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Cut From The Same Mold

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Zherdev has one goal in eight games with the Flyers. They are expecting more from him, obviously. GM Paul Holmgren, asked about how Zherdev was doing, basically said it’s early yet. Zherdev hasn’t had much ice time, he hasn’t been inserted on the power play and he doesn’t kill penalties. The rhythm isn’t there, but it’s early yet.

Filatov played well in Sweden but has had his ice time progressively cut. He was demoted to the fourth line three games ago because the 06-07-08 line, with Derek Brassard and Jake Voracek, wasn’t clicking - and Filatov wasn’t paying enough heed in his own end. Sound familiar?

The NHL is a Canada-centric league. In the past, European players, and Russians in particular, have been misused and unfairly singled out for criticism. There is still some of that going around, but the dual standard has softened as generations of Europeans, with an array of qualities, have infiltrated the league. What Philly coaches want from Zherdev is the same that Jackets coaches want from Filatov, or anyone else. They want them to earn their ice time.

As one scout put it last night: “In this league, if you have a 50-second shift, you have to be responsible for 50 seconds. There is something to do whether you have the puck or not. You can’t float.”

The Blue Jackets out-gutted the Flyers and won 2-1 last night. Zherdev had 11:35 of ice time, Filatov 5:46. Enough said.

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  Tags: nikita+filatov, nikolai+zherdev

Henrik Sedin- The Best Playmaker In The NHL

from Jason Brough of Orland Kurtenblog,

If this were a league-wide fan poll, Sidney Crosby would probably garner the most votes. And he’d get even more votes if he had a decent winger to make plays with. (You could say the same about teammate Evgeni Malkin.)

Another leading contender would be Joe Thornton. When it comes to the best pure passers, Jumbo Joe is right there.

You’d also get support for Nicklas Backstrom, although you wonder where he’d rank without Alex Ovechkin.

Maybe Brad Richards? He’s been fantastic since falling off the radar for a few years.

Maybe a healthy Marc Savard?

All those great candidates aside, Henrik boasts the best numbers, at least of late. His 83 assists in 2009-10 led the league by a wide margin, and he hasn’t let up to start 2010-11.

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/26/10

It’s time, once again, to raise a glass and offer a toast (figuratively, of course – or not) to the NHL’s stars from a night ago:

***Cheers to Mathieu Garon of the Columbus Blue Jackets, who warded off a Philadelphia Flyers comeback attempt to the tune of 28 saves after goals from rookie Kyle Wilson (his first in the NHL) and Derick Brassard established an early 2-0 lead for the home squad. At 5-3-0, the Blue Jackets are still buried beneath Nashville, Detroit, Chicago and St. Louis in the Western Conference’s Central Division standings, making last night’s key performances from their backup goaltender and a couple of young stars that much more important.

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  Tags: andrei+kostitsyn, anze+kopitar, derick+brassard, jarret+stoll, kyle+wilson, mathieu+garon, tomas+plekanec

The Bolts Beat, 10/26/10: Week in Review, Rypien, Kovalchuk, NHL Surprises/Underachievers & More

In the latest episode of the show, Jon, Mike and Mark review the Lightning’s 2-1-1 record in the week just past, discuss some minor injuries currently nagging the club as well as possible recalls, analyze the recent messes with Rick Rypien in Vancouver and Ilya Kovalchuk in New Jersey and offer up their early season surprise teams and underachievers. As usual, Mike gets all emotional with his Missed Call of the Week, while Jon’s What the Hell Was That? segment features a sincere apology to the fans on behalf of the show and a call for increased responsibility in the “fan blogger” community. Finally, Mark gets his wings, debuting his new end-show segment, “Missing the Mark” - (a temporary title, as he reaches out to the show’s audience for feedback and other ideas).

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk, rick+rypien, simon+gagne, simon+gagne, steven+stamkos

Talking Trade In Toronto

Boston and Toronto possible trade partners?  How about Boston and Phoenix being a better fit?

So says Doug MacLean of Sportsnet.

