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via Tom Gulitti’s Twitter,
Pandolfo, Martin both out 4-6 weeks. Martin: non-displaced fracture of lower left arm above the wrist. Pandolfo’s right shoulder popped out.
added 11:16am, Tom has more on the injuries at his Fire & Ice blog.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
I can provide a little insight into why Flyers fans can get worked up into a frenzy at times: A videoboard operator who must be under orders to replay every perceived missed call that goes against the home team. Then replay it again. And again. And again.
In the second period, cameras caught what appeared to be a high-stick by Benn Ferriero on Flyer center Daniel Briere stationed in the Sharks crease. No call was made and at the next stoppage, that’s all the video board kept showing.
The crowd responded as you might expect, but don’t think the point wasn’t lost on the officials either. The Sharks (and most teams), of course, don’t do anything that would embarrass the officials. But, boy, it sure seemed to get the paying customers going. Hint, hint.
read on for some Sharks talk…
from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,
The Leafs will get an occasional victory this season. They’ll put together a good effort, and the opposing team will mail it in.
When the rookie Jonas Gustavsson gets healthy — he’s expected to start tonight against Anaheim Ducks — he could make a bit of a difference.
Phil Kessel will score some goals when gets into the lineup, but don’t count on a lot of production from him given the caliber of forwards he will be working with.
The guess here is Toronto will win between 25 and 30 games. That will give them a lottery pick, perhaps No.1, which will go to the Boston Bruins as part of the Kessel trade.
And Burke will continue scramble to sign free agents.
That’s no way to build a championship team.
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will launch Caps on the Fly tonight, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m., as WashingtonCaps.com gives Caps fans an opportunity to watch this new podcast live on location. The monthly, hour-long video podcast will broadcast live from the Hilton Garden Inn in Washington, D.C., on WashingtonCaps.com.
The first Caps on the Fly will be hosted by WashingtonCaps.com senior writer Mike Vogel, who will be joined by special guests vice president and general manager George McPhee and defenseman Brian Pothier to discuss the state of the Capitals and the upcoming games. Fans at the Hilton Garden Inn or listening online will be able to submit questions for the hosts or guests.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Why is Vachon is not in the Hall of Fame, especially considering the enshrinement of contemporaries whose statistics are no better?
To say nothing of the curious 1989 induction of Vladislav Tretiak, a fine international goalie who is in the Hall, no matter the argument selectors might offer, almost uniquely for the landmark 1972 Summit Series and its political importance.
“People are shocked when I tell them I’m not in the Hall of Fame,” Vachon said, shrugging. “They assume I am. I’d love to be in there, but there are things in life that you can’t control.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
“Fair; fair,” was the way John Tortorella responded yesterday when the head coach was asked for his evaluation of Gaborik’s play on the defensive side of the puck.
“It’s a process with him. You have to be careful with creative guys to be able to tell the difference between cheating and anticipation. You have to be really careful not to take away what makes them who they are,” Tortorella said.
Gaborik, dangerous whenever he’s on the ice, has scored eight goals, one off the NHL lead through Saturday shared by Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrick Marleau. The right wing has scored in two straight games, including Saturday’s outrageously nifty breakaway goal in Montreal against Jaroslav Halak.
But Gaborik also was cited doing a fair amount of neutral-zone hanging in the 5-4 overtime defeat.
via David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,
I like Ryan Kesler, as a player. In fact, if I was on the selection committee for various Olympic teams, I’d be adding the like names Kesler, Rene Bourque and Dustin Penner to the list of contenders (Kesler is American, Bourque and Penner are Canadians).
But the way Kesler broke his stick in a hissy fit after Tom Gilbert stopped him on a scoring chance, that was disgusting. Now, maybe there was something wrong with that stick that I didn’t see, but if that guy snapped a $200 hockey stick just because his feelings were hurt, it reinforces the notion that players make too much money and that they are spoiled brats.
Kesler should pay for his own sticks. Either that, or the teams should fine him for that, a terrible example for any kid watching the game.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
So, what is wrong with the Leafs? More to the point, what isn’t.
At this stage, the Leafs likely would need to post a .620 winning percentage to reach 93 points and the final playoff spot in the east….
This team has serious issues, including overrating its talent base. It has become the butt of jokes around the NHL. And Burke knows it.
“I’ve had sleepless nights the past 2 1/2 weeks because I hate to lose,” Burke said yesterday here in Anaheim, where the former Ducks general manager returned to face his ex-team tonight for the first time since becoming Leafs president last year.
Burke reiterated that he is not about to tear up the blueprint. Eight games, he said, is not enough time to evaluate. He pointed out that, during his first year running the Ducks, his team went through a seven-game losing streak and still made it deep into the playoffs.
“But for some reason, losing streaks seem to be magnified at the beginning of the season,” he said.
from Brian Wilde of CTV Montreal,
From my time with the Oilers in Edmonton dating back to the early 90’s, one of the relationships I have been able to foster is with Kevin Prendergast. He’s an extremely intelligent hockey man who is the top scout and decision maker for talent, young and old, that the Oilers might be interested in. Prendergast and I talk usually when he takes in a Habs game. He doesn’t take in many. Every two or three months, he watches one contest and then moves on to the next city whether it be Ottawa or Albany….
I mention all of this because Prendergast has spent the last three games watching the Habs home stand.
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
from Erik Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail (Monday edition),
This is the week in which Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock will find his ability to multitask put to the ultimate test. Babcock’s slumping Wings visit GM Place in Vancouver tomorrow, his only visit before the 2010 Olympics in February, where he will coach Canadian national men’s hockey team.
Naturally, everybody’s going to be quizzing Babcock about all things pertaining to the Olympics this week; his primary focus will be getting the Red Wings back on the winning track after two tough losses in Phoenix and Colorado.
continued with more NHL topics…
added 11:23pm, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Red Wings’ biggest issue could be mental and/or physical fatigue after three years of long playoff runs followed by short summers. It is not uncommon for teams that lose in the finals to falter the following season.
The Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins were in danger of missing the playoffs before making a coaching change, replacing Michel Therrien with Grand Haven’s Dan Bylsma on Feb. 15.
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is not going anywhere, regardless of what unfolds this season. Players often tune out a coach after a few years, especially one as hard-driving and abrasive as Babcock. But it is way too early to make that assertion.
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