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from Mike Knobler of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
He (John Anderson) hadn’t yelled in the postgame locker room Tuesday night. He always prefers to deliver his assessment the next day, when he’s no longer swayed by game-night emotions that might lead him to say something he’ll later regret. But the sleepless overnight wait didn’t make Wednesday’s messsage any less forceful.
He laid down the law in one-on-one meetings with players, and he spoke at length with the entire team on the ice before practice. This was one of his first big tests as an NHL coach, and he made it clear he had no intention of failing it.
Would it surprise you to learn that a certain Russian forward named Alex with the Washington Capitals currently leads the NHL in scoring?
No, not that Alex, the other one.
Alex Ovechkin is the reigning Art Ross and Hart Trophy winner, but the Washington winger is mired in a six-game goal drought and has only tallied a meagre five points through the first eight games of the season.
Lucky for the Capitals, though, that Alex Semin is scoring in bunches.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Nearly four months after becoming a free agent, Shanahan is putting himself onto the open market.
“I’ve told Rick [Curran] that I can no longer wait and that it’s time to move on,” Shanahan, referring to his agent, told The Post this afternoon. “Until now, Rick has been under instructions to tell inquiring teams that my focus was on re-signing with the Rangers, and that I was not accepting any other offers.
“That has changed.”
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
With potential trading partners just saying no, it’s starting to seem more likely that impending free agent Marian Gaborik will remain with the Wild, at least until the new year. Even then he’ll be a tough sell, unless GM Doug Risebrough is willing to lower his demands.
“There’s nowhere near the market for him that you think,” one league exec said. “He’s a highly skilled guy, but the risk is so high. Even if you were able to sign him [to an extension] as part of the deal, you have to consider his [injury] history. I’m not sure it’s worth the risk to a contender or a young team that’s rebuilding.”
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from Jeff Marek of Blogs and Colums at CBC,
I have nothing personal against Gordie Howe and would rank him, like many others, in the top five players to ever lace up the blades. Howe was a great skater with a hard, accurate shot (heck, he could shoot both left and right). He was tough, hit for keeps and played the game the way many believe it should be played.
And to this day he remains a nice man and an excellent ambassador for the game of hockey.
However, like many of you, I’m curious where the phrase Gordie Howe hat trick came from. He was not the first player to register a goal, assist and fight in a game, that distinction belongs to Toronto Arena’s Harry Cameron who did so on Dec. 26, 1917. Yes, he did it on Boxing Day, how appropriate.
from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
Asked what he thinks about the fact many suggested goaltending was one of the big question marks facing the Lightning heading into the 2008-09 season now that his numbers rank among the best among NHL puck-stoppers, Smith smiles.
“Some people are still saying that,” he says with a laugh.
They shouldn’t be.
Sources say Adam Mair of the Buffalo Sabres has been fined $2,500 by the NHL for venturing down a hallway and trying to get at Ottawa Senators players during Monday’s NHL game in Buffalo.
The fine is the maximum amount that is allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
In case you missed the incident, you can view it here.
Are there any good looks for facial hair right now? What would you recommend?
(Avery): Facial hair is still going strong. I am rocking a really red beard that looks like sh*t right now, but I feel fall/winter is the time to do it. I think women like a man with a beard because it reminds them of their dads.
from Craig Kanalley of Hawkey Central,
The Frenchman, Huet, is 1-2-1. The Russian, Khabibulin, is 2-1-2. For those keeping score at home, that’s 3 points for Cris and 6 for Nik….
This situation needs to be resolved, and it needs to be resolved quick. It’s just a distraction, and it doesn’t need to be. The players shouldn’t have to be looking over their shoulders wondering who’s in net one night to the next. Especially when one goalie is clearly struggling compared to the other.
My recommendation is to unload Huet real cheap - he should have never been here to begin with. Ottawa needs a goalie. Give him to them for a draft pick. Hopefully this mess is resolved sooner rather than later.
A hockey website had this headline today: Teams Scouting Gaborik!
I did not read on, but did wonder, are they following him around, checking out his walking ability? He hasn’t played a game in two weeks, so it may be a little difficult to ‘scout’ him these days.
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