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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
OK, we’ve never been asked to coach an NHL team. But it was a bit mystifying to see Olaf Kolzig in net Saturday for Washington a day after newcomer Cristobal Huet shut out the New Jersey Devils 4-0 in his inaugural start for the Caps. It’s not like Huet was too worn out. He faced just 18 shots against New Jersey and his last start was Feb. 21. But this may be function of coach Bruce Boudreau trying to appease too many folks now that he has three netminders following the Huet trade.
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from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
The move Gainey made on trade deadline day to trade Cristobal Huet to the Washington Capitals indicates that while he can’t predict Price or backup Jaroslav Halak will have any playoff success, he believes unequivocally Huet will falter in the post-season.
Gainey may very well be wrong and the move might turn out to be a disastrous one, but you have to admire the conviction and kahunas he showed in making the trade in the first place.
Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals, was interviewed today on XM Radio discussing the world of hockey blogging.
*Our thanks to Hockey This Morning on NHL Home Ice XM 204, for the providing the audio for KK readers.
NEW YORK (March 3, 2008)—Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco and Buffalo Sabres left wing Thomas Vanek have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the month of February.
from the Calgary Herald,
Kiprusoff’s leash has lost about five links based on Joseph’s efficient play and Kipper’s alleged sloth of late. For both Kiprusoff and goalie coach David Marcoux, this is uncharted territory. How quickly will coach Mike Keenan now pull back on the chain? How much more ice will Cujo see? And how will it play between Kiprusoff’s ears? You’ve just crossed over into the Goalie Controversy.
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from jenniejenniewho’s at NHL Connect,
The hockey gods are one of the best things about hockey; they are the mystical forces that let you believe things will work themselves out. If they don’t, it wasn’t meant to be.
The hockey gods take the pressure off fandom. Sure, the fact that Marian Hossa got hurt in his debut with the Penguins seems terrible, but the hockey gods know why it happened. You hope against hope it’s to set up an stirring comeback that coincides with Sidney Crosby’s return to the ice; you like to think the hockey gods will make it a game that will be talked about for ages, one that vaults the Penguins to the top of the Eastern Conference,
fro Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,
Not sure how many people have noticed but Sergei Samsonov is well on his way to resurrecting his NHL career. The 29-year-old Moscow native is turning into quite the reclamation project for the Carolina Hurricanes.
The former first-round draft pick has 21 points (11-10) in 24 games since arriving.
“It’s been a great change for me personally and a good fit overall,” Samsonov told Sportsnet.ca.
from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Lous Post-Dispatch,
The Blues are in crisis mode. They can’t score goals, can’t win games, and the coach is questioning his players’ commitment. Big, bustling crowds have come into Scottrade Center with renewed hopes and dreams, only to go home disappointed.
The National Hockey League will be in Detroit on Tuesday to film Zetterberg in a commercial called “Walkout” — a spot “designed to highlight the distinct intensity and drama of playoff hockey seen through the eyes of the players,” according to an e-mail from Michael DiLorenzo, NHL director of corporate communications.
The ad will show Zetterberg walking onto the ice for a road playoff game with 20,000 fans rooting against him. The league didn’t say where the spot would be filmed.
from the Vancouver Sun,
Is it too late for a trade-deadline do-over?
Too bad, because the Vancouver Canucks are suddenly looking like a team that needs some big changes.
The Canucks have lost three straight games since general manager Dave Nonis virtually stood pat on deadline day.
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