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from the CP,
Still, there are some players with bigger numbers than you might expect heading into the fourth week of the campaign and for poolies they can either represent waiver-wire gold or a wasted transaction.
Brandon Dubinsky (4 goals, 7 assists, all stats before Monday’s play), Filip Kuba (0-11), Mikko Koivu (1-9), Aaron Voros (5-4), Antti Miettinen (5-2), Ales Kotalik (4-3) and Bryan Little (4-3) all fit into that category and trying to decide if they’re legit can be tricky.
If you’re picking them up as an injury stop-gap or to milk a hot streak before moving on, there’s little risk involved. But if you’re looking at them as long-term solutions and plan to drop someone off to a slow start, than you had better be more careful.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
Can you imagine what kind of response guys such as Mike Gillis or Brian Lawton would have received last week if they had proposed what Bob Gainey did at the GM meetings in Chicago?
They would have been laughed out of the room and would have been vilified in the media for suggesting the league look at the possibility of penalizing players who leave their feet to block shots. But because the notion came from Gainey, one of the most levelheaded and respected executives in the NHL, the idea is gaining some traction.
from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog,
Neither Coach Randy Carlyle nor Bret Hedican has unrealistic expectations for Monday night, when the newly obtained veteran defenseman is set to make his Ducks debut against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.
Hedican, 38, signed a free-agent contract with the Ducks on Thursday, but has not been in an NHL game since he completed last season with the Carolina Hurricanes. He hasn’t even had the benefit of a full practice session, taking part only in morning skates and pre-game warm-ups Friday and Saturday before games against the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
We watched with interest during “Hockey Night in Canada’s” weekly Hotstove segment Saturday—and not just because our pal Pierre LeBrun was in his usual seat on the panel.
Veteran hockey writer Al Strachan reported that sources told him that during the Lightning’s season-opening weekend in Europe, co-owner and former NHLer Barrie was in the dressing room diagramming power-play and penalty-killing strategies. Strachan suggested the Bolts were “imploding” and that “the league over/under” on Melrose was mid-November.
On Sunday, Lightning co-owner Oren Koules, who was in Europe for those two opening games (both losses) versus the New York Rangers, told ESPN.com that the report was “a blatant lie. It never happened.”
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from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
Through the first 119 games played this season, an average of 1.47 fighting majors have been called per game. That’s up from just over one fighting major per game at the same point last season.
So is the NHL concerned? Nope.
“We haven’t really discussed fighting internally for quite some time,” said NHL vice-president Mike Murphy. “When we do talk about it we generally talk about the magnitude of today’s fighters; the size of them and how much power they have. We don’t really worry about the knockout punch; more about the fact a player could hit his head on the ice if he gets punched hard.”
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils coach Brent Sutter said his son, Brandon, is “improving” after the Carolina Hurricanes rookie center suffered a concussion and lost consciousness on a hit by the Islanders on Saturday night….
Brandon Sutter spent Sunday night at his father’s condo in New Jersey after being released from North Shore Hospital on Long Island earlier in the day. Brent Sutter said he spent Saturday night at the hospital with Brandon, who was held overnight in intensive care.
“They monitored him very closely,” Brent Sutter said.
Sutter said his son did not recognize him at first.
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
...Meanwhile, Scott Gomez continues to fly, Lundqvist wins every Shootout and Fred Sjostrom keeps popping in Shootout goals. You have to wonder how the Rangers can possibly lose tonight.
I’ll tell you how: 1. Get cocky and believe the game is in the bag before it IS in the satchel 2; Find a hot goalie between the Islanders pipes; 3. Play less inspired than the undermanned home club.
more on the Rangers…
NEW YORK (October 27, 2008) – Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Peter Budaj and Detroit Red Wings right wing Marian Hossa have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending October 26.
• The Detroit Red Wings have scored 30 goals this season, 27 have come from European players.
• Players have seemed to get the message this season, a lot less hitting from behind and driving the player into the boards.
• Do you like the boarderline hooking calls this season? In my mind, they are being made to get more offense into the game, but some calls need to be overlooked. The call that gets me is the one handed stick on the gloves penalty, players should be able to fight through that.
• The ‘no commercial’ after an icing is good for the game. But I am not sure if it has turned into more goals scored because of it.
• Is there any team(s) out of the playoff race yet?
• Who is your early candidate for MVP?
• Isn’t it about time Gary Bettman had some hockey bloggers on the NHL Hour?
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
Alexander Ovechkin, the NHL’s leading goal scorer last season, has returned to Moscow to be with his ailing grandfather and will miss the Washington Capitals game Tuesday against the Nashville Predators.
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