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from Michael Langlois of Vintage Leaf Memories,
The continued emergence of Ian White as perhaps the best all-around Maple Leaf defenseman evokes memories of another “under-sized” defender who had a lengthy and successful NHL career.
I’m thinking of Pat Stapleton, the long-time Chicago Black Hawk who forged an excellent career as an NHL defenseman, despite his relative lack of size. At 5 foot 8 inches, Stapleton was considered ‘short’ in his era, just as White, at 5 foot 10, is so considered today.
continued and a fairly new blog, geared towards us old-school guys…
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
When it was suggested that Jason Blake doesn’t exactly pay his own way with his meagre goal-scoring numbers and that he would be a candidate to be sent packing, Burke said: “Does anyone on this team work harder than Jason Blake? There has to be an element of fairness in this.”
That is the difficulty Burke finds himself in. Some of this terrible Leafs team is his. Some of it was inherited. The mix of old and new has not worked out at all. And Burke, being stubborn, stands behind his free-agent signings and trades of the summer. In other words, if players are buried, they won’t be his acquisitions.
“It’s a fair comment to say that many of the moves I’ve made haven’t panned out yet at all,” Burke said. “(Mike) Komisarek had a slow start. (Francois) Beauchemin had a slow start. I would go back and sign them again tomorrow knowing they’ve had a slow start. I believe in them. I know what they can do. They’ve both played their way out of it and played well. But we went 0-and-7 while they found their game.
“When you’re the guy driving the bus, you get paid to make these calls. Virtually every one of them seems wrong at this time. Yet I don’t believe they are. I still believe in the blueprint. It requires patience.”
from Spector of Spector’s Hockey,
It appears there are conflicting reports regarding potential talks between the Blackhawks and Maple Leafs. Both teams however seem keen to make a move, if not with each other then with other clubs so their respective situations will continue to attract attention
more and my question is- Why would any team be willing to help Chicago get out of their salary cap situation? Unless the deal is too good to pass up and I don’t think what is being tossed around is good enough. then teams should wait.
from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Hossa knows his way around. This is his fourth NHL team in three seasons. He started with the Ottawa Senators, then was with the Atlanta Thrashers before his failed championship bids with the Penguins and Red Wings. He also played for Slovakia in two Winter Olympics. So the Hawks won’t be his first contender, but they might turn out to be the best team he has played on.
‘‘I’ve been on quite a few, and this one is right there,’’ he said. ‘‘The advantage of this team is it’s mostly young guys who are just getting better and stronger in their understanding of the game.’‘
Last year he played for an old team in Detroit. The Hawks are the exact opposite.
‘‘This is the youngest group of guys I’ve ever played with,’’ Hossa said. ‘‘It’s been fun in the dressing room. It’s a different crowd than in Detroit. They were a little more mature there.’‘
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
The players were hoping that a second win in 72 hours, the club’s first back-to-backs in almost a year, might give GM Brian Burke pause for thought as he contemplates trades and call-ups.
But the 40-year-old Roloson had other plans. The 61 Toronto shots tied the modern-day team record from an 8-0 win over Detroit in February of 1976.
“I don’t know what to say,” Kessel chanted after getting his sixth goal to start the three-goal comeback in the second period. “Sixty shots…it was unbelievable and still we don’t win (the Isles were held to 20 shots). We have to bury the chances.
“We had a little lapse for five minutes and it cost us.”
Coach Ron Wilson had seen Roloson play some great games while both were in the Western Conference, but this took the cake.
“We missed the net a lot of times and I’ll bet we had 100 shots altogether,” Wilson said. “I just don’t want our team to get frustrated. Phil thinks he can score when he has the puck, but a lot of our guys just hope to do it.”
from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,
“The game was eerily similar to the Detroit game,” coach Ken Hitchcock said of a 9-1 loss Nov. 11. “We were light on the puck. Our top players weren’t very good. You’re just not going to win that way.
“We got beat on loose-puck battles. They were a desperate, hungry team, and we didn’t answer the bell.”
Like first-time tourists to the Big Apple, the Jackets got caught standing around, looking at the sights. The Rangers got behind their defense and outworked them along the wall, especially off the end boards.
Even in the Red Wings debacle, the Blue Jackets didn’t come close to allowing seven straight goals as they did last night in a 21-minute, 18-second stretch. That included allowing a franchise-record three goals within 71 seconds of each other in the second period.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is pleased with Bertuzzi’s skating and back-checking, but the big winger is committing too many turnovers and isn’t finishing. He has just three goals and nine points in 22 games.
“It’s frustrating not putting up the amount of goals and points I think I can do,’’ Bertuzzi said. “I’ve gotten the opportunity to do it, kind of (had) a handful of bad bounces here and there, could easily have six, seven goals instead of three. Just got to keep grinding and working hard. I know that it comes in bunches.’‘
Bertuzzi’s 60 shots ranks second on the team to Henrik Zetterberg (87), but he has the lowest shooting percentage (5.0) among forwards on the top two lines.
“He wants to score, we’d like him to score, too, but that’s not the measure,’’ Babcock said. “The measure for me is how hard you’re on the puck, how determined you are, how well you play with your linemates.
from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider,
Jarome Iginla isn’t Wayne Gretzky, Brent Sutter isn’t Marc Crawford, and this wasn’t the 1998 Olympics . . . but how in tarnation do you leave the team’s—heck, the league’s—hottest gunner on the bench for the shootout?
Iginla, thanks to his dramatic draining of a last-minute shot (which forced the extra period and ensuing shootout) has 12 goals in his last 10 games. Not 12 points. But 12 goals. No one has, as they say, been “feeling it” more than No. 12.
And the Flames captain doesn’t merit a spin in the shootout Monday night at the Honda Center?
from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,
Negotiations on a contract extension between the Ducks and winger Bobby Ryan have broken down and won’t resume in the immediate future, Ryan’s agent told the Register today in a phone conversation.
Mark Guy, who represents Ryan, confirmed an ESPN.com report over the weekend that the two sides did talk last month and exchanged proposals but are some distance apart in terms of an agreement.
“We have had some discussions and I think both sides kind of decided that we’re going to let things progress a little bit during the season and get a better picture of where things are going,” Guy said. “We made some proposals that we think were within what Bobby’s looking at but I think it became fairly clear that there were some discrepancies that we weren’t able to get past.”
Darren Dreger via his Twitter reports Laraque received a five game suspension.
added 7:00pm, via TSN,
The National Hockey League handed Montreal Canadiens tough guy Georges Laraque a five game suspension for his knee-on-knee collision with Red Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall on Saturday night.
“Mr. Laraque’s actions were dangerous and caused a significant injury to his opponent,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.
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