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Video- Did You Ever Try To Fight With One Hand Tied Behind Your Back?

Jonathan Ericsson did last night when he tangled with Gilbert Brule.

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Champions No More

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The once mighty have fallen and have had all but impossible time getting up. The Devils are 4-10-1 after last night’s 3-0 loss at the Rock against the Rangers, a record suggesting either a bad team or identity theft, a record the likes of which New Jersey’s squad hadn’t seen since the Mickey Mouse days of 1983-84, when Billy MacMillan was running the corner store.

This is the dark side the franchise hasn’t visited since Jacques Lemaire strolled down the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1993 to join forces with Lou Lamoriello and lay the foundation for a nearly unbroken run of superiority equaled around these parts by the Yankees and only the Yankees.

Now, not. Now, dysfunction. Now, the NHL’s button-down brigade of gray flannel suits cast as outlaws, prosecuted and ridiculed for their $100M caper.

Who was to know that when the Devils left the Meadowlands and 16W, the Exit of Champions, that the move to Newark truly did mark the exit of champions?


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JJ’s Three Cheers: 11/06/10 (And a Look Ahead to Southeast Games Tonight)

Gotta play catch-up again first, as yesterday’s minor league update took longer than expected and robbed from some of my otherwise-set-aside-for-writing time. Alas, it’s Saturday morning’s edition of JJ’s Three Cheers.

From Thursday’s games first:

***Cheers to Ottawa’s Jason Spezza, who put up a goal and four points in total, factoring in on all of his club’s offense as the Senators downed the New York Islanders 4-1. Losers of six straight (and outscored 20-5 in their last five contests), consider that quality start to the season officially neutralized and then some for the Isles.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: benoit+pouliot, brandon+dubinsky, jaroslav+halak, jason+spezza, loui+eriksson, mathieu+garon

The NHL Made The Wrong Call On Thornton

from Jamie Baker of the Broadcasters Blog at Sharks.com,

What message is the NHL sending? 

·      Playing with your head down is okay?

·      Being bigger is not okay – especially when your shoulder is at the same level as someone else’s chin?

·      Faking an injury after an apparent head contact hit is okay?

It is a trend that I am starting to see; players diving or faking injuries to draw penalties.  I have one quick solution to fix that – take the instigator penalty out of the game because it is protecting the divers.

Let’s look at the problem in another way.  What about Douglas Murray - how many times does he get boarded but there are not calls because he is 240 pounds and doesn’t fall down.

more and a piece on Wendel Clark too…

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Evening Line

“We strongly disagree with the two-game suspension handed down by the NHL today to Joe Thornton.  What is most distressing is that we feel the suspension is not consistent to the recent reviews by the League following similar collisions resulting in players leaving the penalty box and establishing their place on the ice, including Willie Mitchell on Jonathan Toews.

“In Joe’s case, it was clearly not a predatory-type hit with an intent to injure, shown by the fact that the player returned to the ice for his next shift so it is clear that the contact to the head was minimal. We put a lot of time and effort into helping define the NHL’s new rule on headshots but we feel strongly that this suspension is not a reflection of the rule’s true intent.”

-San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson on the Joe Thornton suspension.

added 6:39pm,

“I didn’t actually see the hit until this morning. I didn’t intend to hurt or do anything bad to him. He kind of ran into me, to be honest with you. Last night and this morning I had about three dozen text messages from players around the league saying they can’t believe I even got a penalty.”

-Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks.  More from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

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Will Pat Quinn Get Another NHL Coaching Job?

from the CP a The Hockey News,

Pat Quinn knew it was an innocent mistake, especially at the outset of a weekend meant to celebrate hockey’s greats.

But after the 66-year-old was referred to as a “retired coach” during an event at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Friday, he made sure to set the record straight.

“I am not retired at this point,” Quinn said in an interview. “I’m not working as much as I have in the past, but you know what? I have no complaints.

“If there was something come along that got me more involved, I’d be happy for that too.”

