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You decide, did the puck cross the line. The Leafs did win in the shootout.
from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,
Fighting is a touchy subject in hockey, Paul Bissonnette was saying, resting an arm on an equipment cart after a light practice with the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday.
“It’s one of those things where it’s tough to put in an article, with a one-line quote about it,” he said. “It’s something you need to have a discussion about.”
Bissonnette is a fighter who has fought only once this season, and not once in the last two months. The 28-year-old forward is still making a living on the margins of the fourth line, and he is still one of the lowest-paid players on the roster, but he is working to change the way he plays, to evolve.
“Do I think that they’re eventually going to take fighting out of the game? Maybe, or maybe not,” Bissonnette said. “I think it will end up going down to, if you fight once, you’re out of the game. And if it comes to that, there’s really no point in having a guy in the lineup that’s just going to fight once and be out.”
Max Pacioretty received two for tripping. I would have liked to see Smith get two for embellishing.
from Dave Vest of the Phoenix Coyotes,
"It would help if they could say this is what it was or what it is, but I'm responding to what they have me on and I'm feeling better," he said. "I was not feeling too hot for a few days."
Doan, was who has been suffering headaches and body aches, said he is beginning to respond to medication and that he was able to ride a stationary bike for 10 minutes on Saturday.
from Jerry Brown at NHL.com,
Exactly what has been ailing Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan for the last week hasn't been revealed. But coach Dave Tippett indicated the illness isn't simply a short-term concern, and it could keep Phoenix's leading goal scorer and leader out of the lineup for an extended period.
Doan was not on the ice Thursday morning and will miss his third straight game when the Coyotes host the New York Islanders. Doan has a team-best 12 goals and 23 points in 27 games and leaves a big hole in the Coyotes lineup, both in production and leadership.
"He's still under the weather and he's still not going to be available for the foreseeable future," Tippett said. "He's still getting some tests done, so hopefully it's not long, long-term."
continue for more on the Coyotes...
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The Edmonton Oilers may be moving to Rogers Place in 2016, but for now, they still call Rexall Place home — and there is no over-the-counter medicine available for what ails drugstore billionaire Daryl Katz’s sad-sack defensive team.
The worst home team in the National Hockey League was crushed 6-2 by the Phoenix Coyotes Tuesday night, giving them a meagre three wins (over the New Jersey Devils, the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Florida Panthers) in 12 games as hosts.
If you’re going to be bad, be bad on the road, not at home, and while another Rexall sellout was announced, there were scores of empty seats, so it appears the fans are voting to stay away even if they’ve paid for the tickets — never a good thing.
When asked how he’d feel if he was an Oilers fan leaving the building this season, Ryan Jones took the fifth.
“It’s a question I don’t want to answer, to be honest,” he said.
continued and watch Coach Eakins below as he talks post-game, Eakins now looks like a coach searching for answers.
Wayne Gretzky will be repaid money he was owed by former Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes, the NHL agreeing to cut a check to the Great One after reaching a tentative deal with the legend, sources tell TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com.
Sources would not confirm the exact figure, but it's believed to be around $7 to $8 million.
The NHL for the past few years had sought to get the money owed to Gretzky from Moyes via a lawsuit but a judge threw out most of the league's claims from the suit against Moyes in early October.
In light of the delays associated with the Moyes litigation, the Audit/Finance Committee from the NHL's Board of Governors approved a plan to make Gretzky whole for deferred compensation owed to him by Moyes, and which was never paid as a result of the Coyotes bankruptcy back in September 2009, source have told ESPN.com.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the deal is worth between $7 and $8 million.
from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,
Even when the Coyotes were in the midst of a recent 8-1-1 stretch, concerns festered under the surface.
And now that the Coyotes are winless in their past two games, those trouble spots have taken center stage.
“They were covered up maybe on the outside, but inside we’ve been pounding away at it,” coach Dave Tippett said. “We know that our defending and our penalty kill are areas that have to improve. We’ll continue to find ways to do that.”
After giving up a pair of power-play goals in Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks — the Coyotes’ first regulation defeat on home ice this season — the penalty-kill unit has allowed a goal in nine of the past 11 games. In those nine games, the Coyotes have given up 13 power-play goals.
Overall, the unit ranks 28th in the league at 76.1 percent.
“Anytime you’re a man short, there’s going to be breakdowns,” defenseman Michael Stone said. “It’s just what’s going to happen. We need to limit that and get pucks out and battle harder around our net. Don’t give up the easy passes that teams have been getting on us.”
“There were a couple of incidents where he (Bryzgalov) wasn’t happy with the way our team played in front of him and he did a few things that caused us to say something to him and put him in his place. [He called us out] in not a very professional way. We had to take care of him because it wasn't always about him. It was about the team.
"He was unbelievable, a Vezina candidate, he got us to the playoffs. There's no question he probably played a little harder knowing that he was coming into free agency. Right now he's in a spot where he has to prove himself again.''
-Scottie Upshall on Ilya Bryzgalov when they were teammates in Phoenix. More from Harvey Fialkov of the SunSentinel.
Oduya down, Oduya up and Oduya down again.
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