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The big hockey news of the weekend came in Sunday night, when the St. Nike Air Max 95 Schuhe Damen Grau Weiß Orange . Louis Blues surprised by naming Ken Hitchcock as their new head coach, replacing Davis Payne as the Blues sit 14th in the Western Conference with a 6-7-0 record. My initial reaction to the move was that Hitchcock has a strong defensive track record, so that his presence could help Jaroslav Halak, the Blues struggling starting goaltender. Through seven games this season, Halak is 1-6 with a 3.35 goals against average and .856 save percentage; the save percentage ranking as worst among NHL goaltenders that have appeared in at least half a dozen games this season. It turns out that the Blues have allowed just 26.2 shots against per game, second-fewest in the league, so maybe there isnt a massive defensive upgrade to be had and it might fall more on Halak to get his game back on track to help the Blues rather than vice versa. The next thought, when it pertains to Hitchcocks history, is that he doesnt seem to have a great track record with younger players. This isnt, in any way, an indictment of his coaching, merely an observation that goes with the territory. Its not easy or even possible for coaches to be all things to all people and in Hitchcocks case, hes a veteran, defensive-minded coach who has had his greatest success with veteran teams. That a win-now approach doesnt necessarily mesh with the development of young offensive forwards makes sense because theyre not necessarily congruent goals. With a little digging on www.hockeydb.com, here are the forwards, that were under the age of 25, that played at least 20 games in a season for Hitchcock in his previous NHL stops with Dallas, Philadelphia and Columbus (Ive grouped them based on how one might generally perceive their "type", though not all were necessarily used in these roles when playing for Hitchcock): SKILLEDMike RichardsRick NashJeff CarterSimon GagneBrenden MorrowPatrick SharpJustin WilliamsJere LehtinenJamie LangenbrunnerCurtis GlencrossNikolay ZherdevJakub VoracekDerick Brassard CHECKERSTodd HarveyGilbert BruleGrant MarshallBlake SloanJon SimAlexander SvitovDan FritscheBranko Radivojevic DEPTH/FRINGEJiri NovotnyJoakim LindstromRoman LyashenkoMike KennedyJamie WrightGeoff PlattTyler BouckMichael BlundenPavel BrendlEric Chouinard ENFORCERSBen EagerJared BollDerek DorsettTodd FedorukChris Murray There are certainly some great players in that list, some of whom got their start under Hitchcock, but many of the young forwards that have played for Hitchcock have done so in checking or depth roles. This isnt unusual, since there are more depth roles available than spots among a teams top six forwards. From that "skilled" group, Nash, Gagne, Lehtinen and Zherdev may be the ones that experienced their most success while playing for Hitchcock. Morrow, Richards and Carter played regularly, but were quite young. Williams and Sharp were more productive in Carolina and Chicago, respectively, while Glencross and Langenbrunner (who is in St. Louis now) were more productive later in their careers. Voracek and Brassard are still in the early years of their respective careers, so far providing mixed results. Maybe the perception of Hitchcocks trouble with young players stems most from his days in Columbus, where, aside from Rick Nash, the first round brought results that fall well short of expectations. Since taking Nash first overall in 2002, the Blue Jackets selected the following players in the first round: 2003 - Nikolay Zherdev (4th overall)2004 - Alexandre Picard (8th overall)2005 - