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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
What we have here now, amid Garden sellouts Friday afternoon and last night, is reason to believe. Actually, many reasons to believe. To wit:
1. Claude Julien. His coaching thus far has been masterful, among the keys the standard he set with the yanking of a gritless Phil Kessel from last year’s playoffs. The only real motivating tool a coach has is his control of ice time. Lack of production has to be met with lack of allotted playing time, be it minutes or situations (line combinations, power-play time, etc.). Julien’s X-and-O scheme is simple, straightforward, and the minutes he doles out are earned, not granted.
read on with additional hockey topics…
from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Hall of Fame center Ron Francis is fond of telling about the time he asked Mario Lemieux how he prepared for training camp, and Lemieux responded that, about a month beforehand, he stopped ordering french fries with his club sandwich.
But such attitudes and actions are no more a part of the NHL today than bench-clearing brawls and the Oakland Seals. Conditioning coaches are a staple of every team’s staff, and they have more than a passing interest in what players consume.
“I’m always preaching nutrition and trying to get the right things in you,” said Mike Kadar, who fills that role for the Penguins.
He does not, however, have a comprehensive list of foods that bears his stamp of approval. And, if he did, there’s not much chance that winger Eric Godard’s meal of choice would show up there.
Kadar, you see, is one of those folks who simply doesn’t recognize the nutritional merits of an occasional fried peanut butter-and-banana sandwich.
from Tim Sassone of Between the Circles,
Paging Marty Havlet. Paging Marty Havlat. Please report to the front of the net.
OK, maybe that’s a bit harsh. And I like Marty, but where the heck was he on the six-game road trip that ended with a thud Saturday afternoon at Staples Center?...
Havlat is frustrating the Hawks and don’t be surprised if GM Dale Tallon starts shopping the winger, who is making $6 million to not be a difference maker. Havlat is going to be an unrestricted free agent after the season and there’s no way he will be asked back. No chance. None.
Up until now I thought the Hawks needed Havlat to make the playoffs, but now I don’t think they do. Maybe there’s a team out there that wants to take a chance on him and would offer a player in return. You just can’t give Havlat away at this point.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
I think there’s an outside chance the Avs might try to get Maxim Afinogenov from the Sabres. I do know for sure they’ve made some inquiries about him. He’s having an awful season in Buffalo and is kind of the Arnie of the Sabres’ message boards. But he’s got skill, and people who know Maxim just think he needs a change of scenery. He’s been in Buffalo a while now, and it’s time for a change.
The usual suspects might be dangled to get him - (Brett) Clark - but with Foote’s injury, a trade involving a D-man might be less tenable.
more Avs talk…
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Tomas Kaberle is surveying the National Hockey League landscape, asking questions and opening his mind to the possibility of being traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
For him, that represents a whole new vision for his future. If he had done this last February, he could have been playing for the Philadelphia Flyers last night and scoring threat Jeff Carter would have lined up as a Leaf.
continued with more hockey notes tossed-in among other sports talk…
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun makes some trades…
Colorado sends RW Ian Laperriere to Dallas for Steve Ott: Even though Ott is out for a month with a broken right hand, the Stars need to get him out of the dressing room permanently….
Toronto sends D Pavel Kubina to Vancouver for D Mattias Ohlund: Kubina would have to waive his no-trade clause, but once Brian Burke takes over as GM in Leafland, Kubina’s shelf life will be short….
Columbus sends G Frederic Norrena to Calgary for a draft pick: G Miikka Kiprusoff isn’t playing as well as the Flames need him to, but it’s difficult to take him out of the net without a reliable backup.
if you want to read more, feel free to do so. You will run into a lot of ‘could happen’, ‘maybe’, ‘possible’, etc…
During the Hotstove on HNIC these topics were discussed: Pierre LeBrun reports the Blackhawks are looking at Sundin, but a lot of salary would have to be moved, either Martin Havlat or Nikolai Khabulin.
Mike Cammalleri is being shopped by Calgary according to Al Strachan.
Craig MacTavish is feeling the heat but will not be fired, too close to Kevin Lowe for that to happen.
from Tom Harringon of CBC Sports,
Five years ago, I began doing research for a possible documentary on Burke for Sports Journal, the current affairs program I hosted for seven years. My interest was peaked after reading about a Vancouver radio host who made a lewd, suggestive remark about the wife of then-Canucks star Todd Bertuzzi.
Burke was outraged. He revoked accreditation for the station’s hockey reporters and pulled the club’s advertising from the station. The host was fired.
I contacted a wide range of reporters who covered the team on a regular basis to find out what was behind Burke’s actions. Whether they worked for newspapers, radio or television stations, one after the other told stories of Burke’s interfering, often intimidating style….
A producer described being invited to lunch by Burke then facing a verbal attack in front of stunned patrons. A hockey columnist said Burke met with his publisher on several occasions, demanding they dismiss the writer because of the thrust of his columns.
Others recalled scenes of Burke chewing out a reporter in the hallway outside the Canucks dressing room, in front of colleagues, with language that would make Andrew Dice Clay blush.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
The news isn’t good from the Avalanche’s morning skate: Sakic won’t play tonight against Tampa Bay, and his status is now listed as “indefinite.” We could be in the throes of a sad end to No. 19’s brilliant career. One last “clean” in the weight room - one last clean that he said he wasn’t even going to do, but said he did anyway in a kind of “what the heck?” manner - has hijacked Sakic’s and the Avs’ season….
It’s not a good situation, and this, I believe, will sink this listing Avs team for good this year. This team just doesn’t believe in itself, doesn’t have enough passion and - from what I have witnessed - doesn’t have the close kind of chemistry of the last few teams….
Here’s the other news from the skate: Adam Foote has been placed on injured reserve, retroactive to Nov. 22. Former DU defenseman Aaron MacKenzie has been recalled from Lake Erie and will be available tonight (although probably won’t be in the lineup).
Foote’s upper back (neck) is still bothering him, and this mysterious knee injury has also crept into the situation. Injuries like these are what can happen when a
stiff, no-talent, cheap-shot artist
forward like John Zeiler runs you from behind.
via Fluto Shinzawa of the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
“Every night we play in the league, when you read the clips before, it’s a ‘measuring game.’ It’s a ‘measuring-stick game,’ ” said Detroit’s Mike Babcock. “This is our 23d measuring-stick game for the other team. Every night is for us. It’s going to be fun for us.”
“I think,” Babcock continued, “when I watch all the teams in the league right now, the two teams that seem to be the most excited and all playing together are Boston and San Jose. Those are the two teams for me.”
# On the other side, Claude Julien said tonight’s game will be a good test for the Bruins. “Right now, I think it’s a great way to show that we are a good team, but also with the type of talent that team has on the other side, a puck-possession team, it’s going to be a good test for us,” Julien said.
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