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The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that Hall of Famer Denis Savard will serve as a team ambassador, joining legends Tony Esposito, Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita in representing the organization at events at the United Center and throughout the Chicagoland area.
A member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and one of seven players in franchise history to have their jersey number retired, Savard recorded 1,096 points (377 goals, 719 assists) in 881 career regular-season games and 145 points (61 goals, 84 assists) in 131 Stanley Cup Playoff games in parts of 13 seasons with the Blackhawks (1980-90; 1995-97). Savard also served as the Blackhawks Head Coach for parts of three seasons (2006-08), notching a 65-66-16 record.
from John Grigg of the Hockey News,
• At center, Chicago’s Patrick Sharp gets the nod. His nine goals and 16 points in 13 games have him on pace for 57 and 101, plus he’s playing more than 19 minutes per game, is winning better than 50 percent of his draws and has two game-winners.
• Left wing was a tough one. Paul Kariya has 15 points in 11 games, but I like goals more than assists. With that in mind, I’m going with San Jose’s Ryane Clowe. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound power forward has nine goals – including five on the power play – and 14 points in 17 games.
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Blues goalie Manny Legace said after Wednesday’s 4-3 defeat at Buffalo that he’s at a loss for what is ailing him.
Legace said it’s not the groin injury that kept him out for two weeks, and after playing Saturday night in Los Angeles, he couldn’t blame rust.
“If I could tell you, I would never play awful ... I’d never have a bad stretch in my career ... I’d be making $100 million a year,” said Legace, who allowed three goals on seven shots before Chris Mason replaced him 5 minutes, 18 seconds into the game.
continue for more on the Blues…
from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Danny Briere won’t need another surgery, and his latest injury is not directly related to his recently repaired abdominal tears, but he will miss at least the next three games with a groin pull.
Briere said yesterday that he felt pain in his left groin early in Tuesday night’s win over the Islanders on Long Island, but stayed in long enough to score the opening goal before taking himself out of the game.
“Probably my second or third shift I felt it right away,” he said. “I thought it would warm up. I thought it was nothing major but it just got worse and worse.”
“If the right deal comes up in a week, I’m going in a week. My goal would be to be working by U.S. Thanksgiving [Nov. 27] and that’s only two weeks away.”
-Brian Burke. More from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail.
added 7:59am, from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Burke walks it and he talks it. Boston is a franchise now with some momentum, but it needs more, especially in a consumer market grown drunk on, and conditioned to, championships (see Foxborough, Fenway, and the co-resident on Causeway Street).
Without question, Burke is the guy to help talk it up, grab media attention (his back-and-forths with NESN’s Mike Milbury would be appointment TV), and add the overall roster toughness to reclaim the sizzle and magic that has been lost on Causeway Street for nearly a generation.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
This weekend will help determine a lot. Beat Los Angeles and Phoenix, and you make a statement that things are on the upturn. Lose to both, and you have to start figuring mathematical probabilities on what it will take to make the playoffs – with 65 games left in the season.
The Stars figured everything would be OK after a 1-5-1 preseason.
They figured everything would be OK after a slow start.
They now figure everything will be OK after getting three points out of a possible 10 on a five-game road trip.
That’s a great attitude to have if you eventually make everything OK.
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.
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