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from the Winnipeg Sun via Slam,
How quickly things can change in the new-look NHL. One moment, Barry Trotz's Nashville Predators are the hottest thing in hockey, Music City's No. 1 hit, with a perfect 8-0 record to start the season. Fast forward a week, and they're hurtin' as bad as any country song, losers of five in a row. It'd be enough to make a guy from Dauphin pull out his hair -- if he had any. "I could be better," Trotz, the Preds head coach, admitted from Nashville yesterday. "Things that were going well for us early are not falling the way we want them to."
from the boston Globe,
The Bruins know one thing for sure: goaltender Andrew Raycroft is ready to return from a hamstring injury he suffered Oct. 26 against Carolina. Whether center Alexei Zhamnov will join him in the lineup tonight against the Flyers in Philadelphia remains to be seen. Zhamnov, who was injured Oct. 1 in the final exhibition game against the Rangers, has yet to suit up for a regular-season game because of what the club has termed a bruised shoulder. But he has been making steady progress, and at practice yesterday, it appeared his conditioning was pretty much up to snuff. Coach Mike Sullivan said it would be a game-time decision, and Zhamnov sounded optimistic.
from the Journal News,
Nearly $6 million of the Devils' money is earmarked for the bank accounts of two underachieving defensemen. Dan McGillis is pocketing $2.2 million this season; Vladimir Malakhov is collecting $3.6 million. Steep prices, considering McGillis did not dress Saturday against the Rangers and Malakhov has turned the puck over at one inopportune time after another this autumn. Malakhov got called into Robinson's office yesterday after practice. It appears he will remain in the lineup, but could be on shaky footing.
from the Courier-Post,
Mike Knuble is the first to admit his career was stuck in the mud before he caught lightning in a bottle as a member of the Boston Bruins. A checking-line right wing who bounced from the Red Wings to the Rangers to the Bruins, Knuble was averaging 10 goals a season in Boston when an injury to Sergei Samsonov forced then-coach Robbie Ftorek to use him on the Bruins' top line alongside Joe Thornton and Glen Murray. Three years later, Knuble is patrolling another top line with Peter Forsberg and Simon Gagne and has the Bruins to thank for the opportunity. Tonight, his past and his present will collide when the Bruins visit the Flyers at the Wachovia Center.
from the Globe & Mail,
Ted Leonsis, the upbeat majority owner of the Washington Capitals, swiftly alters his mood when outsiders suggest his club performs in a non-hockey market. A newspaper article suggested that candidates for a possible relocation included the Nashville Predators, Carolina Hurricanes, Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Capitals. "It's ludicrous to suggest that," Leonsis said. "Anybody who says we're moving is a liar and misinformed and they should stop trashing our fans. We have great fans and it's up to me to reactivate the interest in hockey in this wonderful city."
from the NY Times,
One month into his ballyhooed rookie season, Sidney Crosby has not disappointed. The 18-year-old Crosby, whom the Penguins selected with the No. 1 pick in this summer's draft, was named the first star last night in his Madison Square Garden debut after scoring the first goal in Pittsburgh's 3-2 victory over the Rangers. There was at least one person at the sold-out Garden, however, who was not gushing over Crosby. "To be honest, I think it's unfair to the older players who have given so much to hockey," said the Rangers' Jaromir Jagr, who won two Stanley Cups in Pittsburgh with Lemieux. "He might be a great player, but I would wait a little bit."
from the Palm Beach Post,
Nieuwendyk, who signed with the Panthers after last season's lockout, will continue to skate on his own and might practice with the team this weekend. If he is not ready for Friday's game against Carolina, he will aim to return Nov. 19 for a home game against the New York Islanders. "I would like to get back with the team as soon as possible... (but) it's not fair to them and it's not fair to anybody if I go back too early and things flare up again," he said. "Maybe with the year off I didn't pay as much attention to my core as possible." "Basically, I have a bad back," he said.
The names of the 23 officials selected for Hockey Canada’s Level VI Seminar was announced Monday. “Canada has always been a top provider of quality-level officials throughout the world,” said Hockey Canada referee-in-chief Maurice Roy. “This begins with the Hockey Canada Officiating Program, an instructional program that starts with first-timers getting into officiating, right up to our top-level, which is what this weekend is all about.”
from Alan Hahn of Newsday (Tues. edition),
Steve Stirling made a statement yesterday in his effort to gain control -- and respect -- of his team when he tossed Janne Niinimaa off the ice during practice at Iceworks. The embattled Islanders coach, who has heard the fans calling for his head and has seen too many veteran players coast through the early part of the season, decided he had seen and heard enough from the former all-star defenseman. "He was moaning and bitching and I didn't want to hear anymore," Stirling said. "Nothing else to say. It's about keep your mouth shut and work ... It's a distraction. So why not get rid of the distraction for the hour so we can get some work done? And we did."
In his weekly column, John Buccigross of ESPN has a talk with Stephen Walcom and discusses HNIC.
The attitude Walkom is taking is positive. He's trying to change the culture of the current thinking. Those who complain will stand still. Those who adapt, like Carolina's Peter Laviolette, will thrive. Watching a hockey game on CBC is not very different from 20 years ago. The camera angles are simple and clear. The cameramen know the game. The play-by-play announcer describes the action instead of the U.S. broadcaster who carries on conversations during the action. The sideline reporting is only done when relevant, and it's never intrusive. I wrote this when hockey was on ESPN, and it's even more the case now: No one does hockey like CBC. Not only do the CBC folks have the fundamentals down like TSN, but they are a landmark with rich history like Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, the Rolling Stones and John Wooden.
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