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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Islanders captain Bill Guerin called for Devils defenseman Mike Mottau to be suspended for his high hit on Frans Neilsen 3:22 into the third period of the Devils’ 5-2 victory over the Islanders tonight.
Neilson injured his right knee on the play and the Islanders are also worried that he has a head injury.
Guerin compared it to a hit that the Islanders Thomas Pock had on Ottawa’s Ryan Shannon earlier this season. Pock received a five-game suspension for that one.
“Mike Mottau’s not a dirty player, but that was a dirty hit,” Guerin said.
Given the league’s recent statement that it would like to cut back on hits to the head, it would not be surprising if Mottau received some supplementary discipline.
added 3:10pm, via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils defenseman Mike Mottau was suspended for two games by the NHL today for his hit on the Islanders Frans Neilsen in the third period of Friday night’s game.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Prior to tomorrow night’s Maple Leafs-Chicago Blackhawks tilt at the Air Canada Centre, a banner sporting Wendel Clark’s familiar No. 17 will be hoisted to the rafters in honour of the contributions the rugged forward made to the Original Six team over the years.
In celebration of Wendel Clark Night, all fans attending the game will receive a special Wendel Clark moustache in recognition of No. 17’s trademark facial hair. The crowd will be encouraged to wear them, with organizers hoping to turn the capactity throng into 20,0000 Wendel lookalikes.
The fans might not be the only ones sporting those moustaches either.
“Maybe we’ll all wear them out for the pre-game skate,” goalie Curtis Joseph said, referring to his teammates.
GLENDALE, Ariz.—- The Phoenix Coyotes have announced that they will offer an all-you-can-eat ticket package for the 2 p.m. Coyotes home game on Friday, Nov. 28 against the Colorado Avalanche at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale.
The all-you-can-eat package includes an upper-level game ticket and unlimited hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, peanuts and fountain sodas.
FRISCO, Tex. – The Dallas Stars announced today that the left wing Brenden Morrow is out indefinitely with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that will require surgery. He is expected to miss up to six months. The club also recalled right wing Landon Wilson from Grand Rapids (AHL).
“We are obviously very disappointed to hear the news about Brenden’s knee,” said Co-General Manager Les Jackson. “As our captain, he will obviously be missed, but we have every assurance that he can and will come back from this injury at 100 percent. There is a lot of hockey left to be played this season, and we are confident our team will rally together and keep pushing.”
from Scott Cullen of TSN,
As the quarter point of the season approaches, it’s a reasonable time to take a look back at the moves of the summer to get an indication which transactions helped and which ones hurt their respective teams.
We’re not going to look at the guys that re-signed with their current teams, maintaining the status quo. Rather, the focus will be on the transactions that saw players change teams….
Red Wings sign LW Marian Hossa to a one-year, $7.45-million contract (10-13-23, plus-8 in 18 GP)
Leaving the Cup finalists to join the defending Cup champions, Hossa hasn’t disappointed at all, playing on the league’s best line with Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom.
TSN.ca Rating: 91.26
From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News,
Whether by coincidence or design, Toronto, Atlanta and Florida have no captain at all right now and none of those teams are slated to make the playoffs at this juncture.
Yeah, maybe the captaincy is symbolic. Just because you don’t have a letter on your jersey, doesn’t mean you can’t be vocal in the dressing room when things are going pear-shaped. But a look at what even some of the newest captains are doing these days sheds a little light on how symbolism often bleeds over into reality.
Earlier in the week, an unlikely fight occurred in Phoenix when Coyotes young gun Martin Hanzal squared off for the first time in his NHL career with Chicago captain Jonathan Toews. For Toews, it was his first fight ever, according to hockeyfights.com.
from Stu Hackel of Slap Shot at the NYT,
(Pierre) Boivin (Montreal Canadiens president) is right when he suggests revenue sharing should be re-examined and perhaps adjusted if the Canadian clubs’ own revenues are sliding, but anyone — whether a club exec, journalist, blogger or fan — who counterposes the interests of Canada’s teams against those of the U.S. teams is wrong. The N.H.L. is one league. Revenue sharing is in place for reasons that benefit the N.H.L. as a whole. Without it, teams are left to fend for themselves in a laissez-faire economic system that increases the likelihood of failure. Those lessons of “non-regulated” economies should be pretty obvious to everyone about now.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
This team is getting exactly what it deserves right now. Assets have been misallocated, some key player personnel decisions have been dead wrong, some top prospects have been overrated and other problems have been given the usual Avalanche whitewashed PR treatment.
This team has gone from perennial Stanley Cup contenders to one that almost surely will miss the playoffs for the second time in three years.
But, hey, maybe they’ll get that No. 1 pick next June.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
The issue isn’t with the benchwarmers. It’s with the stars. Problem is, while it might be tempting to dramatically whittle down the time of a star—or even send one to the press box—that approach rarely works. That’s why the answer has to come from the players themselves. And it starts with Scott Niedermayer, the player who is wearing the C but doing little of late to earn it.
Discipline shouldn’t be an issue on a team led by Niedermayer, but it is. The bad habits developed by the Ducks last season while he was on his journey of personal discovery as Chris Pronger wore the C have continued this year. They fail to execute in their own zone. The transition game is a turnover machine. And then there are the penalties.
from The Fabulous Forum at the LA Times,
Randy Harvey, the Sports editor, has decided to bring back the NHL standings and game summaries to a position of prominence (like the NBA standings) beginning Dec. 1—now that we have a little more space with college football winding down.
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