Don't be shocked if Red Wings G Curtis Joseph is asked to make a couple of starts with Grand Rapids of the AHL
Okay, we won’t be shocked that you guessed something right. Also don’t be shocked if nobody claims Joseph on waivers no matter how many times they send him down to the AHL.
Don't ask San Jose coach Ron Wilson about roles. He snapped at yours truly yesterday when asked about what was expected of F Alyn McCauley with the Sharks. "I use the same line as (Dallas Cowboys coach) Bill Parcells: There are no roles, just go out and do your bloody job. It's hockey. Go out and play hockey," said Wilson. "I'm sick of hearing about roles and guys saying they don't know what their roles are."
You can see that Bruce knows his role: ask the donut type questions to the coaches.
Confirm or deny: Anaheim tough guy Garrett Burnett swallows a lump of Flexall (the stuff players use for aches and pain) before every game?
Ouch Bruce, doing a Sunday National Enquirer shot, written so the lawyers can’t get at you. Btw, they said that Flexall use is now rampant in the NFL.
While everybody predicted Carolina coach Paul Maurice would be the first one sent packing, it would appear Ottawa native Bruce Cassidy isn't going to get much of a chance in Washington. The word is Caps' GM George McPhee, who is trying cover his own butt, is getting ready to pull the plug on Cassidy. The Caps are also expected to try to unload the salaries of RW Jaromir Jagr, C Robert Lang and RW Peter Bondra. Maybe it's time to pull the plug on McPhee. He supplied Cassidy with a blue line that includes John Gruden, Jason Doig, Joel Kwiatkowski and Josef Boumedienne. The latter couldn't even play for Ottawa's farm team.
Gruden, Doig, Kwiatkowski and Boumedienne were all Sens farm players, and Cassidy coached the Sens farm team when at Grand Rapids. McPhee has just been so kind as to give Cassidy players he is familiar with.
With three goalies in camp, the Thrashers are trying to move one. While G Jani Hurme hasn't played, it's believed either G Pasi Nurminen or G Byron Dafoe could be dealt. Since nobody wants to swallow Dafoe's salary, expect to see Nurminen traded. The word is the Thrashers wouldn't mind keeping Hurme around.
Bruce still believes the Thrashers are “in camp” – hey Bruce the regular season started. Imo don’t be shocked in Dafoe finds himself playing in the AHL until he accepts a buyout.
What's this we hear about the Flames offering around D Denis Gauthier? There's talk the Leafs might be interested.
Nah, the Leafs won 1-0 last night. Forgot all that D talk, its on to the Cup.
The Wings were offered free-agent D Bryan Berard by his agent Tom Laidlaw after they lost D Derian Hatcher for 4-6 months Friday, but they told him no thanks. Next call: St. Louis.
Hmm, an agent trying to get work for his player - strange trade rumours that Bruce starts eh?
Trying to cut salary, the Isles are listening to offers for RW Mark Parrish and C Jason Wiemer. Calgary has called about Wiemer, a former Flame.
"I'm disappointed with the performance of our higher-skilled players. It was an unacceptable performance by those guys," Sutter said after the Calgary Flames dropped a dreadful 2-0 game to Buffalo last night. "They are the same type team as we are, they get the lead and know how much offence they have and they protect it. Our higher-end players didn't play through it."
His main targets, if you couldn't guess, were Jarome Iginla, Craig Conroy and Dean McAmmond, the No.-1 line that hasn't collected a point in four games.
"Our top guys have to play better, it's that simple," Sutter continued. "That's what we are and those guys have to produce for you. It's no different than 15 other teams that rely on four or five guys to give you leadership and give you offence.
"Our secondary players played well enough. Even on our powerplay, our secondary players did everything they could. They tried to get to the net, they tried to get pucks back to the point."
Sutter itemized what he was looking for from his top line.
"I think Iginla has to get more involved and he has to get some emotion in his game. He's playing with zero emotion. He's our top player, he's got to pick it up," Sutter said. "I think Connie feeds off Iggy and that tells you (about him) and McAmmond hasn't done nothing."
Iginla knew the questions were coming.
"I expect a lot more from myself, too, and I expect a lot more from our line," said the captain. "As far as emotion, we do have emotion. We want to compete out there, we want to contribute and we want to win.
"We're expected to try and chip in with some scoring chances and some goals."
"We're not playing with enough of a lot of things. Emotion is just one of them," McAmmond said.
"Sometimes I think guys squeeze the stick and forget it's still a game out there. It's not a game of Xs and Os, the game still needs to be played and I don't think we played it.
"We're trying to just do the system, which wins you hockey games, but it still needs to be played and still needs to be read and skill players need to make passes and see the plays. That's not been happening, for sure."
The 14,139 fans at the Saddledome showed they agreed with Sutter's assessment and voiced their disapproval more than once.
As you can see you have to play with emotion but not squeeze the stick, and skill players need to make passes, and it’s not a game of Xs and Os, and how many clichés can hockey players say when on the defensive? Anyways forget trading Gauthier and getting Weimer, and start up the big trade rumours Bruce! Coach Sutter is not happy with Jarome Iginla, Craig Conroy and Dean McAmmond – perhaps GM Sutter will trade them for an emotional player. And there is no more emotional player than drama queen Tucker.
Don't expect to see Toronto RW Tie Domi moved. The Leafs would love to make a deal, but there's no interest in him.
Wait a second, Domi is a drama king too – Tucker and Domi to the emotional Flames. You heard it here first. Or maybe I’ve been eating too much leftover turkey.
While I'm not a fan, he's pretty accurate about the Caps' front-office and coaching situations. Many Caps fans are frustrated with the Grand Rapids Connection. Caps fans are already calling for Cassidy's firing, though Caps fans are not the most patient of fans.