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Bettman Calls Fan Who Was Grabbed By Rypien

from Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press,

James Engquist, 28, the Mendota Heights resident who was grabbed while in the stands by Vancouver Canucks player Rick Rypien during a game against the Minnesota Wild Tuesday, today received a telephone call from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman apologizing with an offer of dinner and tickets to another game.

Engquist said he appreciated what he called a “classy” gesture by Bettman, but is disappointed that Rypien received just a six-game suspension from the NHL and the Canucks at $25,000 fine.


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  Tags: james+engquist, rick+rypien

Afternoon Line

“I was playing in Toronto and Gordie was playing in Hartford with the two boys (sons Marty and Mark).”  The boys told me beforehand ‘be careful because Gordie kind of runs things out there.’ I run Mark into the corner, knock him down and am heading back up the ice feeling pretty good about myself. All of a sudden ‘bam!’ Gordie drops me with an elbow and says, ‘don’t ever do that again. And I never did.”

-Lanny McDonald, retired NHL player.  Via Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun at the Sudbury Star.

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  Tags: gordie+howe, lanny+mcdonald

After a Loss, Boucher Doesn’t Disappoint

Last night’s tilt between the New York Islanders and the Tampa Bay Lightning won’t highlight any instructional hockey videos – it was ugly, all-around, really – and the finish was marred by what was probably the longest video review in the history of NHL hockey in October. But, though the 3-2 Islanders overtime victory serves as a shining example that, even in a slop fest like this one, there’s some good and bad to go with some serious ugly, I can’t bring myself to go full G, B & U today. (Tried – didn’t work – onward…)

Instead, some random observations:


It’s not as though I’m ever pulling for the Lightning to lose but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to the first Guy Boucher post-loss press conference.

I’ve been impressed with Boucher, who seems to have the favorable blend of teacher, tactician and shrink attributes in his bag of coaching tricks, from the start. He’s been intense all the while but he’d led me to believe that after a loss – particularly a poorly-played loss – we’d see a different side and, last night, he didn’t disappoint.

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  Tags: dan+ellis, guy+boucher, matt+smaby, randy+jones, ryan+malone, simon+gagne, simon+gagne, steve+downie, vincent+lecavalier

Six Games For Rypien & Canucks Fined

NEW YORK (October 22, 2010) – Vancouver Canucks forward Rick Rypien has been suspended six games, without pay, for making physical contact with a spectator during NHL Game #76 at Xcel Energy Center Tuesday night.

The Canucks also were fined $25,000, as required by League policy. 

Including the game already served while Friday’s hearing was pending, Rypien will be eligible to return to play Nov. 6 against Detroit.

“Prior to each season, all clubs and players are advised that under no circumstances are club personnel permitted to have physical contact with fans, or enter, or attempt to enter the stands,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “We hold NHL players to a high standard, and there simply is no excuse for conduct of this nature. Fortunately, this incident is not typical of the way NHL players conduct themselves and is not typical of the way Mr. Rypien had conducted himself during his career.”

The incident occurred at 13:38 of the second period as Rypien was leaving the ice following an altercation with Minnesota’s Brad Staubitz.

The last time a player was suspended for more than four games for making physical contact with a spectator was March 20, 1982, when defenseman Doug Halward of the Canucks was suspended seven games for an altercation with fans.

added 12:45pm,

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks President and General Manager Mike Gillis released the following statement today regarding the National Hockey League suspension of forward Rick Rypien:

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Burnside & LeBrun Discuss Some Early Goaltending Controversies

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Taylor Hall Showtime

Taylor Hall was all over the ice in the 2nd and 3rd period last night.

Pretty impressive show, now all he has to do is convert.

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Morning Line

We aren’t a very good team right now. We have a lot of work to do in practice. We have to heal up as we seem to lose a player in every game to injury that jumbles up the lines.

We are what our record says we are and right now, we are just an average NHL team.

-Ted Leonsis, Owner of the Washington Capitals.  More at Ted’s Take.

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Chatting With Vancouver Fans

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

After spending two hours on a Province Sports live chat with Vancouver Canucks’ fans on Wednesday — thanks Slap Shot and Chitown-HawkeyGirl, are those your real names, by the way? — I learned the following.

• Alain Vigneault should be fired by Friday, if not sooner.

• Roberto Luongo is the worst goalie in the history of hockey.

• Kevin Bieksa is the worst defenceman in the history of hockey.

• The Canucks’ fourth line is the worst fourth line in the history of hockey.

• I’m the worst writer in the history of hockey.


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Hossa Putting Up Big Numbers

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

A healthy knee and some serious bling have given Marian Hossa the chance to feel as relaxed as he’s ever been on the ice.

Chicago is lovin’ it.

“A couple of years ago in Atlanta I had a similar start, but definitely I feel healthy, I feel relaxed and I’m playing with a great centerman and a great wing,” Hossa told NHL.com Thursday. “I feel much lighter on the ice and I’m having more fun on the ice, but I try not to make a big deal out of it. It’s only eight games.”

Yeah, but it’s a League-best 7 goals and 4 assists in those eight games, all with Jonathan Toews in the middle and fellow Slovak Tomas Kopecky on the left. Hossa hasn’t been this prolific at the start of a season since 2006, when with the Thrashers he flew out of the gates, scoring 10 goals and dishing out 5 assists to help Atlanta jump out to a 7-1-1 start.


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  Tags: marian+hossa

Flames Need Points From Top Players

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

Paging Jarome Iginla, Alex Tanguay, Matt Stajan, and Olli Jokinen . . .

“We had opportunities tonight,” Sutter said, shaking his head. The difference too, really at the end of the night was their top players produced for them. We had chances, but we never capitalized on them.

“We need production from our top players, and everyone else has to chip in.”

read on for a recap of the Wings/Flames game…

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