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from Damien Cox at ESPN,
Somebody somewhere presumably believes this blood-and-guts stuff sells. It’s 2008 and hockey is still writhing over the value of fighting in the sport. That says it all.
The Detroit Red Wings, needless to say, proved there was another way last season, riding skill, speed and Tre Kronor power to an impressive Stanley Cup title. The Wings hardly fought at all, didn’t carry an enforcer and roared through the postseason.
That left the San Jose Sharks, to name one team, in a bit of a conundrum.
Follow the Ducks or follow the Wings?
Simply being the Sharks, after all, wouldn’t do.
Glenn Healy talks with Craig Custance at the Sporting News Today on the subject of head hits which is the hot topic these days.
Will softer shoulder pads be part of the answer?
“I thought we had Andy McDonald and T.J. Oshie ... (and) I would say Jay McClement, Danny Hinote, Cam Janssen had effective games. Five forwards out of 12 is not enough.”
“Some of our skilled players tried to play with their hands, rather than their legs. If you don’t play with your legs in this game, it’s difficult to play the game.”
“It was like watching a Halloween movie tonight, a horror story.”
-Blues coach Andy Murray after a 1-0 loss to Carolina last night. More on the game from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
from Russell Brooks at PhoenixCoyotes.com,
Looking to bring enthusiasm to the bench, Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky made an extraordinary coaching maneuver Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
During the second intermission of Phoenix’s 4-1 victory at Jobing.com Arena, Gretzky decided to move Assistant Coach Doug Sulliman from his normal perch in the press box down to ice level.
“Going into the third period tonight, I just thought we needed another guy there with a little bit of energy,” Gretzky said. “I knew it would energize the players. It was something I was thinking about for the last couple games.”
from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,
“We always have concerns, but to me team toughness is more important than anything,” Fletcher said. “Would we entertain getting a tough guy at some stage? Sure, but only if he could fit in and play some hockey too.
“But we’re not out there pounding the pavement or making telephone calls to see if anything’s available,” Fletcher added. “I think we can handle ourselves.”
Fletcher reiterated that it is quiet on the trade front but he is open to deal for some offence, likely giving up one of the club’s inactive defenceman, probably Ian White, who hasn’t played a regular season game as of yet, or Carlo Colaiacovo, who has been a healthy scratch for five games in a row.
more on the Leafs who are not interested in Shanahan…
from the Reliable Source at the Washington Post,
Six months ago, Kelly Black ran into the Washington Capitals head coach at Ballston Common Mall—where the team holds public practices—and invited him to join her kids and her best friend for lunch. “Can’t right now,” he told them. “Next time.”
Yesterday, 7-year-old Austin Black attended Caps practice with a hand-held sign: “Coach Boudreau: You promised lunch with me. Today is the day.”
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
Just 11 games into the season, it’s clear Selanne has lost little in his stride or shot with six goals. He’s on pace for 44 goals after scoring three power-play markers Wednesday in a 5-4 overtime victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
With 558 career goals, Selanne is now 21st on the all-time scoring list, two ahead of Johnny Bucyk and just two back of Guy Lafleur.
“What impressed me [Wednesday] was that he worked like a dog, and you usually don’t expect a player in his late 30s to be your hardest-working player,” Ducks general manager Brian Burke said Thursday in a telephone interview
from Lynn Zinser of the New York Times,
After the Rangers celebrated their 3-2 victory, which gave them a 10-2-1 start, Zherdev shared few feelings. In his fifth N.H.L. season, Zherdev still speaks only a smattering of English. Still, he tried to get across what the move from Columbus to New York had done for him.
“I am very comfortable,” Zherdev said. “It is better here than Columbus. I am very comfortable.
“New team, new system, every game I try better and better.”
From all accounts, Zherdev has embraced the fresh start. He has scored five goals and possesses an electric quality on the ice. He has certainly enjoyed the club’s hot start, in contrast to the mediocrity of Columbus, which has never made the playoffs. And there, he had all the expectations that came with his high draft spot.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Took the night off from the rink and caught tonight’s Burgundy and Royal Blue tilt with the CBJ on the tube and, well, I’ll keep it brief, much like the B&RB’s hopes for victory in this one.
Can’t wait to hear Tony “It’s All Good” Granato’s assessment of this one on the House Channel. Hearing the men in the booth tonight, it was just a night of “great shots” and “tough luck” that done in your B&RB tonight, and, well, those things happen. Go get ‘em next time, boys!
Head hit or not? Keep in mind a delayed penalty on the Ducks (not on Pronger) was being called at the time of the hit.
Thanks to Puck Daddy for the video pointer!
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