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Stale Hockey In Colorado

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Your move, Avalanche.

Seriously, it’s time to do something. It’s time to spend some money or make a trade or both.

The Avalanche was a feel-good story of the 2009-10 season, a playoff surprise team that did it all with a new coach and a modest payroll. Management’s thinking over the summer clearly was along the lines of “Let’s just assume these kids of ours will get better and leave things alone.”

Instead of incremental improvement, however, the Avs are a team that looks stale right now. It happens too easily in hockey.

“The hardest step to make in hockey is from a team that overachieves a little and makes the playoffs to a team that wins two or three rounds and gets to the Stanley Cup Finals,” longtime former NHL coach Ken Hitchcock said. “It’s easy for self-satisfaction to creep in and for things to kind of stall out.”


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Luongo Not What He Once Was

via Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

After two starts, it’s hard to know what Cory Schneider’s impact will be on the Canucks’ goaltending situation. But this mini-drama will bear watching as the season unfolds.

For starters, it’s now clear that Roberto Luongo’s demi-god status within the organization has been downgraded to mere mortal. For the Canucks, that’s a positive development. Far too much of their story has revolved around Luongo for the past couple of years and that was unfair to the player and his teammates.

But, while the goaltending might be healthier in the short term, there’s also the matter of Luongo’s gargantuan contract to consider. The 12-year deal was struck with the presumption that Luongo, like Marty Brodeur, would still be an All-Star level goalie into his mid-and late-30s.

The problem is, Luongo turns 32 in April and, clearly, he isn’t the goalie he was four years ago. The question then becomes can he be good enough—and that’s what we’ll find out this season.

In the meantime, it seems Schneider’s greatest value to the organization is as trade bait and that’s unfortunate.

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Senators Need To Start Winning

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators know their lacklustre play won’t go on much longer without changes of some sort being made.

“As players, we have to focus on playing,” said defenceman Chris Campoli. “Those are decisions management makes. The only thing we can focus on is playing the game and preparing ourselves to play the game. We’ve got to find that.”

The rugged defenceman Murray is seeking isn’t available. Three league executives told the Ottawa Sun on Sunday that they weren’t sure of any blueliners who might be on the block because teams aren’t rushing to make changes.

The Senators have been trying to peddle blueliner Brian Lee since last summer. His $875,000 contract isn’t the issue, but he had a bad camp and hasn’t played well, making him impossible to move.

It’s believed several teams are willing to take winger Nick Foligno or struggling defenceman Erik Karlsson off the club’s hands, but Murray isn’t about to start unloading young players with potential


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Leafs Need More Goals

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

So let’s go through the missing persons list on offence: Kris Versteeg, Nikolai Kulemin, Colby Armstrong, one goal; Tyler Bozak, Mikhail Grabovski, Fredrik Sjostrom none. Brent has been silent since getting two in the first two games, though to be fair, he and fellow third liners Armstrong and Sjostrom aren’t paid to score with regularity.

General manager Brian Burke and coach Ron Wilson might tell you they would have been ecstatic if you told them last month the Leafs would be 4-4 after eight games. But Toronto could have done better by sticking to the formula, certainly in the past two games. Their worst defeat of the three consecutive losses was Saturday in Philadelphia, where the Flyers blocked more shots (18) than the Leafs got on net (14), captain Dion Phaneuf was a minus three and the Leafs breakout went from order to chaos.

Everyone wanted to be in the book, but no one was on the same page and the Flyers bagged two or three goals right off turnovers.

MacArthur said that was a likely consequence of having too many forwards with ones and zeroes beside their name as November approaches.


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Talking Concussions

Elliotte Friedman did a great piece on Inside Hockey last night regarding concussions.

Take five minutes of your day to watch it.

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Afternoon Line

“I just checked their stats before the game.  If we would play 80 games against them, they will probably have about 200 points.”

-Teemu Selanne of the Anaheim Ducks speaking about Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.  More from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog.

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Video- Dustin Byfuglien With Five For Charging And A Game

Dustin Byfuglien runs Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth.

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Bertuzzi Chasing The Cup

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

Every night before he goes to bed, Detroit Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi goes through an elaborate stretching program to keep his back in the best shape it can be after all he’s put it through during his eventful 15-year NHL career.

Every once in a while he needs to have this special back doctor that he’s worked with over the years to come in and use acupuncture, manipulations and other assorted techniques to straighten out his back and hip by working on them for four or five days in a row, in part to try to make him comfortable on the long flights out west from Detroit.

“It happened right before the start of the regular season, my guy came in and I took six days off and he worked on me,” said Bertuzzi. “And it seemed to work because I started the season well rested and feeling pretty good. At the time I think some of the guys just thought I was trying to get out of playing another exhibition game, but you know, I’m glad I did it because I’m feeling strong. Some days I feel like I’m old but I’m going to chase that Cup until I can’t walk.”


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Video- Simmonds Butt-End

The only video I could find of the Wayne Simmonds butt-end on T.J. Galiardi last night.  If you go full screen, you can see it much better.

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The Talk In The Hockey World

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• Nikolai Zherdev was finally told he had to speak to the media in Philadelphia and not duck interviews or hide behind a translator. Zherdev came out of a meeting with GM Paul Holmgren saying he would talk to everybody “but the Russian reporter” and he pointed at Flyers.com writer Tim Panaccio. When told Panaccio was Italian, through and through, Zherdev shrugged. “Well, he looks like he’s in the Russian mob.”

• There have been 155 coaching changes in the NHL since Lindy Ruff went behind the Sabres’ bench in 1997 but he’s in the last year of his contract. If they continue to stumble, will he be back, along with his GM Darcy Regier? Thirteen years is a long time for any coach in one place, and often their message goes stale, or falls on deaf ears if they don’t change enough players. But if Ruff ever loses his job, he would be out of work about five minutes. Regier is good at his job, too


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