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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Daniel Alfredsson is standing by his men.
The Senators captain said yesterday that GM Bryan Murray doesn’t need to make changes, despite the team being 12th in the NHL’s Eastern Conference….
“I think we’ve shown lately that we’re playing really hard. I feel (change) is not the way to go. It’s up to us to find a way to win games. We play pretty good, but then we find ways to lose instead of finding ways to win.
“It can be the power play one day, the penalty kill another or if we need a big save one day, it’s just not happening for us. Obviously, the easy thing is to make changes and hope for something that’s going to work. We tried that last year. It didn’t go much better. It’s up to us to make it work.”
I don’t know all my moves myself, maybe some come in a dream.”
For a shootout, it’s take the puck and see where the goalie is (and) decide what to do. You always have time to change. I have a couple moves, but depending on what the goalie does, I might have to do something different.”
“If you don’t score, no one will remember because they won’t show on TV,” Datsyuk said. “If you score, you have a chance to see yourself on TV, and that’s special to see how you played in that moment.”
Read more from Ansar Khan of Mlive.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
Here’s what we know:
1. Permission has been granted from management to spend more money. This should be welcomed by Blue Jackets fans, and it now firmly shifts the pressure toward Howson.
2. Howson has spoken with numerous GMs around the league, letting them know what the Blue Jackets have to offer and what they want. Toronto, Ottawa, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and the New York Islanders have been contacted by Howson. It is likely that other teams have heard from him, as well.
The guess here is that the Blue Jackets will address their need for a center first. That’s the most immediate need.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
If he had a magic wand, Francois Giguere would fix a lot of things, not just the state of his Avalanche team. Alas, there is no magic wand.
The situation for the Avalanche general manager is daunting. One of his top two centers is out several more weeks, the other even longer; his top veteran defenseman is out; and so is his heart-and-soul right winger.
If he were an NHL GM in the pre-lockout days, he could simply pick up the phone and swing a deal for the best, big-name player available, no matter the cost.
But this is not the pre-lockout NHL. Making a trade — something Avs fans are clamoring for at the moment — is not easy.
“What makes it tougher this year to make trades, I think, than previous years is that there are a lot of teams right near the cap already,” Giguere said Monday.
from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,
Lindy Ruff did not go to Yale. He never attended any college. But Ruff is one of the smartest and most intuitive coaches I’ve known, a man with a knack for pushing hockey players’ buttons and getting them to perform at a higher competitive level.
Ruff has been coaching the Sabres for 12 seasons. He is by far the longest-tenured coach in the NHL. He’s never been shy about speaking his mind. But the more secure he gets in his job, the more willing he is to single out players for soft or substandard performance.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a star. Slack off and Ruff will cut your minutes. He’ll bench you. He’ll call you out in public.
Somehow, it works.
Five minutes of the best goals, hits and saves in the NHL from the past week.
from Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the National Post,
It took some time, but Peter Chiarelli’s unconventional plan is finally starting to pay off.
When the Boston Bruins’ general manager acquired goaltender Manny Fernandez from Minnesota in July, 2007, he envisioned a goaltending tandem - Fernandez and Tim Thomas - that could lead his team to NHL supremacy.
Thomas set career bests in goals-against average (2.44) and save percentage last season - and the Bruins, eighth in the East, made the playoffs for the first time since the lockout - but a knee injury limited Fernandez to just four games.
This year, the goaltenders are making Chiarelli look like a genius.
from Georges Laraque at Sportsnet,
I want first to offer my condolences to Don Sanderson’s family. Don is the 21-year-old man who passed away on Friday after hitting his head on the ice in a hockey fight on Dec. 14….
So this incident brings the first subject that I wanted to talk about and that’s simply that fighting is not just the toughest job in hockey, but in all professional sports. Fighting is not easy, not easy physically nor mentally. During a fight, you pretty much fight for your life because as you know, many things can happen and on top of that, you are being watched by millions of people. And whether or not someone watches your game live, your fight will end up on YouTube forever.
via Craig Stancher at ColoradoAvalance.com,
The Avalanche will be without a pair of veterans when the club faces Nashville tomorrow, as defenseman Adam Foote and forward Ian Laperriere will not make the trip to Tennessee.
Foote suffered a tricep injury during Sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Wild. The blueliner played briefly in the second period before leaving the game. He did not take part in practice Monday and is out indefinitely.
The Avalanche also played the third period of last night’s game without the services of Laperriere. The winger, who has been playing center of late, skated for just 9:03 before leaving the contest with a back injury.
“Adam has a tricep injury and he’s going to be reevaluated in the next few days,” said Avalanche head coach Tony Granato. “Ian should be day-to-day. He’s got a stiff back but won’t make the trip.”
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren on Monday updated the team’s injury list.
“Joffrey Lupul has an abdominal pull, so he is probably out for at least 14 days. Right now, he is on I.R..:.
“Simon Gagne is actually doing better. We’ll still say he’s day-to-day, but we’re kind of hoping he’ll play tomorrow.”
“Antero Niittymaki actually feels a little bit better today, but we’re still probably looking at a week to 10 days before he’s able to play.”
Danny Briere also spoke to the media on Monday, and said that he may be a week or two away from returning to game action. Briere has missed the last 14 games with a groin strain.
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