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Bruins Starting Okay

From Fluto Shinzawa at the Boston Globe,

Aaron Ward, more than most of his teammates, has been steamed ever since the preseason by the league-wide crystal-ballers who have pegged the Bruins for yet another rotten season.

“Most people,” said Ward about the season-opening five-game swing, “would have predicted that we’d be lucky to get 2 [points].”

Instead, the Bruins finally flew east - they had been on the road for 10 days - late Saturday night as owners of 6 hard-won points, probably more than any Black-and-Gold homer would have predicted for the West Coast trip.

“We’re struggling for attention in the city of Boston,” said Ward. “We’re kind of the redheaded stepchild out of the four teams.”

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Roenick Looking for a Cup

From Jim Morris at the CP,

Roenick is on course to become the 40th NHL player, and just the third born in the U.S., to score 500 goals.

“That would be great,” said Roenick, who signed as a free agent with the Sharks this summer after a couple of frustrating seasons in Phoenix and Los Angeles. “That would be a true treat but that’s not my goal right now. That will be something I can look back at when I’m done and really feel good about myself.  No. 1 would be the Stanley Cup.”

Roenick, a 37-year-old native of Boston, headed into the game against Vancouver with 497 career goals. The two goals he scored this year both came in a 3-1 win over the Canucks on Oct. 5.

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*I’m guessing he gets his 500th against Vancouver—it seems like everyone scores their milestone goals against the Canucks.

So it’s either a hat trick tonight, or Sharks fans better not expect him to score his 500th till December 13th…

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  Tags: jeremy+roenick, san+jose+sharks

The “Half” Assist

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

But unlike the NHL, in the NBA, an assist isn’t a big deal. It doesn’t get a player more money in contract negotiations or more status as a star player the way it does in hockey. The big stats in basketball are points, rebounds and steals, followed by blocked shots and assists.

We’re not advocating the assist fall that far down the food chain, but how about a system where an assist gets what it’s actually worth? We say goals should count for a point and assists for a half a point. (Shameless plug here: In Campbellnomics, a statistic you’ll find in THN that charts only important goals, assists are worth half a point.)

The NHL, of course, will never do this because it would compromise scoring records that have been established throughout history. And hey, they have a point there, but it’s probably not as drastic as you’d think. Here’s how the top 10 scorers of all time would look under the one point for goal and half point for assist system.

read on for the Top 10 and much more on this subject…

 

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Bernier Back To Juniors

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Jonathan Bernier is heading back to junior hockey.

Sources tell TSN the Los Angeles Kings are in the process of returning the 19-year-old underage netminder to Lewiston of the Quebec League. He is expected to be back with his junior team as early as tomorrow.

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Updated 6:32pm ET:
Kings activate Jean-Sebastien Aubin from IR.

 

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  Tags: goalies, jean-sebastien+aubin, jonathan+bernier, los+angeles+kings

Canes Get The Start They Wanted

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“If you look at our season last year, towards the end of the season, we were fighting for our playoff lives,” said Hurricanes’ goaltender Cam Ward. “You’d hate to look back at your early season, thinking or wishing that you’d had a better game here or there. Every game is huge. It’s not just all about the second half or the last week, trying to get into the playoffs. It’s about what you do the entire season that really matters.

“To get off to a great start, it does help the confidence of the team.”

Ward, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner in the ‘06 playoffs and the reigning player-of-the-week, is undefeated in regulation thus far.

“Right from Day One in training camp, you could definitely see the guys were a lot more excited and a lot hungrier,” he said.

read on

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Dominator on Wheels

With thanks to Roman at eNHL.cz, we’ve discovered Dominik Hasek’s new off season hobby.

(*Important to note that when Hasek spoke to eNHL.cz’s camera man, he was insistent that he does not ride during the NHL season.)

 

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, dominik+hasek

Searching For Answers

from Inside the Kings,

The dressing-room chemistry seems to be good. It’s a real good group of guys, on a personal level, and they seem to like each other. So I don’t think that’s a problem. Is the coaching staff getting through to them? Maybe that’s an issue. The fact that Dave Lewis was brought in, as sort of a ``father figure’’ to the players, tells me that there might have been an issue with Crawford’s ability to relate to the players. I don’t know that for a fact, but if there is, that’s a bigger issue than any X’s or O’s problem or an inability to kill penalties.

much more on the Kings slow start…

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Flyers Put Boulerice on Waivers

From TSN,

The Philadelphia Flyers placed suspended forward Jesse Boulerice on waivers on Monday.

Boulerice is serving a 25-game suspension for cross-checking Vancouver Canucks centre Ryan Kesler in the head last Wednesday

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Two Weeks In…

from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,

It’s early, but…

• It looks like Jason Spezza will win the Art Ross Trophy with no goals and 128 assists.

• Could we have been dead wrong? Will it be the New York Islanders, and not the Rangers, that succeed this season?

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Tough Guys In Transition

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

In days gone by, one team’s enforcer would engage the other team’s designated hitter and the code was to oblige. More and more though, the challenges that once meant an immediate throw-down now garner a dismissive shrug. So what’s a roughneck “role player” to do except try to redefine his role?

To that end, some have made the transition from baiter to skater and proved valuable forecheckers who can score a bit. Check out Chris Neil in Ottawa and Sean Avery in New York. Even Simon made the switch from puncher only to tough guy who could also take a regular shift.

read on

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  Tags: fighting

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