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Winning Culture In New Jersey

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from Stan Fischler of Game On,

The more players they lose through injury, the better Lou Lamoriello’s team plays.

Jimmy Devellano, the Red Wings executive vice-president, was on the phone.

“How do they ever do it?” asks Jimmy D.

What can I tell him after watching this over-achieving hockey club since opening night?

An easy answer comes by way of Hockey Night Live analyst Butch Goring.

“It’s the culture developed by Lou (Lamoriello) and his winning teams over the years,” says Butch.

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Milbury On Goodenow

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from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

For a moment during Hockey Night In Canada, Mike Milbury seemed ready to pull off his shoe and use it on Ian Pulver. The big guy was sputtering over Pulver’s rules-are-rules attitude to a suggested solution for an NHL problem.

Pulver, a Bob Goodenow acolyte and now a player agent, defended during the Hotstove segment the regime of Goodenow, the former NHL Players’ Association executive, to which Milbury, face red, said, “That was the most untrusting guy in the goddamned world.”

  The expletive wasn’t needed, but Milbury had it right about Goodenow.

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Time For Tortorella To Put His Stamp On The Team

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Tortorella joined the Rangers preaching, “It’s not about defense, it’s not about the defensive zone,” before amending his mantra. The problem is, his team has apparently taken him at his original word, for the Blueshirts enter tonight’s match ranked 24th in the NHL in goals-against average.

The Rangers have no presence in front of their own net—how exactly do we know that Lundqvist isn’t feeling the effect of being smashed down repeatedly by marauding forwards?—and no clue in their own end, where they habitually chase both the puck and opponents….

It is time for Tortorella to take ownership of that. It is time for Tortorella to take ownership of the Rangers. If he does not, he will never need to worry about having to acknowledge a Garden crowd giving him a standing ovation.

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Morning Line

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Folks, once again it has to be pointed out that the salary cap prohibits struggling teams from making any significant early season roster changes like trades. Forget about the nonsense floating around the internet about “big moves….”

-Spector (Lyle Richardson) of Spector’s Hockey.

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Komisarek Will Return With Fun Attitude

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from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

Hockey players don’t often experience the luxury of getting a do-over in the midst of a rigorous season.

But Maple Leafs defenceman Mike Komisarek will, and he has no plans to waste the opportunity.

The Leafs’ big catch on the free-agent market last summer after he was lured from the arch-rival Montreal Canadiens with a five-year, $22.5-million US contract, Komisarek wants to erase from his memory his first 16 games in a Leafs uniform. His next Toronto chapter will begin tonight, when he is slated to return to the lineup against the Buffalo Sabres after a small quadriceps tear kept him out nearly three weeks.

“It was good to take a step back and re-evaluate,” Komisarek said. “You can’t change what has happened. It’s a fresh start, a clean sheet, and forget about what has happened.

“It doesn’t matter what it was. I don’t know—trying to make an impact, trying to make your presence felt, trying to do too much. I would not say it was one exact thing. I have to simplify my game and, most importantly, try to have some fun.”

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Levels Of Change

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail (Monday edition),

Ken Holland, general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, the NHL’s most consistently successful team over the past 12 years, says you could argue a culture change that began in the early 1980s when Jim Devellano took over as GM and continued through a couple of regimes until Holland took over in 1997, took as long as 15 years.

“If you’re looking at the change to an elite team, it was probably 10 years,” Holland said. “But if you’re talking about going from what was the worst team in the world, as it was in 1985, to a playoff team, then you could say five years.”

In the case of the Red Wings, Holland said, there were three distinct stages to the change.

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Since The Team Pays For The Equipment, They Should Have Input On What To Buy

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from the Vancouver Province,

When last the NHL general managers met, they discussed the issue of player equipment and one of the points on the agenda was suggested by Sharks general manager Doug Wilson.

When first it was learned the league was discussing Wilson’s suggestion, the media were claiming the NHL initiative was moving toward players buying their own equipment, and it came off as though the owners were somehow cheaping out, looking to offload an expense.

Anyone who knows Wilson knew that couldn’t be the case unless his owners had gotten to him, as he has always been one of the chief advocates for the players both as a GM and earlier when he worked for the NHLPA after his retirement as a player.

What Wilson was trying to suggest is that if the NHL teams are going to be paying for the player’s equipment, they should have some input in what they were wearing.

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Time Running Out On Vigneault

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from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province via Faceoff.com,

If the Canucks don’t win the Stanley Cup this year, it’s not likely ever going to happen with Alain Vigneault as their head coach.

This may seem outlandish and ridiculous. But it’s the cold, harsh reality of NHL history.

A look at the past 82 Stanley Cup winners shows that only three times has a head coach been with a team for more than four years before winning a Cup. It suggests that if the chemistry between a coach and his team doesn’t result in a championship within four years, it’s not likely ever going to happen.

Think of it like a flipped hourglass which runs out of sand after that key fourth year.

The statistic may be numbing when you consider this is Vigneault’s fourth year at the helm in Vancouver.

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Matt Cooke Gets Two Game Suspension

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from NHL.com,

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke has been suspended for two games, without pay, as the result of a deliberate check to the head area of New York Rangers forward Artem Anisimov, the League announced Sunday.

Cooke delivered the hit Saturday during the third period of the Penguins’ 8-3 win over the Rangers at Mellon Arena. He was assessed a minor penalty for interference. Anisimov did not return to the game.

After Cooke served the two minutes, Donald Brashear of the Rangers attempted to engage him in a fight, but the officials stepped in between the two and Brashear was assessed a double minor for roughing.

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Sharks Won’t Forget

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from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

McLellan was asked this morning whether he thought his team should have responded in some way when Edmonton’s J.F. Jacques played a little rough with Joe Thornton in the third period of Friday night’s game.

“I very much do,” McLellan said. “I think there’s two ways of doing that and one of them we accomplished. We went out and scored a couple of goals that put them on their heels and we ended up winning the game.

“The other one can be a physical response, whether it’s with the individual or some of our other players getting physically active with some of their elite palyers,” he added. “We took care of it one area. I don’t know if we had the opportunity to take care of it the other way.”

“We have to be careful because the win supercedes everything else,” McLellan said. “You play against teams a numer of times. You can respond later on if you have to.”

more on the Sharks…

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