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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The NHL season is only a month old, but it’s never too early to look at the good, the bad and the ugly.
The bad? Gary Roberts doesn’t have a point in a dozen games for the Tampa Bay Lightning. He still has a big heart but perhaps his legs have given out at age 42.
MOST IMPRESSIVE STARTS
1. The Sabres gulped hard when they matched that $50-million offer sheet for Thomas Vanek in the summer of 2007, but he’s already got 11 goals.
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
If you were looking for reasons why the Phoenix Coyotes lose in excess of $20 million U.S. annually, they were sitting there on press row – all the way down press row. The Coyotes had 28 credential holders, none of them independent media outlets – at GM Place for a 1-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday….
All of it seemed funny, if not for the fact that the Coyotes are NHL have-nots, siphoning money from Canada’s six profitable franchises. In that sense, Canadian ticket-buyers were funding this excursion.
via Mark Everson of the NY Post,
Like local kids who idolized Mickey Mantle or Derek Jeter, John Madden had his hero as a youngster in Ontario - Doug Gilmour of the Maple Leafs.
When Madden arrived from college for his first Devils training camp in 1997, there was Gilmour, acquired by New Jersey from the Leafs during the previous season. In that moment, Madden was an awestruck hockey fan.
“He was pouring himself a coffee and I was just waiting. He looked at me and said, ‘Do you want a cup? Here, take this one,’ ” Madden recalled. “You wouldn’t believe how many phone calls I made back home to tell my friends and my family.”
from Bill Eichenberger of the Sporting News Today,
Question: What has it been like playing for Barry Melrose?
Stamkos: He’s a very positive coach. If you do something wrong he will tell you in a way that you realize you made a mistake…. Everyone enjoys him in the room.
from Lightning Strikes,
But the bottom line, it seems, is the money. Carle’s salary cap hit, thanks to a four-year, $13.75-million deal, is $3.438-million. Eminger’s cap hit on his one-year deal is $1.2-million. That’s a savings of $2.238-million that lowers Tampa Bay’s team cap number to about $52-million. The limit is $56.7-million….
Asked if the trade of Dan Boyle, which in great part was done to shed his six-year, $40-million contract, now should be viewed as a failure, Lawton said, “I think it’s a continuation of the process in evaluating what we have and being comfortable we have the right chemistry and the right balance and enough youth in the organization. It’s one younger player for two younger players. ... When we went through it, we felt t was something that made sense.”
from Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank,
Two weeks ago Al Strachan reported that Lightning co-owner Len Barrie was designing the team’s power play. Last week on Hockey Night in Canada the longtime hockey reporter said there was discontent on Long Island. Strachan discussed an alleged shouting match between Scott Gordon and Bill Guerin and mumbled something about the team - oh no! - having to do a pair of charity events. You can watch the segment here, if you have a few minutes to waste.
This is what Al Strachan does. It’s what he’s been doing since the invention of the goalie mask. That is, when he’s not making Nazi references about Jewish media relations executives.
Here’s the tried-and-false Strachan formula:
Find a team that’s losing, preferably far away from his Toronto base so he can turtle.
The Maven explains why…
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
Flyers assistant coach Craig Berube, a former teammate of Tocchet, believes the NHL’s two-year ban on Tocchet was too harsh.
“He got run through the ringer for no reason, and that puts a bad taste in your mouth,” Berube said Friday. “To me, that was worse than anything. He didn’t do anything wrong, and his picture’s all over the paper. He’s a good guy with a good reputation. The guys who know him know that, and that’s what matters.”...
Flyers defenseman Derian Hatcher said he’s happy to see Tocchet back in the NHL, saying gambling among NHL players is commonplace.
“I’ve bet on Super Bowls and I played football pools in the dressing room,” Hatcher said. “So what? He never bet on hockey, and that’s the important thing. I’ve always respected him, and personally, I’m glad he’s back.”
from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
Surely, there is something wrong with this picture.
The Montreal Canadiens are at practice. The drill is like something you would see in atom house league: 5-on-5 at each end of the ice, a goaltender in each net, the players desperate to be first to score and encouraged to try any offensive move they can imagine, no matter how risky.
And standing at centre ice, laughing, is head coach Guy Carbonneau, the three-time winner of the NHL’s Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive player in the game. Watching play in the other end and smiling is assistant coach Doug Jarvis, also a Selke winner. And both men were hired by general manager Bob Gainey, the defensive specialist for whom the Selke Trophy was created and who once won it four consecutive years.
NEW YORK (November 7, 2008) – Hockey fans in Canada beginning next week will be able to enter an online promotion for an opportunity to purchase tickets to NHL Winter ClassicTM 2009, the National Hockey League (NHL) announced today. Details will be released next week.
The online promotion for Canadian residents will determine who will have an opportunity to purchase some of the limited number of public tickets to the January 1 game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field.
There was an issue brought up today which did not allow Canadian hockey fans to purchase tickets. The NHL realized it and reacted quickly.
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