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from Keeli Garza of Five for Fighting at the Star-Telegram,
Wow, where to start with this one. A total mess, and that is one aggravated, frustrated group right now. The woes of training camp are just spilling over, and it is producing some ugly, ugly hockey.
Coach Dave Tippett brought up the names Jere Lehtinen and Fabian Brunnstrom; as in, it may be time for these two to get into the lineup. Message to players: You’ve had your chance, you’re doing nothing, have a seat.
The tsk-tsk’s abound. Mike Ribeiro has been MIA. Loui Eriksson has done nothing. Insert name here has been bad, too.
from Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,
Geez, tough marker. Canucks coach Alain Vigneault appeared reluctant to give the Flames much credit for their one clear decision — Jarome Iginla’s left-hand flooring of Willie Mitchell in the first period.
“They have a great leader obviously in Jarome and he was a man on a mission tonight,” said Vigneault after his team’s 4-3 overtime triumph on Pavol Demitra’s heroics. “But you know Willie was a man on a mission too — he did a great job defensively against him and he stood up toe to toe. If Jarome’s sweater doesn’t rip, I don’t think he wins that one.”
continued for more reaction to the OT win by Calgary and watch the Iginal/Mitchell battle below…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Caps should have found the way to keep Cristobal Huet rather than signing free agent Jose Theodore and the Blackhawks would have been better off sticking with Nikolai Khabibulin this season than signing Huet to a long-term deal. Everyone will lose this game of goaltender roulette.
more NHL bits and some CBA talk too…
The boys on Hockey Hot Stove on HNIC with the following:
Pierre LeBrun states the starting point for signing Zetterberg will be $8.25 million per year.
Mike Milbury mentioned Marian Gaborik talks are at a standstill. May be an ego thing with Gaborik, the Wild make him an offer, he turns them down. LeBrun said he will be traded “soon”, Wild won’t wait for the March 3rd trade deadline.
Pierre also mentioned Satan on the wing in Pittsburgh is not going well, so keep an eye on the Penguins getting involved in the Gaborik trade talk.
from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
There are 13 Devils players who will earn $2 million or more this season. Four others will come very close to $1 million.
“We’re like anybody else. We see what is going on and understand it,” Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner said. “It may not have a direct effect on us at this moment, but it’s not good. It’s not good for pro sports in general. People aren’t going to spend the money to go watch games.”
Certainly a guy who earns $2.8 million, as Langenbrunner does, is more concerned about investments than the average Joe.
from Lightning Strikes,
Palace Sports financed $70-million of team sale
Why is this interesting? Because the company that wanted so badly out of the hockey business is still so entwined, and even more deeply (about $20-million more deeply) than we originally believed. It also is in a position, though unlikely, to regain control of the team if OK Hockey cannot repay the loan.
A billboard in Toronto kicking off the Leafs season.
Defenceman Kyle Quincy was placed on waivers on Saturday.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
A comparatively slow team that struggled mightily on special teams last season, the Flames shuffled the deck chairs in the summer, thinking their off-season acquisitions (except for Todd Bertuzzi) made them quicker overall — able to play a more straight-ahead style and compete far better with the rest of the Western Conference powerhouses.
One game does not a season make, but the Flames need improved goaltending from Miikka Kiprusoff, better special teams and more balanced scoring.
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