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via Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,
The Phoenix Coyotes have claimed defenseman Ken Klee from Anaheim on re-entry waivers. That means Anaheim will have to pay half of what Klee has remaining on his $1.250 million salary.
from Victoria Matiash at ESPN Fantasy Hockey Blog,
Backup goaltenders are funny ducks when it comes to fantasy value. Some provide a positive, if occassional, boost as a third goalie. A few ascend to starter’s status during the season and become those precious fantasy commodities we all strive to find. And others are just downright wretched. A handful, with varying degrees of value, were in action Monday night.
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from Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province,
Milan Lucic isn’t getting caught up in how much he seems to be catching on in the hockey world.
The burly Boston Bruins winger is hot off a hat trick Saturday. His glass-shattering check on Mike Van Ryn from Thursday is still on the minds of many, evidenced by the fact that, as of Monday afternoon, it had been viewed more than 500,000 times on YouTube.
And Lucic, 20, who leads the Bruins against the Canucks tonight in his first NHL game at GM Place, has marquee sportscasters and columnists stating that he’s the next big thing in Beantown.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
We bring this matter to your attention, fellow puckheads, because if Bryan Murray’s GM job should ever come under fire with the Senators, and we certainly hope not, I guarantee you Yzerman’s name would be at the forefront of the Ottawa media’s wish list. Given that Yzerman is an Ottawa native, a GM in waiting and, not to mention, one of the game’s greatest players ever.
But, for now, all other NHL teams will have to take a rain check.
“This is an opportunity of a lifetime for me with the Olympic program,” said Yzerman, an Olympic gold medalist in 2002. “For me, if I were to go into another [NHL] situation as a first-time [GM], there’s a lot going on, and I know it’s not the right thing to do.”
The announced attendance in Columbus last night was 10,494.
Are fans taking a wait and see attitude with the Blue Jackets?
from Kevin Mio of the Montreal Gazette,
When you walked into this famous dressing room for the first time, what were your thoughts?
“It’s fun. Like I mentioned Detroit, and it is very similar to that. It’s an old arena and you have the old pictures, the same as here. You have the old players with the current ones, so it’s a good blend.”
The Canadiens are the fourth Original Six team you have played for, after Boston, Detroit and Chicago. How does this compare with the others?
“Detroit was very good, as far as the history there and all that stuff.
Chicago was a little bit different, but it was a really young team, so it was just a little different feel on the team. It wasn’t necessarily bad, but it was just a lot of young guys and a rebuilding process. And then here, obviously, you have history on every corner and then it’s the centennial year on top of that, so it’s very exciting.”
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Early-season struggles put immediate pressure on ex-ESPN analyst Barry Melrose to put some wins together after being the hand-picked, surprise coaching choice of owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie, and, not surprisingly, Melrose chose to lean on veteran players early, leaving Stamkos with as little as 6:05 of ice time.
Stamkos, along with the rest of the team, hasn’t produced much offence, and through seven games the 18-year-old has yet to record his first NHL point.
Sending him back to the Sarnia Sting of the OHL is out of the question after all the pre-season fanfare. Giving him more and more playing time is now the plan.
from Sean Gordon and Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
“The league has to do something,” Carbonneau said after practice yesterday. “This makes no sense to me. Blows to the head shouldn’t be part of hockey.”...
But whether the hits were clean according to the rulebook isn’t the issue for Carbonneau; the risk of serious injury is.
“People said [Sutter] had his head down, but he didn’t have the puck,” Carbonneau said. “I think there’s a lack of respect out there.
“I’ve held a gun in my hands before, but I’ve never used it to shoot anyone. It’s the same thing on the ice.”
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Zubov is working out on his sore hip and is expected to play his first game of the season Saturday in Boston. His return could help settle a team that is allowing a league-worst 4.22 goals per game.
But while Zubov can do a lot of things in a lot of areas, the Stars have to be better throughout the lineup if they hope to snap out of an early-season slump that has them 3-4-2 after nine games.
“He’s an elite-level defenseman who will give you 25-plus minutes a game and play in all situations. So, yeah, he can have a positive impact for us,” coach Dave Tippett said.
from Greg Logan at On the Islanders Beat,
The Islanders have done their best to shroud the issues surrounding goaltender Rick DiPietro’s health in mystery, obfuscation and misdirection. They issued a statement last night that was like a skeleton picked clean of any meat by buzzards.
“Lower body injury”… “unrelated to previous injuries”…“day-to-day pending assessment and treatment.”
I’d ask them to define what they mean by “unrelated to previous injuries,” but trying to get a straight answer is like trying to see Major Major in “Catch-22.” You only can go in to see him when he’s out.
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