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from Bucky Gleason at Sabres Edge,
Sabres coach Lindy Ruff was candid today when facing questions about all the criticism he’s been getting and scrutiny he’s been under over the past several weeks. Ruff expected as much and acknowledged that it comes with the territory.
“When you’re not playing well, they’ll point at the coach,” Ruff said. “I think it’s fair. We’ve had some players who haven’t performed to where we want, and that’s my responsibility. I don’t think there’s any ducking that.”
continued and watch the post-practice interview with Ruff below…
The NHL waived the blackout of the Hurricanes/Panthers game tonight and allowed it to be shown on Center Ice.
The audio source is coming from the Panthers radio network and there are no graphics on the screen. No score, no time, no commercials popping up, just a screen of hockey and it is actually refreshing to see the game like this.
added 8:10pm, Ha, I just noticed David’s post. I guess I am old school and remember fiddling with the rabbit ears to get a clear picture. It just brings back some great memories for me.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
What is scary is that Gainey, who added coach to his resume earlier this month, has spent every bullet to try to right a sinking Habs ship this March.
The GM is down to promoting Sergei Kostitsyn from the minor leagues, and then the coach moves him directly to a prime spot on the second line at Monday’s practice.
Gainey has fired Guy Carbonneau, changed assistant coaches, held Alexei Kovalev home from a road trip, gone back to the struggling Carey Price in goal and then replaced him with his former backup on Hockey Night in Canada, no less.
Gainey is playing the piano as fast as he can. The song emanating from Montreal this season is, however, neither quick nor innovative. It sounds more like the last waltz for a town that is already talking about next year - despite the fact the Habs were still in a playoff spot prior to Monday’s games.
from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
Vancouver is the fifth stop for Hordichuk in an eight-year NHL career and before signing with the Canucks last summer, he had heard all the horror stories about how tough the travel is out on the West Coast.
So far, the most difficult thing has been deciding which of the three entrees to order on the team’s charter airplane, a custom-fitted Air Canada jet that is the Canucks’ home away from home.
A typical travel day goes something like this, once the players and coaches board the 60-seat aircraft, where all the seats are first-class and legroom is most definitely not an issue.
“It’s pretty amazing,” Hordichuk says. “We get on board and they have some appetizers, some fruit and maybe some salads and vegetables and whatever kind of snacks you want. Then you have your main entree, which is usually a choice of three different meals.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled goaltender Al Montoya from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. In addition, the Coyotes have re-assigned goaltender Josh Tordjman to the Rampage.
via Darren Dreger of TSN,
On the same day news breaks Montreal Canadiens owner George Gillett may consider restructuring team ownership and investigating outside interest in a partnership to own the team, sources tell TSN the Dallas Stars are contemplating something similar.
Sources tell TSN, Stars owner Tom Hicks is willing to consider taking on minority investors, although at this point Hicks is not interested in selling the Stars.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
When will you join the ranks of those caterwauling about the Detroit Red Wings’ goaltending?
OK, here’s the deal. I can’t in all good conscience suggest the Wings are as good between the pipes as everyone else in the Western Conference, but I also refuse to suggest a team that is going to be among the top three teams in the NHL, a team that is the defending Stanley Cup champion, is anything but an elite squad capable of doing it all again. And the more you talk to Chris Osgood and Ty Conklin, the goalies whom many will question in the coming days, the more we think the Wings are in for the long haul once again.
continued plus other questions and answers including Sens and Ducks talk…
NEW YORK (March 23, 2009)—Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Phoenix Coyotes right wing Shane Doan have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Mar. 22.
from Jame Duthie at the Ottawa Citizen via TSN,
“He is overshadowed and I can never understand why,” says Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller, who ranks Malkin among the most dangerous players he has ever faced. “People always seem to just gravitate towards one or two players in a sport. Malkin is like Dwayne Wade this year in the NBA, having an amazing season but everybody just talks about Kobe and LeBron.”
He’s right. Sidney and Ovie have become the NHL’s Kobe and LeBron, at least in terms of popularity and hype.
Ever since they came into the league, “Crosby or Ovechkin?” has been the hockey equivalent of “Ginger or Mary-Anne?” And Either-Or debates don’t usually have a 3rd option (Mrs. Howell?) But you’d better make room for one now.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
Months after undergoing back surgery and also suffering three broken fingers and tendon damage in a losing faceoff with a snowblower, Avalanche captain Joe Sakic has started skating again….
The goal, it seems, is for him to be back in the lineup for the final few games of the regular season — which in this case means the final few games of the Avalanche’s season, period.
This all begs the question: What the heck for?...
The only reason for him to try to play again this season, even if it’s only the back-to-back home games against St. Louis and Vancouver in the final weekend, on April 11 and 12, is to wave goodbye.
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