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Guy Boucher Ready To Coach In Montreal

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

“I’m sure it’s going to be emotional, but the players need me to be calm,” Boucher said. “The thing to remember is that I didn’t coach the Montreal Canadiens. I coached some of the players and I know some of them. I worked for the organization and I’m grateful for the opportunity of working with Jacques Martin, Pierre Gauthier and Bob Gainey.

“We played two games in the Bell Centre and I’ve watched some games, there so I have an idea of what to expect,” said Boucher, who is the youngest coach in the NHL at 39.

He said the important thing is that Tampa has veteran players from Quebec like Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and Simon Gagne.

“They have experience in playing in Montreal and they’re the ones who have to put on the show,” Boucher said.

Boucher is part of a major overhaul in Tampa. New owner Jeff Vinik brought in Steve Yzerman as his general manager and he raided the Canadiens’ organization to sign Boucher, who brought along assistant coaches Martin Raymond (another Mc-Gill grad) and Dan Lacroix from Hamilton. Yzerman also added Julien BriseBois, who was the Canadiens’ point man in dealing with the salary cap. BriseBois had a prior working relationship with Boucher because he served as the Bulldogs’ general manager.

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Desperate Devils

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

The numbers are nasty. The Devils have allowed 14 goals and scored six in opening 0-2-1. They have been outscored 11-2 after the first period. Worse, they haven’t opened winless in three games since 2001-02.

“It’s time to be playing desperate hockey,” Jamie Langenbrunner said. “When things don’t go your way, you sometimes try to do too much. The way to work yourself out of these things is to go back to basics.”

The Trap is not why they made Ilya Kovalchuk the $100 Million Man, but he has not had a point since his two assists in the opening 11 minutes of the season.

When they dropped the puck on the season Friday, the Devils were supposed to a juggernaut. Naught is more like it, with just one charity point thus far.

“I would have expected to have at least four points out of six, but nobody is going to feel sorry for us,” Elias said.


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Shut Down Dman Mike Green

from Katie Carera of Capitals Insider,

Without Tom Poti in the lineup Monday against the Senators there was a considerable chunk of even strength and penalty killing minutes to be picked up by someone, or a combination of someones on the Capitals roster. Throughout the Capitals 3-2 overtime win, that responsibility fell largely to Mike Green, who played a game-high 31 minutes and 53 seconds—many of which came against Ottawa’s primary offensive threats.

While Green may have just one point through three games this season, the two-time Norris Trophy candidate’s defensive contributions have been very visible. In three games, he has a plus-4 rating, eight hits and has blocked seven shots and just been reliable in his own end.

“Me and [Jeff Schultz] have our agendas and that’s to shut down their [No.] 1 line,” Green said.


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Evening Line

“I think I fit in great.  I’ve played a bunch of games against Anaheim. It’s kind of another system a little bit. Obviously I’ll have to sit down with coach and he’ll tell me what to do. But I’m real excited.”

-Andreas Lilja of the Anaheim Ducks.  More on Lilja from Eric Stephens of the Ducks Blog.

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Pure Nonsense

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

That an NHL team in front of its home audience would dress less than the maximum number of skaters seems hard to believe.

I mean, can you imagine the fallout in Montreal or Toronto if such nonsense occurred?

Yes, Calgary did it two seasons ago. GM Darryl Sutter misplayed the salary cap game, but at least it was late in the season when injuries and callups can make the already tricky game of maneuvering the salary cap nearly impossible.

But this year’s New Jersey Devils, down to 15 skaters just three games into the season? That’s just blatant mismanagement. The fact it is Lou Lamoriello behind it all, a member of the Hall of Fame and one of the best managers of the past quarter-century, has even his admirers - and there are legions of them - scratching their heads.

Good thing it’s not the early 1980s again. Someone might suggest this is a Mickey Mouse way to operate.

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What Will Bettman Do?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

So how are Gary Bettman and his NHL hockey operations personnel going to explain to children what James Wisniewski mouthed and gestured at Sean Avery on the ice during the first period of this afternoon’s match at the Coliseum?

Wisniewski repeatedly made signals unmistakably relating to oral sex with 5:09 remaining in the first period of today’s 6-4 Islanders’ victory over the Rangers at the Coliseum after Avery drove to the net and semi-sprayed Rick DiPietro.

continued and if you missed the video, watch it here.

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Pominville Taken Off On A Stretcher

via Chris Kuc tweet,

Sabres’ Jason Pominville is down on the ice and a stretcher is out after a crunching (and illegal) hit by #Blackhawks’ Niklas Hjalmarsson.

I just saw the replay and Pominville was slammed into the boards, almost from behind.  He hit his head against the glass with a big impact. Hjalmarsson got five and a game.

update 7:51pm, video added… You will see the hit at the start of the video, then a replay near the end.

added 8:17pm, Chicago broadcast point of view can be watched below…

update 8:58pm, Concussion for Pominville, he was treated and diagnosed at the arena.

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You Call This An Emergency?

from Jamie Bell of TSN,

While there were healthy players available to call up from the Devils farm team in Albany, due to the team’s close proximity to the NHL’s mandated $59.4 million salary cap, New Jersey was unable to ice a full roster that would fit under the cap.

“It’s not something we like to see,” Devils’ president and general manager Lou Lamoriello told NorthJersey.com. “But it is what it is today. That’s the way it will be.”

Although it is not necessarily illegal to ice a short-handed roster, it presents many difficulties and could potentially be dangerous if any injuries occur to an already depleted lineup.

According to article 16.4 of the collective bargaining agreement: “Except in case of emergency, there shall be no reduction of the required minimum Playing Rosters of the Clubs, below eighteen (18) skaters and two (2) goaltenders.”


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All Kinds Of Predictions

Stan Fischler with Stanley Cup predictions plus who takes home the individual hardware.

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What’s Wrong With The Ducks?

from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog,

It was no secret that defense would be an issue for the Ducks. Now we see what can happen when injuries deplete an already shaky group:

In three games the Ducks have been outshot by a combined 145-72.

Offense was supposed to be a strong point for the Ducks. But they’ve only scored two goals, none of which have been by the top line of Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan.

Does the problem start from the top and Coach Randy Carlyle? Are the players just not giving a full effort and commitment to start the season?

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