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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.
a little more hockey talk..
from Kyle Turris of Kyle’s Korner at PhoenixCoyotes.com,
After that game, we flew back home for a two-game homestand and now we’re back on the road. We flew into Carolina last night and it was a pretty long flight, just under four hours. Teeks (Viktor Tikhonov) and I played Tiger Woods ‘09 on our PSPs against each other. It’s a fun game and we have some great battles.
Later on this trip we go into New York. I’ve never been, so I’m really looking forward to that. I’ve heard it’s a great place. One of my friends from Wiconsin is a die-hard Rangers fan, and she’s flying back for the game, so it’ll be nice to see her and make her root for us instead.
“I don’t share your love for the Isles, Scotty. Not sure what you’re smoking. I think they are apt to lose five games in a row at a moment’s notice. I will run across press row naked at the Cup finals if the Islanders make the playoffs.”
—ESPN‘s Pierre LeBrun writing to colleague Scott Burnside
from Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Take,
We played Anaheim on Wednesday and L.A. on Thursday. So we traveled three time zones on Monday night to get to California; adjust to new time zones; and played back to back games. We play again on Saturday night so three west coast games in four days.
Note: L.A. hadn’t played since Sunday so they were well rested. We are banged up and we played like we were tired. The fans out in LA didn’t see our best. But L.A. will come to Verizon Center soon enough and the tables will turn on the schedule.
more and any Western Conference fans, feel free to comment!
The Montreal Canadiens will be without defenceman Mike Komisarek services for another month.
Komisarek has missed the Canadiens’ last four games with a shoulder injury suffered after a fight with Boston’s Milan Lucic last week.
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
Some big changes are in store for the Buffalo Sabres’ lineup when they meet the Philadelphia Flyers tonight in HSBC Arena.
Up from Portland is right winger Mark Mancari and in from the scratch list is defenseman Nathan Paetsch. Sentenced to seats in the press box are two longtime regulars—defenseman Henrik Tallinder and winger Maxim Afinogenov.
“Part of it is production and part of it is defensive play,” Ruff said. “Play away from the puck is important and those stats aren’t very good and his stats offensively aren’t very good. I’ve told the players I’m not going the easy route anymore.”
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