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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is pleased with Bertuzzi’s skating and back-checking, but the big winger is committing too many turnovers and isn’t finishing. He has just three goals and nine points in 22 games.
“It’s frustrating not putting up the amount of goals and points I think I can do,’’ Bertuzzi said. “I’ve gotten the opportunity to do it, kind of (had) a handful of bad bounces here and there, could easily have six, seven goals instead of three. Just got to keep grinding and working hard. I know that it comes in bunches.’‘
Bertuzzi’s 60 shots ranks second on the team to Henrik Zetterberg (87), but he has the lowest shooting percentage (5.0) among forwards on the top two lines.
“He wants to score, we’d like him to score, too, but that’s not the measure,’’ Babcock said. “The measure for me is how hard you’re on the puck, how determined you are, how well you play with your linemates.
from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider,
Jarome Iginla isn’t Wayne Gretzky, Brent Sutter isn’t Marc Crawford, and this wasn’t the 1998 Olympics . . . but how in tarnation do you leave the team’s—heck, the league’s—hottest gunner on the bench for the shootout?
Iginla, thanks to his dramatic draining of a last-minute shot (which forced the extra period and ensuing shootout) has 12 goals in his last 10 games. Not 12 points. But 12 goals. No one has, as they say, been “feeling it” more than No. 12.
And the Flames captain doesn’t merit a spin in the shootout Monday night at the Honda Center?
from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,
Negotiations on a contract extension between the Ducks and winger Bobby Ryan have broken down and won’t resume in the immediate future, Ryan’s agent told the Register today in a phone conversation.
Mark Guy, who represents Ryan, confirmed an ESPN.com report over the weekend that the two sides did talk last month and exchanged proposals but are some distance apart in terms of an agreement.
“We have had some discussions and I think both sides kind of decided that we’re going to let things progress a little bit during the season and get a better picture of where things are going,” Guy said. “We made some proposals that we think were within what Bobby’s looking at but I think it became fairly clear that there were some discrepancies that we weren’t able to get past.”
Darren Dreger via his Twitter reports Laraque received a five game suspension.
added 7:00pm, via TSN,
The National Hockey League handed Montreal Canadiens tough guy Georges Laraque a five game suspension for his knee-on-knee collision with Red Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall on Saturday night.
“Mr. Laraque’s actions were dangerous and caused a significant injury to his opponent,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.
from Katie Strang of Isles Files,
While the full group will not be on the ice at IceWorks in Syosset tomorrow—since the Islanders will arrive in New York late after tonight’s game—DiPietro’s participation tomorrow will be viewed as the next significant step in his rehabilitation.
“Everything has gone according to plan,” Gordon said before Monday’s game against Toronto. “This isn’t anything unexpected. We’d be disappointed if he wasn’t on the ice soon.”...
After DiPietro practices with the team, he will eventually head to Bridgeport for a conditioning stint, during which he’ll likely play 2-5 games before making his 2009-2010 debut.
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from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
Got a call last week from Tampa Bay Lightning owner Oren Koules.
The man who brings you the Saw horror movies as well as Two and a Half Men was a little upset at his team being identified as one of my three disappointing teams through the first quarter of the 2009-10 season. At the time the column was published, the Lighting ranked in the middle of the pack in the overall standings and Koules wondered how disappointing can that be? He had a point.
At the same time, and maybe it’s just me, but I thought this year’s version of the Lightning had a legitimate chance to be a contender. On paper I’d put the Lightning up against the majority of contending teams. Just look at what Tampa Bay has up front: a former Hart and Art Ross Trophy winner in Martin St-Louis, a superstar centre in Vinny Lecavalier and a rising star in Steven Stamkos not to mention top flight depth players such as Ryan Malone, Jeff Halpern and Alex Tanguay….
Still, I worry about the Lightning. I am no longer convinced this is a team that can challenge for the Eastern Conference championship.
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
• Dany Heatley comes to Edmonton on Friday. The smartest thing he could do is say, “I’m sorry but I didn’t want to go to a Canadian city. I wanted to go to San Jose from the beginning, because it’s less suffocating for me.” Won’t stop the avalanche of boos, but Oiler fans deserve an honest explanation.
• ...the Ducks are having troubles signing Bobby Ryan. Burke drafted him and Ryan is represented by same agency (Newport) as Phil Kessel. Kessel was a restricted free agent who ended up in Toronto. Could history repeat itself? Just wondering. We’ll see.
via Michael Russo’s Twitter,
According to sources, the Wild is close to making a trade in the coming hours. Don’t know any more than that as of now
added 4:38pm, Erin Nicks in her Twitter reports RDS says Benoit Pouliot for Guillaume Latendresse of the Canadiens.
added 4:45pm, Canadiens have also recalled Sergei Kostitsyn.
added 4:48pm, Bob McKenzie confirms the trade via his Twitter.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
“Rick started off as a quiet guy who knew right from wrong but didn’t say very much, and now he speaks up,” Hitchcock said Monday morning from Madison Square Garden, where his team will play the New York Rangers later in the evening. “If he doesn’t like what is happening, he’ll more than speak up. He has made for a very good captain. He is really emerging as a strong leader in the NHL community.”
Hitchcock nodded his head in agreement when asked if Nash seems way more comfortable this year than last. Nash didn’t stumble on his words when describing the difference, which he believes is massive.
“At first it was just tough to walk down to the room and say something, but as the time goes on you start feeling more comfortable and you get a better relationship with each other,” Nash told NHL.com. “If I need anything relayed from the players I can go down there no problem. He’s a pretty easy guy to talk to and he’s pretty open with me, too. He lets me know what’s going on in the coach’s room and what he’s thinking for game plans and upcoming events, things like that.”
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