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from Randy Youngman of the OC Register,
Our whole mentality has to change,” a frowning Selanne said, standing in the middle of an otherwise empty locker room. “We’re thinking too much about scoring right now. We have to get back to our old mindset.”
And that is?
“The last three years, the success we’ve had here . . . our main focus was to shut down goals-against,” said Selanne, who has produced 18 points in 18 games. “We could always find a way to score three or four goals, and sometimes two was enough. But right now it’s more like, let’s score more than them, and the whole mentality has changed.
“We can’t expect to win games 5 to 4. This team has never been like that. Some nights – here and there, maybe – but not on a regular basis. We need to start thinking differently.”
“When people are staying away from you, and you see people talking together that don’t usually talk [then you know],” Melrose told Hockey Night In Canada. “I’ve been around a long time and have been through this before so I wasn’t caught by surprise by this.”...
Melrose believes some disgruntled players who were wary of his no-nonsense approach went to ownership and complained about his coaching style.
Melrose also criticized the club’s skaters for not supporting goaltender Olaf Kolzig offensively in his return to Washington, where he played for more than 15 years. The Lightning scored just twice in the Monday loss.
“I think the players didn’t want to play for me,” he said.” You don’t have to be Kreskin to figure that out. I demand players play hard and play with passion and courage.
more and you can watch the interview Ron MacLean did with Melrose earlier this evening.
added 9:25pm, The video can also be viewed below…
from Scott Cullen of TSN,
What kind of package could the Blackhawks offer for Spezza? It’s not as easy as it sounds when the two most similar salaries in Chicago belong to winger Martin Havlat and goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin, because both will be unrestricted free agents at seasons’s end and it would be downright nuts to trade a long-term asset like Spezza for less than a full season of another player.
Perhaps a deal involving Khabibulin would work if other pieces are involved…
Who else might have the pieces to offer?
Columbus has long been searching for a pivot to join Rick Nash on the number one line and the Jackets probably have enough pieces to make a viable offer if they are willing ot surrender some of their top young prospects.
more with other teams mentioned plus other hockey topics.
via Habs Inside/Out,
Mike Komisarek won’t be in the lineup when the Canadiens host the Philadelphia Flyers tonight, but head coach Guy Carbonneau is holding out hope the defenceman will be able to accompany the team on a three-game road trip that begins tomorrow in St. Louis.
“He’s having some tests (yesterday) afternoon and the doctors should be able to give us a better idea (today),” Carbonneau said of his defenceman’s condition.
Cassie Campbell of HNIC just reported Komisarek will not be on the three game road-trip and is seeing a specialist regarding a right arm problem.
from Kevin Paul Dupont at the Bruins Blog,
...Peter Chiarelli, the Bruins General Manager, just announced outside the Boston dressing room that defenseman Andrew Ference sustained a fractured tibia (right leg), will undergo surgery Monday for the insertion of a surgical pin, and will be lost to the lineup for up to eight weeks.
‘‘He’ll be out a bit,’’ said Chiarelli. ‘‘Maybe, collectively the whole year, he’s been our best defenseman. He’s played a solid game, moving the puck….we will miss him.’‘
from the Anaheim Ducks,
Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin suffered a torn left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the third period of last night’s game vs. Nashville. Beauchemin underwent an MRI exam this afternoon which revealed the injury. He is expected to miss approximately six months.
“This is an unfortunate injury for Francois and we feel badly for him,” said Anaheim Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “However, knowing his character as a player and person, we know he will rebound from this and return to the ice at full strength. Our team has faced adversity before and we expect everyone to step up in his absence.”
from the CP via TSN,
Interim coach Rick Tocchet had players breathing hard during his first practice Saturday, looking to install high-tempo play for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Tocchet’s coaching style will include lessons learned from the coaches he played and worked for, such as Scotty Bowman, Mike Keenan, Wayne Gretzky and Jim Schoenfeld. It also will reflect his own hard-nose playing days.
‘‘Paul Coffey left me a message. ‘Make sure you do what you believe in. Don’t compromise,’‘’ Tocchet said. ‘‘I’m pretty easy-going guy, a fair guy, but I believe in a certain way to play.’‘
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
The plan for the Calgary Flames was some R’n'R. The prize was taken away.
They were supposed to stay behind in San Jose for a couple of extra nights after their last outing, take the time to rest and relax, spend a day seeing the sights—Alcatraz is a cool place, Napa Valley would be fun—and then go for the annual rookie dinner, when the freshmen pick up the tab.
Instead, they returned home yesterday, given only one “recovery day” on the heels of their 6-1 beat down at the hands of the NHL-leading Sharks.
from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette,
As part of his Saturday morning routine - a glass of prune juice, The Red Line, three antacid tablets - Bettman carefully parses EEEEE-mail. When he reads about this scam, the commish will bring it to the attention of the league’s top computer nerds. Bettman will put the NHL’s finest minds - people whose SAT scores were even better than Kerry Fraser’s - on the case.
They’ll adjust the voting procedure to counteract the Great Montreal Conspiracy. And then some teenager in Dollard will figure out how to circumvent the new system.
It’s all a joke, but no more ludicrous than the All-Star Game itself,
from James Duthie at the Ottawa Citizen,
So we conducted our own more detailed NHL player poll. Here are the questions and answers from both (since results of the NHLPA survey have not been tabulated yet, we offer instead our own unofficial estimations):
Actual NHLPA question: Would you support the competition committee investigating a penalty for head shots?
Yes: 75 per cent
No: 25 per cent
Our followup: Would you support a penalty for shots to Sean Avery’s head?
No: 99.9 per cent
Yes: .1 per cent (Avery)
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