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from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville called the new trapezoid dimensions "an important thing" and it is likely to change teams' strategies. Like all teams, the Hawks either dump the puck into the offensive zone with a long shot from inside the red line or carry it across the blue line. Now, goalies who handle the puck well will have more room to do so and forechecking and breakouts will be affected.
"I like to play the puck so it gives me a little more space to give it to our 'D,'" Hawks goalie Corey Crawford said. "Pucks (that) last year you weren't sure (about), we'll be able to get to before their guy (does)."
Quenneville said the Hawks' frequency of dumping pucks into the zone won't change much but they way they do it certainly could. For a team that thrives on retrieving the puck and then possessing it in the offensive zone to create scoring chances, it's an important aspect of the game.
If things get really ugly, the relationship between Johansen and the Blue Jackets, which is strained at the moment, could become irreconcilable. And if it spills over into the season, chances are that nobody wins; and everybody loses.
-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail. Read more on this topic...
from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,
Come opening night on Oct. 10 in Carolina, and the following night when the Hurricanes come up and play the last home-opener at the Coliseum, the pressure will be on. Since the Islanders’ inaugural season of 1972, they have called this creaky old barn on Hempstead Turnpike home, and yet come this time next season, that home will be in Brooklyn, at Barclays Center, where they play an exhibition game against the Devils on Friday night.
In the interim, Capuano is cognizant of the fact there are fans on Long Island not willing to make a trip into Atlantic Terminal, and this team, under his guidance and fueled by his motivation, is going to be the one to send this place off.
“We respect the fans, and as a coach, I probably don’t talk about it enough,” Capuano said. “Our fans, they’re the ones that pay the money, they’re the ones that want the excitement and to see their team win. That’s the one thing I want to try to shore up this year — that our home record is better.”
“When they leave this building — even if we lose a hockey game — we played fast, we played physical, we gave them their money’s worth.”
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Kane is his own man though. He couldn’t care less what people think.
“Why do those other leagues have more success in terms of marketing their players? Their personalities?” he asks. “Hockey is the sport that I love, but it’s also the entertainment business. The ice is a stage. When I’m in front of the cameras it’s a stage. Fans come to the building to be entertained. They read the newspapers to be entertained. They listen to the radio to be entertained. If you are mindful of that, maybe me winning money in Las Vegas and being excited about it — like anyone else would — isn’t the worst thing in the world.
“There is that (humble) reputation in hockey,” he admits. “But I think now you’re starting to see some diversity in personalities. The way social media is now … just the spotlight being on you so much. I think it’s going to benefit everybody.”
If “everybody” doesn’t include all the people here who cringe every time they hear Kane is making another headline, then perhaps he is right. At 23 he is a genuine first-line left-winger, an absolutely chiseled stud at 6-foot-2, 198 pounds....
The young man is all hockey player. He should own this town. But every time they open their heart to him he puts them on call waiting. It’s as if there is another NHL city on the other line talking to Kane’s heart, 24-7.
Pierre McGuire was on NHL Live today and discussed some of the current news around the NHL.
Topics like the latest injuries, the LA Kings, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Washington Capitals and a few more NHL related items.
The segment is almost eight minutes long and you can watch it below...
from Stan Fischler of The Fischler Report,
* The Boss of All NHL Bosses is not Gary Bettman; it is Jeremy Jacobs.
* As longtime Chairman of the league's Board of Governors JJ is the NHL's Godfather.
* So when Double J says there'll be no expansion in the foreseeable future, you can figure that Quebec City, Seattle, Toronto and other points east and west just ain't gonna be in Bettman, Inc. for a long time.
* My money is on Ryan Malone as the best, underrated pick-up of the off-season.
* Credit to Glen Sather who -- throughout his managerial career -- has been willing to gamble on rehabs where other execs fear to tread.
Craig Custance of ESPN just completed an online chat...
What would you do if you were a GM and a player asked for about double what is reasonable (Ryan Johansen). Would you even respond? I don't like how Columbus made it public but you can't reason with insanity.
Craig Custance Pat - It's a negotiation. The Johansen camp has already come off those demands. I'm not sure how I feel about Columbus' decision to go public with the offers but I do feel like they have the fanbase on their side and maybe that was the intent all along. It's made for great drama. I still think a two-year bridge deal ultimately gets done, somewhere between 3.5 - 4 million per season.
Will the bad blood from the Seabrook hit on Backes carry over to this year? If so, I cannot wait for those Blues-Hawks matchups. They, simply, just don't like each other.
Craig Custance Me too, I can't wait. I had an interesting chat with Ken Hitchcock and one of the things he stressed was that the Blues had to be better against the best teams in the league and that includes the regular season. I got the sense he's going to use those Chicago/LA/Anaheim games as a gauge as to whether or not his team has learned how to raise the level of play from the playoff shortcomings.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck Rakers,
This epic standoff between the Blue Jackets and center Ryan Johansen is bigger than any of the parties involved. It is bigger than Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson, bigger than GM Jarmo Kekalainen and bigger than assistant GM Bill Zito, who has done the club's bidding. It is bigger than Johansen and bigger than his agent, Kurt Overhart. It reaches beyond Nationwide Arena.
The Blue Jackets truly believe they have the moral high ground in this fight, as if such a position exists between millionaire owners and millionaire athletes. The Blue Jackets are fighting for their own budget, of course, but they are also fighting on behalf of all other NHL clubs.
If the Blue Jackets gave in to Johansen's salary demands -- Overhardt first asked for $6.8 million per season for a two-year deal; now he's seeking $4.7 million per year -- a new standard would be set across the league, and the class of players with virtually no negotiating rights (RFAs coming out of entry-level deals) would have been given a new template from which future contracts would be based.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
“This is the first interview I’ve done, probably since the draft,” he says Tuesday afternoon, standing in a doorway on the dressing room level at the Saddledome. “Look — this (situation) works as long as the president of hockey operations doesn’t have a big ego. I want it clear to the fans: Brad (Treliving) is the GM here.”
Brian Burke’s next birthday will be his 60th, and his barber still charges by the acre. He is still one of the NHL’s prime interviews, even if Burke is out of practice.
It must be hard for a guy who used to hold court in the press box at Air Canada Centre to stay away from the cameras, no?
“I’ve never craved the spotlight,” Burke said. “It’s funny: Guys like you ask me for interviews, and then accuse me of wanting the spotlight. I never called anyone up and said, ‘Hey, let’s do an interview.’ But I gave colourful comments, and I think, thoughtful answers. But that was part of the job.
“I’m very happy to be in the background. The face of the franchise is, and should be, Brad.”
from Mike Johnston of Sportsnet,
Biggest storyline to watch: Will the Jason Spezza experiment succeed, or will the Stars need to revamp next summer? Spezza becomes a UFA at the end of the 2014-15 campaign and Nill is confident he’ll sign him to an extension. Until he signs the extension, there will be a slight sense of unease. When the second-overall pick from the 2001 draft is healthy, he still has No. 1 centre ability. A one-two punch with Seguin and Spezza is outstanding on paper, and the Stars gave up too many assets for it not to work.
2014-15 bold prediction: Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza and Valeri Nichushkin will each register at least 70 points as Dallas finishes third in the Central Division.
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