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DDoS attacks have been happening on the web starting early today.
Twitter is down, at this point NHL.com is down (team websites too) and I just tested the NHL.TV app and that is down too. I am also a cord cutter and PS Vue is down,
So who knows what the situation will look like later today but access to many sites at this point is hit or miss.
update 4:30pm, Well Twitter and NHL.com are back up for me.
from Don Macpherson of the Montreal Gazette,
If winning the Cup or even reaching the finals is a measure of success in the National Hockey League, the Canadiens’ hands have been failing for the past 23 years.
In terms of even making the post-season playoffs, they have been only slightly above the middle of the pack. Half the teams in their 16-club conference qualify, but the Canadiens have fallen below even that low cut-off in eight of the 23 completed seasons since their last Cup (the 2004-05 season was cancelled because the players were locked out).
Nor are the Canadiens still a standard-bearer for French Canada. Currently, their most prominent French-speaking player is David Desharnais, a third-line centre. In a game in Colorado last Feb. 17, for what is believed to be the first time in its 107 years, the team formerly nicknamed “the Flying Frenchmen” did not have a single French-Canadian in its lineup.
There is no question that, in spite of all that, the Canadiens remain popular and financially successful, at least as long as they appear to have a chance of making the playoffs.
MacArthur is skating but taking it slow during his recovery from another concussion.
Dale Weise will have a hearing today with the Department of Player safety for this hit last night.
from Steve Zipay of Newsday,
More than 800 regular-season and playoff games and a locker full of records and endorsements later, Lundqvist has witnessed the game’s latest transformation from a net-front perch.
“When I entered the league [in 2005-06], it was still big and strong [players],” he said. “In the last three, four years, there’s a lot more shorter players. It’s about skating, it’s about speed, it’s about balance and skill. The rules changes helped, there’s a lot less holding, grabbing, hooking [allowed]. So it’s a faster game for sure, a lot of odd-man rushes, that’s really where you get hurt, but that’s also where you cash in.”
The new generation — think of the 24-and-under Team North America squad in the World Cup and dazzling players such as Vladimir Tarasenko and rookie Patrick Laine — has made goaltending tougher.
“It’s more challenging,” said Lundqvist, who won the Vezina Trophy in 2011-12. “They can shoot better, and in one-on-one situations against top players, they can pick the corners. You need to be square, you need to read the situation quicker. It’s challenging, but fun.”
"I think that was a terrible call at the end of the game. I thought our goaltender was interfered with, he was elbowed in the head before the puck went in the net. Terrible. Someone is going to have to explain why that goal counts. I want an explanation. He's in the paint, he's elbowed in the head before the puck gets there and it goes in our net. They look at it for five seconds and they call it a goACod goal. Take a look at the replay. Elbowed in the head, in the paint before the goal was in. I got a call in London, in preseason, where the referee came over and said, he's in the paint, it's no goal and we didn't even touch the goaltender. Terrible call.
-Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff. Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News has more post-game talk from Ruff.
You can watch the goal below at the 3:00 mark of the video. Video of just the goal doesn't show a replay but the game recap video does, so that is what I used.
Also, watch the hit on Patrick Sharp below Ruff says Sharp will be out and evaluated today.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Under normal circumstances, NHL teams will slot into one of four categories as a season unfolds.
At the bottom there will be the truly wretched, the no-hopers who are destined for the league’s cellar. Above them you’ll find the mediocrities, teams who’ll bluff at the playoffs before their true nature is revealed. Then there’s the above average — teams that are good enough to make the playoffs but not good enough to win a Stanley Cup. And finally there is the aristocracy, those few teams who legitimately have the stuff of champions.
True, there might be sub-categories within each group: the over-achieving mediocrities who sometimes make the playoffs, the above-average who are sabotaged by injuries. But at about the time they put the red line into the game and took the rover out, the NHL has adhered to this pattern.
Until this season.
OK, it’s still early but when you study the 2016-17 NHL landscape, it seems the league is divided into two camps: playoff teams and young teams. No one is truly wretched. No one is truly dominant. There are just some pretty good teams. And then there’s a whole bunch of teams who’ve committed to building through the draft.
from Pierre LeBrun of TSN,
... In the meantime, Trouba is losing money with each passing day. But his camp is taking a big-picture view on things. "This is a career decision, one which was deliberated upon," Overhardt said.
This is an interesting negotiation because both the agent and Cheveldayoff are patient guys. I believe the Jets GM when he tells other teams he’s not making a deal for the sake of it. Other GMs have said as much. His price -- a young, top-four, left-handed defenseman -- must be met. And he has the full backing of ownership, which is no small thing.
Other items of interest from around the NHL:
- Teams continue to inquire with the Anaheim Ducks regarding the availability of defenseman Cam Fowler because of word that the Ducks have to move money eventually, but I don’t think that’s a front-burner issue just yet. And maybe he'll never be traded at all. My read here is that priority No. 1 for Anaheim remains getting top defenseman Hampus Lindholm re-signed and I think both sides have moved on that front over the past few weeks. Still, no deal yet. The recent signing of Rasmus Ristolainen to a six-year deal worth $5.4 million per season, the same contract that Seth Jones got in Columbus, is certainly a comparable. But so is the contract of Morgan Rielly from the Maple Leafs (six years times $5 million per season)....
more on Trouba and Fowler plus many more hockey topics...
Two videos via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,
A cell phone rings...
Barry Trotz on Daniel Winnik's ear via the Toronto Sun,
"Yeah, he didn't know what was going to happen,” Trotz said. “He got the puck sort of in the ear hole and it sort of pinched off his ear. The trainers looked at him and he was just fine. He was just missing a part of his ear. He got chewed up a little bit so .... Yeah, it’s just a small piece, but it got chewed up."
JAGR BECOMES THIRD PLAYER TO SCORE 750 NHL GOALS
Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr (1-0—1) scored his first goal of the season and 750th of his career to become the third player in NHL history to reach the milestone, joining Wayne Gretzky (894) and Gordie Howe (801).
* At age 44 and playing in his 1,633rd career game, Jagr is the oldest of the trio at the time of his 750th career goal. Elias notes that Gretzky reached the milestone on Jan. 8, 1993 at age 31 in his 1,001st career game, while Howe hit the mark on Feb. 8, 1970 at age 41 in his 1,598th career game.
* Elias adds that Jagr is the seventh player in NHL history to score at least one goal in 23 or more different seasons, joining Howe (26), Mark Messier (25) and four others at 23 – Dave Andreychuk, Johnny Bucyk, Alex Delvecchio and Ron Francis.
* Jagr recorded his 1,870th career point to move within 17 of tying Messier (694-1,193—1,887) for second place all-time, behind Gretzky (894-1,963—2,857). Jagr also ranks among the all-time leaders in game-winning goals (133; 1st), assists (1,120; 6th) and games played (1,633; 8th).
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