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Randy Carlyle & Lindy Ruff were on an NHL tele-conference call today.
Q. It looks like the Rory Fitzpatrick thing may not happen now. Is that a relief for you? How would you handle a situation where a player is voted on to the team by fans? A lot of people have been criticizing that.
RANDY CARLYLE: Well, I’m a traditionalist. I had a plan that I don’t think I’d like to commit to or tell you guys actually about it. Rory Fitzpatrick and the situation, it would have been voted in. We would have had to make a decision as a coaching staff on how much he would have had to play or how much we would have played him. The bottom line is, if he does play, he’s been selected, and that’s the format that the league has provided. Depending on us, how much he would have played. That’s the only thing I can say about it. I don’t think the player shouldn’t be there because if the fans—if that’s the format that’s put in place, he deserves—he’s deserved of the votes, he gets the vote, he’s going to be there. How much he plays probably would have been a conference between Barry Trotz and myself.
Q. Randy Carlyle was asked about Rory Fitzpatrick, if he were to make the All-Star Game. He said that Rory wouldn’t likely receive a shift that often. What were your take be on that? How would you handle that situation if he did make the team?
LINDY RUFF: Well, I think obviously it’s a tough situation for Rory to be in. I think overall he handled the situation very well. The All-Star team is based usually on the players that have performed the best in the first half of the year. Rory’s situation, Rory is a great guy, a great competitor. The All-Star voting wasn’t meant to go that way. I guess if he was in, as a coach you would probably limit his ice time in lieu of the guys it was meant to be for.
The full transcript from both coaches…
from the Philadelphia Flyers,
Finally on the last stop of their eight-city tour that has been the current road trip, the Philadelphia Flyers practiced on Monday afternoon in Washington with the hopes of rebounding from a 6-1 loss to Ottawa on Sunday.
Prior to practice, the coaching staff met with the veterans regarding the direction of the team for the remaining 40 games of the regular season.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
While it’s obvious that there’s no solution that will make everyone happy, there are accommodations that can—and should—be made. The current proposal calls for the divisional breakdown to go like this:
Northeast: Montreal, Boston, Buffalo, Toronto, Ottawa, Pittsburgh and Washington.
Southeast: Rangers, Islanders, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Carolina, Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Florida
Central: Detroit, Columbus, Nashville, St. Louis, Dallas, Minnesota and Chicago
Pacific: San Jose, Anaheim, Los Angeles, Colorado, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary.
from John Buccigross at ESPN,
With that in mind, if the NHL paid me a large consulting fee to be a part of an NHL think tank, where ideas are thrown around in an attempt to enhance the game and, perhaps, grow it, I would construct the following arguments on fighting, complete with devil’s advocate responses (D.A.).
1. The presence of possible fighting deters cheap hits and dangerous stick play.
Devil’s Advocate: Mandate full-facial protection, like the NFL. Eye injuries would virtually disappear and dental premiums would probably plummet; or severely penalize stick and head infractions to the point where players can’t afford to purposely cross the line. The price would be huge.
from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,
A perusal of the NHL through the first half of the schedule reveals one constant: streaks—as in winning and losing games in clusters. No team seems immune to prolonged losing, or incapable of extended winning, whether it sits atop its division or languishes near the bottom.
Certainly, losing skids lead to fan angst, but the other side of the equation is that winning streaks provide those same despairing fans with fresh hope.
Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo, Ottawa Senators left wing Dany Heatley and San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Jan. 7.
via the Colorado Avalanche,
Colorado Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles will be sidelined approximately four weeks with a broken left foot. Liles suffered the injury in the first period of Saturday night’s game in Minnesota.
Boston Bruins Executive Vice President, Charles M. Jacobs announced today that the team will honor John “Chief” Bucyk and his 50 years of service to the Boston Bruins by celebrating “Hail to the Chief Night” at the team’s February 13 game against the Edmonton Oilers. The game and surrounding festivities, which are presented by TD Banknorth, will begin at 7:00 p.m. ET.
“February 13, 2007 will be a special day for all of us here in the Hub of Hockey,” said Jacobs. “In our own special way we hope to honor the wonderful contributions that John Bucyk has made to the Bruins and the City of Boston over the past 50 years. Hail to the Chief!”
from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,
The NHL has moved the All-Star game from a Sunday to a Wednesday. It’ll be the first time since 1989 that the game is played on a weekday. And it’s a smart move.
The idea of All-Star Sunday was always a good one, but it never translated into ratings or attention. A spokesman for the league says the move was made in part to get a prime time slot where ratings are better. The only problem is—and, I know, this was supposed to be complimentary and I’m sliding back into my routine, but … the only problem is, the game isn’t prime time on NBC, it’s prime time on Versus. Unfortunately, it’ll be impossible to know what affects the ratings most.
from the CP via TSN,
The Carolina Hurricanes acquired defenceman Dennis Seidenberg from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for centre Kevyn Adams on Monday.
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