November 04, 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.
• Jersey Fouls on Friday. Sorry folks, Clark Griswold was not a Philadelphia Flyers fan; moose out front should have told you.
• Dale Tallon of the Florida Panthers will raise the issue of a "coaches' challenge" at next week's GM meetings. From On Frozen Pond: "It's a work in progress, but perhaps a one-time challenge on a goal-related call for each coach would work if you have a time out left. ... We're just trying to figure something out that doesn't make the game longer and more drawn out. There are a lot of issues, same as replay itself. I don't know if it has legs or not. You discuss it, see if it makes sense.'' [OFP]
• The wackiest, NBA-obsessed marketing department in the NHL is at it again. Florida Panthers president Michael Yormark "has made an official plea to NBA stars Kevin Garnett and Charlie Villanueva to support the fight against cancer" as the team closes in on its $100,000 goal for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk in Broward County. [Panthers, and Ball Don't Lie has the backstory]
• Tim Thomas(notes) is the best goalie in the NHL right now for the Boston Bruins. Stanley Cup of Chowder wonders if that means it's the right time to "manage an asset" and trade him. We're guessing "Phunwin" is Tuukka Rask's(notes) pen name. [SCOC]
• Gary Bettman on solar panels. Not literally. Speaking on CNN. [NHL]
• The 23 photos in a click-through gallery that represent the 23 best players in the NHL making less than $1 million. [Business Insider]
• Jack Edwards vs. stats. Great read. [NESN]
• Interesting post about the neutral zone trap: It's not the trap that's evil, it's the teams that make it boring that are evil. [Blackhawks DL]
• Dave Davis on the state of the Buffalo Sabres and coach Lindy Ruff: "Who knows, this really could be Regier's last chance. Both he and Ruff are in the final year of their contracts. And don't kid yourself -- history in pro sports has shown that no matter how much glowing praise of coaches and GM's you hear from ownership, everyone eventually has a breaking point." [KK]
• Andy Van Hellemond tells the Hockey News that huge goalie pads are what's keeping scoring down: "You've been to a lot of games and you've seen how big some of those goalies are and how they cover the net. The net stays the same size and the equipment -- they keep saying they're going to police it, but I don't know...you don't hear about it. So the goalies are keeping the games 2-1 and 3-1 -- and now they're athletes, where, way back when, in the late '60s or early '70s, the goalie might not have been a great athlete." [THN]
• From Ian in Rochester: "While in Columbus attending the Blue Jackets/Habs game, my friends and I went into the Blue Jackets team store and saw this image. Mike Commodore's(notes) bobblehead is up to the same antics as his real life counterpart...forecast for Columbus....100% chance of MAKING IT RAIN!!!"
• John Tortorella scoffs at your notion that the New York Rangers are approaching Thursday night's tilt with the Philadelphia Flyers any differently because the Flyers beat out the Rangers for the playoffs: "You guys are the guys worried about that. ...We're trying to play the proper way and continue to build on how we have to play to continue to build to being consistent. I know I keep on saying that, but we're trying to create an identity, we're trying to create a constant within our room of how we have to play, and I think this game here is a perfect time to play this type of game in what we have to do as a hockey club, as far as the New York Rangers. We're concerned about ourselves." [NYDN]
• Steve Rosenbloom not liking what he's seeing out of the Chicago Blackhawks: "After meeting the Atlanta chapter of the Hawks' fraternity We Wonna Cup on Saturday, they'll get three home games in their next four matches against some of the bottom-feeders in the West. They need to win at home --- check that, they need to dominate in the United Center. You can't allow last-place team to skate out with wins. They need to take all three home games, they need to own the third periods, they need to show they're desperate and selfless enough to compete every night." [Tribune]
• Finally, via Puck Buddy Jolle Whalman, Markus Granlund gets his Legg on with a lacrosse-style goal: