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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
In this week’s rankings, we grade the performances of the goalies so far this season for each team:
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(Last week’s rankings are in parentheses).
1. San Jose Sharks (1): Before getting injured, Evgeni Nabokov was solid, if not quite up to his usual standards. Brian Boucher (7-1-1, .928 save percentage) has been great in a relief role. Grade: B+
2. Boston Bruins (3): Tim Thomas and Manny Fernandez have emerged as the league’s best goalie tandem. Grade: A
NEW YORK (Dec. 1, 2008)—Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller and St. Louis Blues goaltender Chris Mason have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 30.
from the blog of Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
There was an interesting development at the morning skate at Joe Louis Arena – while talking about tonight’s game against the Ducks, Mike Babcock threw out a question of his own.
“Who’s the hardest working team in the National Hockey League?” he said. “Well, in the past I’ve been able to say without any question, here. I don’t think that’s the case right now.”
For more on the TV commercial, visit this post from earlier today.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
So, Brian Burke is finally the GM (and president) of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Here are five things you should know about NHL general managers:
1. One of the reasons we put Ken Holland at the top of our list isn’t because he continues to build Stanley Cup contenders every single season despite drafting in the top 10 about once every two decades….
2. GMs can be a volatile lot. Hey, they’re hockey guys. We remember being in the cramped press box in Detroit during the first round of the 2006 playoffs when Edmonton GM Kevin Lowe raced the length of box to try and get at the NHL officials after a call went against his Oilers. Think gauntlet and you get a sense of Lowe’s path. Lowe’s journey was made even more difficult by the fact he was trying to force out expletives every step of the way.
via Mike Knobler of Thrashers Blog,
Yes, that’s Ilya Kovalchuk wearing a red sweater today at Thrashers practice, along with Marty Reasoner and Chris Thorburn. The red sweater has been the fourth line sweater all year. Reasoner has been a third-line center, and Thorburn has bounced between the third and fourth lines.
If John Anderson wanted to make a statement, he picked a strong way to make it.
added 11:48am, Thanks to a heads-up from a KK member, you can now watch the video here.
I happened to catch the video last night and was very impressed with it, hopefully it will draw some attention to the game on 1/1/09! I did try to find it on the web, but no luck so far.
NEW YORK (December 1, 2008) – The National Hockey League (NHL), in collaboration with NBC, CBC and RDS, has released a new tune-in marketing campaign to promote the upcoming NHL Winter Classic™ 2009 game on New Year’s Day at Wrigley Field. The TV spot, backed by the singing of the late, legendary baseball broadcaster Harry Caray and his iconic version of “Take Me Out To the Ball Game,” debuted Sunday in the U.S. on the “NBC Sunday Night Football Game” between the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings. NBC’s Bob Costas narrates the U.S. version. This marks the first time that the League and its rights-holders have worked together to create a universal campaign for a single event.
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
Winning five of six games made yesterday’s “recovery day” all the more enjoyable before preparing for tomorrow’s date with the Dallas Stars.
More importantly, it’s how the Flames have swung their fortunes: Much improved defence.
“Having spoken out about it a little bit in the past, I’m very happy as a defenceman to see how far we’ve come in the last few games,” blueliner Robyn Regehr said after Saturday night’s 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks. “I’m also very excited to see where we can go.”
Time will only tell whether the Flames ride this momentum to their goals—a Northwest Division title and a Stanley Cup.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
• Maxim Afinogenov likely is headed for the KHL at his earliest opportunity, a big reason the Sabres can’t move the disgruntled, one-dimensional winger this year.
• The San Jose Sharks have an all-black third jersey, which came in handy for them during video review on a Chicago goal by Martin Havlat. Unable to distinguish the puck from diving defenceman Dan Boyle’s uniform, officials waved it off.
• The Flyers will be scrambling to shed $2 million US and stay under the salary cap next week as Randy Jones prepares to come off the injured list. Demoting Lasse Kukkonen to the AHL Phantoms saved $875,000, but it might be as drastic as a trade, with Jones, Mike Knuble, Scottie Upshall or Joffrey Lupul involved.
more hockey talk including the greatest Burke quotes…
from Rob Higgins at the Toronto Sun,
One quarter of the season is now in the books. It’s time we took stock.
• The Dallas Stars are the worst team in the league. And their leading goal-scorer is still Loui Eriksson.
• Marc Savard is the new Joe Sakic.
• Jeff Carter is the new Johan Franzen.
• Sidney Crosby is taking over the scoring race while Alex Semin doesn’t want to play through pain.
From a fantasy perspective ...
• Eric Staal is the 22nd best centre in the league. Not acceptable. He fixed the +/- issues but forgot how to rack up the points.
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