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from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,
Leaf fans lucky enough to have a view of the team’s bench from their seats will notice something new by the end of the month.
But they may need a computer handbook to figure it out.
Tablet PCs, hard wired into a Sling Box streaming device, will be mounted at both ends of the bench, lending a bit of Bill Gates wizardry to Leaf games.
“It’s all about getting information into a player’s hands quickly and efficiently,” Leafs assistant coach Rob Zettler said, making it sound easy.
from Robet Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,
It was a move that seemed a little odd, throwing a raw rookie into the first chapter of the Battle of Alberta on the road, but maybe it wasn’t when you consider that Drouin-Deslauriers stopped 43 out of 47 shots in his last preseason game here.
So, out of the frying pan and into the Flames, he went.
“They showed ... appreciation to put me in a great rivalry, Edmonton and Calgary,” said Drouin-Deslauriers, struggling to find the right word in English.
“It’s always something special, your first NHL start. Preseason is something, but the regular season is something very different.”
from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
Head coach Mike Keenan’s stick was up high in the post-game presser, though. He was calm, but obviously upset about the lopsided calls.
“The question is, ‘Are they warranted,’ and then the next question is, ‘Are they penalty free for 40 minutes, the opposition, because that’s how the assessment was made,” said Keenan.
“I look down here,” he added, looking down at the game sheet, “and we’ve got four hooking penalties and they have none. I would say you would be hard-pressed to say they never took a hooking penalty tonight.”
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
They’re having fun in Phoenix. Not encumbered by weighty expectations, this is a team mixed with youthful energy and veteran personalities like captain Shane Doan. It’d be harder to find a looser dressing room than the Coyotes’....
The rookies have made an effort to respect to the veterans. It’s simple things, Turris explained, like letting the older players on the team plane first.
Tikhonov said he always allow the vets off the bus first and makes sure the rookies are the last to grab their hotel keys.
Small things, yes, but in the forming of team chemistry early in the season on one of the NHL’s youngest teams, it’s important.
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
“There’s going to come a point where we say, ‘It’s time to give it a test,’” Gordon said. “If [Saturday’s] the game, great. If not, then we’ll shoot for Thursday.”
As for DiPietro, he’s ready to play as soon as Gordon and the training staff give the go-ahead. “I’ve been doing whatever I can to get ready and get healthy, and I’m going to approach it like I’ve approached the last five days,” DiPietro said. “I’ll see how I feel [this] morning and go from there.”
from Mark Everson of the NY Post,
Hoping for the best, the Devils are more realistically bracing for the worst on Brian Rolston’s sprained right ankle.
“It depends how quickly he heals. It could be a few days, a few weeks, it could be a month. I don’t know,” coach Brent Sutter said yesterday about the Devils’ most expensive free-agent acquisition…
from Lindsay Rutledge of the Nashville Examiner,
Someone told me the other day that hockey season had started. Which meant little to me because this is Nashville, not Canada, and we’re in the middle of football season in the South. Besides, hockey season is so long that we’re a week or so into the season and nothing noteworthy has happened.
Hockey players are a funny group. There’s tall ones and short ones, fast ones and slow ones. But when you put skates, a sweater and pads on any of them, they are suddenly three inches taller and six inches wider.
from Tracey Myers of the Star-Telegram,
Maybe Thursday ends up being the kick in the pants the Stars need. They also need their top players to play as such. Morrow and Ribeiro are a combined minus-10. Turco’s 4.59 goals-against average is near the bottom of the league.
“You have to rely on your leaders,” Tippett said. “They’ve established themselves in that role — Brenden, Turk, Richards, Ribeiro. There are going to be some bumps for the kids. But in the end, the ones who have to have the biggest impact haven’t.”
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Finally, the Kings have a team that’s worth watching.
Too bad they’ve accomplished this minor miracle just when the economy is at a low and the number of fans they alienated while bumbling to five consecutive non-playoff finishes is at a high.
Rows of empty seats and mutedly dark suites at Staples Center on Friday night during the Kings’ 4-3 overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes testified to the difficulty of selling a rebuilding project.
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