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from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
While the television folks pontificating from Toronto were all exercised over the selection of Eddie Lack over Ryan Miller as the starting goalie for coach Willie Desjardins, this first kick in the stones from the reality of life in the real NHL illustrated a number of real issues with which the Canucks must deal.
First and foremost is the depth on defence. When the top four are healthy the back end is pretty good. But with Dan Hamhuis seemingly not himself after taking that stick in the yob Friday night in Edmonton with no penalty called, this team definitely misses Jason Garrison.
Hamhuis struggled terribly, skating at times and trying to move the puck was an awful ordeal, most particularly on Steven Stamkos’ second goal when he couldn’t get it out of the zone while wearing a full cage. He was minus three on the night and always struggles the first few games of any season, but we know he’s not the problem....
Luca Sbisa has been nothing short of laughable as Garrison’s replacement. At one point, again in the third period, he actually centered the puck in front of his own goal, something he did in the preseason to the disbelief of all. Whether he’s going to settle down and play better is unclear, but they can’t keep him in the lineup much longer if this act persists.
Further, the collective foot speed of the group is not the best and can be exposed at times.
In the post previous to this one, I mentioned Sportsnet feature yesterday on The Worlds Greatest Hockey Factory/
Well, here it is...
note- I always try to credit the original source first, but sometimes it is not available, but thanfully for our sake others do supply...
Here is a comment from HF Boards and since many of us have the same questions, my answers appear in italics...
Following the sport from the UK and wanted to know where I can catch all the saturday night material that was available online last year?
Believe me, you have to look around. Sporstnet does have some features available, but many are Geo blocked outside of Canadian IPs. A feature like this, The Greatest Hockey Factory In The World, would be great to watch, but .... Sportsnet does have a YouTube channel, but it is very limited in regards to hockey related videos.
Mainly Hot Stove (if that is still around)?
Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox do something very similar, but again, have yet to see any video of it the last two weeks.
Also with Sportsnet taking over all the coverage, do they have any segements/specials than can be viewed online? Dont know much about that Strombo guy... he has some show now right?
Any special content or segment I can find to fill my sunday mornings with hockey?
We can only hope. I understand Sportsnet Geo blocking NHL game content, but the other features are head scratching. NHL fans are all over the world and it would be nice if all the content was available to us. Heck, if they don't want to allow embedding of videos, maybe the could do what TSN does, just don't provide an embed code but at least allow us to watch.
In some instances, video is not available at all, like the Friedman/Cox segments, maybe that will change moving forward.
On a sidenote, I did try to contact Sportsnet about their thinking on Geo blocking late last season, but never did receive a reply.
via Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Stastny was hit by Arizona’s Martin Hanzal along the boards and then was bumped again later in his shift. He headed to the locker room just 59 seconds into the game and didn’t return due to what the team labeled an “upper-body” injury.
“He’s not going to play (Sunday) and then we’ll just see,” Hitchcock said. “He took a hit there and he’s kind of day-to-day and then we’ll just see where we’re at.”
Columbus goaltender Curtis McElhinney was also injured last night and no update on his condition.
Watch how the injury happened below...
A little over three minutes of action from last night.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
- Panthers general manager Dale Tallon is most certainly on the hotseat. The new owners are demanding that this team be competitive and the Panthers are mired in the same old mess. Yes, they have good young players, but the older veterans brought in by Tallon haven’t done the job. Many believe he’s the guy on the hotseat. The Panthers need to win if they are to have a footprint in Florida.
- The Oilers, Stars, Wings, Panthers, Bolts, Flames and Sharks are looking for a defenceman in some way, shape or form. Perhaps they should give the Flyers a call, there’s some talk Nick Grossman and Luke Schenn are available.
- A name to watch: Calgary defenceman Dennis Wideman. He has three years left at $5.25 million per season and his name is out there. He has a “no movement” clause so he would have to agree to a deal.
- If the Panthers are to move defenceman Brian Campbell, they want a top prospect in return.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
- On Tuesday, Edmonton faced off against Los Angeles without injured top-liners Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle. Predictably, the Oilers fell short, even though the Kings were missing Marian Gaborik and Jake Muzzin. But they didn’t just lose. They got hammered, 6-1. The next night, the Coyotes hung seven on the Oilers.
As usual, it’s a mess in Edmonton. Injuries happen. It doesn’t help when they hit two of your best players. But management is responsible for providing depth when the inevitable takes place. Edmonton’s top two centers against the Kings were Mark Arcobello and Leon Draisaitl....
- What do Chris Kelly, Kris Letang, Matt Carle, Nicklas Grossmann, Dan Girardi, Stephen Weiss, Brandon Prust, and Nathan Horton have in common? Two things: They played for the eight Eastern Conference playoff teams last season, and they are overpaid within the context of their rosters and job descriptions. The point is that just about every management team is carrying an inflated salary. It happens. No GM is immune to this issue. There are reasons. Carle, Weiss, Prust, and Horton won their paydays as unrestricted free agents. Letang has the coveted puck-moving skill set. The Bruins like Kelly’s versatility and presence. Girardi, when he’s on, is a good shutdown defenseman. It’s better to have the player at a higher price than to lose him to a competitor.
more on the Oilers plus additional hockey topics including how teams deal with the second contract of a player...
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- I’m glad Nazem Kadri has good analytics. I’d be even more impressed if he was in better support position when he played in the defensive zone and didn’t turn the puck over in the offensive zone.
- Somehow Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish must have forgotten that when they won Stanley Cups, Grant Fuhr, Bill Ranford or Mike Richter were in goal.
- From the department of weird stats: Evgeni Nabokov has more career shutouts (59) than Ken Dryden, Bernie Parent, Ed Giacomin, Rogie Vachon and Curtis Joseph. That list includes three Hall of Famers, one passed over Hall of Famer and one maybe someday Hall of Famer.
more including some Mike Babcock talk which does not include any mention of him coaching in Toronto next year...
from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Pouring coffee with Penguins head equipment manager Dana Heinze can be a revealing experience.
First, grab a Styrofoam cup, black or gold with the Penguins logo on the side. Heinze packs these for road trips and insists the Penguins are the only NHL team that travels with logo-covered cups.
But don't dare put cream at the bottom and pour. That's an inadequate mix. Instead, dump one into the other, then repeat.
Spill a little? In an instant, there's an outstretched arm offering a paper towel.
“It's the little details that set us apart,” Heinze said. “People might think it's excessive or extreme, but I think it makes a difference.”
Heinze, 46, is a master of details. The 2014-15 season is Heinze's ninth in his current role, each more obsessive-compulsive than the last.
The man who outfits the Penguins, who fixes equipment, who sharpens skates, who ensures players are offered their preferred hair product and who organizes the locker room, leaves no box unchecked.
What do you think of the new look montage which played before the puck dropped last night?
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