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from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
Coach Bruce Boudreau appears to have changed things up. Sergei Fedorov is wearing a black jersey this morning and he’s working with the defensemen. Michael Nylander, meantime, has replaced him as the second line center, while Boyd Gordon is centering the third line.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
If Bertuzzi were just lumbering and slow, that would be one thing. But it’s clear Bertuzzi has absolutely zero ability to manage his emotions and continues to get his teams in trouble by taking stupid penalties.
His flying elbow at Daniel Sedin’s head Saturday night was easily a suspendable offense and proves Bertuzzi has learned nothing from the Steve Moore incident. Then his hit from behind on Ryan Johnson later in the period almost cost the Calgary Flames the game in regulation time.
more hockey notes…
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
...Which is to say this looked exactly like a suicide attempt, but there is no way to prove it.
Malarchuk, after resisting, ultimately accepted treatment and was hospitalized. He has since been discharged. His coaching career is in jeopardy and he has put the Jackets in an awful position. This gunshot will reverberate for days, months, years.
I should say, off the top, that Malarchuk is one of the most compelling and likable human beings I’ve met.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of the Canadian KK visitors. I do hope you are able to spend this day with family and friends.
Also, it is Columbus Day here in the States, so what can be better than some afternoon hockey today.
Q What’s your favorite vacation spot?
A I have quite a few favorite spots. I’ve been to St. Maarten [in the Caribbean], which I adored. It’s not very big, but we went there about eight years ago with four other couples and rented a house on the French side. We spent time at the beach relaxing and to dinners at night. We walked on the beach, and my wife and friends went snorkeling, and I sat on a rock and watched them. I don’t swim well. But the sand was white and the water was beautiful.
Find out who sat on a rock and watched people snorkel…
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,
If Thursday’s loss was shock, then Saturday’s collapse was disbelief.
The Flames threw every emotional gambit at the Vancouver rematch—including Jarome Iginla’s annual “Fight a Canuck Night”—and still lost. Sure, they salvaged a point, but they had Roberto Luongo on a bad night and couldn’t seal the deal at home.
As Kelly Hrudey astutely noted, the Canucks wrote a primer for the league on how to break down Calgary’s standup defensive style.
So Where to Go Now?
from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
(Jordan) Staal is adamant that he wants to remain with the Penguins. “When you’re winning, there’s no better feeling,” he said. “I want to be on a winning team and I want to be part of this organization, there’s no question about it.”
But economic realities sometimes force clubs and players to make unpleasant decisions.
Shero has no reservations about negotiating during the season and believes that reaching an agreement with Staal won’t require protracted talks. Still, he acknowledged there are no guarantees.
The preseason skeptics pointed toward goaltending as the Avs’ area of worry against the NHL elite. And so far, Peter Budaj hasn’t done anything to shut them up.
-Adrain Dater, Avalanche beat writer for the Denver Post. More about last night’s loss to Edmonton from Dater…
from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,
“I’ve already seen how every- body gets euphoric when you win a game and how every- body wants to blow up the world when you lose a game, and I don’t understand that kind of hysteria. And a lot of it comes, believe it or not, from the media—in the sense of a bipolar approach to reporting, instead of a nice and even approach to everything,” Wilson said, after being asked how his club could beat the Wings 3-2 at Joe Louis Arena, and then lose 6-1 to Montreal at the ACC.
Wilson, like pretty well every other professional coach in North America, insisted that he does not read newspapers, but gets a sense of the media “hysteria” by the questions asked—and it’s something he doesn’t love, nor does he want his players to get caught up in it.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Shanahan isn’t standing in the way of Dawes or Prucha. The questions - two of a series of questions, quite obviously - are whether Shanahan will be invited to walk through the door, and if so, when?
For the longer Shanahan remains out, the more alien his presence on a team that is enthusiastically embracing its collective identity will become.
more on the Rangers…
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