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from the Calgary Sun,
Oh, but Iginla had a hand in that, too, having discussed the idea of putting Daymond Langkow and Kristian Huselius beside him with head coach Mike Keenan to mix things up a bit while the pair was slumping in November….
“I talk to Mike a fair amount, when things are good and when they’re not. Good dialogue,” said Iginla. “For a while there, as a group, we weren’t winning and we weren’t scoring a lot of goals.
“It was just an idea. It was just a small thing. Just part of one conversation.”
The fresh outlook has paid off on the scoresheet and—ultimately—in the win column. The team is 6-0-2 since the trio’s debut Dec. 1 and has amassed 39 points between them. After scoring 28 times in all of November, they’ve racked up 30 goals in eight games this month.
from the Montreal Gazette,
“Carey has his confidence going and I think it would be difficult to go back to Cristobal at this time,” Carbonneau said.
The decision didn’t go over well with Huet, which Carbonneau said was exactly the reaction he expected - and wanted - from the veteran.
“He’s a competitor. He wants to play. I understand that. I’d be disappointed if he didn’t,” Carbonneau said.
Price is becoming the focal point of the Canadiens’ youth movement. When the Habs beat the Leafs, they dressed 10 players who are 25 or younger and there could have been 11 if Guillaume Latendresse had been 100-per-cent healthy.
via the New York Post,
For the first time since very early in the season, yesterday’s practice saw Scott Gomez reunited with Jaromir Jagr on his wing.
In recent weeks, it seemed that ex-Devil Gomez, in concert with Brendan Shanahan, had begun to find his niche on this side of the Hudson….
The other major shift is Chris Drury being put between Shanahan and Nigel Dawes.
Goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who missed Sunday’s 5-1 loss to Phoenix due to flu symptoms, will be a game-time decision.
I have also heard the Rangers have recalled goaltender Al Montoya
from the Ottawa Sun,
Now that he gets to a podium every day, Paddock takes any and all opportunities to sing the Big Zee’s praises. And yesterday, with his team about to fly off to face Chara and the rejuvenated Bruins, a chance to belt out a new chorus presented itself.
Paddock pointed out the B’s had “no defensive structure” last season, Chara’s first in Beantown since losing to Redden in the Which One Do We Keep sweepstakes the John Muckler regime held in Ottawa.
“As wonderful a defensive player as he is, Zee couldn’t do it by himself,” Paddock said, adding that under Claude Julien’s coaching, Chara is “back to being the type of player he was with us.”
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
So it’s crisis time down on Tobacco Road, although the Hurricanes’ bandwagon did not crash as noisily as the one up north did. For that to happen, the lone hockey writer for the lone newspaper in Raleigh would have to somehow turn the bandwagon into a NASCAR racer, fill it with hockey players and crash it into a pep rallies for the Duke and North Carolina college basketball teams….
No one has any easy explanation for the Hurricanes’ slide. Goaltender Cam Ward is having his ups and downs, but so are a number of his teammates.
“I just think that’s the way the league is now,” Brind’Amour said. “The teams are so evenly matched. If you don’t come out working hard every night, it happens.”
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Brad Boyes, Paul Kariya and Andy McDonald couldn’t have known a year ago that together they would make up the Blues’ top line one-third of the way into the 2007-08 season. But neither could the Blues, who last December were using a mix of Keith Tkachuk, Petr Cajanek, Martin Rucinsky, Doug Weight and Bill Guerin on their top line.
In a span of 10 months, the Blues have been the architect of a few shrewd moves, using the power of free agency and the ingenuity of some unlikely trades to assemble one of the most dangerous lines the organization has put on the ice in some time.
from the Columbus Dispatch,
The NHL is defensive about its enforcement of the rule book.
Yesterday, NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell said the league is constantly on guard against letting the rule fall by the wayside.
“I haven’t seen that slip, but maybe it’s something we need to take a look at,” he said. “I’ll tell you this: It has always been a difficult question.
“How much time do you have to play the man before it’s interference? How much space do you have? … I think our guys do a pretty good job of calling the penalty right.”
Part of the issue, Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said, is that coaches have spent the past two seasons making adjustments.
from Media News,
Matt Carle was on the ice early for Monday’s Sharks practice. Then he was among the last group skating long after it had officially ended.
“Just come to the rink every day, work hard and try to get better,” Carle said. “I need to prove to the coach that I should be in the lineup.”
It’s a place where, surprisingly, where he has been spotted only sporadically recently. Carle has been a healthy scratch in three of the last four games. Already he has watched six games in street clothes from the press box.
from the Arizona Republic,
When Ulf Samuelsson skates down the ice during a practice, it isn’t difficult to flash back and visualize him as a premier NHL defenseman, causing havoc and driving opponents up the wall (figuratively and literally).
Samuelsson, a Coyotes assistant, coaches like he played, says coach Wayne Gretzky.
“As a player, he prepared really hard, so he prepares hard at coaching,” he said. “He spends a lot of time behind the scenes, (watching) videos, watching guys, watching systems, and he puts a lot of effort into it.
Is it just me, or is ESPN picking up their hockey coverage?
Boy, that music brings back some memories!
added 4:25pm, The ESPN video is beta, and I was getting a blank pop-up at times when viewing; therefore I moved it to the landing page…
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