Fri Nov 05 02:49pm EDT
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.
• The Florida Panthers draw their share of snowbirds, but this overt marketing to Montreal Canadiens fans to invade the building for a Panthers home game is a bit much. Writes Litter Box Cats: "Can you blame the organization for reaching out in what's likely to be a quiet year at the gate, or is this shameless opportunism at the expense of the hardcores' pride?" [Litter Box Cats]
• Zach Bogosian(notes) on the lack of Atlanta Thrashers fans at Atlanta Thrashers games: "It's never good feeling when you come out and you are all pumped up and there's not that many people in the stands. After playing here for three years, you kind of get used to it. The more fans would be a lot better but it's not an excuse we can use." Atlanta's been under 10,000 fans three times this season, and is averaging 9,148 per game if you take away the season opener. Putrid. [AJC]
• Meanwhile, Spector is wondering if the NHL needs contraction or relocation. [Spector]
• Anton Volchenkov(notes) in; Colin White(notes) out; and most importantly, Martin Brodeur(notes) out for the New Jersey Devils' game against the New York Rangers tonight. Brodeur felt pain in his bruised arm during practice today. Johan "Booed off the ice last time he started at The Rock" Hedberg is in. (Ryan Callahan(notes) is also out for the Rangers.) [Fire & Ice]
• The Philadelphia Flyers didn't anticipate any supplemental discipline on Dan Carcillo's(notes) hit. Said Peter Laviolette said: "The kid was falling and all of a sudden the position became vulnerable, but I don't think Danny did anything. I'm glad nothing happened. I think he just went to get him and the guy fell." [Philly Sports Daily]
• Our friend Seth Rorabaugh's excellent blog Empty Netters is in danger of being eliminated by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. The Pensblog has all the contact info you need to let your voice be heard in support of a vital part of the hockey blogosphere. And lest you think this is an issue just for Pittsburgh Penguins fans, The Chief is getting the Red Wings fans at Abel To Yzerman organized too. Save Empty Netters, people.
• After the benching of Matt Duchene(notes) and another loss, Adrian Dater puts the Colorado Avalanche on the psych couch: "I believe this to be a big problem the Avs right here, at least in my own pop psychological diagnosis: they're inconsistent too often because after a certain amount of success, they don't strive mentally to be even better. They want to stop and celebrate what they've already done too much, instead of immediately wanting the next level of success." [Denver Post]
• Updating the coaches' hot seat; is anyone close to getting canned in the NHL this season? [Houses of the Hockey]
• The 'Hat offers his NHL notebook, with this tantalizing look at upcoming Hall of Fame eligibility/debates: "There are some interesting names coming up for election in the near future however. Ed Belfour is eligible in 2011; Joe Sakic(notes), Mats Sundin(notes), Brendan Shanahan(notes) and Jeremy Roenick(notes) in 2012; and Scott Niedermayer(notes), Chris Chelios(notes), Keith Tkachuk(notes) and Rob Blake(notes) in 2013." [Globe & Mail]
• According to Puck Buddy Matt P., this was an image captured on Los Angeles TV last night: "As a long time Los Angeles Kings fan I am all to familiar with the local sports aficionados not being too up to date on the NHL; but you would think that local TV sports guy, Jim Hill, could get the LA Kings logo correct. Maybe I'm wrong and the 'Ning and Sacramento Kings hooked up for a game of horse? I bet Victor Hedman(notes) is like the Swedish version of Shaq."
• The long road back for Pierre-Marc Bouchard(notes) continues: He's not symptom free from his concussion and will "press pause" on his comeback. That means he'll continue to practice with the Minnesota Wild, but no games quite yet. [Russo's Rants]
• Great mailbag from Mike Heika on the Dallas Stars, dealing with attendance and also with Brenden Morrow's(notes) play after Marty Turco(notes) and Mike Modano(notes) left: "neither Modano nor Turco was happy with how things were moving in Dallas, and getting their unhappiness out of the room has made it lighter, and that has to be a positive for Morrow (who, as the captain, has to deal with a lot of that stuff)." [Dallas Stars Blog]
• From the Boston Bruins: "On Saturday, November 6, the Boston Bruins and USA Hockey join with over 50 ice rinks throughout New England to host free learn-to-play youth hockey clinics for children ages 4 through 9. Bruins alumni, Bruce Shoebottom and the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team will be at the Porrazzo Rink (Constitution Beach, Coleridge Street, East Boston, MA 02128) from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Through these clinics, participants begin to experience ice hockey and learn the basics of the sport in a fun, safe environment. For all participating rinks, please visit www.hockeydayinnewengland.com."
• Finally, stick-tap to Puck Buddy Darren for a pretty amazing video on Mathias Emilio Pettersen, who will likely win the Art Ross in about eight years. Holy smokes is this kid good: