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from the St. Petersburg Times,
Saturday was supposed to be a day off for the Lightning. It should have been a good day to play a round of golf, or sip ice tea by the pool, or watch college football. Some day off. The Lightning held a 90-minute video session and meeting in hopes of finding the answers to breaking a season-high, six-game losing streak. The meeting was called by coach John Tortorella, but the players were left to themselves to watch the worst parts of the six-game train wreck.
from the Chicago Sun-Times,
First time someone said the Hawks were going to sign Nikolai Khabibulin, I just paused and waited. It sounded exactly like, "A horse walks into a bar with a parrot on his shoulder, and ...'' So you wait for the punch line. The Hawks don't sign superstars. The Hawks don't spend money. And the idea that they had gone out and gotten arguably the best goalie in the world, well, that just seemed laughable. But it was no joke, of course. And on the day they signed the Bulin Wall, Hawks general manager Dale Tallon said, "The Blackhawks are back.'' But as it turned out, this was the biggest joke of all because the Blackhawks still stink.
via the NY Daily News,
According to a Tampa police spokesman, Fedorov suffered a swollen eye and possible broken nose when he was struck at approximately 3 a.m. near the entrance of Club Prana in Ybor City, where he and several teammates were celebrating that night's victory over the Lightning. He declined medical treatment and did not press charges.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
-Los Angeles Kings president Tim Leiweke can expect a call and hefty fine from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, if there hasn't been one already. Leiweke, who doubles as president of the Anschutz Entertainment Group (the owners of the Kings), told a Kansas City newspaper last week the Pittsburgh Penguins could be the major tenant of a new 18,500-seat rink there scheduled to open in 2007. Bettman won't take kindly to those comments. -Houston is the top prospect if an NHL team moves. A return to Winnipeg is a long way off. -Speaking of the Blues, keep an eye on the future of C Doug Weight. The word is the club is trying to move Weight and his $5.7 million (all figures US) salary and there may be interest from the Blue Jackets.
Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland was concerned about his club's size coming into the season. The Wings bought out the contracts of Darren McCarty and Derian Hatcher, two of their biggest, toughest players, and Holland wondered if the team was lacking in that area. It's no longer an issue. The addition of newcomers Mikael Samuelsson, Johan Franzen, Dan Cleary and Andreas Lilja to a group that included the likes of Brendan Shanahan, Robert Lang and Jiri Fischer has given the Red Wings more than adequate size and strength.
Many fans have always gone to the CBC website to view Don Cherry's Coach's Corner. Due to the recent CBC lockout, the site was not up but I am happy to report it is back in action. Always entertaining and Don is not afraid to let his views be known. You will need real player to view the archived shows. thanks to KK reader kdog1 for the heads up.
via the Detroit News,
The Sporting News once published a wealth of hockey news. The absence of anything about the NHL in recent issues prompted an e-mail to editor John Rawlings. We wondered what's going on. "Given what I saw as a big decline in interest in the NHL among general sports fans, we decided we could cover the league only irregularly," said Rawlings, who counts himself as "a very fervent hockey fan." TSN did an NHL preview and covered rookie Sidney Crosby's first weekend as a professional. Then the plan was to provide coverage every six to eight weeks. That's being modified. "I have heard from so many subscribers who are unhappy about not getting coverage, we'll step it up to coverage every three to four weeks," Rawlings said. "We'll continue to monitor interest, and if it grows, we'll increase frequency of coverage again." That's a big "if." Based on what we've seen during televised games, there is an increasing number of empty seats in NHL buildings. In any event, TSN's next hockey Insider column is scheduled for the November 25 issue.
from the Palm Beach Post,
Panthers players Olli Jokinen and Kristian Huselius state that Henrik Lundqvist was the best goaltender in the Swedish Elite League last season. Before you say "big deal," consider this: With the NHL shut down, the competition for the New York Rangers' breakout rookie in Sweden included Jose Theodore, Miikka Kiprusoff and Marty Turco. "The whole question was the transition — what he could do when he came here," Rangers goaltending coach Benoit Allaire said. "Now I have no doubts."more
from the Toronto Star,
Memo to amateur scouts for all 30 NHL teams: If you can’t decide what to do with your last draft pick, take a big Swedish defenceman. That’s what the Maple Leafs did in 2002 when they took Staffan Kronwall and three years later, the 285th overall pick from that draft has emerged as a regular in their lineup. “I would suppose that would be safe to make that statement at this point,” a very non-committal Pat Quinn said when asked whether Kronwall is with the Leafs to stay.
from Deb Kaufman of MSG Network,
Here in New York we finally got a chance to see Sidney Crosby for ourselves, and the first thing you notice about him is -- and I'm not kidding -- the size of his thighs. They're bigger than telephone poles. He must use them to leap single bounds! This kid has apparently been Superman since he was 14 years of age because of the incredible leg drive and lower body strength he has when he skates.
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