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from The Good, The Bad and The Duthie,
Turco’s job is to keep pucks out. But he also cares deeply about the game, and believes the league needs more pucks going in. Unlike many keepers who shriek in terror at the thought of more equipment shrinkage, Turco is open to the idea…As long as it is in the right places. And for him, that means those darn kneepads and flaps.
“The problem is a lot of the guys wear a pad under their socks, and then another one over their socks. So when they go down, they are several inches higher. Then you have these flaps which are like putting a board in front of the five-hole.”
He told the NHL’s Competition Committee in the summer that all this extra knee “protection” was excessive. Nothing came of it.
From the Nashville Predators,
Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward David Legwand to a six-year, $27 million contract extension.
Throughout this matter, the Canucks and their counsel have refrained from public comment, preferring to have this matter dealt with in the courts. The Canucks organization feels compelled at this time to respond to some of the inaccuracies in the media stories relating to court documents and the allegations made in the proposed Claim.
- Contrary to impressions made by some reports these allegations are not yet formally before a court and will require a court order before they are permitted to be made. The Ontario Superior Court will be considering whether to allow these amendments on January 21, 2008.
- We believe that many of the proposed allegations now being advanced on behalf of Mr. Moore against the Vancouver Canucks are inaccurate or speculative. The Vancouver Canucks believe they are intended to inflame the public and create further media interest in the case.
From Craig Custance at Thrashers Blog,
As we sit here right now, Ilya Kovalchuk is on pace for 70 goals. It’s been quite awhile since that’s been done (since 92-93 season) but do you think he can do it? I asked around the Thrashers lockerroom this morning, if players thought it was going to happen. My new favorite corner is the Eric Boulton - Eric Perrin and Chris Thorburn corner of the room, so I presented it to them. I asked Perrin, and Boulton piped in, saying basically ‘good luck answering that. If you say yes you jinx him, if you say no, you’re saying no.’ So Perrin thought about it a moment and said “If anybody can do it, it’s Kovy.” Thorburn refused to talk about it altogether. So what would you put the odds at — How about this, I’ll set the over/under at 64 goals. You going over or under?
From Jeremy Rutherford at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
“He’s a young guy, and he’s big,” Blues President John Davidson said. “He has good work habits, and he’s a good person. We expect him to be a really good goalkeeper, and he is. He’s a pup, but there’s a future there.”
It was less than eight years ago that Toivonen chose hockey over soccer, a difficult decision that changed his life for good.
“I was like 15 or 16, and there were two camps at the same time,” Toivonen said. “There was a soccer camp, the top select camp in my area, and there was a (Finnish) national team camp for hockey.
“The hockey guys basically laid it out to me. They said, ‘If you go to soccer, catch you later.’ I just decided to go to hockey. I thought I had a better chance making it as a hockey player where I was from ... because of the money and support that was being put into hockey. I don’t think I ever played a soccer game after that.”
Hoping to send a message to his team, head coach Craig MacTavish will have a new look to his lineup tonight then the Edmonton Oilers host the St. Louis Blues.
Forwards Jarret Stoll and Raffi Torres will be watching the game from the press box, while Liam Reddox will be penciled in for his first career NHL game.
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
Some days, they’re in a playoff spot. Some days, they’re out of it, period.
“I think we’re a ways away from finding out how good we are,” Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said this week. “I don’t think we’ve had any consistency at the top of our game to clarify that identity and find out how good we can be. We’ve had some stretches where we’ve been good and sporadic games where we’ve been at our best. It’s still a motivation to be able to capture that at a consistent level.”
Some of the Avalanche’s problems, but not all of them, can be laid at the crease of goalies Jose Theodore and Peter Budaj, who have been so-so at best and often worse.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Penner has six goals and eight assists for 14 points so far this season, including goals in back-to-back games on the road trip.
Linemate and interim captain Shawn Horcoff says he’s good with Penner.
“He’s a little bit of a work in progress,” he said. “It’s not easy to play like he did in L.A. every night. That’s real tough to do. But he has potential to do that. You have to remember he’s essentially in his second year in the league. You have to be patient.
“I think he’s going to be there. This year? Maybe not. But by the second half of next year ...”
from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Late in the third period, Fleury moved out of the crease to his right and found himself with the puck and a clear path to the Coyotes’ vacant net.
He smelled a goal.
“That was the first time I got to try to shoot,” Fleury said. “And we were two goals ahead. You don’t want try it with one goal. It was the perfect time.”
He didn’t get the chance.
“Then [defenseman Darryl] Sydor came back and he took it,” Fleury said.
more including Recchi may be on recall waivers very soon. I am sure a team or two will put a claim in for him.
Update12:50pm ET: TSN now reports, “The Pittsburgh Penguins have placed veteran winger Mark Recchi on re-entry waivers.”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Not only is Paddock looking to get more of a contribution from McAmmond and Donovan, the duo of centre Chris Kelly (one goal in 13 games) and winger Antoine Vermette (one goal in 14) haven’t done anything to earn extra ice time, either.
“I’ve said from the start I don’t want to play (Alfredsson) that much, but you have to do that during the course of a game,” said Paddock. “The other side of it is you have to develop roles for other players and they have to develop roles within the team. I think we’re still somewhat struggling for that.
“We’re still trying to find guys to contribute to the play at a little bit higher level and a little bit better in certain situations. You can’t be a two- or three-line team. We’re still searching for contributions from the third and fourth line.”
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