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from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
Toronto Maple Leafs Coach Ron Wilson was strolling through Yorkville, the trendy downtown Toronto neighbourhood recently, when a fan yelled, “Hey Wilson, you need to turn those guys into a bunch of Wendel Clarks’!” Wilson, who majored in Sarcasm at University, responded: “Wendel was good, but how many Cups did he win?” When the fan wouldn’t shut up, Wilson kept going. “Hey buddy, can you turn the cup of coffee I’m holding into a glass of red wine? I can’t either.” The fan, confused and defeated, quietly walked away.
more notes from James Duthie…
But the story of the night is obviously rookie Fabian Brunnstrom, who became the third guy in NHL history to get a hat trick in his debut.
Why didn’t the Swedish dude play in the first two games? That’s one of the questions we’ll ask when he head downstairs for postgame duties.
More at the Dallas Stars blog later, presumably.
*hat-tip to Roddie for the head’s up
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
(Terry) Murray was drafted in 1970 by the late, lamented Golden Seals, who were part of the NHL’s 1967 expansion. Their initial name was the Oakland Seals, but they became the California Golden Seals in 1970-71 after Charles Finley bought them. Finley also designed the then-radical uniforms in what he called kelly green, California gold and polar bear white….
Murray said that somewhere in the attic of his family home in Canada he still has a pair of the white skates the Seals were required to wear. And he revealed a secret: the boots weren’t white—they were black but were covered with white shoe polish.
“They got pretty heavy by the end of the season because there were so many coats of shoe polish on them,” he said.
from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
• Sean Avery has not gone over the top yet, but The Great Gabbo certainly is getting there – fast. His “Rip a Week Club” now unwillingly includes Don (Grapes) Cherry, Gary Bettman and even one of the NHL’s most noncontroversial figures, Jarome Iginla. Avery’s media beat will go on because newsmen love his outrageous out-takes. On the other hand, it could stop just as abruptly the moment he hits someone below the belt. And as we all know, that could happen tomorrow.
• It’s premature to be sure but Jose Theodore’s “effort” for Washington might be cause for concern in Ted Leonsis-land.
• We couldn’t be happier for Teppo Numminen, recovered from heart surgery and, at 40, back on the Buffalo backline.
more from the Maven…
from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
Can a hangover last two years?
It certainly looks that way in Anaheim where the Ducks, one season removed from being Stanley Cup champions, have stumbled out of the gate with three consecutive losses.
But before you write off the once-mighty Ducks after a week of action, take a deep breath and relax. This team will rebound.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Does it make any sense to have your best player missing that much time, especially if he’s only taking a fourth-liner to the box with him? Coach Mike Keenan figured Iginla had no choice in the matter and hinted that he thought an instigating penalty was warranted against McCormick for starting the fight.
Iginla, for his part, said he didn’t go looking for fights; that they tended to come in spurts for him; and that it may be 30 games before he gets into another scrap. But he also suggested that he couldn’t really play his game without resorting to fighting at some point when provoked.
Press Release from the Columbus Blue Jackets:
The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed forward Jared Boll on injured reserve (head/neck injury) and recalled forward Nikita Filatov from the Syracuse Crunch, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, General Manager Scott Howson announced today.
Boll, who has registered 11 penalty minutes in three games this season after tallying 5-5-10 and a team-high 226 penalty minutes in 75 games as a rookie in 2007-08, is expected to be sidelined seven to 10 days. Filatov has scored two goals with a +1 plus/minus rating in two games with the Crunch, scoring goals in each of the first two games of his pro career. He tallied 1-0-1 and added a shootout game-winner in two preseason games with the Blue Jackets this year.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
This is where the ghosts and the flesh and blood collide.
With the air around the Bell Centre thick with the history of a glorious past, the Montreal Canadiens prepared to kick off their 100th season with their first home game of the season Wednesday night.
No matter where players on the current roster turn, whether it’s to look at the two dozen Stanley Cup banners dangling from the Bell Centre rafters or the ring of honor or even in the stands where former players like Steve Shutt were on hand to watch their morning skate, the current roster is reminded of the significant burden of the past in this hockey-crazed province.
from Kevin Allen at Mucking and Grinding,
Although Phoenix’s second consecutive impressive rookie class will probably receive more attention this season, it is the presence of a noteworthy No. 1 line that probably means more for the team this season.
In the line of Peter Mueller, Olli Jokinen and Shane Doan, the Coyotes potentially have a line that could be among the NHL’s top 10 lines this season.
My guess is this line will net between 235-250 points this season if it sticks together.
from Mark Hermann of On the Islanders Beat,
DiPietro said he felt good, having been the one in net when the Islanders did all their full-team drills at one end of the ice (Joey MacDonald worked on his own with a coach at the other end). Put it this way, if DiPietro does not play against the Lightning tomorrow night, he will play soon.
He added that he just couldn’t describe how anxious he has been to get in a game, and that the hardest part is balancing the knowledge that there is a lot of season left with his desire to get his season started. But he sees the reasoning in making sure that once he gets in there, he can stay in there.
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