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What player has surprised you the most so far this year?
(Carbonneau): It would have to be Michael Del Zotto from the Rangers, so far this season he has been the best of the young players.
And the Colorado Avalanche as a team has surprised me. The acquisition of Craig Anderson has obviously given them more stability in net.
from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,
First the news about the Nathan Horton rumor. I hate to even give credence to a report that doesn’t cite a single source—named or anonymous—but I know y’all are curious after the Ottawa Sun reported the Panthers are trying to trade Horton.
So I asked GM Randy Sexton about it this morning. He told me “there is no shred of truth” to the report, that it was “absolutely” made up and that he hasn’t contacted teams, nor have any contacted him, about trading Horton.
And Sexton didn’t sound like an executive just throwing out the routine denial you often hear when there’s such speculation. He was vehement it wasn’t true. Personally, I believe him.
Horton has a goal in each of the past two games after going without a goal the first four games. Like Sexton, Coach Pete DeBoer isn’t unhappy with Horton. DeBoer said today Horton “has played some real good hockey here for us” and that the No. 1 line as a whole has played well even though Horton, Weiss and Booth don’t have many points to show for it and are a combined minus-16.
continue for more on the Panthers…
from Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal,
The Phoenix Coyotes’ Chapter 11 bankruptcy case is in a holding pattern.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Redfield Baum is waiting on a revised $148 million bid for the team from the National Hockey League. But the NHL is waiting on guidance from Baum on how exactly to revise its bid.
from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
Here’s what Terry Murray said, after today’s morning skate, about Alexander Frolov being scratched. Frolov stayed on the ice (with Trevor Lewis) long after the rest of the players left the ice — typical for scratched players — and stayed after the bus left. I have put in a request to talk with Frolov before tonight’s game. Here are Murray’s quotes…
MURRAY: “Frolov is out. That’s really a hard one. You don’t want to take your best players out of the lineup. That’s how you win games. Your best players have to be the best every night in this game. It’s such a competitive division, a competitive conference, a competitive league, that you just havfe to have your top guys on their ‘A’ game every night in order to give yourself an opportunity to win. It’s a hard thing, but those are the demands that the players have to meet.
added 4:43pm, Hammond had a chance to speak with Kings GM Dean Lombardi,
LOMBARDI: “When you sit a player out, and it’s a player who should be one of your best players, it’s safe to say you’ve probably tried everything. This is not something that was a knee-jerk reaction. That’s the first thing. Then, like I said, you’re worried about the message it sends to the rest of the team, because you want those guys to play hard.
Rangers, Penguins and Coyotes in the top 3, read on for the rest.
NEW YORK (October 19, 2009)—Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Craig Anderson and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Oct. 18.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
The three ramifications: it puts every Bruin on notice that their early season malaise has consequences; it clears Kobasew’s $2.33 million hit off the cap this year and next, creating space either for an immediate deal to bolster the sagging blue line or possibly to extend center Marc Savard; and it gives Claude Julien a chance to juice the roster with a couple of hungry minor leaguers in Brad Marchand, Vlad Sobotka and Guillaume Lefebvre, all of whom were called up from Providence. It’s not a shot at Kobasew’s effort to suggest that this deal was all about addition by subtraction for the Bruins.
And maybe that’s all it was. But it wouldn’t be a surprise to hear that his former teammates will be rooting for Kobasew to provide a big boost to the Wild. At least enough of a lift to keep 29th-ranked Minnesota ahead of the last place Toronto Maple Leafs…the team whose first-round pick the Bruins own this summer.
from USA Hockey,
In our first episode you’ll hear Doug Wilson, former NHL hockey player and current general manager of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, discuss how parents and coaches can encourage youth athletes to focus on three main principles - effort, learning and bouncing back from mistakes.
from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
The Ducks are dealing with a shaky present following a bad home loss to St. Louis but at some point this season or afterward they’ll have to address their future with Bobby Ryan.
ryanart1Ryan is making $765,000 in the final year of his original three-year entry level contract. There have not been any discussions between the winger and Ducks management but Ryan’s agent, Mark Guy, said his client is open to getting an extension done during the season.
“I don’t know if there’s any kind of imminent time line to it,” Guy said.
The 22-year-old Ryan can become a restricted free agent in July if a deal isn’t worked out before then. Naturally this season is important as the Ducks wonder if he can follow up his 31-goal, 57-point rookie campaign that made him a Calder Trophy finalist.
General Manager Bob Murray would not comment on any contract discussions with Ryan, though he did say that he wants to see what the big winger does in his second full season.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
This week, the Wild might have to start up the “Save the Season” campaign because a hole—a large one—already has been dug.
Realists could have predicted a slow start to this season.
New coach. New players. New philosophy. Heavy road schedule. Often times, that equates to early-season struggles.
But even the biggest skeptics couldn’t have predicted the Wild would be swept on its five-game, 11-day road trip out west. The Wild only has the sheer incompetence of the winless Toronto Maple Leafs to thank for not being dead last in the NHL.
Of course, 29th isn’t a whole lot better.
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