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Tocchet Will Coach His Way

from the CP via TSN,

Interim coach Rick Tocchet had players breathing hard during his first practice Saturday, looking to install high-tempo play for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tocchet’s coaching style will include lessons learned from the coaches he played and worked for, such as Scotty Bowman, Mike Keenan, Wayne Gretzky and Jim Schoenfeld. It also will reflect his own hard-nose playing days.

‘‘Paul Coffey left me a message. ‘Make sure you do what you believe in. Don’t compromise,’‘’ Tocchet said. ‘‘I’m pretty easy-going guy, a fair guy, but I believe in a certain way to play.’‘

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No Rest For The Flames

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

The plan for the Calgary Flames was some R’n'R. The prize was taken away.

They were supposed to stay behind in San Jose for a couple of extra nights after their last outing, take the time to rest and relax, spend a day seeing the sights—Alcatraz is a cool place, Napa Valley would be fun—and then go for the annual rookie dinner, when the freshmen pick up the tab.

Instead, they returned home yesterday, given only one “recovery day” on the heels of their 6-1 beat down at the hands of the NHL-leading Sharks.

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Staying One-Step Ahead

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,

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Q & A & A

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)

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The ‘Wright’ Scenario

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.

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Lou Says No Deal For A Goalie

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…

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Stars Still Believe In Their Team

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.

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The Burke Plan

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.

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Semin ‘Probable’ For Tonight

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…

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Amazing Run

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!

 

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