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from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herlad,
“Seth Jones is going to be Seth Jones,” Trotz, ever pleasant, said Tuesday morning. “When all is said and done, he’s probably going to put on another 30 pounds. So he’s going to be a six-five, 235, really strong-skating defenceman who could be a difference-maker every night.
“That would be my comparable to whoever you can come up with.”
Shea Weber didn’t bite on the name-game either.
“I’m not sure,” the Preds captain said with a shrug. “But he’s something special. Mobility, that’s his biggest asset. And, for a 19-year-old, the poise he has with the puck. You don’t see a lot of guys, especially defencemen, have the patience and control to make those plays in tight areas — and do it with confidence.”
But Jones, like any teenager tiptoeing into the NHL, has had his moments.
According to the kid himself, the first 20 games had been solid. Then? A somewhat troublesome stretch.
from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,
So has anything changed in the last 24 hours? Not in the slightest. I saw Rinne walking around the locker room without crutches two days ago. His being allowed to start more strenuous rehab activities, as the Predators revealed Friday on their website, is a good sign but not a game-changer.
While Rinne’s injury has indeed torpedoed the season — the Predators are a mediocre 19-20-6 going into today’s game against Ottawa at Bridgestone Arena — you have to wonder how his absence has been handled.
The Predators are a team built on defense and goaltending. In many ways, they are built almost solely on two players — defenseman Shea Weber and Rinne. If one goes down, there’s not much backup to keep the team afloat.
The Predators have harped that there is no timetable for Rinne’s recovery from this injury, but they still decided to go with the unproven goaltending tandem of Carter Hutton and Marek Mazanec.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
“We’ve played 44 games,” he said. “I go back to the Buffalo blown call in overtime, I go back to the blown call in Winnipeg, I go to one in Minnesota and I go to the one tonight. That’s one in every 11 games.
“I understand mistakes because I make a lot of them behind the bench,” he continued. “But when you get an explanation from a group of people and it didn’t happen, it’s disappointing. It really is disappointing.
“There’s also protocol to follow in our league and that protocol is you get together and you discuss it and that didn’t happen either. Obviously I’m not very happy with it.”
more and watch the goal below...
from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,
Hutton, making his first start since Dec. 27, stopped 23 of 25 shots on goal. But it was how the Hurricanes scored that bothered Trotz.
Semin’s goal 4:28 into the first period was banked off the back side of Hutton and into the net. It seemed Hutton had it cut off, but when asked whether the net was indeed sealed off, Trotz said, “It’s in the net, so no would be my answer.”
Said Hutton: “He made a quick play and ended up in the back of the net. I didn’t think there was any holes there, but he made a good play, and that’s one you don’t want to get scored on.”
Trotz said Skinner’s game-winning wrister “wasn’t much of a shot at all.”
Said Hutton: “I didn’t see it. (David Legwand) went in front of him, then he shot around him and it came through and just found a hole.”
Trotz said that Hutton’s performance was “not good enough for this league.” Hutton was signed in the offseason to be a backup goaltender. The Predators have been without starter Pekka Rinne since late October as he recovers from a hip infection.
The refs called it a good goal and the situation room confimed the call.
The Predators announced he would not return to the game.
added 9:51pm, CBC video below, probably a little easier to see...
Carol of the Bells is the music the montage is set to tonight.
via the Nashville Predators,
As a follow-up to Pekka Rinne’s MRI earlier this month, we indicated Dec. 20 as a date for further update and next steps relative to Pekka’s recovery from a bacterial infection. It is important to note that Pekka and the medical team have not encountered any setbacks in his recovery and rehabilitation.
However, as we have realized and learned throughout this process, the recovery and rehabilitation from a bacterial infection does not involve a specific timetable. It does come with a degree of uncertainty.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Back to the season opener -- which happened to coincide with Seth's 19th birthday -- when Amy found a fridge magnet shaped like a beer and presented it to Seth because he's not of legal age to drink.
"He didn't think that was very funny," Amy admitted and Seth offered merely another rueful shake of his head.
There is an easiness between mother and son, and while she admits to tearing up at emotional moments -- like discussing Seth's departure for Ann Arbor when he was just turning 16 -- she is quick to laugh as they discuss Seth's seeming inability recall any or many of the events in his past. There is good-natured debate at what age he was when certain things happened, which teams he played for, the order in which things have unfolded. Seth makes a point of noting that although some reports have had him doing figure skating before he started playing organized hockey, he learned from a skating instructor who was a figure skater, a subtle distinction perhaps but one about which Seth feels strongly.
"I did not figure skate," Seth said.
Regardless, he learned very quickly the nuances of the game and Amy recalled parents and coaches talking in awe about his skating ability when Seth was just six. Ask Nashville GM David Poile about how this has all unfolded, from the moment he realized at the draft they were going to get a chance at whom they had ranked as the top player available in the draft, to his play, to the fact his mother has moved to the area to be with Seth, and well, it could hardly have worked out better.
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