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from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
Now, Year 8, and what’s up with the Blue Jackets? They’re 3-6. Pascal Leclaire is hurt. They can’t get the puck out of their own end, even with three new defensemen. Fifth-line center Manny Malhotra is in the middle of the No. 1 line. No, wait, Rick Nash is now centering the No. 1 line….
The scene in Nationwide Arena has deteriorated. The Blue Jackets need to win more, of course. But it’s not as much fun in the building as it used to be. The scoreboard gags are tired and stupid. The organ playing “smooth jazz” during a TV timeout in the third period is embarrassing. Who’s in charge of this?
The players must play better, but the life needs to be breathed back into Nationwide Arena again. It used to be a great place to see a game.
from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
• The following story requires no punch line. It stands alone. A nugget of information so glorious, so satisfying, the joy of it may just get me through the entire winter.
On November 6th, the country of Albania will bestow its highest honour on two native sons: Tie Domi and Jim Belushi. It was previously given to Mother Theresa. Domi…Belush…Theresa.
• This from a Dallas Stars player on the surprisingly bad start: “We are very thankful right now that we play in Texas.” Yes, always good to go unnoticed when you are sucking. (The Stars did hand Minnesota its first regulation loss on Wednesday.)
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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
The Devils earned their first post-game stationary bike ride of the season with tonight’s 6-5 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Niklas Hagman scored the deciding goal in the shootout, but the damage had been done in regulation, in which the Devils gave up a season-high 48 shots and three power-play goals in blowing leads of 2-0 and 4-3.
So, after briefly speaking with the media after the game, the players had to do a 15-minute ride on the stationary bicycle.
“A lot of players in there have to play better than they have the past three games,” Devils coach Brent Sutter said afer his team’s third consecutive loss. “That’s just basics, getting back to what they’re supposed to do. Certain guys have certain roles and they’re getting away from our game plan and what each individual has to do. Saturday (home game against Atlanta) can’t get here quick enough.”
from Craig Simpson of Blogs and Colums at CBC,
This season’s early success seems to justify the eight-year rebuilding process that general manager Glen Sather has endured.
At times it was painful, and after the first four years without playoffs, Sather’s team is now looking for its fourth straight playoff run.
For years the Rangers had hung on to veteran players and brought in big-name personalities that at times had more ego than they had game. Breaking the ties with Ranger heroes like Mark Messier, Mike Richter and Brian Leetch were difficult moves given their years of quality service and Stanley Cup history, but were necessary in order to move on and turn the page as a franchise.
Francois Beauchemin scored the OT winner last night in a pretty exciting game between the Red Wings and Ducks. In your opinion, was it a ‘good’ goal?
added a different video at 4:41pm below with multiple angles…
From Rebecca Bollwitt at NowPublic:
A few weeks ago the streets and Skytrain stations of Vancouver were plastered with posters to advertise the new Canucks season. The theme, “We are All Canucks”, and the unique twist is that they used photos of players in plain-clothes, fans on the concourse, and snapshots of hockey bloggers and podcasters.
Given how much negative attention has been brought to the issue of NHL teams and fan-media in recent weeks, I just wanted to point out that there are some teams working hard to find a balance on this issue. In my experience, the Canucks themselves (you can check out their FanZone) have come a long way in recent years.
from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
Has anyone stopped to think about the possibility of Sid Crosby burning out? The Kid is burdened with the Penguins’ captaincy; he’s the NHL’s poster boy, which creates huge time demands and he’s badgered in every city he visits. If he looks weary, there are reasons!
more hockey notes and opinions…
added 8:20pm, Just noticed A2Y pointed to the same article from Stan, sorry but The Sailor took me by surprise, he is a posting machine today!
from Michael Ozanian and Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes,
A stronger loonie helps teams north of the border, because they take in revenue in Canadian dollars, but pay their players in U.S. currency. Last season the value of the Canadian dollar increased 15% relative to the U.S. dollar. The average team value rose 10% during the past year, to $220 million. Five of the six Canadian teams —Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks, Ottawa Senators, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers— rose in value more than the league average.
more with all types of sortables lists and fyi, the top 3 valued teams are the Leafs, Rangers and Canadiens.
from Mike Knobler of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
He (John Anderson) hadn’t yelled in the postgame locker room Tuesday night. He always prefers to deliver his assessment the next day, when he’s no longer swayed by game-night emotions that might lead him to say something he’ll later regret. But the sleepless overnight wait didn’t make Wednesday’s messsage any less forceful.
He laid down the law in one-on-one meetings with players, and he spoke at length with the entire team on the ice before practice. This was one of his first big tests as an NHL coach, and he made it clear he had no intention of failing it.
Would it surprise you to learn that a certain Russian forward named Alex with the Washington Capitals currently leads the NHL in scoring?
No, not that Alex, the other one.
Alex Ovechkin is the reigning Art Ross and Hart Trophy winner, but the Washington winger is mired in a six-game goal drought and has only tallied a meagre five points through the first eight games of the season.
Lucky for the Capitals, though, that Alex Semin is scoring in bunches.
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