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Spezza Caught With Skinny Blade

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

With 2:16 left in the third period, the Leafs coach asked for a measurement on Senators centre Jason Spezza’s stick, questioning the width of the blade.

While Spezza was found guilty of using an illegal stick, the Leafs were unable to score on the ensuing power play and the Senators pulled off their third straight victory with a slim 2-1 decision in front of only 18,898 fans (The last time the Senators didn’t sell out a Toronto game was Dec. 5, 2005, when only 18,860 were on hand).

“The boys did a good job of killing that for me. You don’t want to see them score when you get a penalty for a call like that,” said Spezza, who had an assist on Heatley’s goal. “Nobody here knows the rules. I don’t know what the clarification is. We still never got an answer. (Refereee Dan O’Halloran) just told me it was too skinny. It’s apparently too skinny. Real dangerous, I guess.”

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Montreal’s Desperation Move

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When you fire a coach it is common to see the team improve in the standings.  A new coach changes the system.  Players will have to play well to keep their icetime and their role on the team.  In the short-term it often leads to a boost for the team that fired their coach.  That is what the Montreal Canadiens are looking for from their firing of Guy Carbonneau.

With sixteen games left in the regular season. Montreal has 77 points.  Although that is good for fifth in the East Conference, it is only one point up from the New York Rangers who would miss the playoffs with the current standings.  A short-term run from a coach firing would likely ensure the Habs playoff berth.

The timing of the firing is a little surprising.  Montreal seems to have emerged from their slump.  They have a 5-2 record in their last seven games.  That follows a stretch where they went 3-12.  Perhaps that would have been the more logical time for a firing.

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On-Ice Communication

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from SanJoseSharks.com,

There is a different level of talking depending on who is in net for each contest, but the message is usually the same.

“It depends on who is playing,” said Marc-Edouard Vlasic. “They both (Evgeni Nabokov and Brian Boucher) talk. Both will let you know if you have time. There is more talking if you’re playing five-on-five.”

Without the verbal assistance from Nabokov or Boucher, it can be tough to tell who is charging up ice from the other team.

“If someone is on me, the goalie talking makes my job easier,” said Vlasic.

“If the puck is going around the net, we’re not sure if a guy is coming from the other side,” said Boyle. “He keeps us from getting run over and getting injured.”

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Gainey Explains Coaching Move

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from Kevin Mio at Habs Inside/Out,

In explaining why he fired his good friend, Guy Carbonneau, and has moved behind the Canadiens’ bench, general manager and now coach Bob Gainey said a change was needed after eight weeks of underachievement by the team.

In a 7 p.m. press conference at the Bell Centre, Gainey said he began to think about a coaching change on Saturday, after the Canadiens embarrassing loss to Atlanta on Friday night. He made the decision this morning, unswayed by watching the team beat Dallas.

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

There’s too much respect for Carbonneau for anyone inside the Montreal organization to pick at his carcass, but his firing with just 16 regular season games remaining came as no surprise to some, while others speculate Carbonneau’s firing may have been encouraged by ownership.

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Lightning Hit The Road For Season Ticket Push

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from Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune,

Tampa Bay players, coaches and executives all hit the road in a marketing blitz aimed at stimulating season-ticket renewal packages for next season.

Even Lightning owner Oren Koules participated as the organization made surprise deliveries to long-time club supporters, hoping they renew their faith by signing up for season-ticket packages featuring significantly lower prices.

“The idea is to thank everybody for sticking with us over the years,’’ said Patrick Duffy, the Lightning’s Senior VP of Sales. “Our players were happy to jump on board with today’s plan.’‘

“We’ve got some very good hockey fans and we appreciate their support,’’ captain Vinny Lecavalier said before heading out for a special delivery. “We have people who have been with this team since that first season in 1992 and it’s nice to see.’‘

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Report- Carbonneau Fired

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via RDS (translated),

Head coach Guy Carbonneau of the Canadiens was fired, RDS has learned Monday afternoon. It will be replaced by CEO Bob Gainey.

added 5:01pm, TSN confirms.

added 5:07pm, via the Montreal Canadiens,

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens’ General Manager, Bob Gainey, today announced that he is taking over Guy Carbonneau as Head Coach of the Montreal Canadiens effective immediately. Associate coach Doug Jarvis,assistant coaches Kirk Muller and Roland Melanson will be staying on the coaching staff.

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Sharks Still Hurting

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from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

The Sharks’ charter flight was scheduled to leave San Jose 14 minutes ago, but Evgeni Nabokov and Rob Blake were staying behind.

Bottom line is that it looks as if last week’s statements on Nabokov’s condition turned out to be overly optimistic, though Coach Todd McLellan did qualify everything by saying Mother Nature would have the final say as to when his No. 1 goalie returns.

Blake was having his “lower extremity” examined after he was struck by a slap shot in the back of his foot or leg on the same play in which Joe Thornton scored late in the second period of Saturday night’s 3-1 loss to Vancouver.

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The Memories

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The Rocky Mountain News is saying goodbye and featuring some of the stories from the past…

from Rick Sadowski of the Rocky Mountain News,

Mike Keane hopes he hasn’t seen the last of the Detroit Red Wings.

``I’ve got no problem playing a heartless team in the playoffs,’’ Keane said Wednesday night following the Colorado Avalanche’s 6-5 overtime loss to its bitter rival.

``That team has no heart. They showed their true colors tonight. Everyone’s gutless. Sure, I’d like to see them again.’‘

The busiest people at aptly named Joe Louis Arena were the maintenance people given the task of blotting blood puddles off the ice.

It was the most vicious game yet between the teams, not a surprising development as it marked Claude Lemieux’s first visit to Detroit since his well-publicized hit on Kris Draper in last year’s playoffs.

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Drawn To The Flames

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from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

Every year this seems to happen to me: the Calgary Flames and the specter of their playoff potential draws me in. In past years, I liked the Flames from the outset, only to see them exit from postseason existence much earlier than anticipated. I felt jilted last year when they performed as a middle-tier team (14th overall, 16th defensively, 19th on the power play and 20th on the PK) and then had the San Jose Sharks unceremoniously bounce them in the first round.

This year, I kept my distance…

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Winning & Making Money

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from bizjournals,

bizjournals analyzed the performances of all 122 franchises in the NBA, NFL, Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League in the 2008 calendar year. The top scores went to those teams that were strongest at the twin missions of professional sports—winning games and making money.

The rankings are from best to worst, and each team’s overall rank is in parentheses.

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

  1. Montreal Canadiens (4)
  2. Detroit Red Wings (7)
  3. Pittsburgh Penguins (10)

continued and thanks to Ted’s Take for the pointer…

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