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from the Buffalo News,
Is the Sabres personnel that was so successful in the wideopen NHL still suitable in a league that features tighter games?
“We ask ourselves that question,” Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said Tuesday. “I think it is.
“We can [adapt]. That doesn’t mean we don’t learn as we go and maybe make some minor personnel changes down the road or stay the way we are, but yeah, we can be all right. We’re heading in the right direction now. We’re not getting the results, but we’re moving in the right direction.”
Jiri Tlusty made a bad decision, deciding to send some “racy” pics to a girl he met online. Canucks & Beyond has the write-up and yes, we did see the pics last week and no, they won’t be posted on KK.
What he did was make a mistake in judgment and we will not add fuel to the fire on this topic. So the email requests for the pics can stop now.
News is breaking this morning in Detroit and I just caught bits and pieces… Not sure if this happened on take-off or landing, but the Wings plane slid off the runway and reports are everyone is ok.
I will update as more information becomes available.
update 7:35am, Now Fox2 in Detroit reports the pilot took a wide turn on the runway in St. Louis last night and the plane got stuck in mud. The team spent the night in St. Louis and will travel this morning.
The first report of sliding off the runway was made by Channel 4 in Detroit.
picture added 8:26am...
from the Columbus Dispatch,
The Blue Jackets, despite years of picking high in the draft, have fewer dynamic players than just about any other club in the Western Conference, save Phoenix.
The Blue Jackets can’t beat clubs on autopilot. The only way they can be successful is when they play a high-octane, borderline reckless brand of hockey.
“It’s not enough for us to match the energy of our opponents,” coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We have to bring more energy than they have. We have to outplay them in that aspect of the game, or we’re going to struggle.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
But the language Avery slung at Darcy Tucker that provoked a skirmish on the ice prior to Saturday’s match in Toronto, was most certainly not worthy of supplementary discipline, even in the increasingly antiseptic NHL.
It is beyond belief that VP Colin Campbell would have summoned Avery to his office for a disciplinary hearing here yesterday, even if the winger was merely fined for “unprofessional conduct” and not suspended at the end of the day.
From Mark Herrmann at Newsday,
Far be it from me to tell anyone how to spend their $2 billion. So don’t look here for a quick yea or nay on the sweeping plan to completely redo Nassau Coliseum and develop the 77 acres around it.
What we can help with is to see the question behind the question, which is a biggie: Is Long Island the right place for a major-league sports team?
That is the $2-billion stumper we have to answer because a project such as the village proposed by Islanders owner Charles Wang and Scott Rechler is the cost of doing business in the big leagues these days.
Press Release from the Los Angeles Kings,
Southern California hockey fans have spoken and selected a name for the local NHL rivalry. Following a seven-week online contest, “Freeway Face-Off” has become the name by which all future competitions between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings will be called. “Freeway Face-Off” received over 4,800 votes, besting three other finalists: “Freezeway Series”, “Ice-5 Series” and “Crosstown Showdown.”
Also, I’m told the Kings/Ducks game tonight is an unusual broadcast being done—at least in part—with no announcers commenting during the action, and some unique camera angles.
Is anyone watching this? Any thoughts?
From the Dallas Stars,
Dallas Stars Chairman of the Board and Owner Thomas O. Hicks announced this afternoon that Brett Hull and Les Jackson have been named Interim Co-General Managers to run the Stars’ Hockey Operations for the remainder of the season. Earlier today Hicks announced that he relieved Doug Armstrong from his duties as General Manager of the hockey club.
*Doug Armstrong was let go earlier today
via the New York Rangers,
On Tuesday afternoon, the Rangers organization released the following statement to the press on behalf of forward Sean Avery.
Avery made the following remarks regarding recent media reports:
“I am extremely upset and hurt that false and damaging comments were attributed to me regarding Jason Blake. I made no such comments. I have lost two grandfathers to cancer and have been a consistent contributor to multiple cancer related charities, first and foremost, Hockey Fights Cancer. I am unable to comment further, as the matter is now being addressed by legal counsel.”
Update 5:48pm ET: From TSN,
Avery and Darcy Tucker began jawing at each other near centre-ice during the warm-up to Saturday’s game at Air Canada Centre. Blake was also involved before Avery and Tucker exchanged shoves as both teams gathered around. In the first period, Avery and Tucker hooked up in a fight and continued a heated conversation in the penalty box.
As a result of the incident, the Rangers were fined $25,000 and the Maple Leafs $10,000 while Avery was fined the maximum $2,500 and Darcy Tucker $1,000. The Maple Leafs made no formal complaint about the incident to the league.
The National Hockey League announced today disciplinary action resulting from NHL game #251 between the Phoenix Coyotes and San Jose Sharks, November 12.
Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Nick Boynton has been suspended automatically for one game, while head coach Wayne Gretzky has been fined $10,000. Boynton was assessed an instigator penalty at 15:50 of the third period.
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