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From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,
It figures to be an interesting goaltending match-up Tuesday night when the Toronto Maple Leafs open their western Canadian trip in Calgary to play the Flames. Not only do the Flames’ Miikka Kiprusoff and the Leafs’ Vesa Toskala both hail from Finland, they were both groomed in the San Jose Sharks’ organization and both traded away so that Evgeni Nabokov would be that organization’s clear-cut No. 1 netminder.
Kiprusoff and Toskala are considered among the NHL’s goaltending elite, but their numbers don’t reflect that at the moment…
from Spector at Fox Sports,
Most NHL teams have already committed most of their available cap space for this season, leaving considerably little room for these two. Still, that hasn’t prevented pundits from guessing where Sundin and Shanahan will eventually sign.
Recent reports suggest the Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks could have varying degrees of interest in Sundin.
The Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins and St. Louis Blues — as well as the Blackhawks, Canadiens and Flyers — are rumored pursuing Shanahan.
from John Bishop of BostonBruins.com,
At 8-3-3, the Bruins are ranked fourth in the NHL, second in the Eastern Conference and first in the Northeast Division and it’s doubtful if there is a closer locker room in North American pro sports.
By design, the Black & Gold encourage a tight atmosphere, free of distinctions between veterans and youngsters, and that family atmosphere might have as much to do with the Bruins hot start as any goal, check or save.
“One of the neat dynamics we have on this team, and it’s not like that on some teams,” explained veteran defenseman Andrew Ference. “The young guys aren’t necessarily treated like young guys, I think in two very positive ways: They’re welcomed onto the team, and they’re included (in everything).
NEW YORK (Nov. 10, 2008)—Goaltenders Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks, Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Brent Johnson of the Washington Capitals have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 9.
NEW YORK (November 10, 2008) – Just one month into the 2008-09 regular season, the National Hockey League already is building off of the momentum from the preceding seasons with the addition of new corporate partners, record-breaking game attendance, a rise in TV ratings and a record number of fans signing up to watch live NHL games online.
from Dan Peterson of Live Science,
Big hits have always been part of hockey, but the price paid in injuries is on the rise.
A total of 759 NHL players have been diagnosed with a concussion since 1997, according to data released last month at the National Academy of Neuropsychology’s Sports Concussion Symposium in New York. For the 10 seasons studied, that works out to about 76 players per season and 31 concussions per 1,000 hockey games. During the 2006–07 season, that resulted in 760 games missed by those injured players, an increase of 41 percent from 2005–06.
Researchers have found two reasons for the jump in severity — the physics of motion and the ever-expanding hockey player.
from Damien Cox at his Spin Blog at the Toronto Star,
Unless you want to change the rules, there’s not much that could have been changed about the hit on Mike Van Ryn on Saturday night.
Van Ryn was doing his job, trying to make the toughest, most courageous play in the game, which is hustling back to get the puck in your own zone knowing you’re going to get drilled into the end boards.
Don’t tell me about the “tough guys” of the games, the guys who scrap. Tell me about the Van Ryns who make that play night after night. Those are the tough guys. Those are the players you need more of to make a tough hockey team.
So Van Ryn was making the right play. So too was Tom Kostopoulos, a 29-year-old winger from Mississauga who isn’t in the league to be fancy and score but to skate hard, finish his check and be a grinding forward.
In case you missed the hit, you can see it here...
“There’s [anger]. You can’t forget about something like that because everybody in the organization and [the players], we expected him to come back. We thought he was comfortable here, and he was really good with [Sidney Crosby as his center], and stuff.
“The way he left was kind of, [a blow] to the heart, but you have to live with that. ... You have to respect his decision, but, for us, it’s not the best thing that could have happened.”
-Max Talbot of the Pittsburgh Penguins. More player reaction from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as the Penguins prepare to face Marian Hossa and the Red Wings tomorrow.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Can we please stop with the com parisons between Aaron Voros and Sean Avery? For better or worse, there are few similarities between the players beyond their shared willingness to go to the front of the net and absorb the punishment necessary to be effective in that hockey battle zone.
There are Rangers who celebrate the differences more than they celebrate the similarities, and that is surely their right. But be advised that Avery most certainly would not have been just another spectator in Washington, D.C., on Saturday when the Capitals made it their business to run Henrik Lundqvist and his teammates.
from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
Memo to boss: You know that chart you wanted done, the one that was going to document just where Roberto Luongo was getting beaten for all those goals? Well, unless you are a huge fan of white space, I think we may want to put that project on hold.
Although come to think of it, every picture does tell a story and a blank canvas would tell us pretty much all we need to know about the Canuck goalie these days.
Luongo is stopping everything, or at least he has for the last 201 minutes and eight seconds he’s been on the ice.
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