Craig MacTavish and Kevin Lowe have some tough decisions to make this year.
I was reading our local news paper today and it reported that JP Cote went down with a knee injury during a scrimmage recently.
Team C, made up of the Canuck’s young players and prospects, hoped to start the season off on the right foot by pinching a win from the Pengrowth Saddledome in the pre-season opener against the Flames.
Unfortunately, hopes were dashed late in the third, when the 1-1 game was decided by a pair of Flames power-play goals. Adam Cracknell netted the first with 3:33 to go with a boomer over second-starter Drew MacIntyre’s shoulder, and the nail in the coffin came courtesy of Daymond Langkow’s capitalization of Yannick Tremblay’s cough-up with only 38 seconds left.
The Flames finished 3-for-11 on the man-advantage.
The Canucks were outworked early on. Several hardnosed fore-checks and a few big hits, especially a head-reeler dished out by wunderkind Dion Phaneuf on Gordie Dwyer, set a green Canucks team on the backs of their blades.
By the midpoint of the period, however, the Canucks had settled down, regaining the momentum. They cycled and opened shooting lanes, and at the end of the period, they were only one shy of the Flames’ six shots.
The period ended nil-nil, but both teams had their share of scoring chances, the best coming off the tape of the Flames’ Adam Cracknell, who beat Flaherty only to be beaten by the post. It was the only hole that Flaherty gave up during his 30-minute tenure.
Forty-nine seconds into the second frame, Josh Green redirected Rory Fitzpatrick’s post-shot into the empty mesh, putting the Canucks on the scoreboard. The momentum swung again, though, at 11:12 of the period when Tony Amonte took advantage of a selfish penalty by Gordie Dwyer. For the remainder of the frame, the Flames owned the ice.
The knuckles came out at the midway point of the game — and stayed out. Numerous Canucks answered the bell, including Rick Rypien, Joe Rullier, Mike Brown, Nathan McIver, and Luc Bourdon. McIver deserves special mention for his domination of Derek Couture early in the third period, the most spirited fight of the night, which helped the Canucks to shift the momentum yet again.
The grit didn’t just manifest itself in tilts. When maintaining the momentum — and staying out of the penalty box — the Canucks dominated on both the fore- and back-checks. Brandon Reid led the way with a number of charges, which earned him a handful of scoring chances.
The Canucks’ first line was dangerous throughout the match. Matt Cooke, Tommi Santala, and Jesse Shultz cycled smoothly, generating several potent shots, but failing to finish.
If the Canucks want to give themselves a chance to tally a win on Thursday night in San Jose, they’ll have to bury their chances — and stay out of the sin bin
I am not going to guess on whether Leetch will sign with the Rangers or not, Maybe they will use Pock or Staal.
I would welcome Leetch into the lineup with open arms. I didn’t know Rozsival was hurt until I read it on TSN.
Sportsnet is reporting that Unrestricted Free-Agent has been contacted by the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings. Bondra believes he has one more season in him. Bondra scored 21 goals and 39 points in 60 games last season with Atlanta.
According to TSN, after running into the boards during last night’s pre-season game against Buffalo, Sergei Federov could be out up to 6 weeks with a possilble separated shoulder.
Here is a preview of the Central Division in no particular order.
TSN.ca is reporting
The announcement was made official moments ago during a press conference at the Air Canada Centre as the respected NHL veteran formally announced his retirement. He’s the latest addition to the TSN family following recent signings this year of Brian Williams, James Cybulski and Darren Dreger.
The Flyers have signed Ken Hitch***** to a 3 year extension suring up the coach through the 2008-2009 season.
So I was reading the comments on some of the recent articles, and I noticed several people advertising their Yahoo! Hockey Pools for this season. So I had the idea that people could post their leauge ID’s and passwards here as comments, just to make the whole process of joining a leauge that much easier. Not to say that it’s limited to Yahoo! leagues, I’m just using that as an example. I’m very excited about this years season, and I’m willing to bet that the cup will come to the west this year (hint-hint-flames-hint-hint) But i wish the best to all teams, and hopefully some pools can start up!
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Kings re-signed forward Dustin Brown and defenseman Tim Gleason to two-year deals on Sunday. Both players were restricted free agents.
After researching for and successfully completing three fantasy drafts over the last week, I thought it would be nice to share a few of my drafting tips to my loyal readers. Hopefully these simple strategies will help you field competitive fantasy hockey teams in all of your leagues. Some of you might find this stuff pretty straightforward, but I’m sure it will help many of you as well.