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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Dubinsky is tied with Scott Gomez for the team lead in scoring with 11 points (4-7). When on his game, he plays with a chip on his shoulder the size of his native Alaska. He is a team guy and a leadership guy.
He also is on the final year of his Entry Level contract, and is the class of the prospective Group II Class of ‘09, all due respect to Paul Stastny and Jordan Staal.
With an anticipated 10 percent increase in average, a team making a Group II offer sheet of $5.7M would only owe compensation of a first-, a second- and a third-round draft pick for Dubinsky if the Rangers refused to match.
from Steve Zipay of Newsday,
The numbers are worthy of royalty: a league-leading seven wins, fourth in the NHL in goals-against-average, just .007 from third place in save percentage, and perfect in denying three shootout attempts.
He did all this while playing the most minutes of any goaltender in the league so far.
Crown Henrik Lundqvist the early season team MVP.
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
The Panthers put at least 10 of their loyal employees on waivers today, folks who stood up for this organization over the years. People in sales, charity, PR….
The team is no longer matching employee money in their 401(k)
Those who have tickets to the ‘specialty’ clubs will not be allowed in 30 minutes early as has been the case. This is said to save quite a bit of money.
from Lightning Strikes,
So, the Lightning players, who have really taken to Stamkos (“He’s always smiling,” captain Vinny Lecavalier said), decided to let him skate onto the ice first during warmups. What Stamkos didn’t know is that his teammates were going to hold up in the runway to the ice and have him skate out by himself. It worked as it took Stamkos about a half a lap of the Lightning zone to realize he was out there alone.
from Adrain Dater of All Things Avs,
The Avs had about five or six forwards who looked like they cared tonight - I’d say they were McLeod, Stastny, Lappy and, to a lesser extent, Smitty and Jonesie. The rest basically mailed it in, and at the top of that list I’d put Tucker, Wolski, Arnie and Hedgie.
Budaj was fine through two periods, but allowed another horrible short-side goal to Rene Bourque on Calgary’s second goal, which positively sank any hopes of an Avs point. But he wasn’t the reason they lost tonight. The Avs just didn’t want to win this one bad enough. On an old Avs team, they probably still would have won this kind of game. Tied 0-0 entering the third? Guaranteed that’s the kind of game where Forsberg makes some kind of great play in the third, they get a garbage insurance goal and Roy makes it stand up in a 2-0 or 2-1 win.
“We didn’t play too well, but we’ll take the two points,” would have been the quote from Roy or Foppa.
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
Among the 30-plus head coaches who have worked behind the Canadiens’ bench during the past century, none approaches those who joined the franchise’s Builders Row last night at the Bell Centre. Not even close.
It starts with the numbers for Dick Irvin Sr., Toe Blake and Scotty Bowman, who won a combined 16 Stanley Cups during the 36 seasons they wore the CH on their hearts. I’m talking about coaches who posted a 1,350-678-416 record in 2,444 regular-season games. It’s about their dedication to winning. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, it’s in the admiration they earned for winning as often as they did.
from Lightning Strikes,
“It’s definitely a change,” Lecavalier said before the game with the Maple Leafs. “I would like to play more, and I like to play more. I want to get the 20 minutes in there, or 21 minutes. A lot of people say we played too much last year and I understand that. But 20, 21 minutes, I think, would be a good number.”
Todd McLellan took part in a tele-donference today and Sharkspage has the transcript,
[Q] How do you go into facing the Detroit Red Wings for the first time Thursday? Have you talked with Mike (Babcock) at all about it?
[TM] We haven’t talked about the game in particular, we talk quite often about how the families are doing. The game in particular, we have not addressed it one bit. We will approach it like any other game. Head coaches will always tell you that. We are going to prepare for the things they do well, and they are going to counter against us. Probably more will be made out of it by the media than will be made out of it by the two coaches, because it will be just another night and we have to do the best we can do for our team.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Jim Rutherford was right; so, for that matter, were Guy Carbonneau and Brent Sutter and everyone else who, in the past 48 hours, raised alarm bells about blows to the head — and the fact that the NHL really, truly has a problem on its hands.
What makes their voices more likely to be heard is that all are old-school hockey men — and thus immune from the criticism that changing the rule book (and the mindset) about how to police shots to the head will leech contact out of the game.
from John Buccigross of ESPN,
I watch the NHL every night, whether I am at home in Connecticut or at work in the ESPN newsroom waiting for the $100 bills to fall out of Scott Van Pelt’s pockets.
Sometimes, one simple hockey moment fills me with such sporting joy that it helps kick-start this weekly blogumn.
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