

“He came and touched base with our whole team and kind of gave us the short-term plan for right now, for how the P.A. is going and how he sees himself taking over. That’s my third or fourth time talking to him, throughout the meetings and everything this summer. I’m real impressed. He has a pretty good presence about him, with his knowledge and experience, and I think that rubs off on the guys and makes the guys pretty excited about where this is going. I think everybody is real happy about him coming on board and helping us out.”

-Matt Greene, LA Kings union rep on Donald Fehr.  Via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider.

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At The Bottom Of The Eastern Conference

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The great and horrible thing about the start of a new season is trying to separate trends from blips on the radar. Because there is such anticipation, fast starts are heralded as breakthroughs, while slumbering starts are indicative of some sort of organizational rot, personal lack of focus or just plain lousiness. All of which may mean absolutely zero by the time folks put away their Halloween costumes.

That said, you can understand why there’s more than a little angst among a trio of Eastern Conference playoff teams from last spring. Ottawa, New Jersey and Buffalo occupy the bottom three spots in the conference and were a combined 3-11-3 heading into this week with a combined minus-23 goal differential. Ouch. Each team has battled its own early-season demons, including injuries, inconsistent goaltending and lack of timely scoring. And while it’s early, all three share the same concern that these first games reflect something more problematic than just a slow start.

more topics including the Caps penalty kill and a look at the Panthers…

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Surgery A Possibility For Draper

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings forward Kris Draper will see a specialist in Philadelphia this week to determine if he needs sports hernia surgery….

Draper tried skating on Monday, after taking a few days off following a setback last week, but couldn’t finish practice.

“Not good,’’ Draper said. “I just went for a little twirl yesterday, felt all right. Then went at it today and felt pretty good and just tried to explode and take a couple of faster strides. That’s where I really felt it. Got off the ice.’’
Three years ago, he had his right side operated on. This time it’s the left side that’s troubling him.

“You figure it’s been over four weeks (since the initial injury), if things were going to take care of themselves and heal (they would have),’’ Draper said. “It’s frustrating.’‘

more on the Wings…

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Monday’s Friedman Thoughts

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

• Don’t think the issue of teams dressing fewer than 18 skaters is going to be addressed until the next CBA. There have been discussions about a Kovalchuk-type agreement to try and fix this, but neither side is certain as to what punishment should be.

• Don’t want to hear Sean Avery complaining about the league targeting him anymore. Escaping punishment for his two two-handers to Mike Komisarek exposes that argument.

• Can’t help but be impressed with Jonathan Quick. Inside and outside the organization, there was a feeling that it was only a matter of time before Jonathan Bernier took the No. 1 job. Quick took the challenge with the right attitude, showing up ready to compete. Long-term, it’s likely Bernier takes the job, but it will be a fight.

• On the other side, there’s Marc-Andre Fleury. Watching him, in tears, after the Game 7 loss to Montreal, there was concern about a long-term carryover. Dan Bylsma’s clearly lost confidence in him - for now.

more plus a look at the Flames…

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