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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
It is late on a Monday afternoon, at the start of a rare Western road trip and the NHL’s 147th-leading scorer has drawn an unexpectedly large crowd to a downtown hotel conference room.
This is Alexander Ovechkin, after the long flight in from Washington: He is wearing a tuque, in the Capitals’ colour scheme, with the No. 8 emblazoned on it, which immediately conjures up a Cat in the Hat sort of aesthetic. The crooked grin contributes to the look, as does the melting ice cream bar that he’s holding in one hand, but can’t get to eat as he patiently fields a barrage of questions.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Ruff has been harping since the first day of training camp about playing better away from the puck. Detroit has excelled in that area for years, Datsyuk in particular. He had 97 points last season and was among the Red Wings’ most dangerous offensive weapons, but he also won the Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward.
Henrik Zetterberg finished last season with 43 goals and 92 points and was a runner-up for the Selke. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs after the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup. They helped set Detroit apart in a tight league.
Ruff isn’t asking for Datsyuk and Zetterberg’s talent, but he wants his players matching their effort. Vanek has scored two short-handed goals, both the results of Paille’s labor.
Stan Fischler of Game On talks with Sean Avery after the Stars defeated the Rangers last night.
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,
Edmonton Oilers media relations director J.J. Hebert says blogger Dave Berry of Covered in Oil was temporarily banned from the Oilers press box last week because of the “disrespectful and embarrassing” content of Berry’s live blog commentary on the Oilers’ home opener.
“It was disrespectful, it was embarrassing and we simply do not need it,” Hebert says.
“What triggered it initially was the content,” adds Allan Watt, vice-president of communications for the Oilers. “It was profane.”...
Berry made a number of whimsical and humorous jokes in his running commentary, but also a few that caught the attention of Oilers public relations men, including Berry’s use of the F-word and a comment he made about Oilers agitator Zack Stortini.
“I certainly don’t like the way we played, to tell you the truth, the last three games. I don’t think our level of work and competing and desperation is high enough. I think we’ve got players that need to get out of the comfort zone and start to realize they need to battle harder. Battle to stay on lines, battle to stay in the lineup.
“We have got to change our identity as a team. Our identity right now is not a hard- working, competing, checking team. If it doesn’t change, we won’t have any success.”
-Ottawa Coach Craig Hartsburg. More on the Senators from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun.
from Dave Dye of the Detroit News,
The number of regular-season fights increased from 466 in 2005-06 to 664 last season, according to data compiled by hockeyfights.com….
At the current rate, there will be more than 920 fights this year….
The Red Wings, however, remain an exception to this developing trend.
The defending Stanley Cup champions were last in the NHL in fighting majors last season with 21, compared to 70 for league-leader Calgary.
Five games in, the Wings are also one of three teams who haven’t gotten into a fight yet.
from the Fabulous Forum Blog at the LA Times,
Here are the top 10 richest sports owners from the Forbes list:
1.) E. Stanley Kroenke ($3.5 billion) and his wife, Ann Walton Kroenke ($3.4 billion). Stan owns the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche…
6.) B. Thomas Golisano ($1.7 billion), owner of the Buffalo Sabres.
7.) Michael Illitch ($1.6 billion) from Detroit got rich from the Little Caesars Pizza chain and he owns the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings.
9.) Jeremy Jacbos ($1.6 billion) is much derided in Boston. He owns the Boston Bruins and the TD Banknorth Garden…
note: the list is for the richest American owners.
On Wednesday, October 22, 2008 the National Hockey League and USA Hockey will team up to honor Bob Naegele Jr., Brian Burke, Phil Housely and Ted Lindsay with the 2008 Lester Patrick Award.
“I had the idea that I should beat up every player I ever tangled with,” Lindsay famously said. “And nothing ever convinced me it wasn’t a good idea.”
Tonight we feature Ted Lindsay, watch the video below.
About 5 1/2 minutes of the goals of the week!
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
The Sharks have placed forward Lukas Kaspar on waivers, giving 29 other teams a chance to claim San Jose’s 2004 first-round draft pick.
Sharks GM Doug Wilson said the team made the move today in part because three injured players — Milan Michalek, Tomas Plihal and Douglas Murray — appear ready to return after missing two or three games with injuries. But it also was made because the team wants to stay one-player under the 23-man limit in order to maintain maximum flexibility to brings up players from Worcester on short notice.
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