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All The Hockey World Talk

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Here’s the five biggest disappointments in the West, one-quarter of the way through the season.

1. Jiri Hudler. The Wings hated to see the little forward bolt to Moscow Dynamo last season for $5 million a year, but when he decided to come back this season, they pencilled him in for their third line with Mike Modano and Danny Cleary, figuring he’d be good for 50 points. Hudler will get more playing time now that Modano is out, maybe for three months, after surgery to repair a sliced tendon in his wrist. But, he’s been scratched three times and Justin Abdelkader had taken his spot until Modano got hurt. Hudler has the team’s worst plus/minus rating (minus 5).

2. Shea Weber, who played on Canada’s Olympic team, has the third-hardest shot in hockey after Zdeno Chara and Sheldon Souray, currently exiled to Hershey. But the weight of that C on his chest in Nashville seems heavy today. Just two goals in 66 shots (one on the power play), only eight points and he’s minus 8.

3. Nikita Filatov. The Russian winger flew the coop last year, returning to his homeland because he didn’t like coach Ken Hitchcock’s tough love….

read on and there is so much to read, it will take you some time to get through it all.  Jim also has the five biggest disappointments in the East too…

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Flyers Beat Writer Wants An Explanation

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Stree Bull,

Referee Ghislain Hebert has some ‘splainin’ to do, Lucy.

So does the NHL.

Hebert, in his first full season as an NHL referee, needs to be held accountable for the manner in which he made a call Friday, costing the Flyers a victory over visiting Calgary    

But don’t hold your breath.

continued and maybe Carchidi should listen to what Don Cherry said about the play by Pronger.  Don basically stated it was a play someone with the status of Pronger doesn’t make.

In case you were away and want to know what this is all about, you can go to this KK post from yesterday to see videos, explanations, etc.


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  Tags: chris+pronger

Rapid Fire Rumors

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

If the Rangers decide to go get a centre, and they’re expected to make a move for Richards before the trade deadline, they may deal D Matt Gilroy as part of package. The 26-year-old has a cap hit of $1.75 million and will be an RFA next summer. He’s been passed on the depth chart by Steve Eminger and Michael Sauer. Gilroy is young enough that he could bring return. GM Glen Sather can’t afford to wait much longer ... The Blue Jackets are still looking for an offensive blueliner, especially with the club in contention. Columbus GM Scott Howson could have an interest in the Senators’ Chris Campoli ... Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero will likely go shopping for a Top 6 winger. Don’t be surprised if the Penguins make a pitch for Florida LW Cory Stillman. He’s going to be part of the cash cleanup by Panthers’ GM Dale Tallon and has Stanley Cup rings from Tampa (2004) and Carolina (2006) ... The Oilers might be willing to move C Andrew Cogliano and D Ladislav Smid.


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Evening Line

“The bottom line is, we could have won yesterday. We should have won yesterday,”  It didn’t go our way for a number of reasons. But we’ll have our day in the sun. I’m telling you, just watch this team.”

-Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. Read more on Melnyk by Rob Brodie of Senators.com.

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Saturday Hockey Talk

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• If the Leafs don’t re-sign J-S Giguere and Tomas Kaberle, Brian Burke will have at least $11 million US to play with in free agency come July. The only problem is that he free agent market is terribly thin this year.

• Weird truth in numbers: From the day the Leafs traded the somewhat lost Lee Stempniak to Phoenix, he has outscored Phil Kessel 21 to 18.

• If the Ottawa Senators are barely average with Daniel Aldredsson playing, what happens to the franchise when the captain is done?

more hockey topics…

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Capitals Winning With “Killer Defensive Play & Aggressive Penalty Killing”

from Alan May of CSNWashington,

Coming into this season, I heard and read a lot of things that basically said Boudreau was a one-trick pony, only knew offense, and couldn’t adapt to other teams defensive tactics. He Knew nothing about defense or killing penalties and, worst of all, had zero control of his star players. He was too soft?

Well here the Capitals are once again at the top of the standings and doing it with killer defensive play and aggressive penalty killing. Why didn’t they do this sooner? 

Bruce has been around professional hockey since 1975. He played for quite a few good coaches and quite a few really bad coaches. He knows that you cannot teach too much at a time. Every player that has ever laced them up will tell you that when there is information overload from the coaching staff, the legs don’t move and the brain gets stuck in neutral. That is never a good thing for a player’s game.

Another thing to note is that sometimes players just won’t listen or grasp a tactical concept until that they get punched in the gut. I guess you could call last season’s unfortunate playoff exit that punch in the gut.


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Disclose The Injuries

from Eric Macramalla of Offside: A Sports Law Blog,

By maintaining a veil over player injuries, in part, undermines the NHL’s attempt to grab a larger market share as it prevents fans from engaging the league at a higher level. Fans don’t know what’s going on with their favourite players. As well fantasy players don’t have the necessary information they need to manage their teams effectively. And we all know how critical fantasy leagues are to generating interest in a league.


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Pressure From The Blue Jackets

from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

This is my fourth season on the beat and I don’t recall a game in which the Blue Jackets hit the Red Wing star players with more frequency. Both Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg absorbed meaningful checks. Usually those two are his as often as Peyton Manning in the Colts pocket, but the Jackets turned up the heat last night. Arniel believes it’s a byproduct of the team’s pressure system. Let’s see whether they can do it again on Sunday or if the Wings stars get the time and space they’re normally afforded byt the CBJ.

more on the Blue Jackets…

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Washed Up in Washington: 6-0 Beating Shows Bolts Have a Long Way to Go

Past the so-called “quarter pole”, 23 games into the 2010-11 season, the Tampa Bay Lightning are undoubtedly in pretty good shape. At 13-8-2 for 28 points, they rank second in the Southeast Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference and appear, at this early stage of the season, to have the makings of a team that can qualify for postseason play and, potentially, make some waves.

But, after last night’s 6-0 pasting at the hands of the division stalwart Washington Capitals, they also, undoubtedly, still have a long way to go before they can stake a legitimate claim to being an upper echelon team like their foes of a night ago.

Really, the Bolts are right where we’d thought they’d be from the start – second in the division and good enough, as they were in their first meeting with the Caps two weeks ago (a 6-3 loss), to hang with the class of the division for a time and give them somewhat of a push. But, last night, they weren’t even close, proving that, though they do have a formidable 1-2 punch in Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis to rival Alexes Ovechkin and Semin for the offensive Washington dynamo, they don’t have the firepower through and through – from up front and on the back end – to keep up with the Joneses (or the Backstroms, the Greens and so on and so forth).

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  Tags: alex+ovechkin, alex+semin, martin+st.+louis, mike+smith, semyon+varlamov, steven+stamkos

Making Room For Savard

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Before activating Savard, the Bruins must clear salary before reintroducing the center’s $4.007 million annual cap hit. So sometime before early next month, when Savard could be ready for game action, Chiarelli will create the required space, either via trade or AHL assignment.

“I’ve got a pretty good idea of what I want to do,’’ said Chiarelli….

... if Chiarelli turns to AHL assignments, he could clear salary immediately before activating Savard. Only Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, and Tim Thomas have no-movement clauses in their contracts, which frees Chiarelli to waive every other player without having to gain their consent. The Bruins could also bring up any demoted players for the playoffs, when the salary cap is not considered.

For example, if the Bruins assign Ryder to Providence, they can promote him upon the conclusion of the regular season with no cap implications. They would not risk bringing him up during the regular season because a team could claim him for half price on reentry waivers.

Even Marco Sturm is not guaranteed protection against an AHL assignment.


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