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From TSN's James Duthie...
Darryl Sutter won't stop talking.
This isn't an oxymoron. Or a dream sequence in another TSN Films skit.
This is truth.
On a sunny evening on the boardwalk of Manhattan Beach, California, the coach of two of the last three Stanley Cup champions is sharing his views on, in no particular order:
- Brothers ("I've played on a team my whole life, not from making a team...I was born into a team.")
- Criminal Minds ("I love that show. We've gotten to meet some of the actors and actresses. It's pretty cool.")
- Eliminating the penalty box ("Why not have them sit on the bench and sell the best six seats in the house?")
- Yoga ("I put it in our training twice this year...so that's a big move right there. But no, I'm not doing it.")
And Duthie continues, with Sutter explaining:
That guy you see on TV? The one with the semi-permanent scowl who can do an entire post game new conference in 25 words or less? This is not that guy.
"I've always enjoyed talking one-on-one with people," Sutter says. "I just don't like talking after games. We all saw what happened on the ice. I don't have much to add. Most questions you can answer with 'yes, no...maybe.' So I don't want to go much beyond that."
via the Denver Post,
Adrian Dater, the Denver Post beat writer for the Colorado Avalanche, has been suspended for two weeks without pay for inappropriate language used on Twitter.
The suspension, effective immediately, followed a number of exchanges with users on Oct. 4 and 5.
“Journalists need to recognize that they need to be professional on all platforms. Social media is no different,” Post Editor Gregory L. Moore said. “The language Adrian used is unacceptable, and he knows it.”
The team will carry 13 forwards, seven defensemen and three goaltenders into thir tilt with the Philadelphia Flyers at TD Garden. First line center David Krejci has been placed on injured reserve while fellow center Gregory Campbell and left wing prospect Anthony Camara will begin the season on non-roster injured reserve. Marc Savard, still under team control, was placed on long term IR.
Krejci will miss a minimum of seven days as of Tuesday per the NHL's collective bargaining agreement. The Bruins have four games scheduled during that stretch.
more on the Boston's roster...
from Dave Naylor of TSN,
It's now a question of whether teams can afford to carry players who have limited ability to possess the puck, can't keep up with the game and have no offensive or defensive upside that would give them any sort of advantage. In other words, do whatever benefits exist from having fighters on the roster overcome the liability of dressing players who would not be playing in the NHL if they couldn't fight?
And here's where the analytics side of the game makes things interesting. Advocates of the role of fighting in hockey have always relied on an argument built on strategic intangibles, the notion that skilled players feel protected when enforcers are in the lineup, that somehow everyone plays an inch taller just knowing that kind of guy is sitting on the end of the bench, even if he only plays a few minutes a night.
Whether or not any of that was actually true became a matter of hockey ideology, depending on which camp you fell into. But there was no reliable way to actually measure or test that theory.
Presumably, through the introduction of analytics into the game, now there is.
And the fact that teams such as the Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers (huh?) will be begin the season without enforcers, suggests that what teams are learning is that enforcers don't help teams win games and are in fact liabilities.
CHICAGO – The ECHL announced on Tuesday that the League’s Board of Governors has approved the Membership applications of the Allen Americans, Brampton Beast, Missouri Mavericks, Quad City Mallards, Rapid City Rush, Tulsa Oilers and Wichita Thunder for admission to the ECHL.
The seven expansion teams will begin play in the ECHL this season, giving the League 28 teams in 20 states and one Canadian province for its 27th season of operation, which begins on Friday, Oct. 17 and runs through Saturday, April 11.
The Stanley Cup will stay in the Western Conference for a fourth straight season if the majority of NHL.com and NHL Network experts are correct.
Seven members of the 12-person panel predicted the Chicago Blackhawks would win the Stanley Cup for third time in six seasons, following championships in 2010 and 2013.
The Los Angeles Kings were the choice of four members of the panel, who believe the NHL will have a repeat Stanley Cup champion for the first time since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
We’re in a Bizarro World, all right, when the duel for last-overall is more compelling than the battle for first-overall, which is exactly the scenario facing the NHL in this year of the Connor McDavid/Jack Eichel sweepstakes, as it always is when a franchise player or two is due up at the draft.
There is something amiss when the tangible reward for being worst is greater than the reward for finishing first, which is what, a few thousand loonies per player and what is laughingly known as home-ice advantage; and something even more amiss when one’s attention is focused down the stretch on which team’s management has done the best job of positioning itself for (and perhaps camouflaging) an all-out tank.
OK, so if the Sabres/Flames/Candy Canes decide at the deadline to trade their best player for, oh, a seventh-rounder, would the NHL reject such a deal?
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
This Blue Jackets' training camp should have been sponsored by Barnum and Bailey. The circus continued on Tuesday, with another injury to a key player and an out-of-nowhere waiver claim.
On Monday, Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky left practice after only 10 minutes. He was described as "banged up, nicked up" by coach Todd Richards.
This morning, Richards acknowledged it's more serious. This afternoon, the club placed Dubinsky on injured reserve and proclaimed him "out indefinitely" because of a lower-body injury.
continue for more on the Blue Jackets...
Today was media day for the Boston Bruins and owner Jeremy Jacobs has high expections for his team.
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