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from Tracey Myers of the Star-Telegram,
Maybe Thursday ends up being the kick in the pants the Stars need. They also need their top players to play as such. Morrow and Ribeiro are a combined minus-10. Turco’s 4.59 goals-against average is near the bottom of the league.
“You have to rely on your leaders,” Tippett said. “They’ve established themselves in that role — Brenden, Turk, Richards, Ribeiro. There are going to be some bumps for the kids. But in the end, the ones who have to have the biggest impact haven’t.”
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Finally, the Kings have a team that’s worth watching.
Too bad they’ve accomplished this minor miracle just when the economy is at a low and the number of fans they alienated while bumbling to five consecutive non-playoff finishes is at a high.
Rows of empty seats and mutedly dark suites at Staples Center on Friday night during the Kings’ 4-3 overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes testified to the difficulty of selling a rebuilding project.
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from P.J. Stock at the CBC Hockey Blog,
But you’d figure that when a rule book is written, it is written with rules for everyone to abide by. You would think that everyone on your team and all your peers in the league are judged on the same slate. Every individual in the NHL is equal and have to follow all these rules in this book….
It’s just that as the season goes on you discover that some players are more equal than others.
Here’s how I know. If you haven’t read the small print in the little National Hockey League Official Rules Book, at the bottom of each page it reads:
- Players on the fourth and fifth lines, fifth, sixth and seventh defencemen and players with a limited skill set like PJ Stock aren’t included in this booklet. Referees are free to call anything they want against these players, ignore anything that happens to them and of course laugh at them between whistles.
from Matt Higgins at Slap Shot of the NYT,
Asked if he is faster this year, Vanek laughed. “I feel the same as the year before,” he said. “A lot of it has to do with confidence. Right now I feel good about myself. I’m getting my ice time. Any time you’re getting the ice time, gaining the coach’s trust, you feel better.
“Maybe the years before you had a couple bad shifts and all of a sudden you’re not playing anymore,” he said.
“You start thinking about things too much. Instead of doing the obvious thing and jumping into holes and going after loose pucks, you sit back and make sure you don’t do anything wrong.”
The Los Angeles Kings have signed defenseman Matt Greene to a five-year contact extension that will carry into the 2013-14 season, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Friday.
from Chris Bradford of the Beaver County Times,
Though the two are cordial and respectful of what the other has accomplished, it’s also clear that the two won’t be going out for vodkas soon. When the Washington Capitals took Ovechkin first overall and the Penguins selected Malkin second, the two were inseparable.
Though they are reluctant to say otherwise, it’s apparent that neither is on each other’s Christmas card list. Only Ovechkin and Malkin really know what happened to their friendship but it’s clearly non-existent now. Either that or Russians have a very funny way of showing it.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
At the moment, the Marian Gaborik-to-Montreal rumour that made the rounds in cyberspace this week has its genesis in one thing, and one thing alone – the close relationship between the man who may eventually have to trade Gaborik if he can’t sign him to a contract extension, Minnesota Wild general manager Doug Risebrough, and his long-time Habs’ teammate, Gainey. If Risebrough needs to shop Gaborik – something that will happen later rather than sooner, largely because so few teams could fit his $7.5-million (all currency U.S.) annual salary under the cap in mid-October - he would ideally like to place him with an Eastern Conference team.
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from Stu Hackel of Slap Shot at the NYT,
Listening to Bob McKenzie this morning on Team 990 radio in “Montreal’s Morning Show,” it seems Coach Melrose could be a bit out of touch with the way the game is played today and he’s on the verge of losing his players.
We’ve heard the same thing from another well-connected source, who says Barry still thinks he’s coaching the 1993 Kings.
McKenzie recommended that Melrose rely more on his excellent coaching staff — Rick Tocchet, Wes Walz and Cap Raeder — who have not spent that last 12 years on TV but working in the N.H.L. and have more of a grasp about how the game is currently played.
via the St. Louis Blues,
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that goaltender Chris Mason underwent emergency appendectomy surgery on Thursday night. He is expected to miss approximately two weeks.
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