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Esche Wants To Play For Team USA

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Colorado Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson is trying his best to put himself on the radar for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. A guy in Russia is hoping to do the same.

Robert Esche is off to a flying start with SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL, sporting an 8-3-2 record with a .932 save percentage and 1.62 goals-against average, gaudy numbers to say the least.

“I’ve been healthy the last three years here in Russia, which I wasn’t my last few years in the NHL,” Esche told ESPN.com on Tuesday from Moscow, where the team plays Wednesday. “I am hoping I can go to the Olympics, that’s my goal to make that team. But if it doesn’t happen, it’s not the end of the world.


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Something Tells Me People Will Have Opinions About This

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Check this out…

The team surrendered nearly three goals a game during the regular season last year, an unheard of number in Detroit. Osgood was largely to blame for that, and he wouldn’t argue. But the Red Wings came within a whisker of winning another Cup.

Why? Because Osgood raised his game several notches, and was a genuine Conn Smythe candidate until the Penguins captured Game Seven.

This is going to draw more venom, but I’m telling you that Chris Osgood is the greatest money goalie I’ve ever seen in Detroit. Bar none, even Hasek.

That’s Greg Eno.  You know what? I agree with him.  If I had to choose between Chris Osgood of ‘08 and ‘09 and Dominik Hasek of ‘02? I"d take #30. 

But guess what else Eno thinks?  You better choose a side.


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Will You Miss Al Strachan?

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from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

Looks like Al Strachan is out of the Hot Stove and into the fire.

On Tuesday, Usual Suspects received the following e-mail from Jeff Keay of CBC: “Hot Stove has a number of guest contributors who we rotate through the lineup. At this time, we’ve made the decision to take Al out of the regular rotation and to use some of the other personalities we’ve added to the broadcast over the summer.”

Translation: Strachan has been dropped from the Hockey Night In Canada segment a second time, having first been let go in 2005.


added 1:04pm, from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

The inside story of how Al Strachan lost his job at Hockey Night In Canada shines a bright, not so pretty light into the world of sports television and how decisions are made.

  Strachan refused to comment on his sudden ouster as a regular on Hockey Night’s Hotstove intermission segment, but publishing sources confirmed today that his departure is tied to a book he wrote with the no-so-subtle title of Why The Leafs Suck.

  The book, released a few weeks ago by Harper Collins, apparently incensed the CBC, because Strachan was identified on the cover as being “from Hockey Night In Canada,”  despite the fact permission had not been given by the network for the show’s name to be used on the cover of the book.

  “Scott Moore (the head of CBC Sports and also head of marketing and advertising for the network) went ballistic,” said one insider.


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Did You Ever Think The Ducks Might Lack Toughness?

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from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,

Here’s a question about the Ducks that once would ordinarily have been unfathomable to ponder.

Are they tough enough?

Those who witnessed their 5-0 loss to St. Louis on Saturday night may have had that thought cross their minds after watching the Ducks mostly get pushed around by a youthful, energetic squad.

Would that have ever had happened over the past four seasons? Not likely.

The fact is these aren’t the same old big, bad Ducks anymore, especially without rough-and-occasionally reckless defenseman Chris Pronger. But the players are starting to wonder why they aren’t forcing the issue in a physical sense at the outset of games.

“The chippiness should be there right off the bat,” center Ryan Getzlaf said following the loss. “The frustration level can’t cause that stuff. It’s something that we need to play [to] and that’s got to be an attitude in our room. I think those are things we need to address and we need to go forward with them.


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Penguins Early Team To Beat

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

With an 8-1 record and a six game winning streak, the Pittsburgh Penguins have established themselves as the early leader in the NHL standings.  The defending Stanley Cup champions have 33 goals scored to only 19 allowed.  Offensively their attack has been led by Evgeni Malkin with 11 points and the more well-rounded skills of Sidney Crosby (who has contributed 8 points).  Tyler Kennedy’s five goals make him the team’s leader in goals scored.  On defence, Sergei Gonchar leads the way offensively with eight points.  He is followed closely by Alex Goligoski, with seven points and a +9 +/- rating.  Jay McKee has been a useful addition for his stay home play.  In goal, Marc-Andre Fleury won all eight games and sports a .926 saves percentage and a 1.96 GAA.  The Pittsburgh Penguins have been a team that is performing at the top of their ability throughout the early season.  They look like a championship team.  However, it is not uncommon that October’s championship team is nowhere to be seen come the Stanley Cup finals.  The true test of the 2009/10 Pittsburgh Penguins is not how they look a few weeks into October.  It is how they will look when they run into some problems in the stretch.  Will they recover quickly or will they fall back into the pack?

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Savard On LTIR With Broken Foot

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BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has placed forward Marc Savard on long term injured reserve (broken left foot) and has recalled forward Trent Whitfield from Providence on an emergency basis.

Savard is expected to miss four to six weeks with the injury. He has led the Bruins in scoring each of the last three years and currently leads the team in scoring this year, with 4-3=7 totals in seven games. In 2008-09, Savard played in all 82 games with a 25-63=88 line

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Is There A Difference Between Getting Your ‘Bell Rung’ & A Possible Concussion?

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Many people questioned Marc-Andre Bergeron playing the full game after this hit last night.

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Coyotes Talk On NPR

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The Latest Rumor Talk

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from Spector’s Hockey,

SPORTING NEWS: yesterday reported it’ll be interesting to see how LA Kings forward Alex Frolov responds to being benched for his recent poor play. The report also noted this is how trade rumors get started, noting a report out of Edmonton claiming the Oilers might be interested in Frolov.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Frolov is an unrestricted free agent next summer and there’s considerable speculation the Kings could shop him later in the season. For now however I don’t expect they’ll make such a drastic move, hoping Frolov will snap out of his malaise.

more names & rumors…

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