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from Lightning Strikes,
I’ve been watching the Lightning for a long time and I have to say I believe the team should be ashamed of that performance against the Panthers. Florida is not even on the same page as the Lightning as far as talent, so for Tampa Bay to get just 24 shots (four in the first period), allow two power play goals to the worst team in the league with the man advantage was unacceptable.
And it should be unacceptable to the team. I am really interested to see how they come out against the Red Wings.
from NYI Point Blank,
If the model for rebuilding the Islanders into a true contender at some point this century is the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, we might as well all call it a day.
The Penguins were awful for five consecutive seasons. They blew the good kind of chunks, the kind that get you…
So how about a more realistic model, like the Washington Capitals? After the lockout, Caps GM George McPhee stripped the payroll to the salary cap floor. The team and its fans had to suck it up and take the pain….
The Capitals are not there yet, but their revival last year was one of the NHL’s feel-good stories.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Right now the Devils are digging themselves a hole that they might not be able to climb out of.
They have lost three in row and four out of five since Martin Brodeur tore his left biceps tendon on Oct. 31 against Atlanta. They’ve won only two games of their last nine games (2-5-2) since opening the season 5-1.
They’re trying to stay positive, but there’s a lot to be negative about.
It’s not nearly all the goaltenders’ fault. They’ve gotten decent enough goaltending to win at least one more of the five games they’ve played without Brodeur, probably two. But in the last three games, Kevin Weekes and Scott Clemmensen have allowed at least one bad goal in each game.
from Sean McCormick of Sportsnet,
Effective Wednesday, the NHL has increased the penalty for elbowing from two minutes in the penalty box to two games in the press box.
That is the reality of the situation following the two-game suspension that the league handed Jarkko Ruutu for his “elbow” on Maxim Lapierre last night in Montreal. For the record, Lapierre was not injured and Ruutu was penalized two minutes on the play…
By entertaining the whimpering Habs, the league has set a dangerous precedent. Bryan Murray said as much today, inferring that a precedent has now been set.
“It’s not the way we play defence, it’s the way we turn the puck over in such bad situations that you can’t play defence because you’re on the wrong side of the puck.
“They (Pittsburgh) got three goals on turnovers two feet from the blue-line. They got two goals on fly-bys where we don’t stop at the net on defence. “Then, we took penalties 200 feet from our net. Now, what team am I describing? But that’s the team I coach so oh, oh . . . “
-Wings coach Mike Babcock. More from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In a day of returning phone calls to his dozens of friends and associates on press row – after all, Brian Burke did a stint as an analyst for TSN during the NHL lockout – the most interesting piece of information that he shared was the fact that the Anaheim Ducks would circulate a letter, in one week’s time, permitting him to seek employment elsewhere in the league….
The Ducks did Burke a big favor by delaying, for one week, his pending free agency. In effect, it gives all the potential suitors for his services – the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Boston Bruins, the New York Rangers and maybe one or two others as well – seven days to prepare their offers.
added 9:04pm, from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,
Sometimes two and two do make four, and sometimes rumor becomes real. But Burke knows he’ll be trading low-voltage comfort for a 24/7 fishbowl in Toronto.
He also knows what lies ahead for the man who brings Toronto a Cup. Do they have knighthood in Canada?
“They’d be naming schools after the guy who wins there,” Burke once said.
They ought to name the upper rows of Honda Center seats after Burke. Thanks to him, and his wide-angle perspective, people actually sit there.
from the CP,
The San Jose Sharks have been tearing their way through the NHL so far this season.
And while the success has been partly due to strong performances from usual suspects like Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Evgeni Nabokov, it’s hard to ignore the contributions of Devin Setoguchi.
He bounced between San Jose and the team’s AHL affiliate in Worcester last season, but has found some serious stability early in his second year as a pro. Setoguchi is currently playing on the Sharks top line with Thornton and Marleau.
“I got a chance of a lifetime to play with two of the best players in the NHL,” he said Wednesday. “I’m just trying to make the best of it right now.”
from Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press,
Gaborik never even got close to the real practice.
Later, during our ghostly meeting, Gaborik noted: “I skated for a little while today.”
Anyway, he doesn’t sound like a man who is going to be playing hockey any time soon. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking. Gaborik can’t be traded until he shows he is healthy. And he really can’t be signed to a mega-contract until he shows he is healthy. Would you give him more than $82 million right now? I asked him if this was the worst time of his life.
“I’ve had worse,” he muttered.
I didn’t have the heart to ask him what those were. But at least he’s alive.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Here we are, still two weeks away from American Thanksgiving, and the Florida Panthers are done like dinner.
Every game from here on in will be spent in the role of spoiler. That seven-year streak of missing the playoffs will stretch to eight.
These clawless Cats aren’t playing with the string. They’re playing it out.
You think the housing market is tanking? Imagine the demand for Panthers tickets the rest of the way.
A press release from the Anaheim Ducks,
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has named Bob Murray Executive Vice President and General Manager. At the same time, Brian Burke has been named Special Consultant to Chief Executive Officer Michael Schulman.
“Brian respectfully declined our contract extension offer last week,” said Schulman. “With his support, we decided to make the transition at this time in the best interest of the organization. Brian and I have been discussing his future with the Ducks for some time. Once he decided last week not to extend his contract, I decided Bob was the obvious successor and Brian agreed.
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