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
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)
- In Dallas, James Neal is proving himself to be the real deal, writes Mike Heika.
- The Red Wings signed Brad May yesterday in an attempt to cut down on opposing team’s cheap shots against them.
- Chris Osgood was terrific last night, as coach Mike Babcock says that he wasn’t sure if Osgood played a game that solid in the first half of last season.
- Yesterday’s win was a “statement game,” for the Red Wings, writes John Niyo.
- “Two seconds away from winning the game,” said Oilers netminder Nikolai Khabibulin after another heartbreaking loss to the Flames.
- Steve Staios didn’t play last night for Edmonton because of concussion symptoms.
- Here are some Panthers roster notes.
- Meanwhile, Panthers youngster Rostislav Olesz is focusing on having a bounce back season in 2009/10.
- The Kings were tremendous at even strength last night versus Minnesota, but they could certainly stand to improve on their horrible penalty killing.
- “It’s disappointing. I get an opportunity like that and I put that kind of performance out, it’s disappointing,” said Josh Harding after his poor performance in Los Angeles.
- This season, Patric Hornqvist is proving to be the player the Predators expected to see last season, writes John Glennon.
- The Predators were robbed of a goal last night but that only motivated them to win–which they did 3-2 over Colorado.
- 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.
Martin Brodeur was on last night, so what will his critics think of that? (Picture courtesy of the Washington Post)
- The Rangers decided to pay Marian Gaborik more than a hefty amount this summer, and so far, it has paid off.
- He scored two goals in the Rangers’ victory over Washington, and Larry Brooks says it may have been his least impressive game as a Ranger.
- Matt Carkner was the hero of last night’s Senators game, as the journeyman defenseman scored his first NHL goal and added an assist in his team’s overtime victory.
- 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.
- In injury news, James van Riemsdyk was held out of last night’s game because of a head injury.
- In good news, the Coyotes have sold out their home opener.
- If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best, and the Penguins still proved to be the class of the Eastern Conference versus Philadelphia last night.
- Meanwhile, the Penguins are claiming that Scott Hartnell bit Kris Letang.
- Speaking of Letang, he and Sergei Gonchar haven’t really got much closer to contract extensions.
- 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.
- The Blues came out flat in their home opener against Atlanta and could never quite catch up.
- The Lighting blew a lead to New Jersey last night but there wasn’t a lack of effort.
- At least the future is bright in Tampa Bay, writes Joe Henderson of the Tampa Tribune.
- Vesa Toskala is the man between the pipes for at least the next three games with Jonas Gustavsson on the shelf.
- The injury to Gustavsson means Joey MacDonald gets to return to the show.
- Canucks prospect Cody Hodgson has been told to rest his ailing back for a month.
- If the Capitals had the power play going last night, they’d probably have defated the Rangers.