NHL Morning Papers (Friday Edition): Pat Quinn furious with Jarome Iginla, Predators don’t sell out home opener and Theoren Fleury will admit he was abused by Graham James

Posted by Richard Pollock in NHL Morning Papers on October 9, 2009 — 2 Comments
Pat Quinn is not happy with Jarome Iginla. (Picture courtesy of tsn.ca)

Pat Quinn is not happy with Jarome Iginla. (Picture courtesy of tsn.ca)

Manny Malhotra seems to have sour graps towards Columbus. (Picture courtesy of yahoo.com)

Manny Malhotra seems to have sour graps towards Columbus. (Picture courtesy of yahoo.com)

Martin Brodeur was on last night, so what will his critics think of that? (Picture courtesy of the Washington Post)

Martin Brodeur was on last night, so what will his critics think of that? (Picture courtesy of the Washington Post)

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  • Bob Roberts

    •The rumors of the demise of the Red Wings have been greatly exaggerated, explains Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune.

    With Franzen gone, we’ll truly see the test of Detroit’s mettle. Those young guys and the big guys are going to have to be good.
    Me, I’ll stick to my prediction: much less success in Hockeytown this year. Be fair though, hard to have more…

    •In Dallas, James Neal is proving himself to be the real deal, writes Mike Heika.

    Late round steal in my pool. Got Richards and Morrow too because it seems no one believed those two were healthy.

    •A great performance by Martin Brodeur allowed the Devils to steal a 4-3 victory over the Lightning in Tampa Bay.
    •Maybe Brodeur’s performance last night will shut up his critics, at least for a couple days.

    I expressed my worries about MB in the comment section of the excellent IC Devils preview and I’m going to need more than one topnotch game (though it was TOPNOTCH) to quiet them.

    •The Rangers decided to pay Marian Gaborik more than a hefty amount this summer, and so far, it has paid off.

    I keep telling everyone Gabby’s going to play all 82 this season and the Rangers are going to do well.

    The Bonus If I’m Right? It’ll silence two sets of critics at once (at least for a few seconds anyway): those who say he’s always hurt and those who say players always have big years when they’re about to go UFA.

    The Downside: there is none. If no one says boo when you say Detroit’s not going to do well and Marty Brodeur’s not going to be the best, it’s not too likely they’ll point out any mistakes.

    •The Flyers received poor performances from Ray Emery and Braydon Coburn, as the team lost a hard fought 5-4 game to the arch-rival Penguins.

    Whoa there a minute. A fluke goal can happen to anyone and Fleury looked great, did he? Coburn and Emery don’t get to hog the goathorns in that performance.

    Of course I’ve got to point out that Mr. Hartnell really made my comments about him and his team in the IC Flyer season preview look good with his last-second heroics.

    •Speaking of Iginla, Pat Quinn was furious with his play that injured Oilers defenseman Sheldon Souray last night.

    Surprise! I can feel a CHR coming.

    •If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best, and the Flyers proved they are not the class of the Eastern Conference versus Pittsburgh last night.

    There, now that’s more like it.

    •With last night’s performance in San Jose, Dany Heatley is already becoming a fan favorite.
    •The fans were actually chanting Dany Heatley’s name at the end of yesterday’s game.

    Don’t tell Drew.
    Drew, I said, don’t wish for a bad year for the Heater — it ‘ainta gonna happen. But would he listen? Ohhh, no…

    •If the Capitals had a defence playing last night, they might’ve defeated the Rangers.

    There, now that’s more like it. They need Alzner. What’s the problem there? “Cap” issues. (Oh my, even for me that was bad. Say goodnight, Bob.)