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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
With all the recent focus on hits to the head following last Saturday’s violent collision at the Coliseum in which Doug Weight concussed Brandon Sutter with what is classified as a legal hit in the NHL, it is beyond mind-boggling that notorious repeat offender Chris Pronger was allowed to escape a suspension, let alone a penalty, for the shoulder blow he delivered to Pavel Datsyuk’s head on Wednesday night.
The puck was some 40 feet away on the boards when Datsyuk came across the line and appeared to first encounter defenseman Francois Beauchemin. Pronger came second against the off-balance Detroit center and got the shoulder high into the head.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog, Here’s Mike Modano after the penalty filled game in which Steve Ott and Sean Avery were jawing with officials and fans:
“Tonight, it was idiotic and stupid,’’ Stars center Mike Modano said when asked what the team identity was. “It was one of the most embarrassing things I’ve seen. If that’s what we’re going for, then they need to find me an office job.”
“It was dumb penalties, dumb situations, that’s kind of been the trend all season,” Modano said. “There’s no mental toughness. We’re allowing the refs to get involved in the game with and spending more energy on them than the details of winning the game.”
I was able to catch some of this game last night, and Avery and Ott were an embarrassment to the game!
The New York Islanders will be without goaltender Rick DiPietro for 4-6 weeks after knee surgery.
The 27-year-old had arthroscopic surgery to repair a meniscus issue, the team announced on Saturday.
More updates may become available later at the Islanders website as well.
from Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider,
I asked Bruce Boudreau if he had any thoughts on Alexander Semin’s comments about Sidney Crosby.
“I thought that was the biggest comment I’ve seen from him in three years,” Boudreau said. “I’m just glad to see he’s talking. Obviously, you don’t want top give anybody [bulletin board] stuff. But he said it. If it might mean he’s coming out of his shell a little bit, then good for him.”
“Not good for him that those comments were made,” he added. “I think Crosby is unbelievable. I think he is a great player and all of those things. But it was also through an interpreter, so it could have been taken out of context….”
from Scott Cullen of TSN,
Most teams don’t get too concerned about making big moves until the 20-game mark, but it’s never too early to start looking at some players that may not be living up to expectations.
Here’s a look at some early-season underachievers in this week’s edition of Backchecking.
Brendan Morrison, C, Anaheim (0-1-1, minus-5 in 11 GP, one year, $2.75M)
Comment: Still a step slow coming off knee surgery.
Shawn Horcoff, C, Edmonton (3-1-4, minus-2 in 9 GP; seven years, $36.6M)
Comment: Strong two-way player, but at his price tag he needs to provide offence.
read on plus a wrap-up of all the trade talk this week…
Edmonton at Carolina starts off our hockey viewing day at 3pm ET.
I have received numerous emails regarding the three games that will not be televised tonight and feel free to express your thoughts in the comments.
Below is the full NHL Schedule for today…
from Mark Everson of the NY Post,
In the middle of the second period Oct. 22, with the Devils leading 1-0, Brodeur cleared the puck past an on-charging Dallas winger - Brodeur’s nemesis, Sean Avery.
“I saw somebody,” Brodeur told The Post. “It’s hard to know who it is when you’re playing the puck.
“I got the puck by him, saw it was him, and said, ‘[Rats], I should have hit him.’ “
A possible brawl was averted, but only by the slimmest of margins.
from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,
The Hawks need another top-six forward, preferably a center, and possibly another defenseman. Dale knows this, but he’s right up to the salary cap and has no money to make anything happen without disrupting the roster.
Sending Nikolai Khabibulin ($6.75 million cap hit) or Cam Barker ($2.7 million hit) to the minors would open up cap space, but Nik has been the best goalie so far and Barker is an upgrade over Jordan Hendry, so he has to stay for now with little other options until either Wisniewski comes back or Hjalmarsson is ready to return from Rockford.
from Bob Duff of Duffer’s Dabbles at the Windsor Star,
• Friday was the 76th anniversary of the night that Maurice (Rocket) Richard played his first NHL game with the Montreal Canadiens. He wore No. 15 and picked up his first NHL point, an assist 36 seconds into the game, a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins at the Montreal Forum.
• Former Windsor Spitfire Steve Ott returned to the Dallas Stars’ lineup following a three-game absence due to a groin injury. According to an NHL source, the cause of Ott’s injury came when he was playfully hooked from behind by teammate Sean Avery while taking a shot during practice.
read on for some slap shot talk regarding Al Iafrate…
From Iain MacIntyre at the Vancouver Sun,
Scott Niedermayer, the 35-year-old from Cranbrook who will go to the Hockey Hall of Fame when his career ends, said Friday he wants to be part of Team Canada for the 2010 Olympic tournament in Vancouver.
The Anaheim Ducks star hasn’t decided if or where he’ll play in the National Hockey League next season, but knows he wants to play for Canada. That probably means he’ll sign another NHL contract if he becomes an unrestricted free agent next July.
“It would be a great experience if I was able to be part of that team and compete for your country, in your own county, in your home province,” Niedermayer said. “I really haven’t decided [about the NHL], but I’d love to play in the Olympics.”
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