Found February 24, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
from David Pollak of Working the Corners, ... one-third of the way through the season, San Jose continues to be on a downhill slide after elevating expectations by going 7-0-0 out of the chute. Now at 8-5-3, that’s the kind of bad sequence of events that can lead to everything from major trades to coaching changes to dismissals in the front office if things continue to go badly. With Lindy Ruff’s firing this week, it’s a pretty safe bet that Todd McLellan’s name is close to the top of most lists of other NHL coaches on the hot seat. However, that may have been true before this lockout-shortened season began, considering how things finished up in San Jose last spring. And it didn’t help that GM Doug Wilson, while apparently reassuring McLellan privately that his job was safe, refused to do so publicly until eight weeks after the Sharks were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the St. Louis Blues. When he finally did tell the media McLellan would be back,...

Ryane Clowe suspended for 2 games

The NHL has suspended Sharks forward Ryane Clowe for two games after taking part in a fight in the closing moments of Friday’s loss at the Blackhawks. Clowe was given a game misconduct by the game officials after they believed that Clowe illegally left the bench to instigate a fight with Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw, which would have been grounds for a 10-game suspension. However...

Sharks’ Ryan Clowe faces 10-game ban after leaving bench for last-minute fight

This season has not gone the way San Jose Sharks forward Ryan Clowe planned it.  Through 16 games, he still hasn’t recorded a goal, and now he could be facing a big suspension for this incident with Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw.  In the final seconds of the 2-1 loss against Chicago, Clowe took exception to a hit that Shaw delivered on Joe Pavelski, and allegedly left...

AHL/ECHL Monday Mentions, Feb 25

AHL: The Worcester Sharks started the weekend badly but it ended well.  Friday they lost at home, 7-2 to the Manchester Monarchs.  Worcester goals were scored by Matt Tennyson (PPG, Irwin, Kearns) and Jon Matsumoto (Kearns, Doherty).  Harri Sateri made 24 saves on 31 shots.  The power play went 1/3, the penalty kill 4/5.  Everyone who suited up for the Monarchs scored, so...

Ryane Clowe Facing Possible Suspension For Leaving The Bench

via David Pollak of the Mercury News, The NHL is reviewing the final minute of the Sharks' 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks to determine whether Ryane Clowe left the bench or was in the middle of a line change when he went after forward Andrew Shaw. Clowe apparently took exception to Shaw's decision to drive Joe Pavelski into the boards in the game's final...

Ryane Clowe Suspended Two Games After Fight With Chicago’s Andrew Shaw on Friday (Video)

The Sharks will be without Ryane Clowe for their next two games, but San Jose is lucky the league’s punishment to the forward wasn’t much more severe. Clowe was assessed a roughing minor and game misconduct on Friday when he left the bench to accost Chicago’s Andrew Shaw with less than 10 seconds remaining in the Blackhawks’ 2-1 win. He faced a possible 10-game suspension...

Joe Thornton takes on Jamie Benn in superstar NHL tilt

This is the second fight in a eight days for San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton, and he was clearly the instigator in this one.  I’m not sure what Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn did to piss him off, but clearly something happened for Thornton to pull the old cup check move.  The best part of this tilt?  Thornton motioning for Benn to take off his helmet so that neither of...

The Sharks: Losing Mind Games

Winning breeds winning. The Sharks defense is "winning," their offense isn't.  It's easier to get your brain into a defensive or reactive mode when you lack confidence.  Being aggressive or creative requires confidence.   Confidence or such a lack of it that you feel fear, like a cornered animal.   You don't want that.  The execution of a cornered animal...

Lindy Ruff Wants To Return To Coaching

from John Vogl of Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News, Ruff saved his most emotional thanks for the fans as he fought tears through a cracking voice. "Last and most importantly is our fans," said Ruff, who spent 26 of his 53 years as part of the Sabres. "The people who have made this place special for myself and my family. "It's a place I call home...

Lindy Ruff Fired By Buffalo Sabres

I have wanted to comment upon the Buffalo Sabres firing of Lindy Ruff this week but have yet to find the time.  Ruff was the longest serving NHL coach.  He had been hired in 1997 and has successfully taken the Buffalo Sabres to the Stanley Cup finals.  He finally fell for the "what have you done for me lately?" mindset that often sees good coaches get fired.  Buffalo...

Video: Lindy Ruff Press Conference

Courtesy of WKBW-TV in Buffalo, here is video of Lindy Ruff's farewell press conference today:  

2/23/13 - NHL Weekly Recap - Lindy Ruff fired, Matt Duchene offside goal, Blackhawks remain undefeated in regulation

This past week of hockey featured a man not named Lindy Ruff behind the Buffalo Sabres bench, the Blackhawks staying undefeated in regulation this season, Cam Ward trying his best to recreate Rob Davison's 197 foot goal on Vesa Toskala, and perhaps one of the biggest blown calls in NHL history on Matt Duchene's crazy offside goal.-----------------------------------------...

Video: Torts, Players Talk Nightmare in Montreal

...i hate to say it, but Torts sounded like a man with no answers. Which is the most concerning. ...he needs to figure out why this team isn't scoring on the power play and why they're not standing up for each other and figure it out now. ...for those of you thinking that Torts needs to be fired, ain't happening. It's only 17 games into the season and he just...
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