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from Rich Chere at NJ.com,
“It was a tremendous honor because my personality doesn’t necessarily fit to that position,” (Bobby) Holik said. “It didn’t change me. It’s something I value very highly as far as my career goes, but as the season went on I realized I’m not captain material because sometimes you have to be more politically correct or get along with people. Or not be too honest, because I feel you have to kind of keep the peace.
“I guess I’m just too blunt about some things. Or too honest. You’d think that would be a strength or a good thing about a captain, but not the way I am, I guess, sometimes. At least I don’t think it worked out that well there.”
Islanders lose Radek Martinek for 4-6 weeks with upper-body injury.
Snapshot at Mlive points out…
WJBK Fox 2 Detroit will webcast the Red Wings’ visit to the White House today, starting at 2:30 PM.
added 2:52pm, webcast is over.
via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
Viktor Kozlov could miss two weeks with an undisclosed left leg injury, General Manager George McPhee said moments again. Kozlov appeared to injure his knee when he was hit along the boards by Rob Davison in the second period of last night’s 5-1 win over Vancouver.
“We suspect it will be a couple of weeks,” McPhee said. “But we’ll know more in a couple of weeks.”
So your team is on a two game losing streak, goaltending looks bad or the offense is non-existent.
No need to panic yet, read more at my NHL.com blog today.
from Razor With An Edge,
So what would Razor do to snap them out of their little funk?
Good Cop nurturing.
Bad Cop fanny kicking.
Good Cop wants to let them work through this, allow the leaders to grab ahold of the group and demand more.
Bad Cop wants to spark a flame thrower and singe some fuzzy arse hairs.
from Gare Joyce at Sportsnet,
They took satisfaction and considered themselves validated when Brandon Sutter, Colton Gillies and Milan Lucic ran Cherepanov and the Canadians knocked out him out of the Summit Series in the summer of ’07. Cherepanov had a concussion. Sutter had his own diagnosis: “He’s a pretty soft player and when you hit him, he doesn’t like it.”
They said that he stayed in Russia instead of coming over to the NHL because the Summit Series put a scare into him. One account: “The alleged Russian star maybe never want to go anywhere near the New York Rangers, where [sic] he’ll have to face those big hitters in the NHL.”
At best, they’re xenophobic stereotypes. At worst, slander. Maybe they’ll be cleaned up in remembrances and tributes. Maybe they’ll be given an extra layer of veils.
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
The disheartening thing that comes off the Game 2 loss is that the Flames were at home and that they tried hard, and they still didn’t look all that better than they did in Game One or than they did last season.
In many ways, they looked the same, a fact that did not go unnoticed by Flames captain Jarome Iginla.
“There were many good things out there, but we obviously had some breakdowns,” he said. “Again.”
It’s that one-word, “again”, that seems to accurately size up the plight of the Flames in this early going.
from Jean Lefebvre of the Calgary Herald,
While that initial victory has been elusive for the Flames and Avalanche, the reasons for the early struggles are pretty easy to pin down.
Start with the guys between the pipes—Colorado’s Peter Budaj (.795) and Calgary Miikka Kiprusoff (.807) have the worst save percentages among goaltenders who have played at least one full game.
On the special-teams side of things, the Flames’ power play is worst in the league, as is Colorado’s penalty-killing.
from Greg Couch of the Chicago Sun-Times,
It’s probably too early to be this pessimistic. But a few more weeks of this, and I’m going to be feeling awfully gullible.
The Hawks are still that fresh, emerging story. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane can still be Chicago’s iconic combo in a few years.
So the Hawks are still a curiosity. But they have to be more than that now.
They have to be a hockey team.
Time to win. There’s a slogan.
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