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via the Miami Herald,
Questions about Jokinen’s leadership have surfaced, with coach and general manager Jacques Martin deflecting comment about that Thursday, saying it was something best addressed after the season.
‘‘I look back over the past 19 games and he hasn’t scored even strength,’’ Martin said.
“He’s a minus player right now. I think he has to be better and he knows that. If you want to win, your best players have to be your best players. We go a lot of nights with the Stephen Weiss line as the top line.”
from On the Islanders Beat,
Like most professional sports organizations, the Islanders have conducted a survey of season-ticket holders. In an interview this week with Newsday, Dey said 50 percent of those who responded said the performance of the team on the ice impacts their decision to buy.
“What you’ll see coming out is that we agree with you,” Dey said, speaking directly to the fans. “Garth can speak more directly to this, but I’m glad to put a little bit behind it. We need to commit to building a consistent contender. That’s going to require a plan, and we’ve got a very strong core of players we’re building around now – the DiPietros, the Hunters, the Okposos, Comeaus, Tambellinis. We’ve got a nucleus to build a consistent contender.
“We need to be a top-eight team in the league. We need to be a team that’s going to earn 100 points a year….”
from the Buffalo News,
Miller tied the Sabres’ single-season record for most appearances by a goaltender, guarding the net for the 72nd time to match Don Edwards (1977-78), Dominik Hasek (1997-98) and Martin Biron (2001-02). With five games left, Miller certainly will have the mark all to himself, probably as soon as tonight when the Sabres host Montreal in HSBC Arena.
“It’s just the coach tapped you on the shoulder,” Miller said in Scotiabank Place. “It wasn’t about setting a record or whatever. It’s just [coach] Lindy [Ruff] saying, ‘You got the start.’ It was definitely a learning experience for me.”
from Joe O’Conner of the National Post,
The first lesson Penny learned came courtesy of his boss, Steve Berklacich, an old Rangers hand who told him to stick an out-of-order sign on the pay phone as soon as he walked into a rink to scout a game.
“His words to me were, ‘Son, always carry a pocket full of quarters and an out-of-order sign for the pay phone,’ ” said Penny. “And I ain’t kidding you. The other scouts would see the phone was out of order, and they would have to make the call later.”
Times have changed, though the scout’s primary job—identifying and ranking young hockey talent—has not.
from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere went through a full practice Thursday and pronounced himself set for duty in Friday night’s game against the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center.
“I’m ready to play,” said Giguere, who has sat out the past three games because of back spasms.
Now the question becomes whether Ducks coach Randy Carlyle will go back to Giguere, or stick with the hot hand of rookie Jonas Hiller, who has stopped 102 of 106 opposition shots while filling in for Giguere.
from Drew Remenda at Seagate Broadcaster Blog,
As Kurtis Foster was laying on a opererating table getting his leg repaired, the Minnesota Wild had quickly made arrangements to get his fiance to the San Jose. Chris Snow the Wild’s Director of Hockey Operations stayed behind to make sure Kurtis Foster was getting the best possible care by keeeping the communication going between the Wild and Sharks Medical Staff. One of Kurtis’ first visitors at the hospital was Greg Jamison. The Sharks President and CEO brought by a gift basket and showed some kindness to the injured Wild Defenseman. Shortly after GM Doug Wilson dropped by.
I am starting to get some sure-fire signals the playoffs are approaching.
Check out my blog at Hockey.com today to read all about it.
via Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Chuck Kobasew has been diagnosed with a fractured left tibia. Kobasew, who is on crutches, will be out a minimum of four weeks and could miss up to eight weeks.
from Kevin Dupont at NBC Sports,
The ‘08 playoffs without A.O. would not be O.K.
Just as big-time scoring has dried up around the league, so has the sport’s big-time entertainment factor. Ovechkin not only knows how to score (and there is an intelligence to getting those four ounces of rubber in that 24-square-foot net), but he knows how to entertain, too. His trademark, stamped on nearly every goal, is that running leap he takes into the glass that rings the boards, which sometimes leaves fans in the lower loges thinking that he is about to leave one of those Wile E. Coyote silhouettes carved in the glass as he makes his way through the stands and toward the pizza stand.
Showboating? Perhaps. But so what. If anyone has a right to crow a little, or a lot, it’s Ovechkin, who obviously delights in doing what he is supposed to do. He likes to score. He really likes to score.
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
The New Jersey Devils are about to find out whether the adage “finders keepers, losers weepers” applies in the billion-dollar sports business.
French investment bank Société Générale is suing the Devils for more than $500,000 after it mistakenly transferred $125,635.13 (all figures U.S.) to the NHL club on Sept.6, 2006, according to court documents.
Since that transfer, Devils team executives have repeatedly refused to return the money “motivated, in whole or in part, by spite and ill will,” the bank says in court papers filed in U.S. District Court
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