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Sedins got a bad rap
Jim Matheson, The Edmonton Journal
Published: Sunday, October 22, 2006



Anaheim Ducks GM Brian Burke says the Sedin twins got a bad rap in their early days for not putting up points in Vancouver. "They were effective, contributing players who would play against the other team's second defence pairing and they would end up chasing (the Sedins) around and get exhausted as the game wore on. Very good defensively, too," said Burke, who drafted them No. 2 and 3 after much wheeling and dealing. "Sounds corny, but our franchise, at that time, needed to make a statement. We were down to 7,600 season tickets."


Former Detroit coach Scotty Bowman, who was in Edmonton on Saturday after travelling with the Red Wings on their three-game Western trip, was worried about his house in Buffalo during last week's freak blizzard. "Luckily, I had a generator already and didn't have to buy one. It was running for 78 hours straight before the power came back," said Bowman, who lives in Florida much of the winter. Some trees came down around his Buffalo house, though. "It's taking six men at $300 an hour to clean them up."


The Week That Was for Mike Morrison: On Monday, he got a piece of sirloin stuck in his throat and had to take himself to hospital in St. Louis. On Thursday, he got pulled over for speeding on the way to the Phoenix Coyotes' practice but got off with a don't-have-such-a-heavy-foot pass from a police officer, who must be a hockey fan. On Friday, he got a warning from his coach, Wayne Gretzky, to start stopping some pucks soon or he might not be in the NHL much longer after two subpar outings. "I've got eating problems, driving problems and goaltender problems. I may have to start having some Lucky Charms (cereal) in the morning because I need the luck of the Irish right now," said the former

Oiler, who may play here Monday.


Former Oilers defenceman Alexei Semenov was just suspended by the Florida Panthers for not practising with the Rochester AHL team. He reportedly wants to return to Russia to play. How did

Semenov get derailed? When the Oilers drafted him in the second round, they thought they might be getting a possible stud. "In his last year of junior, I watched him and I thought we might be seeing another (Zdeno) Chara," said Oilers GM Kevin Lowe.

Instead, he never really used his huge size here. The turning point may have been when he got decked in a fight by San Jose's Scott Thornton, after Semenov had started to show more aggressiveness. He didn't know Thornton's pugilistic talents and regressed after that.


Go figure, Marian Gaborik has what the Minnesota Wild are calling "a mild groin strain." Gaborik, who didn't play the third period in Anaheim on Friday, had sports hernia surgery in 2001 and missed all of training camp and 17 games last season with two different groin problems ... Scott Niedermayer is playing 71 seconds more a game (28:21 to 27:10) than Chris Pronger in Anaheim, if you're wondering ... Columbus winger Anson Carter has been playing with Manny Malhotra and Jason Chimera, two hard workers, but not like his old sidekicks, the powerhouse offensive Sedins.



A Slovakian paper says Ziggy Palffy is skating again after quitting because of a bum shoulder. They wonder if he's making a comeback. While his local agent Peter Sykora was amazed when "he left $11 million on the table to retire," Sykora doubts that Palffy will return. "I think he's had enough of the NHL," said Sykora. His rights are still owned by the Penguins, who could easily slot him onto a line with Evgeny Malkin, but

because Palffy made a rash decision in Pittsburgh and filed his retirement papers rather than just go home and recuperate, he has to wait a calendar year, which means until February, 2007.


Former Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo tries to hide his dislike for ex-Florida GM Mike Keenan but he confirmed to a Minnesota writer recently that one of the final straws was Keenan yelling at him at the back of the team plane last January about his contract situation. Luongo didn't like it that Keenan did it in front of his teammates, who had to intervene. "That's Mike. Nothing he does surprises me. Just another nail in the coffin," said Luongo, who was traded by Keenan to the Vancouver Canucks the day before the draft in June. He was told Keenan was working on a trade and said he'd sign a four-year contract if he could choose his goalie coach (Clint Malarchuk or Francoise Allaire, but not Phil Myre, brought in by coach Jacques Martin), and he wanted his best buddy Jamie McLennan re-signed. The conditions weren't hard-and-fast deal-breakers but he never heard back from the Panthers, who dealt him for Todd Bertuzzi and Alex Auld.


New York Islanders coach Ted Nolan was grumbling about Crosby after their OT loss Thursday, saying he didn't like the half-pike fall he'd taken to draw a penalty to Alexei Yashin, after Yashin had been walloped on the finger by Crosby without a penalty.

"He's a world-class player and he's diving when nobody is touching him," said Nolan, who may just be trying to get the refs' attention for the seven games coming later this season.

Philadelphia coach Ken Hitchcock intimated that Crosby went down too easily last season. "I don't have to defend myself," said Crosby, who hasn't been called this year for embellishing a hook. Former Detroit coach Scotty Bowman shrugged off the shots at Crosby. "They used to say Wayne Gretzky dove, too, didn't they?" said Bowman.


Hitchcock and Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, who had some heated words last year, had a funny exchange about the blizzard that knocked out power to lots of homes in Buffalo this week. "Maybe Lindy and I can have a candlelight dinner," joked Hitchcock. "It's not right to ask a guy out, then not actually call him," said Ruff. "After his comments last year, I lost Lindy's number," said Hitchcock. Ruff ripped the Flyers for playing like idiots in the playoffs last spring and Hitchcock told Ruff to close his yap.

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