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At my NHL.com blog today, I get a few things off my chest.
from Ben Wright at AtlantaThrashers.com,
Did you know that as a team…
... The Thrashers are a perfect 10-0-0 when they score first?
... Atlanta is the only team to win every game in which they’ve had a lead?
... The Thrashers lead the NHL in third period goals with 38 and have outscored opponents 38-13 in the third, by far the largest margin in the NHL?
NEW YORK (December 1, 2009)—Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla, San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton and New York Rangers right wing Marian Gaborik have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for November.
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN responds to an email question regarding the Flyers,
An NHL executive recently told me the heat is on in Philly, that owner Ed Snider not so subtly warned all his team staff before the season that he expected a big year. Gulp. I think John Stevens is a good coach and I would hate to see him pay the price for a collective disappointment, but methinks if the Flyers don’t soon put together a good run, he might possibly be the first casualty of the coaching fraternity this season. I hope I’m wrong. But this is a team that has Cup aspirations. Sitting ninth in the Eastern Conference on Dec. 1 wasn’t in the cards.
more Q & A from LeBrun…
via Reid Cherner & Tom Weir of Game On Blog at USA TODAY,
If Ballard’s swing had felled an opponent, the call would be out to have him banned for the season. Just because his stupidity hurt only a teammate is no reason to go lightly on his punishment. He needs at least a couple of weeks off the ice.
added 12:42pm, from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,
Yes, what Ballard did was stupid. But it’s a stupid action that’s commonly done in frustration and accepted as the norm in the NHL.
But it’s easy to be almighty and righteous and pile on Ballard—Hey, who’d be stupid enough to smack his own goalie, right? It’s also unfair.
added 1:10pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Suppose an NHL player wound up and took a two-handed swing with his hockey stick, baseball-style, which connected with another player squarely in the face.
Suppose that injured player received a laceration on the ear and was forced to leave the game on a stretcher.
What would be the penalty?
from James Gordon of Hockey Capital at the Ottawa Citizen,
There are still many unanswered questions. Will Heatley be able to keep up this pace when he’s in his early-to-mid 30s and his cap hit is still $7.5 million? Is this scoring output from Michalek just a blip? What will the Senators do with the second round draft pick they received in the deal? Who will they sign when Cheechoo’s $3.5 million is off the books?
Ultimately, the winner of this trade will be determined by team performance, not individuals. If the Senators manage to climb back into the playoffs and re-establish themselves as contenders in the Eastern Conference, they’ll at least be able to claim a tie.
For the Sharks to be considered winners, they’ll need to post a playoff performance or two that don’t have fans paging Dr. Heimlich.
from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,
For $56.85 million, the Rangers have a team with just one above-average scorer, Marion Gaborik; no true No. 1 center; and no real No. 1 defenseman. Worse than an indictment of how poorly Glen Sather has cut the pie, it actually is a depressing portent of years of mediocrity.
The Rangers will pay Ales Kotalik, who can barely get on the ice, $6 million for two years after this one. They owe Chris Drury, a second-line player whose best years were in Buffalo, $8 million next season and $5 million for the one after that. And Rozsival and Wade Redden’s untradable deals will choke the Rangers’ chances to improve themselves until they are swallowed whole.
The contract of Redden, paying $8 million this year, $6.50 million the following two years, and $5 million for the two after that, has to be jammed past Jim Dolan’s gag reflex and down his hatch. The contract of Rozsival, worth $6 million this year, $4 million for 2010-11 and $3 million for 2011-12 has to be salted and pitch-forked past the owner’s teeth.
per the Caps Twitter-
Alex Ovechkin is day-to-day with a sore knee.
added 11:47am, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
We have seen what happens to talented, physical players when they start to break down or try to change their styles in an effort to squeeze more life out of their bodies. Eric Lindros was a shadow of his former self in the final years of his NHL career, a perimeter player with little impact, moments that might end up costing him a place in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Then there’s Todd Bertuzzi, who hasn’t been the same type of player since the Steve Moore incident.
Is it possible for Ovechkin to remain true to his nature yet alter his style to avoid these kinds of incidents? Or is this simply the way it is for the great Russian star, a kind of live-by-the-sword, die-by-the-sword mantra to which Ovechkin will adhere no matter the cost?
RALEIGH, NC— Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team will place defenseman Joe Corvo on injured reserve with a leg injury suffered Monday night in Raleigh against the Washington Capitals. In addition, the team has reassigned forward Patrick Dwyer to Albany of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Corvo suffered a laceration of his lower right leg from the skate of Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner during a collision in the first period of the game, and was transported to Rex Hospital. There, Dr. Marty Isbell of Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic performed surgery to repair the injuries suffered. Corvo is expected to miss 8-12 weeks of action.
via Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
Blue Jackets defenseman Rostislav Klesla will be out four to six weeks after suffering a torn groin in the first period of Monday’s 5-2 win over St. Louis…
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