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from Jason Botchord of the Vancouver Province,
The big change, and few saw this coming, is in how Gillis seems to have influenced head coach Alain Vigneault. How else can you explain the flipped script that has the Canucks at the top in scoring and near the bottom of the league in defence?
Despite Vigneault’s denials, the offensive screws, and their two years of rust, were unhinged in the season’s first month. The welcome result meant aggressive, pressuring, flowing, flying, careless, mistake-prone and oh-so entertaining hockey. And that is exactly what Gillis promised in the summer.
Where are the goals coming from? How about everywhere.
I never realized how importand a $12 fan is to a computer, but now I know.
For the last 30 hours, I have been dealing with a ‘cooling’ issue, but now all is well.
Check out Spector’s for all the latest trade rumor talk. Stuff like this…
The Oilers are shopping Dwayne Roloson and his $3 million salary but haven’t attracted much interest so far,“but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Senators, Kings, Avs and Flyers all got calls. Edmonton doesn’t want anything in return.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Roloson should keep playing well in his starts he could attract considerably more interest as he’d be a more affordable option than Nikolai Khabibulin.
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
All morning, Bruce Boudreau stalked around Kettler Capitals Iceplex with a scowl on his face. And when he met with reporters later, he didn’t mince his words.
He was angry. About as angry as he’s been since becoming head coach of the Caps last November.
“If they’re not going to work to our standards during the game, then they’re going to work that hard during practice,” he said. “I’ve been through a lot of those during practice, and they’re not fun. I’m trying to send a message that the coaching staff was displeased with the effort.”
added 6:56pm, The Owner chimes in…
I went to the practice on Sunday. It wasn’t fun and it was motivated by the team NOT working hard or looking prepared on Saturday night.
It is very frustrating to the staff to see us be scored upon eight times in the first minute or last minute of a period.
more from Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Takes…
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello insisted that Martin Brodeur suffered only a bruised left elbow when he left tonight’s 6-1 win over the Atlanta Thrashers.
“It’s just a bruised elbow,” Lamoriello maintained. “It’s just a bruise.”
Lamoriello would not answer when I asked if Brodeur underwent an MRI or any other tests after he was injured.
Devils coach Brent Sutter also had no answer for how long Brodeur will be out or if he will be able to play Monday.
“I don’t know,” Sutter said. “You’re asking me something that I’m not sure of and I’m not trying to be disrespectful at all because I just don’t know what to tell you. I don’t know any more than you guys know that’s been mentioned here. So, I don’t know right now. I guess we’ll see where Marty is at tomorrow and see how it goes.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
With all the recent focus on hits to the head following last Saturday’s violent collision at the Coliseum in which Doug Weight concussed Brandon Sutter with what is classified as a legal hit in the NHL, it is beyond mind-boggling that notorious repeat offender Chris Pronger was allowed to escape a suspension, let alone a penalty, for the shoulder blow he delivered to Pavel Datsyuk’s head on Wednesday night.
The puck was some 40 feet away on the boards when Datsyuk came across the line and appeared to first encounter defenseman Francois Beauchemin. Pronger came second against the off-balance Detroit center and got the shoulder high into the head.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog, Here’s Mike Modano after the penalty filled game in which Steve Ott and Sean Avery were jawing with officials and fans:
“Tonight, it was idiotic and stupid,’’ Stars center Mike Modano said when asked what the team identity was. “It was one of the most embarrassing things I’ve seen. If that’s what we’re going for, then they need to find me an office job.”
“It was dumb penalties, dumb situations, that’s kind of been the trend all season,” Modano said. “There’s no mental toughness. We’re allowing the refs to get involved in the game with and spending more energy on them than the details of winning the game.”
I was able to catch some of this game last night, and Avery and Ott were an embarrassment to the game!
The New York Islanders will be without goaltender Rick DiPietro for 4-6 weeks after knee surgery.
The 27-year-old had arthroscopic surgery to repair a meniscus issue, the team announced on Saturday.
More updates may become available later at the Islanders website as well.
from Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider,
I asked Bruce Boudreau if he had any thoughts on Alexander Semin’s comments about Sidney Crosby.
“I thought that was the biggest comment I’ve seen from him in three years,” Boudreau said. “I’m just glad to see he’s talking. Obviously, you don’t want top give anybody [bulletin board] stuff. But he said it. If it might mean he’s coming out of his shell a little bit, then good for him.”
“Not good for him that those comments were made,” he added. “I think Crosby is unbelievable. I think he is a great player and all of those things. But it was also through an interpreter, so it could have been taken out of context….”
from Scott Cullen of TSN,
Most teams don’t get too concerned about making big moves until the 20-game mark, but it’s never too early to start looking at some players that may not be living up to expectations.
Here’s a look at some early-season underachievers in this week’s edition of Backchecking.
Brendan Morrison, C, Anaheim (0-1-1, minus-5 in 11 GP, one year, $2.75M)
Comment: Still a step slow coming off knee surgery.
Shawn Horcoff, C, Edmonton (3-1-4, minus-2 in 9 GP; seven years, $36.6M)
Comment: Strong two-way player, but at his price tag he needs to provide offence.
read on plus a wrap-up of all the trade talk this week…
Edmonton at Carolina starts off our hockey viewing day at 3pm ET.
I have received numerous emails regarding the three games that will not be televised tonight and feel free to express your thoughts in the comments.
Below is the full NHL Schedule for today…
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