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from Steve Rosenbloom of the Rosen Blog at the Chicago Tribune,
Whatever numbers the Hawks threw at you, the last three games blew up the era of good feeling. The Hawks lost a shootout, lost in overtime and lost in regulation. All three games were at home, mind you.
They lost a shootout against Boston, the best team in the East.
They lost in overtime to St. Louis, a rival rivaling Detroit.
And on Sunday night, the Hawks not only lost in regulation to San Jose, the best team in hockey, but they choked in the third period at home with some dumb penalties.
The Hawks have promise. I still believe that.
from Tripp Mickle of SportsBusiness Journal,
NHL owners accustomed to minding their own business now have to disclose it, courtesy of a new policy instituted by the league in late September.
In response to a series of unknown financial arrangements between former Nashville Predators owner William “Boots” Del Biaggio and two other NHL owners, the league’s board of governors adopted a new policy that requires owners to disclose any and all business and financial relationships between one another.
The rule means that an owner like AEG, which owns the Los Angeles Kings, must submit to the league every single one of the arenas that it manages that also serve as home to an NHL club, like Jobing.com where the Phoenix Coyotes play
read on (SBJ is normally a paid subscription, and thanks go out to them for releasing the article to KK)
The NHL’s Senior Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations, Colin Campbell, had the following memo, obtained by TSN, posted in every NHL dressing room on Friday….
“We cannot and will not tolerate blows to the head that are deliberate, avoidable and illegal. Furthermore, both the history and status of the offender (first time versus repeat) and the nature of the injury caused (if any) will be taken into consideration as they have been in the past. The length of suspensions for illegal blows to the head will be increased if these incidents persist across the League. Taking steps to maintain the safest on-ice environment possible for the Players remains our most important priority.”
“I didn’t want to leave,” he said. “I have a lot of roots there, and we love Dallas. It is just dream come true to be able to put that jersey back on. I think the reason why (I was not re-signed by the Stars) was a cap issue. That’s the way it is; it’s the way the system works. There are no hard feelings. I’ve very excited to be back.”
from Sam Kasan of PittsburghPenguins.com,
Boucher was notified of the trade on Sunday morning. He shared the news with his son Matthew, 10, and daughter Vanessa, 5. When they were told their father was traded to Pittsburgh, Vanessa responded:
“Daddy’s going to play with Sidney Crosby!”...
For now, Boucher becomes the newest Penguin and he’s excited about putting on the Penguins uniform.
“Who wouldn’t be?” Boucher said. “I have experience. I’ve played in almost every situation. I’m not sure of my role but I’m excited to join the team. I can’t wait to find out.”
from the Universal Cynic,
Here’s the synopsis: Brian Burke, Brian Burke, Leafs, Brian Burke…Barry Melrose, Barry Melrose, Barry Melrose.
Then, at the very end of the segment, Ron MacLean dropped the following (very telling) statement:
“We don’t have time to talk about Ottawa.”
from The Spin, a blog by Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Yep, the kid who scored Vancouver’s pretty first goal on Saturday night was given away by Fletcher.
If you agree Wellwood looks reborn in Vancouver, then you’d have to say it was a bad deal by Fletcher.
Yet nobody, but nobody, covering the Wellwood story seemed to bring that point up.
It was, really, yet another example of the extra layer of teflon assigned to Fletcher in his second go around with the hockey club. Nothing bad that has happened since he arrived in January is attributed to him, and anything positive is wildly exaggerated.
Even now, with the team having won only seven of 18 games and having lost five of its past seven matches, the tributes to Fletcher’s work are just pouring in by people who have been around the game for a long time and should know better.
from Mike Harrington of Sabres Edge,
Larry Quinn said over the summer the postgame show was getting dumped on the road because it was just three guys talking (Roby, Ray and Sylvester). What’s so wrong with that? He said the ratings on the road were lousy. I believe him but the team stunk last year and many road games are on Saturdays, an admittedly tough ratings night….
The Sabres are clearly going in another direction, pushing you to their Web site. You’ll usually see some locker room and Ruff video there. It seems they’re more interested in the glitz of the Sabres Show, their nicely packaged weekly magazine, than their actual game telecasts.
Seriously, do they really think we care more about a show featuring Maria Genero’s inane talks with players at local restaurants or her probing “interviews” with the likes of Tom Golisano?
from NYI Point Blank,
When you’ve had your car torched because someone doesn’t like the color of your skin, you can deal with the occasional “Who the %$@# is Sudarshan Maharaj and what qualifies him to coach Rick DiPietro and Joey MacDonald”?
The Islanders goaltending consultant, Maharaj has heard it all but never complains, not even when a trio of racists in Sweden set his car on fire 20 years ago during his pro playing career. Born in Trinidad and raised there for the first six years of his life, Maharaj has refused to let anything distract his focus on making a name in the game of hockey.
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Center Andy McDonald, who leads the club with 18 points, suffered a fractured left leg in the first period Sunday against Montreal and will be out indefinitely….
“Andy has been, to this point in the season, our best player,” Blues coach Andy Murray said. “Nobody feels sorry for us. (But) we battled one of the better teams in the league right to the end with the lineup we had tonight. So, give our guys credit, we’ll find a way.”
more on the game last night…
added 2:12pm, via Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,
After originally reporting Andy McDonald’s injury as a broken leg, the St. Louis Blues on Monday confirmed the veteran center has a broken left ankle and figures to miss at least two months.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that forward Andy McDonald is expected to miss the next eight weeks due to a fractured left leg.
After an MRI was performed by Blues team doctors in St. Louis, it was determined that surgery will not be required.
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,
(Dustin) Penner has been on a terrible run of games, similar to a few bad runs he had last season where he would disappear for weeks at a time. When we last saw Penner, before he was banished to the press box on Saturday, tiny Alexander Steen of the Leafs had blasted the 6-foot, 4-inch, 240-pound Oilers forward right off the puck, as if Penner were Tara Lipinski.
It would be hard for MacTavish to get any greyer than he is, so we’ll have to say that this is the kind of play that will make the Oilers coach go bald.
All that said, Penner wasn’t exactly set up for success this season. If he wanted to nurse feelings that the coach has had it in for him this season, there would be some justification.
- Before the season began, the Oilers brought in Erik Cole to take Penner’s place on the first line with Ales Hemsky and Shawn Horcoff. That didn’t work out for Cole, Hemsky or Horcoff, who completely failed to click.
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