Links from the Loop
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s John Manasso provides a look at last night’s 4-3 Washington loss to the Thrashers. Manasso, who does a thorough job of covering an expansion team in a non-traditional market, calls the Caps “gutsy” and details Atlanta goaltender Kari Lehtonen’s fear that he may have awakened a sleeping bear, Washington’s Alex Ovechkin.
Manasso also has a brief bit about former Thrasher Brian Pothier’s return to Atlanta, and an ex-teammate of Glen Hanlon taking over as coach of the Belarus national team.
The Tampa Tribune‘s Erik Erlendsson chronicles last night’s 4-1 win for the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are next up on the Caps’ schedule.
The Patriot-News‘ Tim Leone details the Hershey Bears’ roster dilemma on the eve of the team’s home opener.
The Newark Star-Ledger‘s Rick Chere gets Devils netminder Marty Brodeur to fess up to what many of us have known for a while: it was Brodeur who whined about Ovechkin’s mirrored visor. According to Brodeur, “in an era when the league needs to sell the game, it’s important for fans to see players’ faces.” Well then Gumper, how’s about taking off that mask next game, eh?
Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for The Kid that has everything? I’d recommend picking up a copy of Van Halen’s “Diver Down” or Stevie Winwood’s “Arc of a Diver” for young Mr. Crosby, and according to The New York Post‘s Evan Grossman, Islanders coach Ted Nolan would concur.
John Dellapina of The New York Daily News is paging Jaromir Jagr. Good luck with that.
Up in Philly, the flailing Flyers lost another game, one D. Hatcher was minus-3 (his minus-10 in seven games on the season is creeping into International Falls territory), and Captain Forsberg was felled with an injury. How was your day, honey? Ed Barkowitz of The Philadelphia Daily News has the grim details.
The Tennessean‘s John Glennon has the story on Nashville’s recall of highly touted Alexander Radulov and the stalled contract extension talks between the Preds and Kimmo Timonen.
Adrian Dater of The Denver Post details a landmark win for the Avalanche, a team the Caps will face in Denver on Wednesday.
Dave Molinari of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette frequently opens his mailbag, and today is one of those days.
The Caps are one of six NHL teams with a lone regulation loss thus far in the young season. There are three teams who remain unblemished in that department, and two of them (Minnesota and Anaheim) hook up tonight in the land of Disney. Eric Stephens of The LA Times previews that Friday night tilt.
Alan Adams of Fox Sports discussses a number of NHL items of interest, including a bit of a double-standard when it comes to racist remarks.
Finally, ESPN’s David Amber has a lengthy Q&A with one of Dump and Chase’s favorite guys in the league.