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from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
Those who often lament the NHL becoming the “No Hitting League” – hey, I don’t see it either – should take guys like Rene Bourque and Alexandre Picard and slap them upside the head.
This is getting ridiculous. How do you expect to have hitting in the game when the player delivering a clean hit has to worry about being jumped and pummeled by some idiot who is hell-bent on revenge? No matter what you think about fighting in hockey, the increasing number of fights that come on the heels of clean hits are ridiculous.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
In Montreal, the Canadiens are the only other team in the Eastern Conference that hasn’t lost in regulation time (as of Wednesday morning) and much of the heavy lifting has been done by the line of Saku Koivu, newcomer Alex Tanguay and a slimmed-down Guillaume Latendresse. The trio has combined for 21 points, while last season’s most important player, Alexei Kovalev, is off to a relatively slow start with four points in six games.
from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Instead of following through with a scheduled practice session Wednesday afternoon at Carleton College in Ottawa, the Ducks plan to seek improvement in a different manner.
“We have a team-bonding event — a little bit of a pool tournament,” Coach Randy Carlyle said. “We’re going to play billiards, and have pizzas and chicken wings — all that good grease.”
from On the Islanders Beat,
Popular former Islander Mark Parrish was signed today by the club to a professional tryout offer with Bridgeport in the AHL. According to Isles coach Scott Gordon, it’s a 25-game tryout.
via the Buffalo Sabres,
Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced that defenseman Craig Rivet had arthroscopic surgery on his knee today. His recovery is expected to be a minimum of two weeks.
from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,
There’s apparently just no sanctuary from abuse for Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom.
Even in the Wings dressing room, the slashes and cross checks turn into verbal jabs as Holmstrom readied himself to join a photo shoot for an upcoming story for Men’s Health Magazine. “How did you get picked for that?” queried Kirk Maltby. “They must have been looking for someone to show what not to do.”
Holmstrom merely smiles. The veteran winger is doing a lot of that lately.
The 35-year-old Swede has scored in all five game this season and leads the NHL in scoring percentage by converting half of the 10 shots he’s taken. “I should shoot more,” Holmstrom said.
from the ICEMAN Bloggeth,
So…how does this year’s team compare after six games? Well, let’s just say that John Anderson shouldn’t have any reason to fret if he gets called into Don Waddell’s office Wednesday morning.
After Tuesday night’s 3-2 overtime loss in Tampa, the Thrashers find themselves at 2-2-2 for 6 points, which won’t get ya to the playoffs but it is a world better than last year.
Unlike last season…when they had already suffered a pair of blowouts…they have been in every game played. Their most “lopsided” defeat…a 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild, a game in which they were within one with fewer than three minutes to play.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
In the victorious Anaheim dressing room, goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere couldn’t quite believe the goaltending switch.
“I would be so pissed off,” he said when asked how he would react to being yanked for a shootout. “And you’re putting the other goalie in such a tough position.”
But it wasn’t just about winning the game. It was about accountability and pushing each and every player to think team first and improve his game, with no exceptions, no sacred cows.
“(Toskala) has to find a different way of stopping the other team in shootouts,” Wilson said.
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
The question was put to Tyler Sloan as he sat in the far corner of the Washington Capitals dressing room, a few stalls to the right of Sergei Fedorov, Alexander Semin and hockey’s most dynamic force, Alexander Ovechkin: If someone made a movie out of your career, what would they call it?
Sloan smiled as he undid his skates. Cinderella Man, he replied.
Indeed, his saga is the feel-good story of this early NHL season.
It’s the tale of a 27-year-old career minor-leaguer who finally gets his shot in the NHL.
Watch the big hit from Sloan on Langkow during last night’s game below…
from Lightning Strikes,
A last bit of intrigue concerns the acquisition of wing Matt Pettinger, an investor in owner Len Barrie’s Bear Mountain resort in Victoria, British Columbia. Barrie said Pettinger is a “very minor” investor and their relationship had “zero” to do with acquiring him.
Vice president of hockey operations, Brian Lawton, said Barrie told him, “I’ve known him for X number of years but you have to go with what our scouts and say and what our management says. Yes he does like him and he was very forthright about that. But it’s not at a point where he is making that decision for the hockey club.”
Wing Gary Roberts and special assistant Mike Vernon also are investors. Asked about making hockey decisions based on his business connectuions, Barrie joked, “I wish it could be because we’d have a Hall of Fame team.”
more on the Lightning win last night…
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