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The First Star of the Week, Thomas Vanek took part in a tele-conference today….
Q. When you’re a goal scorer, is there a lot more weight put on you than if you’re a point producer? Is there a lot more pressure on guys who are known as goal scorers?
THOMAS VANEK: Sure, I mean, just like you said, I mean, it’s a good label and a bad label at the same time. I think if you’re known as a goal scorer, you want to be the one putting up the goals. Guys who are just known as point guys sometimes get away with I think a lot of maybe second assists or so.
But at the same time I think it is a team sport. Like myself, I’m not too worried about goals and points. Always at the end of the year you look back and you obviously want to be up there in the top 20 or top 15 in goal scoring.
from Dan Wood of the OC Register,
The upcoming road swing, which also includes stops in Ottawa, Montreal and Columbus, could not only play a huge role in determining the course of this season but also future campaigns.
“I think the players need to worry about playing the game and not worry about the other (stuff) that can go on outside the game of hockey,” Pronger said. “We have to get into the dirty areas. We think we have, and we haven’t. We have no traffic in front of the net. We’re off to the sides. We’re not gritty. Until we realize that we have to be a dirty team, this (losing) is going to be a regular occurrence – and it’s getting old.”
more on the Ducks plus Burke says he will have made a decision on his contract with the Ducks by Christmas…
Zetterberg and Stuart feeling better, McCarty waived.
Snap Shots at Mlive has all the details…
via Habs Inside/Out,
Depleted lineup tonight.
Andrei Kostitsyn is still recovering from having his bell rung against Phoenix.
Christopher Higgins is still recovering from his groin injury.
Georges Laraque was recovered from his groin injury; but after two games, it’s acting up again.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils center Bobby Holik will require surgery on his broken right pinky and will miss three to four weeks, general manager Lou Lamoriello said today.
Holik was injured in the second period of Saturday’s 4-3 shootout win in Washington.
“He’s going to have surgery (Tuesday) and he’ll be out three to four weeks,” Lamoriello said. “That’s standard.”
more on the Devils…
from David Staples at The Cult of Hockey,
Q: Do you think any bloggers should be in the press box, if that is there only media connection?
Answer from TEAM 1260 sports radio host Jason Gregor: Blogs are allowed in the press box, as long as it isn’t a play-by-play account. If I wanted to write a blog about stats that weren’t relative to the game I could.
My beef with bloggers is that anyone can be one. Most are nameless, faceless people who write their opinions, but unfortunately there are too many false facts in blogs. I understand the next generation gets most of their information from the Internet, but unfortunately lots of it is horribly written or inaccurate. Kids read this stuff and they believe it. I don’t think bloggers truly understand the strength of their message, and also the damage it can do.
What about writing an article on the damage that bloggers do? They all seem to think that because they “care” about the team, that their messages are helping the team. Well that might be true, but no one in blog world ever talks about the negatives.
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
The Vancouver Canucks hope to augment their injury-riddled lineup with Matt Pettinger and Kyle Wellwood, should the forwards not be claimed today on recallable waivers from the Manitoba Moose.
Should an NHL club claim either forward, the Canucks would be on the hook for half of their salaries - $500,000 US for Pettinger and $498,750 US for Wellwood - but they have plenty of salary cap space. Money is not the problem for general manager Mike Gillis. Healthy bodies are.
With Pavol Demitra (upper body), Rick Rypien (virus) and Darcy Hordichuk (knee) on the shelf following a 4-2 setback Monday in Chicago, the Canucks hope Pettinger and Wellwood clear so they can skate with the Canucks on Tuesday morning and play that night in Columbus against the Blue Jackets.
from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,
With so many historic goaltending records about to fall this season, it seems appropriate to to consider Martin Brodeur’s brilliance.
Up close and in person, Brodeur looks like you or me—or maybe your uncle who works as, let’s say, a pipefitter. But after spending time during the offseason with a personal trainer, the burly Brodeur now appears to be more streamlined.
from Damien Cox at ESPN,
1. Starting the season in Europe doesn’t automatically jeopardize a team’s start
We should have already known this, of course, since the New York Rangers went to England before the start of the 1993-94 to contest the French’s Mustard Cup with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and went on to win the Stanley Cup that season.
Fitting, then, it’s the Rangers proving this season that just because the Ducks and Kings seemed to suffer ill-effects from overseas travel last season, the travel alone doesn’t mean that has to happen. It may keep Chris Drury pointless for a while, but team-wise, it may just be a handy excuse.
The Hockey Show asks the fans of New York City what there feeling is on Sean Avery’s return to MSG.
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