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from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
(Andy) Murray is on the spot. When his teams succeed, his exhaustive game-planning draws praise. Players feel well-prepared to face every opponent and every game situation.
But when Murray’s teams struggle, people within and outside the organization wonder if the players are burning out.
Have they endured too many group and individual meetings? Have they heard the same motivational note too many times?
Has their coach’s withering intensity sapped their energy?
from James Gordon of Hockey Capital,
“We have to make a tweak if we can,” Murray said Monday before heading to Toronto, where the National Hockey League’s 30 general managers are meeting this week to discuss head shots, rule changes, equipment standards and maybe a deal or two.
“Very definitely, we have to find a way to get at least one more player here,” he said, acknowledging that player would probably be another forward. “I’m certainly going to investigate as we go forward here to see if there’s anything more we can do, and at some point we’ll figure out if we need to make a change.”
from J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News,
Giguere, asked Monday if he has been approached about waiving the no-trade clause, said, “That’s something you probably should ask Bob Murray.” The Ducks’ general manager declined comment through a spokesperson.
“I want to play; that’s when I have fun. Right now, this is not fun,” Giguere said. “I am looking forward to having fun at some point at some time. I’m not sure what’s going to happen, but it’s going to happen.”
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
“I called Lou’s room,’’ said Brian Burke, then a pugnacious, 185-pound Friar forward, recalling a memory of more than 30 years ago. “And I said, ‘Coach, you’re not going to believe this, but some guy’s got a bunch of dogs outside here . . . they’re making a real racket, and there’s no way we’ll get to sleep.’ Lou screams, ‘What?!’ then says, ‘I’ll be right there!’ and hangs up.’’
Burke and his fellow Friars then turned their attention back outside, watching gleefully from their hotel rooms as the diminutive coach from the Dominican Friars college located in Rhode Island’s capital - dedicated to a “spirituality that embraces the whole person’’ as its stated mission - transformed into a ferocious bulldog.
“Lou’s out there screaming at the guy, ‘What’s this! Pack these dogs up . . . get ’em outta here!’ ’’ said Burke. “The poor slob . . . didn’t know what hit him . . . and he gives Lou some lip. That really set Lou off. ‘Look,’ Lou screams, ‘you’ve got five minutes to get these bleepin’ dogs back in their boxes, get ’em outta here. Five minutes! And if you don’t, I’m telling you, I’ll start strangling them, one by one, with my bare hands!’ The guy had to think Lou was nuts. No question. But you know what? He got outta there, dogs ’n all.’’
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
TSN’s Pierre McGuire said last week the Senators are whining too much to the officials.
McGuire, who has a perch between the benches during games, said officials can tune out players if they’re constantly complaining.
Whether Clouston agrees with McGuire, the coach told his players in a meeting to show up and shut up.
“If that’s the perception, we have to change that perception,” said Clouston. “If we are perceived (as being mouthy), we have to change that, whether it’s true or not. I don’t think we do anything different, but if the perception is that, we have to make adjustments.
“If that’s our image, we have to turn that around through hard work and just shutting our mouth, maybe to the other extreme. If we are perceived as going one way, we’ll go the other way until it eventually turns around.
“We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We have to keep working hard, shut our mouths and, hopefully, eventually it will turn around.”
from Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The agent for star center Marc Savard says contract talks continue with the Boston Bruins, but time is also becoming of the essence.
“We continue to discuss regularly,” agent Larry Kelly told ESPN.com Monday night at the Hockey Hall of Fame. “Both sides are interested in getting something done. But obviously there are issues we are working through.”
The longer it takes, the closer Savard gets to July 1, when he would become an unrestricted free agent. It’s clear from what Kelly said that the clock is ticking.
much more from the HHOF inductions as Pierre and Scott made the rounds at the event…
Watch the best goals, saves and hits from the past week.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Peverley recalled the day last season when Nashville head coach Barry Trotz told him he was being put on waivers and that, assuming no other NHL team picked him up, he’d perhaps get his confidence back playing in the American Hockey League. Peverley and his wife drove around near the Nashville airport waiting for word on whether he was headed to another NHL team or hopping a plane to Milwaukee and the Preds’ AHL affiliate.
Atlanta GM Don Waddell, however, saw something in Peverley. It has turned out to be a boon for both the player, who recently signed a two-year contract extension worth a total of $2.6 million, and the franchise.
“Here, I get counted on to have some offensive production,” Peverley told ESPN.com this week, “and whenever you play a lot and play a lot of minutes, you’re going to develop a lot of confidence, and I just think that’s the case.”
The 27-year-old Guelph, Ontario, native said he understands how people may be waiting for the clock to strike midnight on his Cinderella-story emergence as an NHL scorer. But he’s determined not to go pumpkin any time soon.
more and other topics include the Wings, & the Sedins…
from Darren Pang at HockeyChats.com,
Tonight, I get to sit, enjoy, and take in a moment I never imagined happening some 30 years ago when Steve Yzerman and I began our friendship, playing hockey in Nepean, Ontario.
It has lasted the test of time, and he has been a friend that has been so much greater than that as a player. He is a great father to 3 girls, a phenomenal husband and one of the greatest leaders this sport has ever seen.
more from Darren as he takes in the HHOF inductions.
Make sure to check out HockeyChats while you are there. It has great potential.
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