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Derek Morris A Bright Spot For Coyotes

from the Arizona Republic,

Positives, such as the Coyotes’ Derek Morris, can easily be overlooked when a team starts a season slowly.

The Coyotes, with only two wins in seven games, are trying to put things together, but Morris has had things together from the opening bell, a leader of a defense that has been the team’s strength.

“He’s been unreal for us,” coach Wayne Gretzky said. “From Day 1 in training camp, he came in in phenomenal shape, better than he ever has . . . He’s always in good shape, but it seems like he’s in better shape this year.”

continued

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Roenick Wave Irks Keenan

from the Calgary Sun,

Keenan thought a linesman’s whistle while the game was still scoreless in the first period could just as easily have been the difference.

Robyn Regehr had just smashed Jeremy Roenick into the boards and left him frozen and dazed but still standing, as Jarome Iginla was sprung on a breakaway the other way. But the man in stripes adamantly blew his whistle.

“That could have been a turning point more than the shorthanded goal,” said Keenan, who was even more flustered Roenick waved to fans on his way to the bench. “I didn’t appreciate that he gestured to the crowd when he was supposed to be the injured player.”

more on the Flames…

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Forsberg Speculation

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Two NHL sources told the Sun yesterday the Colorado Avalanche and Senators are among the unrestricted free agent centre’s top choices as a final destination….

Signing Forsberg might be tougher than just getting him to put his pen on a contract….

There’s a strong belief Forsberg would want a three-year contract worth roughly $5 million per season.

more

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  Tags: peter+forsberg

Rocky Bringing the ‘Hawks into the 21st Century

From Jay Mariotti at the Chicago Sun-Times,

I’ll never forget the hilarious day when Jim DeMaria, public relations boss of the least publicly relatable sports team I’ve known, tried to censor me with an ultimatum. If I wanted to cover a Blackhawks home game, I had to agree not to mention the forbidden words: No home TV.

Naturally, in either the first or second paragraph of my live column from the United Center, I wondered why the Hawks were the only franchise in the civilized world not to televise home games. It was such a gross miscalculation of the needs of 21st-century fans, the edict literally swallowed up what once was the crackling pride of every Chicago winter. Long before Michael Jordan, the Hawks owned the West Side, but as long as Bill Wirtz was lowballing his star players and making illogical decisions about TV marketing, they were doomed to plunge further in popularity and impact than any team in American sports.

Well, in the wee hours of a September morning, Mr. Wirtz passed away. And not a month later, in a Monday memo that melted the ice beneath the feet of the few local hockey fans that remain, his son moved quickly to rectify a decades-old blunder.

continued…

*Original press release from the Blackhawks about televising home games in the future is noted here
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Wild Style

from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

Watching the Minnesota Wild so far this season is to witness the importance of team identity in the NHL. They play the same way all the time. While talent is necessary to succeed, under the regime of GM Doug Risebrough and head coach Jacques Lemaire, the Wild consistenly employ a style executed by players who are well-suited to it.

continued

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Blackhawks Home Games May Be Coming to TV

From the Chicago Blackhawks,

Representatives of the Chicago Blackhawks met with Comcast SportsNet executives today to begin discussions about televising some home games this hockey season.

It’s important to understand that Comcast SportsNet’s current schedule was developed well over a year ago, so fitting the Blackhawks into that schedule cannnot be done overnight. No definitive agreement has been reached at this time, however, we are convinced that it is the appropriate next step to re-energize Chicago hockey fans and create new fans. We are also working on a long term strategy for televising additional home games in the future.

continued…

Wow.

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Devils Talks Prudential Center

from Fire & Ice,

Brent Sutter: “It’s absolutely beautiful. It’s first class and beyond. Obviously, it’s a beautiful facility and Mr. Vanderbeek has done a great job and Lou in doing what they needed to make it the way they wanted it to be.

Jay Pandolfo: “It’s really nice. Just the size of it, the facilities, the concourse, everything. We’re going to be spoiled down there.”

read on

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  Tags: arenas, brent+sutter, new+jersey+devils

Martin Biron on XM Radio

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Marty Biron spoke with XM’s NHL Live show today.  The interview can be heard on the player below.

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Note: The transcript below is another interview, from Biron’s NHL press conference call earlier today.

 

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  Tags: goalies, martin+biron, media, philadelphia+flyers

Rick Tocchet’s Waiting Game

From Jim Gintonio at The Arizona Republic,

The waiting game the NHL is playing with the Coyotes and Rick Tocchet has turned into a joke.  What gives?

He was charged in February 2006, admitted he was involved in an illegal gambling operation and two months ago was sentenced to two years of probation. No mob ties, no fixing games, no jail time, no betting on hockey.

Yet the NHL has decided to put Tocchet in limbo, to this day not having a timetable on when it will make a decision on his future in the sport. There is no reason for the delay. The league and its counsel, Robert Cleary, have had ample time to rule.

And there is absolutely no reason why Tocchet should not be allowed to return to the Coyotes bench as an assistant coach.

continued… (*editorial compares Tochet’s crime to that of other NHLers who’ve been allowed back into the league.)

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*hat tip to David for the link

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Under the Radar in the NHL

Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated looks at 5 people who make their teams better who might not get enough acknowledgment:

No. 1: Hakan Andersson, the Detroit Red Wings’ Director of European Scouting. General manager Ken Holland gets the credit, and occasional blame, for the state of the Wings, who remain an elite team on an annual basis despite rarely having a high draft choice. [...]

Andersson doesn’t ever get a crack at the Ovechkins and Malkins, but he perceives value in later rounds that other teams miss. In 1998, he recommended Pavel Datsyuk, the Russian who was taken with the 171st pick. He followed that up with Henrik Zetterberg, who was drafted 210th in 1999

more… (*with a glance at the Sens, the Rangers, the Panthers and the Canadiens)

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