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Staal, Myers, and more! The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch also offers the following rumors:
The St. Louis Blues could fire coach Ken Hitchcock if his team isn’t able to get its act together quickly. The heat is definitely on Hitchcock after an early playoff exit last spring and the club brought in Bob Gainey to act as a mentor. The Blues signed centre Paul Statsny in the off-season and expect to be better. If they don’t buy into Hitchcock’s program soon, you would have to think changes are coming ... With the World Cup of Hockey set to return in 2016 in Toronto, the committee has spoken with organizers of the Toronto International Film about overlapping their last week with the tournament. Not sure TIFF needs the exposure but it would be a good fit for the NHL and NHLPA to get more notice ... Confirm or deny: The Coyotes and the Senators had discussions about defenceman Jared Cowen ... A league executive said Friday teams will start to get nervous at the 20-game mark. “You don’t really know what you’ve got after 10 games. You have a pretty good idea after 20,” he said.
Garrioch continues and suggests that Martin Brodeur is still dead-set on being a #1 goaltender, and I don't want to post this, but I suppose I have to:
The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons discusses the fates of Eric Staal and Tyler Myers in his weekly notebook, but he also makes a point regarding the Slava Voynov case that...Let's say the New York Post's Larry Brooks examines in greater detail...
Will be an interesting conversation around Lou Marsh time ... If Slava Voynov remains suspended until his Dec. 1 court date, he will have sat out 18 games, making his one of the longest suspensions in NHL history. What makes this so complicated is that he has yet to be formally charged with anything, his salary is counting against the Los Angeles salary cap and in the backdrop of the Ray Rice situation, the NHL is caught in a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t circumstance.
Amongst Simmons' notes:
Now that they’ve won three home games in a row, the heat is off Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins. For now. But had the wins not come in the homestand, the Oilers were preparing to make a coaching change. The man they were already sniffing around: Mark Messier
(have we ever heard that rumor before? Naaaaaaah)
This is why I remain skeptical of the Maple Leafs' ability to work as a functional sports team...
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Sportsnet's figured out that its Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman chit-chat is a smorgasbord of rumors and intrigue, and so they've decided to post it online AND to not geo-block it:
So, per Cox and Friedman:
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Paul and I have a little discussion if Don Cherry gets to "Canadiana-ish" in his Coach's Corner segments, because sometimes it's a bit much.
Tonight, it wasn't too much. It was just right:
No words needed tonight.
“When you’re home for an extended period of time, our building has a problem with giving the home team shots and the other team more shots. It’s a fact. We had a game three or four games ago where [Anze] Kopitar had two quality scoring chances in one shift but he didn’t have a shot on goal [officially] in the game."
“I wish somebody up there .… There’s lots of people that sit up in the press box that don’t have nothing to do. Somebody should actually do that stat because it’s amazing when you do it yourself what the discrepancy is.”
“I can tell you how many scoring chances and how many shots almost right dead on when I walk off the ice. And all I have to do is confirm it when I watch it later."
“I may not know much but I can count.”
-Darryl Sutter, head coach of the Los Angeles Kings. More from Sutter by Helene Elliott of the LA Times.
PERRY, DUCKS MAKE IT SEVEN STRAIGHT
Corey Perry posted 1-1—2, including his League-leading ninth goal of the season just 1:28 after the opening face-off, to power the Ducks to their seventh consecutive victory.
* At 7-1-0, the Ducks continue to match their best start to a season both in terms of wins (7; 2013-14) and points (14; 2006-07 and 2013-14).
* The Ducks now have posted four winning streaks of seven or more games since the start of the 2013-14 season. That includes a franchise-record 10-game winning streak Dec. 6-28.
* Perry also now is tied for the League lead with 12 points this season. He is joined by teammate Ryan Getzlaf (3-9—12), who also recorded 1-1—2 Friday.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
The Canadian dollar has been steadily losing value vis-à-vis its U.S. counterpart. It dropped below 90 cents this week and economists see a further decline in the future. A CIBC report said the loonie could fall to 82 cents early next year.
What does this mean for the NHL?
The league has enjoyed a dramatic rise in revenues over the past decade despite two potentially devastating lockouts. We would like to give NHL commissioner Gary Bettman credit for growing the business, but the driving force behind the increase has been a healthy Canadian dollar. Canada bounced back from the recession faster than the U.S. and that was the result of a booming resource sector.
But oil prices have reached the stage where it is too expensive to extract the sludge from the Alberta oilsands. The dollar is dropping and every decline in the loonie’s value will have a largely adverse effect on the NHL.
We start by looking at those overall revenues. Upwards of one-third of the money that is used to measure hockey-related revenue in the NHL is generated by the seven Canadian franchises. If the dollar drops in value, so does the overall revenue.
Teams are expecting to have a little more cap money next season because the full value of the Rogers Canadian TV deal kicks in, but that deal will be worth a little less next year and the value could continue to decline.
from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,
They lacked focus and finish. None of their players had good nights. Winnipeg gave too many open looks to Tampa’s big guns and the visitors didn’t miss when given the chance.
Jets coach Paul Maurice is quickly finding out he’s got even more of a challenge on his hands than he might have expected.
His group is mentally soft and doesn’t have a compass.
Inconsistency has been the hallmark of this club since it moved to Winnipeg and Maurice is the man now tasked with determining how to stamp out that insidious trait.
The Jets are drifting towards dangerous territory in a hurry and now own a 2-5 record for a share of last place in the Western Conference. They’ll face their cellar mates Sunday when the Colorado Avalanche come to town. Thumb wrestling for the most honest golfer award.
Yes, it’s still early in the schedule, but in the near future the NHL standings will begin to take shape and making a big move up the charts will become increasingly difficult.
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