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via Ansar Khan of Mlive,
May on Friday said he called Chelios to ask if it was OK to wear the number and Chelios had no issues with it. May, however, said he hasn’t decided if he’ll ask the club for the number.
“(Chelios) was really cool,’’ May said. “I just figured it’s his (number). He’s such an icon, I figured I’d call him.’’
May wore No. 24 in Anaheim.
“I like the number—Chris Chelios, Bob Probert,’’ May said. “But I’m not sure what’s going to happen. I may ask, but now that I’m 20, who knows?’’
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
The average life expectancy of an NHL coach is three weeks.
Yes, that’s a significant exaggeration, but you might be forgiven for believing changing NHL head coaches is like changing an oil filter if you lived somewhere like Chicago, where the Blackhawks have gone through nine head coaches since 1997, or Calgary, where the Flames have gone through seven during that same span.
The two glaring exceptions to the league’s frequent firing program over the past dozen years will be on display tonight at Sommet Center, when Lindy Ruff will lead the Buffalo Sabres against Barry Trotz and the Predators.
Both hired in summer 1997, Ruff and Trotz are the NHL’s longest-tenured coaches. And they’re miles ahead of the competition in that category, with 904 and 822 games worth of experience, respectively. (Trotz served as a scout during his first year under contract).
Next in line are Anaheim’s Randy Carlyle and Mike Babcock, both of whom have coached 331 games with their current clubs.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
The Flames, this year, will travel more than any other NHL team. The Flames will travel nearly 89,902 kilometres by plane according to a review of the league schedule conducted by the Star.
That’s over 3,000 kilometres more than the Edmonton Oilers (86,772), and more than twice the travel load of the Buffalo Sabres (43,357), the team with the least travel, some of which will be done by bus.
“It’s just one of those things,” Bouwmeester told the Star just moments before boarding a plane for his first road trip as a Flame. “You just do it. You don’t have any control over it. I guess with the time zone changes, it will be different for me this year. You just have to make sure you get some rest.”
Bouwmeester only had to ask another Team Canada hopeful, Francois Beauchemin, what it’s like. Beauchemin left the Anaheim Ducks – another high-mileage team – for the Leafs, who’ll travel 53,775 kms, the sixth fewest in the NHL.
“There’s a lot more travel in the West as far as time in the air, longer flights,” said Beauchemin. “With all the time changes, too, it makes it a little harder.
from Corey Pronman of Puck Prospectus,
The Phoenix Coyotes books were opened to the public’s eyes, and it wasn a fairly disturbing sight. Dozens of millions of dollars had been lost annually, with last season’s Net Operating Losses totalling over $53 million dollars. Not even five million dollars worth of local TV broadcast revenue were brought in and fewer than ten thousand viewers tuned in to the Coytoes on a nightly basis. Surely, the $6.5 million allocated to Gretzky’s coaching contract didn’t help either. The southwest franchise managed to collect $14 million dollars in revenue sharing as well, and still lost a massive amount of money. To illustrate the dire situation, if Phoenix hadn’t paid their players, coaches, trainers or hockey personnel any salary whatsoever with the revenue sharing, they would’ve simply broken even. Now that is what you call a terribly run fiscal entity.
These jaw-dropping numbers show a very extreme situation in the desert, which is no wonder why Reisendorf and Ice Edge Holdings backed off so quickly when things weren’t aligned perfectly for them with the lease, creditors and the numerous other factors. It’s also why Gretzky was forced to leave when it became apparent that nobody would want to take on a record expense for a coaching staff.
from David Staples Of The Cult of Hockey,
The plan is simple: Dustin Penner in the face of Miikka Kiprusoff. Ryan Stone in the the grill of Roberto Luongo. JF Jacques nose to nose with Niklas Backstrom. Zack Stortini right on top of JS Giguere.
The designated goal-crasher will be charged with screening the goalie, distracting the opposition, tipping shots and pounding in rebounds. In this way, the Oilers are looking to score several dozen more “greasy” goals this year, and win a few more games.
It’s not old-time. run-and-gun Oilers hockey, but it’s a sound strategy.
In fact, it’s the same strategy that is used by the Detroit Red Wings, a team known for its finesse, but a team defined by its fierce net-crashing. In Detroit, this isn’t just done by tough Tomas Holmstrom and tough and huge Johan Franzen, but also by smaller players, such as Dan Cleary and Henrik Zetterberg.
via Jason Botchford of the White Towel at the Vancouver Province,
Daniel Sedin missed practice Friday because of a deep bruise on his heel. The bruising and swelling mean he’s not yet been able to get an MRI.
It’s premature to speculate whether there is a break or not. For that, the Canucks will have to wait until tomorrow or possibly Sunday. But a bone bruise is a sign the bone has been injured sufficiently to have inflammation within the bone itself. Some bone bruises may not require any treatment.
from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,
There’s nothing like an early conundrum to the hockey season.
Is it too early for teams that have gotten off to bad starts to panic? Does it really get late early in the NHL?
Or should we all take a deep breath and relax, remembering the time-honored cliché that “it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”
The answer, which shouldn’t be surprising to anyone, falls somewhere in the middle.
Roberto Luongo and Martin Brodeur will not stink out the joint this season, just as Ray Emery likely won’t go 82-0 and Alex Ovechkin isn’t going to score a zillion goals. Well, probably not in Ovie’s case.
Remember, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” OK, no more clichés, I promise.
But Columbus Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock lamented to the Canadian Press: “There’s no such thing as building your team or being patient anymore. That’s all out the window now. Everybody thinks they have a chance to win.”
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“I think just with the tradition of this organization and the way that they’ve played over the years and the style of play that they want to play, I think I do fit into this culture and the system very well.
“It’s tailor-made for my style of play and I’m pretty excited.”
-Chris Pronger talking about playing for the Flyers. More from Helene Elliott at the Fabulous Forum.
Pat Quinn, head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, has been fined $10,000 for inappropriate public comments made following Thursday night’s game against the Calgary Flames, the NHL announced Friday.
“Mr. Quinn’s comments were inappropriate and without justification,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.
The money goes to the NHL Foundation.
Quinn’s comments concerned an incident between the Oilers’ Sheldon Souray and the Flames’ Jarome Iginla that took place 18 seconds into the second period when Souray crashed into the boards after being tripped by Iginla, who spilled on top of the Oiler defenseman.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Johan Franzen did not skate due to an unspecified lower-body injury sustained in Thursday’s game. Coach Mike Babcock wouldn’t reveal the injury, saying Franzen was sent for tests and is questionable for Saturday’s game against Washington.
“Franzen got bumped last night so we sent him over to get checked out,’’ Babcock said. “He wasn’t feeling as good this morning. We’ll see if he’s OK or not.’’
Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson practiced and is fine after taking a shot off the side of his left knee midway through the third period Thursday.
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added 3:49pm, via Jeff Marek’s (CBC) Twitter,
Johan Franzen out 4 months w/knee injury.
added 3:52pm, via the Detroit Red Wings,
Red Wings forward Johan Franzen has suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and expected to be out of the lineup a minimum of four months.
The injury occurred during Thursday’s 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in which Franzen scored the eventual game-winning goal during the second period. He has two points in three games this season.
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