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News from the Farm: 10/21/10

If you’re looking for an update on Aunt Bessie’s cow, or information on last summer’s harvest, look on.

If, however, you’re looking for news and information on the top minor league affiliates of the NHL’s Southeast Division clubs, you’re in the right place.

In years past, I would run News from Norfolk as a regular feature on Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate and now, News from the Farm will feature the Charlotte Checkers, Chicago Wolves, Hershey Bears and Rochester Americans along with the Admirals, to follow the progress of the Southeast’s future stars at the AHL level (and, at least for now, Michael Nylander and Sheldon Souray too).

We’ll look at game results, standings, league and team-leading scorers and goaltenders, pick a player of the week, have a glance at the schedule ahead and keep you abreast of any other developments for these players and their clubs.

Thursday seemed as good a day as any for this weekly feature, so that’s where it will be slotted in to start (and this week, as the first installment, there’s plenty of AHL action to catch up on).

Without further delay, News from the Farm:

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Coaches In Trouble?

from Spector at FoxSports,

The current NHL season is only a couple of weeks old but already there’s talk that several struggling teams could consider coaching changes if their fortunes don’t improve soon. Here’s a look at five NHL head coaches who could be in danger of losing their jobs.

John MacLean, New Jersey Devils

When MacLean was promoted from the Devils farm team this summer into their head coaching position it was expected he’d move the club away from their trademark defensive game toward a more offensive style better suited for scoring stars like Zach Parise, Patrik Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk.

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Points Per Minute

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

There are some ways to look at these numbers and see potential benefits for particular players.

First, if it’s a first-line player like Brad Richards or Steven Stamkos, just keep on keeping on. They’re going to play significant minutes, so there is ample opportunity to put up points.

Then, we come to guys in new locations and some evidence (however little) that it might be working. Nathan Horton, Matt Cullen and Clarke MacArthur are all making a positive impact in their new uniforms.   Brendan Morrison and Andrew Ladd are scoring for their new clubs as well.

What about the grinders who are overachieving? Sure, it’s nice to see Dominic Moore and Marty Reasoner chipping in offensively, but let’s not get too carried away expecting their early offensive surges to continue.

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Those Detroit Red Wings

The OC Register gives us five reasons to love the Wings and five to hate them….

Reason No. 5 to hate Detroit: Bandwagon fans. Every popular team has them in the NHL. But Detroit probably is at the front of the pack when it comes to those who just happened to be die-hards even though they have zero ties to the city. Just look around Honda Center for all the red jerseys at the next Detroit-Ducks game. There can’t be that many Detroit transplants, can there?

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More Work For Colin Campbell

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

More details should emerge later today about the extent of Drew Doughty’s upper-body injury, but in the meantime, it looks like it could be another busy day for Colin Campbell, the NHL’s chief disciplinarian, reviewing videotape and trying to administer the NHL’s new commitment to getting blindside head shots out of the game.

Doughty, the Los Angeles Kings’ defenceman and early-season Norris Trophy favorite, was injured in the opening period of Wednesday’s 4-3 win over the visiting Carolina Hurricanes on a play that looked enough like Shane Doan’s suspension-worthy hit on Dan Sexton to come under official NHL scrutiny. The league, at least, thought Doan’s blindside hit was suspension-worthy and fell afoul of the new blind-side head-shot rule. Doan’s view was that he was merely taking Sexton’s ice away, and that he’d skated himself into good enough position so that the Anaheim Ducks’ forward could see the contact coming. In Doan’s view, it was a legal check.

Replays of the hit that Hurricanes’ forward Erik Cole delivered on Doughty hit was at the very least late - really late, long after Doughty had given up possession of the puck.

continued and if you missed the hit, watch it here...

added 3:22pm, Reports state Doughty out at least a week but no injury information released.

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Sabres Get Big Relief in Blueland

It’s a mystery why the three strongest performances by Buffalo thus far have been their three road contests, where they’ve averaged over 40 shots per game, but at this stage the Sabres will take points anywhere they can get them - even if nobody is there to see it.

It was an impressive 4-1 win last night in Atlanta in front of a few family and friends at a sparsely populated Philips Arena, and the script for getting some key players going couldn’t have been written much better.

Tyler Myers netted his first goal of 2010-11, and despite an ugly first period turnover he looked much better overall.  There’s just too much ability there for the turnaround not to continue.  Keep in mind that even when Myers was playing at his best last season he was prone to occasionally coughing up the puck.  You must have some talent if you can win a Calder Trophy after leading the NHL in giveaways.

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With Avery In Toronto, Trash Talking Topic Comes Up

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

...there are very few NHL players who are gifted at the art of the verbal riposte. Look at the example of New York Islanders defenceman James Wisniewski. He was suspended for two games earlier this month because the best insult he could manage on Avery was an obscene gesture.

Leafs head coach Ron Wilson, who claims he was never much of a trash-talker in his playing days but admitted to supplying teammates with material, lamented that it is a lost art. Political correctness in society in general means “the things you used to say, you can’t say anymore. It’s as simple as that,” Wilson said.

His players, on the other hand, said there are limits on what can be said on the ice but trash talking is still alive in today’s NHL. A player’s race, for example, is an obvious taboo and so is family, particularly wives and girlfriends, although there is much evidence the latter restriction is not especially respected.

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Tim Thomas Has His Style Back

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Claude Julien sees the difference in Tim Thomas’ game, how the Bruins’ goalie is attacking more, challenging shooters.

“He’s played more like he did a couple of years ago,” the Bruins’ coach said.

Thomas feels the difference in his game because the nagging hip injury that bothered him last season is gone and he’s free to flail and flop around in his crease in the way only he can.

“That’s my style,” the goalie quipped.

And with the puck requiring the world’s greatest GPS to find the back of the Bruins’ net, their opponents have learned that the old goalie, 36 and coming off a forgettable 2009-10 season, still has plenty of life left in his game, enough to create the most fabulous of goalie controversies.

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/21/10

Today’s three cheers for last night’s top performers in NHL action:

***Cheers to Chicago’s Marty Turco, who made 36 saves and held the fort for the ‘Hawks in the shootout for a 2-1 decision over the Vancouver Canucks. Turco only had to make one save in the breakaway tiebreaker, on Mikael Samuelsson, but Roberto Luongo stopped none at the other end and the Blackhawks earned the extra point in turn. Luongo was good during the actual game, making 31 saves of his own and earning third star honors, but what’s going on with his early season numbers? A 3.38 goals-against and an .888 save percentage isn’t exactly the Bobby Lu Canucks fans expect, nor is the 2-3-2 mark for their club. Surely, it’s only a matter of time before he (and the team) turns it around. (Right?)

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Broken Hand Sidelines Moreau

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Moreau was attempting to block a shot taken by Anaheim’s Paul Mara, the puck striking him on top of his right hand about four minutes into the second. He knew something was wrong immediately. Witnesses say he fired his stick against a wall while making his way from the tunnel to the Blue Jackets dressing room.

“It’s broken,” Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel said. “It’s going to be a while.”

This is a big blow for the Blue Jackets, who had relied on Moreau early this season to play on the checking line and top penalty kill.

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