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via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
• How long before Pat Quinn is coaching or managing the Ottawa Senators? Or both?
• The more the Leafs play Curtis Joseph in goal, the better chance they’ll have of being in the lottery for John Tavares.
• The next month or two of hockey should be fascinating, watching to see what Brian Burke gets in return for Tomas Kaberle, Pavel Kubina and Nik Antropov, three valuable pieces of playoff fodder.
• Word is around that the Vancouver Canucks plan to take a run at Antropov to play alongside Mats Sundin.
Spector’s Hockey has all the latest NHL rumors too…
“It’s time for us to start playing with a little smack, we played well, we competed, we battled. It was the most complete team game we’ve had in a while. It’s something we can enjoy tonight before we get moving forward.”
-Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller after defeating the Boston Bruins yesterday. More on the Sabres from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News.
from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,
These days, it is quite all right to play like Poo.
Or Gags. Or Struds. Or Cogs. Or any of the Edmonton Oilers who are obviously more imaginative on the ice than off it.
“You have to earn nicknames. You can’t just come in and say, ‘I want to be called Hercules,’ ” said Jason Strudwick, better known as Struds to his teammates and coaches.
So, what of Horc and Roli, if that is the sole criteria? They have been around longer than Pens and Storts but still haven’t been given punchier handles, which is something most of the players need, particularly Marc Pouliot.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Way too much talent in that Penguins lineup for them to struggle so mightily on the power play, in part why they called a players-only meeting after the Bruins rubbed them out at the Igloo Dec. 30. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are among the two best young forwards in the game, and they can’t get the job done on the power play? Clearly, they miss Sergei Gonchar (shoulder), who has been out all year. But some of it is coaching, and Michel Therrien has always been a bit of a strange fit there, even when they made their run to the Cup finals last spring.
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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,
“This should have been a game you jump into with both feet and scratch and claw with everything you have,” Tippett said of a battle against the slumping Oilers. “But in the first 10 minutes, we played on the fringes, we gave up two bad goals, we made mistakes in our own end, and that’s not the way to start a game like this.”
“The most disheartening thing is this was pretty much a playoff game, and we didn’t play like it was,” said forward Steve Ott. “They came out like it was a playoff game, and we didn’t. We have to realize that these are four point games, and we’re not the ones getting the four points.”
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,
Alexander Semin engaged in his first career fight tonight with Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, who had two small scratches under his right eye after the encounter. And for those of you who weren’t watching the game, check out the first video. Descriptions of Semin’s punches toward the end of the fight ranged from him playing the bongos to him looking like Energizer Bunny beating a drum….
go watch the video…
added 9:13am, On Frozen Blog comes up with the perfect Headline- “Alexander Semin Fights Scut Farkus”. Visit OFB to see the comparison.
via Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,
Could some members of the Maple Leafs be fitted for a new jacket of the blue variety?
The Columbus Blue Jackets have had scouts shadowing several teams lately, and had two at the game Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre between the Leafs and Buffalo Sabres.
Nik Antropov and defenceman Pavel Kubina are said to interest Jackets general manager Scott Howson. And you have to figure Leafs GM Brian Burke, now just over a month on the job, is dying to make a deal. Burke apparently has told the Jackets that he gladly will move players with contracts to get draft picks in return.
Columbus also has a big interest in New York Islanders centre Doug Weight, who said last week he does not want to be a rental again.
from Stan Fischler of Game On,
What’s the problem, is the question of the day, week or month. MSG’s Joe Micheletti was asked about it on “Hockey Night Live” after the loss in D.C.
“The power play is powerless,” Joe M explained. “The Rangers had three power play chances and had (virtually) no chances to score.”
Make no mistake, it was a game in the Nation’s Capital in which the Blueshirts often played hard but not hard enough when they enjoyed the man advantage.
And if there was one plus that the locals got out of it, Petr Prucha supplied same with the game’s first goal. The ever-hustling Czech converted a Dubinsky-Zherdev play at 10:04 of the second period, putting the Blueshirts ahead, 1-0.
Pavel Datsyuk with with a shootout goal tonight against Josh Harding of the Wild.
Watch below the breakaway goal Datsyuk scored against Turco a few years ago and the one agains Vokoun too, plus another video of tonight’s goal.
NEW YORK (Jan. 3, 2009)—Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry has been suspended for four games, without pay, for elbowing Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux during the third period of NHL Game #564 Friday night, the National Hockey League announced.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Perry will forfeit $114,516.12. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Perry will miss Anaheim’s game against Phoenix Jan. 4, the home-and-home series against Los Angeles Jan. 6 and 8, and versus Tampa Bay Jan. 9. He will be eligible to return Jan. 11 against New Jersey.
added 7:10pm, via Ducks Blog,
“I didn’t know what to expect,” Perry said. “That’s what the league came down with and you have to live with it. I came up with the elbow. I didn’t mean to hurt him … It’s a tough situation. The league is trying to crack down on hits (like that).”
I happened to see the elbox on the NHL Network today, and it was one of those useless elbows. Perry caught Giroux by surprise, met him just inside the blueline away from the play, and delivered the elbow. The camera from behind the net caught it since it was not near the play going on.
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