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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Peverley recalled the day last season when Nashville head coach Barry Trotz told him he was being put on waivers and that, assuming no other NHL team picked him up, he’d perhaps get his confidence back playing in the American Hockey League. Peverley and his wife drove around near the Nashville airport waiting for word on whether he was headed to another NHL team or hopping a plane to Milwaukee and the Preds’ AHL affiliate.
Atlanta GM Don Waddell, however, saw something in Peverley. It has turned out to be a boon for both the player, who recently signed a two-year contract extension worth a total of $2.6 million, and the franchise.
“Here, I get counted on to have some offensive production,” Peverley told ESPN.com this week, “and whenever you play a lot and play a lot of minutes, you’re going to develop a lot of confidence, and I just think that’s the case.”
The 27-year-old Guelph, Ontario, native said he understands how people may be waiting for the clock to strike midnight on his Cinderella-story emergence as an NHL scorer. But he’s determined not to go pumpkin any time soon.
more and other topics include the Wings, & the Sedins…
from Darren Pang at HockeyChats.com,
Tonight, I get to sit, enjoy, and take in a moment I never imagined happening some 30 years ago when Steve Yzerman and I began our friendship, playing hockey in Nepean, Ontario.
It has lasted the test of time, and he has been a friend that has been so much greater than that as a player. He is a great father to 3 girls, a phenomenal husband and one of the greatest leaders this sport has ever seen.
more from Darren as he takes in the HHOF inductions.
Make sure to check out HockeyChats while you are there. It has great potential.
from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,
Coach Paul Maurice is faced with the realization his 2-11-3 team must carry on without the services of injured franchise linchpins Eric Staal (upper body) and Cam Ward (left leg laceration) for the foreseeable future.
“I still believe in this team,” Maurice said after Monday’s practice. “We had a tough stretch back in 2003 when half our team was in the medical ward and, even though we were bringing kids up, we weren’t getting any better.
“Here it’s been frustrating because the last 4-5 games we don’t feel we’ve been that far off from the game we need to be playing. Clearly, we have to be a defensive team, but, at the end of the day, we can’t count on winning 1-0 every night.”
per Bob McKenzie’s Twitter,
Three-game suspension for Curtis Glencross for the hit on Drury.
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
Well, it doesn’t take a lot to cause a maelstrom in Montreal and Allan Walsh’s twitter sure accomplished that on Saturday night.
In case you missed it, after the loss to Tampa, Walsh pointed out Price is 10-32 in his last 42 starts. His numbers are slightly off, but the only question that matters is: What does Jaroslav Halak think about this?
Walsh has one responsibility here, and that’s to his client. No one would be surprised if Halak, who doesn’t seem the type to create shockwaves, is beyond frustrated with his status in the organization. On merit, he deserves more opportunity, but Price is a first-rounder and Halak went 271st. It’s not always fair, but it happens.
The difference between hockey and other sports is that this usually happens in private.
continued and much more hockey talk from Elliotte…
NEW YORK (November 9, 2009)—Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla, San Jose Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov and Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Nov. 8.
via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,
Legace will sign with Hurricanes today.
RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Manny Legace on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Legace $500,000 on the NHL level and $105,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) level.
from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,
After allowing seven goals in Saturday’s loss to the Capitals in Washington, D.C., including five in a third period he described as “like quicksand out there,” Clemmensen said his teammates didn’t protect the front of the net well.
When the puck got there, he added, there was such a scramble by the Panthers that “it looked like a fire drill.”
Coach Pete DeBoer’s response Sunday: “I understand where a goaltender who has let in  goals in his last two starts would be frustrated, but it’s misdirected.
“When things aren’t going well, I think it’s important we all self-reflect and see what we can do better in order to help the situation. I don’t think finger-pointing is real productive at this point.”
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Just before the season, Lindy Ruff pulled his leaders aside and told them they needed to take over the Buffalo Sabres’ dressing room. He made it clear that he was finished barking after every poor performance. This was their team, he told them, and taking ownership was their responsibility.
It was as if Ruff recognized that his style had grown stale, that he knew adjustments were required if his team was going to go anywhere. He has said numerous times this season that the Sabres’ core is no longer a bunch of kids. They’re pros who know what’s needed to win and should be treated accordingly.
Ruff hasn’t undergone a total makeover, but the shift in his approach has been obvious all year. The little things don’t seem to bother him as much as they did in past seasons. He’s been quick to compliment his players in practice. He’s giving them more leeway rather than stand over them with a firm hand.
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