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from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette,
As part of his Saturday morning routine - a glass of prune juice, The Red Line, three antacid tablets - Bettman carefully parses EEEEE-mail. When he reads about this scam, the commish will bring it to the attention of the league’s top computer nerds. Bettman will put the NHL’s finest minds - people whose SAT scores were even better than Kerry Fraser’s - on the case.
They’ll adjust the voting procedure to counteract the Great Montreal Conspiracy. And then some teenager in Dollard will figure out how to circumvent the new system.
It’s all a joke, but no more ludicrous than the All-Star Game itself,
from James Duthie at the Ottawa Citizen,
So we conducted our own more detailed NHL player poll. Here are the questions and answers from both (since results of the NHLPA survey have not been tabulated yet, we offer instead our own unofficial estimations):
Actual NHLPA question: Would you support the competition committee investigating a penalty for head shots?
Yes: 75 per cent
No: 25 per cent
Our followup: Would you support a penalty for shots to Sean Avery’s head?
No: 99.9 per cent
Yes: .1 per cent (Avery)
via Ben Wright of Blueland Blog,
I have a scenario running through my head that makes a lot of sense. It hasn’t happened yet, but that doesn’t mean it won’t. Picture this- Carolina, after a third straight loss, decided to make a change behind the bench (this hasn’t happened yet). They bring in a whip cracker (how about Bob Hartley). Then Laviolette, who has a firm but more friendly approach, goes to Tampa where they’ve been beaten up by Torts and Melrose.
from Mark Everson of the NY Post,
Even if other GMs are peddling, Lou Lamoriello insists he isn’t dealing for a top goalie to hold the fort while Martin Brodeur is out….
When surgery was decided upon for Brodeur, Lamoriello said at the time that he wouldn’t be dealing for a goalie, though it seemed like an automatic, unprepared reaction. Teams like Edmonton (Dwayne Roloson) and Chicago (Nikolai Khabibulin) are believed poised to deal, but Lamoriello thus far has resisted. Last night, he reiterated his stance.
“That’s the way I feel,” Lamoriello told The Post last night of his intent to stand pat in net.
more on the Devils goalie situation…
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
...the Stars’ co-general managers said Friday they have no plans of terminating coach Dave Tippett or shipping out key players.
“That just doesn’t make sense in the long-term,” Brett Hull said. “I mean, we worked hard all summer to come up with a plan, and we’re not going to bail on it a month into the season….
(co-GM Les) Jackson said he also doesn’t expect any trades, in part because, “we really don’t have a lot of options at this time.”
The Stars’ current roster projects to be within $150,000 of the $56.7 million salary cap. The recent free-agent signing of Mark Parrish ($500,000) addressed some of the team’s needs but also made additional player movement difficult.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
For starters, Burke doesn’t despise small players, but he doesn’t want many of ‘em. Maybe one or two. Maybe Mikhail Grabovski can stick around, but not Grabovski and Alex Steen and Jiri Tlusty and Jason Blake and Matt Stajan.
He doesn’t terribly mind Europeans. Right now, the Ducks have two, Teemu Selanne and Sammy Pahlsson.
The Leafs have 11 Europeans, only two of whom, Niklas Hagman and Jonas Frogren, really fit into Burke’s gritty ideal of an NHL player.
The Ducks led the NHL in fighting majors two years ago when they won the Stanley Cup and are second this season with 18 scraps already. Nine Ducks have been in at least one scrap.
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
Alexander Semin missed the third period with an undisclosed injury. I’m told it’s an upper body issue, perhaps a shoulder, and that he probably will play in Jersey. The NHL’s leading scorer also took a high stick to the mouth in the final minutes of the second period.
more on the Capitals victory over the Devils last night…
This season- Johan Franzen- 11 games played, 8 goals, 4 game winning goals.
Last season, playoffs- 16 games played, 13 goals, 5 game winning goals.
Last 16 regular season games of 2007-08- 15 goals, 6 game winning goals.
Totals in that time period- 43 games, 36 goals, 15 game winning goals.
Most major hockey markets, he would be in super star status, in Detroit, still known as the Mule!
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Across the league, attendance is up 1.2 per cent from last year, but a close look at the numbers indicates commissioner Gary Bettman’s boast about a healthy league might be a tad optimistic. While attendance through Nov. 10 is up 1.2 per cent, the entire increase is because of a phenomenal turnaround in Chicago….
The only good news when you look at the struggling franchises in Long Island, Nashville, Florida, Atlanta and Columbus is that there is no shortage of teams that would look good down the line in Winnipeg, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo or Quebec City.
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,
Like the stock market, the Flames do not do autumn. Wall Street has Black Thursdays, and so do the Flames. Stocks plummet and so does the stock of the Flames. Eventually, things are expected to turn around for both (or so my broker assures me). So why should this fall be any different from the previous four seasons—when Calgary had just six wins after 15 games? They’re tied for first in the Northwest, a game above .500. They’ve had a six-game win streak.
Then why does something that sounds good feel so bad to the fans of the Flames? In large part, it’s because the Flames are not built to flirt with .500. They are—in the words of their president, their general manager and their head coach—a team built to win a Stanley Cup.
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