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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.
via Rangers Report,
Stephen Valiquette gets his second start of the season. “Two out of three,” Renney said when explaining why he went with the backup tonight. “I’d like Henrik to beat the Detroit Red Wings.”
From Chris Kuc at the Chicago Tribune:
With the hiring of Joel Quenneville as Savard’s replacement, some of the focus of the rest of the management team, consisting of Wirtz, McDonough and senior adviser Scotty Bowman, likely will shift to Tallon.
“I can handle it,” Tallon said of the scrutiny. “That’s what we’re in this business for. As John has said, this is a big boys table, a big boys club. We’re here to win. I’m going to give it my all.”
The Hawks have made three coaching changes since Tallon was named the eighth general manager in team history June 21, 2005. Tallon’s first act was to let coach Brian Sutter go. His replacement, Trent Yawney, was dumped Nov. 27, 2006.
Update 1:36pm ET: Blackhawks press release on new additions to coaching staff—
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today the addition of Marc Bergevin as an assistant coach on Joel Quenneville’s staff. Bergevin, 43, is currently in his third season in the Blackhawks front office, having previous served on the scouting staff, which includes his most recent stint as the director of professional scouting. The Montreal native joins John Torchetti, Mike Haviland and goaltending coach Stephane Waite as the fourth member on Quenneville’s staff.
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