The something he has in mind is a return behind the bench. Quinn has spent parts of 20 seasons as a NHL head coach, including last year in Edmonton.


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How Do The Wings Do It?

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

While the Edmonton Oilers are heavily into a rebuild, trying to turn a falling-down bungalow into a spiffy two-storey, the Detroit Red Wings only retool. They might fix the porch or the fence or slap on a new coat of paint, but do they ever tear things down?

Nope. Their house always seems to be in order, even if they can only dream of getting a shot at Taylor Hall. They’ve had one draft pick inside the top 20 since 1996, defenceman Jakub Kindl (19th), but that was only because it was a full-blown, leaguewide lottery, coming out of the lockout in 2005, where every team had bingo balls with the hopes of getting Sidney Crosby.

Isn’t the bottom ever going to fall out? No season under 94 points since 1996, 10 years in a row with at least 102 points. How do they stay on top?


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Thornton Suspended Two Games For Hit On Perron

via TSN,

Sharks captain Joe Thornton has been suspended two games for his hit on St. Louis Blues forward David Perron on Thursday night.

Colin Campbell was travelling on Friday, so Mike Murphy conducted the formal portion of the conference call hearing, and Murphy and Campbell determined that supplemental discipline was required.

Thornton’s agent and brother John Thornton intends on talking to the NHLPA about possibly appealing since Campbell did not conduct the hearing, but it’s unlikely the decision will be overturned.

If you missed the hit, you can watch it here.

added 4:46pm,

TORONTO (November 5, 2010) – San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton has been suspended for two games and will forfeit $77,419.36 in salary as a result of delivering an illegal check to the head of St. Louis Blues forward David Perron in NHL game #176, last night, the National Hockey League announced today.

      The incident occurred at 5:26 of the second period and Thornton was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct under Rule 48 for Illegal Check to the Head.

      Thornton will miss games against Tampa Bay (Nov. 6) and Anaheim (Nov. 9).  He is eligible to return Nov. 11 against the New York Islanders.

      Thornton’s fine is based on his average annual salary and is calculated under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.


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All About The Number 4 In Edmonton

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

The Edmonton Oilers and Taylor Hall say a CBC report that the rookie and his family pressured a reluctant Kevin Lowe into turning over No.4 before the season is total fabrication.

The CBC.ca website says “Team Hall demanded the number he wore in Windsor and wasn’t going to take no for an answer.

“Team Hall’s approach to securing the No. 4 sweater has bothered a lot of people both inside and outside the Edmonton Oilers‚ organization,” writes Mark Seidel, who doesn’t provide any sources, named or anonymous.

“We all assumed that Hall wouldn’t dare raise the issue of taking Lowe’s famous number. We were wrong and once it became apparent that this was the Team Hall plan, a lot of people in the game were outraged.”

Lowe, who wore 4 for his entire career, vehemently denied the CBC report and Hall himself rolled his eyes at the story.


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Blues Are For Real

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Last June, when the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee met to vote on the class of 2010, old friend John Davidson, now president of the St. Louis Blues, had just helped engineer the trade with the Montreal Canadiens that brought Jaroslav Halak to Missouri. JD took a great deal of ribbing from colleagues about how he’d undermined the Habs by pilfering their playoff hero. Davidson is by nature ultra-conservative but he eventually got into the spirit of things and started needling the rest of us back. But if the first month is any indication, it looks as if Halak is just what the Blues needed to contend in the tough Central Division, which as of this morning, had five teams in a playoff spot (if you award the final berth to Nashville which had 13 points and a game in hand over Colorado).

To paraphrase Sandie Shaw, Halak has been nothing less than brilliant since arriving in St. Louis. They have permitted only 17 goals against in their first 10 games; and he has three shutouts in his last five outings. The worry always in these situations is that a goaltender who goes on a startling playoff run comes back to earth when play resumes the next season. That hasn’t happened to Halak and you’d have to think, as he settles into his new home and new playing life, things will only get better, not worse.

read on for hockey topics including the GM Meetings, HHOF and concussions…

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