November 09, 2010
Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.
• Via Kevin Allen at the GM meetings: "GMs interested in the idea of lengthening OT to decrease the number of shootouts, but more discussion is needed." [@kausatoday]
• Joe Pelletier with the read of the day, mining nuggets about "Slap Shot" from Jonathan Jackson's new book "The Making of Slap Shot." Chief among them: "Al Pacino wanted the role of Reggie Dunlop and could have had it if he had played his cards right." Michael Corleone-era Pacino as Reg Dunlop? Yowzer. [Greatest Hockey Legends]
• Dan Hamhuis(notes) is back for the Vancouver Canucks, which means Keith Ballard(notes) will be a healthy scratch for the first time in his career. Said Ballard: "I spent five years in the league and had games where I probably should have been a scratch. You don't have the luxury on a good team. If you have to set personal pride aside, that's OK." [White Towel]
• Canucks GM Mike Gillis is now on Twitter at @GMMikeGillis. Opinionated NHL exec plus 140 characters equals thank you, Mike Gillis.
• Lou Lamoriello on the mess that is the New Jersey Devils: "I take full responsibility. ... I put those people on the ice. Certainly we're not happy with where we stand. The good news is that we have time to correct this." He also added: "I'm not a patient person." Uh-oh. [ESPN]
• Washington Capitals forward Mike Knuble(notes) suggests that sacrificing a goat might help snap him out of his season-long slump. The problem: He's going to have to wait until the playoffs start to kill Mike Green(notes). [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
• Mike Holden's blog on selling tickets to "enemy fans" is a must read, and not just because Ted Leonsis added his own take Tuesday morning. The thesis: Selling your unusable season tickets to fans of the visiting team should always be the last resort. Our thesis: A house divided is more interesting than a homogenous house, and visiting fans' money is still good. [Mike Holden; Ted's Take]
• Alex Tanguay(notes) on the Calgary Flames' struggles: "To get to 96 points, you have to win three out of five on a consistent basis. To make up ground on a team that's getting three out of five ... that's why this month's important. ... It's time." [Slam]
• Uh, awesome: "Hockey history comes to DVD on Nov. 16, 2010, with the landmark release of the six disc DVD set Canada Cup 1987 from Video Services Corp. The limited edition DVD includes all nine of Team Canada's games -- many not seen since their original telecast -- including the thrilling three-game final featuring Canada vs. USSR, and has a suggested retail price of $59.98."
• Watch a Detroit Red Wings game. Note what the backup goalie does during it with a clipboard. Wonder no more what he's doing, as Kevin Woodley discovers that Mike Babcock's tasked them with charting faceoffs. Great stuff. [In Goal]
• In a perfect world, what Mike Chen would like to see out of an NHL broadcasting deal: "Versus' regular season coverage continues at the current pace, including the All-Star Game; ESPN gets a game of the week on the main channel, another game of the week on ESPN 2 and the much-celebrated return of NHL 2Night; NBC returns with network coverage, including the Winter Classic." [From The Rink]
• Sunshine and rainbows for the Minnesota Wild: "The team is finally playing under the system Coach Todd Richards has been preaching about for over a season and as it turns out, it works! Puck possession, quick breakout passes and hitting have been noticeable over the past week. And I'm coming around to the opinion that this team may contend for a playoff spot this season. Yes, I said it...this season." [Wild Puck Banter]
• The Teemu Selänne Youth Sports Foundation (TSYSF) is excited to announce the Teemu Selänne Celebrity Classic (Nov. 20 and 22), two extraordinary fund-raising events to support TSYSF's mission to provide financial, educational and inspirational opportunities for children and their families through structured sports programs. To register for the Teemu Selänne Celebrity Classic and for more information about TSYSF, please visit www.TSysf.org.
• Finally, the video quality on this line brawl prevented us from featuring it in a standalone post, but this WSHL fight between the Fresno Monsters (white) and the Idaho Junior Steelheads features Fresno goalie Steve Zavori getting his Jonathan Roy on by skating across the rink and beating the ever-loving crap out of his counterpart.