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from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
Question: Did the coaches give you a clear understanding of why you’re not playing tonight?
FROLOV: “Well, it was Terry’s decision. He told me I’m out of the lineup tonight, I guess because I didn’t play well in the last games.’’...
Question: Did you have a reaction to that at all?
FROLOV: “Well, there’s nobody that wants to be scratched, but it was his decision. He’s the head coach and I have to respect it. It doesn’t matter if I agree or disagree with it. It’s just, I have to do my job and work hard and try to do my best.’’
Question: He had said that you didn’t really have a response at all. Is that so? Do you feel comfortable talking to him in those situations?
FROLOV: “I don’t know. It was just his decision for tonight. I think we’re going to talk more later on, tomorrow or later.’’
added 7:00am, from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
“It’s not a player making a physical mistake. It borders on not caring and that’s not tolerable,” Lombardi said by phone Monday.
“And what we’ll do as a team and as a franchise is you get on board or you get a surfboard and go to Hawaii. So that’s it.”
Lombardi said he and Murray had spoken often to the Russian winger, who has one goal, five points and a minus-one defensive rating. He said neither of them saw any discernible reaction from Frolov, who has been playing with Michal Handzus and Wayne Simmonds.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
The angry glare in Luke Schenn’s eyes spoke volumes when a reporter brought up his third-period stint on the bench Saturday night.
No, there wasn’t an injury behind the move and yes, he was humiliated about playing just three shifts in the Leafs’ seventh defeat (0-6-1). Welcome to Ron Wilson Roulette, where any Leaf might feel those splinters until this club wins a game.
“No one has stepped up and when you make a mistake, that’s the way it’s going to be,” Schenn said yesterday at the MasterCard Centre. “They’re going with the guys playing the best.”
That Schenn would be singled out shows how far the Leafs have slipped. Last season’s NHL’s all-rookie team member was among the most trustworthy in his own zone.
This year, first with veteran partner Francois Beauchemin and then others, Schenn has the same malaise that’s gripped the dressing room. Toronto has given up a league-high 28 goals, while four defencemen, Schenn, Tomas Kaberle, Mike Komisarek and Beauchemin are a combined minus-17.
Hits & saves can be watched below…
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Mike Modano was flying through a morning skate practice on Friday and looked good, whipping shots on net, flipping backhanded passes to teammates and skating with the natural stride that looks all too smooth to come from 39-year-old legs.
And then it happened.
“I tried a one-timer from (Mike) Ribeiro, and it just fell apart,” Modano said of a tweak to a rib injury that has kept him out since the first game of the season.
And so the Stars center went from thinking he would be in the lineup Monday against the Kings to not knowing when he might return. He said he doubts he will be on the Stars’ three-game road trip that starts Wednesday in Anaheim and lists himself as “day to day for the next month.”
more on the Stars…
friom Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via the Vancouver Sun,
In Alain Vigneault’s eyes, there is only one positive to Daniel Sedin being on the shelf with a broken foot.
“Now, when I see (the twin) Hank in this environment I know it’s him, and when I see Danny on crutches, well, I know who he is … first time since I’ve been here (four years) that I can say that,” chuckled the Vancouver Canucks’ head coach, who makes no bones about the fact he still can’t tell Daniel from Henrik, unless they’ve got numbers on their jerseys.
“Any time I crossed one of them I’d always say ‘How’s it going, Danny?’ I had a 50-50 chance. They would say yes or no. On the ice, when I’m looking at them (in practice), I’ve always said ‘which one are you?’ They’ll turn around to show me a number,” said Vigneault.
from Tom Jones of the St. Peterburg Times via Scripps News,
Q: Let’s talk about your career. How much did former Tampa Bay Lightning coach John Tortorella (the coach when Andrews started with the NHL team) influence your career?
(Erin Andrews) A: “Torts’ has meant so much to me in my life and in my career. It was clearly a situation where he didn’t want a 22-year-old around that team, nor should he have. He was trying to turn around the worst team in the league. And here’s this 22-year-old kid right out of school traveling on the bus, at the hotel, at all the practices.
But he taught me so much about how to prepare, how you should act as a professional, how to ask questions. I mean, if you weren’t prepared, a guy like that could be tough to deal with. (Laughs) And he taught me to have no fear. He taught me how to prepare and jump right in. He was so good and respectful to me, and he didn’t have to be. Everybody with the Lightning was like that.
more but not much more hockey talk…
David Pollak and some members of the Sharks organization had a chance to talk with Bill Daly today…
Tonight’s Sharks game is a Versus-only telecast, which means, of course, that fans who subscribe to DirecTV won’t be able to watch from the comfort of their living rooms. Bettman has been on record before, urging fans to write both the network and the carrier to reach a new contractual agreement. Essentially, the league is a business partner with each, but doesn’t have the legal wherewithal to force a settlement and can only lobby from the outside, not sit at the table.
“Unfortunately, we’re still at status quo,” Daly said when asked about where things stand. “The league office has made significant efforts both with Versus and DirecTV to try to break the logjam and try to move towards sensible ground. The good news is, the parties continue to talk, they’re exchanging drafts, but in terms of forecasting a resolution, at this point there’s no good news to report.”
more and other topics discussed with Daly…
What player has surprised you the most so far this year?
(Carbonneau): It would have to be Michael Del Zotto from the Rangers, so far this season he has been the best of the young players.
And the Colorado Avalanche as a team has surprised me. The acquisition of Craig Anderson has obviously given them more stability in net.
from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,
First the news about the Nathan Horton rumor. I hate to even give credence to a report that doesn’t cite a single source—named or anonymous—but I know y’all are curious after the Ottawa Sun reported the Panthers are trying to trade Horton.
So I asked GM Randy Sexton about it this morning. He told me “there is no shred of truth” to the report, that it was “absolutely” made up and that he hasn’t contacted teams, nor have any contacted him, about trading Horton.
And Sexton didn’t sound like an executive just throwing out the routine denial you often hear when there’s such speculation. He was vehement it wasn’t true. Personally, I believe him.
Horton has a goal in each of the past two games after going without a goal the first four games. Like Sexton, Coach Pete DeBoer isn’t unhappy with Horton. DeBoer said today Horton “has played some real good hockey here for us” and that the No. 1 line as a whole has played well even though Horton, Weiss and Booth don’t have many points to show for it and are a combined minus-16.
continue for more on the Panthers…
from Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal,
The Phoenix Coyotes’ Chapter 11 bankruptcy case is in a holding pattern.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Redfield Baum is waiting on a revised $148 million bid for the team from the National Hockey League. But the NHL is waiting on guidance from Baum on how exactly to revise its bid.
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