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Senators Must Help Themselves

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

Eight games deep, with two wins and five of a possible 16 points, the Ottawa Senators admit there is no Botox injection that could make these first few weeks look beautiful. In real-estate jargon, they’re a handyman’s special, though probably beyond the reach of any amateur fixer-upper.

Nor should general manager Bryan Murray be expected to come to the team’s rescue at this stage (although he wants to add a defencemen). Until it’s closer to the trade deadline, roster movement is generally confined to summer work.

No, the answer to the Senators’ problems lies within the walls of the dressing room. To hear players tell it, they’re more than capable of doing the makeover themselves.

“We have a lot to work on and get better at,” centre Mike Fisher said. “And that’s what we tried to do (Monday).”

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Flyers Go Through The Motions

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Chris Pronger said it was more disappointing than frustrating.

Whichever way you slice or dice the Flyers’ effort in their lone appearance in Columbus this season, nothing worthwhile could be salvaged from the pig that ended as a 2-1 loss last night - save for a solid effort from goalie Brian Boucher.

Make no mistake, the tight score was misleading. The Flyers were outplayed by the Blue Jackets from the drop of the puck.

“We got exactly what we deserved,” Laviolette said. “It’s completely frustrating. You don’t show up and compete, you don’t execute, you don’t play the game with energy and emotion, you’re going to lose. All the time. That’s what happened.”

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Bruins Preparing To Deal

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

Several hockey sources indicated to CSNNE.com that the Bruins are in the beginning stages of discussing deals involving several players including Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder. The urgency for Chiarelli and the Bruins is a need to make room for at least two forwards when Marco Sturm (knee) and Marc Savard (post-concussion syndrome symptoms) are ready to come off the long-term injured reserve.

Matt Hunwick could also be in the trade mix for the Bruins if they can find a willing partner, but thus far the market hasn’t quite fully developed for the aspiring puck-moving defenseman. Hunwick has been inconsistent over the last year plus since a promising rookie season two years ago, but his skating ability remains unquestioned.

Mark Stuart has drawn interest around the league at points over the last two seasons, but he’s an integral part of the B’s leadership inside the dressing room.

The B’s will need to clear $7.5 million in salary cap space by the month of December when both Sturm and Savard return, and the Bruins are desperately hoping to avoid the salary cap crunch that has already sabotaged the New Jersey Devils’ season in the wake of the Ilya Kovalchuk deal.

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Somethings Good, Somethings Bad For Chicago

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

“We’ve, I guess, had our good nights and our bad nights so far; that’s one way to put it,” captain Jonathan Toews told WGN radio. “It’s very early in the season so we’re going to have some rough patches.

“There’s no time to overreact yet, but there are some little things that before they become bigger things we want to address and start really improving on them.

“We only have ourselves to blame. I don’t think we got beat by better teams. We got beat by good teams, but it’s just up to us to find the way to play to win those games.”

The areas of concern far outweigh the positives.

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Habs top Phoenix, sit first in East

The Montreal Canadiens won a hard fought victory Monday evening, prevailing 3-2 in overtime over the Phoenix Coyotes.

Andrei Kostitsyn scored the winner, potting a beautiful goal on a play that had him flying through the air after it was scored. Linemate Mike Cammalleri posted a goal and an assist to go along with fours shots on goal. And in perhaps the brightest story in Montreal so far this season, the Habs received more solid goaltending from Carey Price, who stopped 27 of 29 shots for the win. His best saves came late in the third, when he made a glove save on a Phoenix Coyotes one timer, and then moments later stopped a Derek Morris slapshot to preserve what was then a tie. Remember back in September when people were predicting he’d crumble under the pressure? Almost one month in and he seems to be getting better.

More impressive than anything?

After eight games, the Canadiens are first in the East with five wins and 11 points. Led by the solid play of Kostitsyn, Tomas Plekanec, and PK Subban, along with fantastic goaltending from Price, the Habs have played a reasonably tough schedule to success. Not much rest for the weary though, as the Canadiens have three more games this week, with the Islanders next up on Wednesday night.

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  Tags: andrei+kostitsyn, carey+price

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