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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun (Thursday edition),
“Enough is enough,” spat the Flames coach Wednesday, sting stinging from a 9-1 loss that represents the lowest point of the Darryl Sutter era in Calgary
“You look at what we’ve been through this year. There are ups and downs but, at some point, you need to figure it out. We’re at that point. It’s important that we do respond the right way. It can’t be a wishy-washy thing. Responding is the right wording for it. Actions speak louder than words. All the right things are being said but there has to be production.”
More to the point there has to be accountability. Cohesiveness. An elevated compete level. Heck, with five straight losses, there has to be a win. A bunch of ’em.
Either that, or everyone from Sutter to Joe Public is going to believe the core group of players in that room are indeed coach-killers who can’t possibly flourish here as is.
from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,
There aren’t all that many NHL categories in which the struggling Oilers lead the way, but in injuries, they’re at the head of the class.
Edmonton has accumulated 270 man-games lost to injury heading into Wednesday night’s game against the Canucks, 37 more than the second-place Red Wings had prior to their last game.
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from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
Tampa Bay Lightning coach Rick Tocchet didn’t come right out and say rookie defenseman Victor Hedman will be benched for Thursday’s game with the Maple Leafs, but it sure sounded like that is what will happen.
“We might have to take a step back with him,” Tocchet said. “He’s played a lot of hockey. There are a lot of expectations. He’s been struggling. He’s been making some mistakes, so we might have tot take a step back. He might have to watch a game. There’s nothing wrong with that. we did it with Stamkos.”
via the Twitter of Katie Strong,
Islanders defenseman Andy Sutton receives a two-game suspension for last night’s hit on Pascal Dupuis
If you missed the hit, you can watch it here.
TORONTO (Jan. 20, 2010) – New York Islanders defenseman Andy Sutton has been suspended for two games, without pay, for an incident in NHL game #738 against Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis, Tuesday night, the National Hockey League announced today.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Sutton will forfeit $31,088.08. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Sutton was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for boarding at 17:05 of the third period. Dupuis was injured on the play.
from Dmitry Chesnokov at PuckDaddy,
Was this a variation of the penalty shot you scored on against the Dallas Stars?
That’s when it actually started. If the goalie guesses where I move, at least I would have a small alternative option.
It’s like you make fun of goaltenders.
Oh, no. Not at all. Everyone wants to score. And I am happy that I managed to score like that, that people talk about it a little bit. But the main goal was to score. Especially in such a game against Chicago. We already lost three games to them this year.
Was that goal your version of dangle-dangle?
There’re so many people watching you. And NBC was there. So, you try to think how to score, but there are also other things.
J.F. Jacques of the Oilers put a hit on the Avs Ryan Wilson Monday night.
Adrian Dater now reports on Twitter Wilson is out with a concussion.
from John Grigg of The Hockey News,
...these 10 players do make our list. Here are THN.com’s top 10 2010 UFAs-to-be:
10. Sergei Gonchar, D, Pittsburgh
Any team that signs the 35-year-old (36 in April) will be taking a chance. He’s still an elite scorer from the blueline, but has proven to be an injury liability in recent seasons. At his age, any contract he’s signed to can’t come off the cap even if he retires, so buyer beware.
9. Dan Ellis, G, Nashville
Ellis, 29, just won’t go away. It looked like the man who lost his job to Pekka Rinne was doomed to backup status, but he’s rebounded more than nicely. He became the No. 2 early in the season, but has forced himself into a platoon by outplaying Rinne. With a 2.52 GAA and .915 SP, Ellis will be a hot commodity come July.
8. Pavel Kubina, D, Atlanta
Kubina is big (6-foot-4, 245 pounds), skilled and looks to be getting better in his own end as he ages (he’s on pace for the best plus-minus of his career). At 32, this is likely Kubina’s last big contract, so expect him to go to the highest bidder.
John Halligan, the longtime hockey publicist, historian and author passed away Wednesday morning. The genial Halligan received the Lester Patrick Trophy in 2007 for his longstanding service to hockey in the United States.
“The thing that always stood out for me was the fun,” said NHL Group Vice President of Communications Frank Brown, who sold his first story—a piece that ran in the Rangers’ program—to Halligan nearly 40 years ago. “You get so bogged down in the work of it sometimes. I don’t think anyone who puts on a jersey is called a ‘hockey laborer.’ He’s a ‘hockey player.’ John always kept the ‘play’ in the game.”
Halligan was the New York Rangers’ publicist and historian for more than 40 years, working tirelessly to spread the gospel of hockey in New York and beyond.
He also worked in a similar capacity with the NHL.
We won over a very dangerous Detroit team 3-2. It was a game that I thought we didn’t deserve to win. But we have reached that point now in our development. We don’t play as well as our capabilities and we can still beat a fantastic opponent. Everyone chips in and we get the two points. We have beaten Philly and Detroit back to back and now we go play Pittsburgh. I don’t ever remember a more competitive three game stretch since we bought the team 11 years ago.
-Washington Owner Ted Leonsis. A bit more at Ted’s Take.
from James Gordon of Hockey Capital,
For the first time in a long time, Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has reason to be thrilled about his hockey team.
Speaking with reporters here on Wednesday, he said he “couldn’t be happier” with its performance on the ice, though there’s room for improvement in the stands.
“If you really look at it, take any roster in the NHL and wipe out their top line, wipe out one of their best faceoff people, one of their best defencemen and, just for fun, take out their two goalies. Please, what do you expect?” Melnyk said shortly after promising in a radio interview that the Senators would go deep into the playoffs this season.
“That fact is this group of people have come back, this group of players have come back and been able to win four in a row and we’re just going to get better and better and better as the season progresses.”
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