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Stephen Valiquette gets his second start of the season. “Two out of three,” Renney said when explaining why he went with the backup tonight. “I’d like Henrik to beat the Detroit Red Wings.”
From Chris Kuc at the Chicago Tribune:
With the hiring of Joel Quenneville as Savard’s replacement, some of the focus of the rest of the management team, consisting of Wirtz, McDonough and senior adviser Scotty Bowman, likely will shift to Tallon.
“I can handle it,” Tallon said of the scrutiny. “That’s what we’re in this business for. As John has said, this is a big boys table, a big boys club. We’re here to win. I’m going to give it my all.”
The Hawks have made three coaching changes since Tallon was named the eighth general manager in team history June 21, 2005. Tallon’s first act was to let coach Brian Sutter go. His replacement, Trent Yawney, was dumped Nov. 27, 2006.
Update 1:36pm ET: Blackhawks press release on new additions to coaching staff—
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today the addition of Marc Bergevin as an assistant coach on Joel Quenneville’s staff. Bergevin, 43, is currently in his third season in the Blackhawks front office, having previous served on the scouting staff, which includes his most recent stint as the director of professional scouting. The Montreal native joins John Torchetti, Mike Haviland and goaltending coach Stephane Waite as the fourth member on Quenneville’s staff.
TORONTO (October 17, 2008) – Phoenix Coyotes’ left wing Daniel Carcillo has been suspended for two games, without pay, as a result of an altercation during NHL game #46 against the Chicago Blackhawks, October 15, the National Hockey League announced today.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Carcillo will forfeit $9,610.22. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
At 17:00 of the second period, Carcillo, who was on the players’ bench, became involved with Blackhawks’ player Ben Eager, who was on the ice.
from Ryan Dixon of the Hockey News,
Instead, let’s take a look at how some deadline deals from 2007 have benefited the “sellers” now that there’s been some time for the dust to settle.
Everybody tends to track the progress of the stars who get swapped, but some of the names that were initially meaningless to fans have become much more household in nature.
Daniel Carcillo, Phoenix
It was a tough-guy-for-younger-tough-guy swap when the Coyotes shipped Georges Laraque to Pittsburgh for Carcillo. But the 23-year-old Carcillo can play, too. He scored 13 goals last year, while leading the league with 324 penalty minutes – in just 57 games! – and many believe he’ll develop into an ice sheriff capable of kicking in 20-plus goals a season.
from Steve Cameron of the Merced Sun-Star,
The Sharks are not just a hell of a hockey team—we knew that already—but perhaps better positioned for a run at the Stanley Cup then at any time in the club’s relatively short history.
San Jose was perhaps the best defensive unit in the league last year.
What the Sharks lacked—and what cost them dearly in a disappointing second-round playoff loss to Dallas—was the kind of relentless attack that can produce goals against good teams and in tough situations.
from Woody Paige of the Denver Post,
He hadn’t won a game since Nov. 9, 2007 and only two games all last season. Two years ago Raycroft had appeared in 72 games, won 37 and lost 25. Last year he dropped to third goalie, fourth, if you count the popcorn salesman.
But the Avs threw him a goalie’s mask, a glove and a life jacket. Their starting goalie at season’s end, Jose Theodore, had moved on to Washington, and backup/ ex-starter Peter Budaj was penciled in as the No. 1 goalie.
Penciled in, not Magic Markered in.
Budaj was burned like a Roman candle in the home opener, then fizzled in the next two.
“I’ve worked very hard since August with Jeff (Hackett, the Avalanche goalie coach), and I felt like I could come in and play well, but I knew I couldn’t put us in a 0-4 hole,” Raycroft said.
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
One of the many reasons the Sabres are 3-0 with only three goals allowed is the improved play of their defense. The blue-liners have dramatically reduced their mistakes from last season, a trend they hope continues tonight when Vancouver visits HSBC Arena.
Numminen and Rivet have become indispensable parts of that corps, but not just for the obvious reasons. Sure, they provide leadership, poise and grit. But they have something else the Sabres lacked: right-handed shots on the blue line.
from Lightning Strikes,
I’m not even going to write about the game tonight because I believe you’re starting to see some good things happen for the Lightning, I really do. I know, they lost again, but, I don’t know, just seemed like a little different team….
So, let’s get on the refs.
The NHL is cracking down on stick and obstruction fouls and the referees are calling anything, no matter how small. Seventeen minor penalties were called in Thursday night’s game, 10 on the Lightning. Some were barely touch fouls. And can we please have some sense of game situations?
from Russo’s Rants,
Again the Andrew Brunette, Mikko Koivu, Antti Miettinen line, which needs a better nickname than the one I used tonight, were tremendous. Ten points. 8 goals, 24 points for the season! Very unWildlike. Those eight goals are on 23 shots, by the way.
Koivu had a career-high five points, a team-record-tying four helpers. Miettinen had his second straight two-goal, three-point game. He’s the first Wild player to score goals in his first three games.
more on the Wild…
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils right wing Brian Rolston left tonight’s 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers with what he said was a high right ankle sprain.
Roslton left the building on crutches with a boot on his his right foot. I tried to ask Rolston twice if he had an X-ray on the ankle and both times was cut off by the Devils’ senior director of communications.
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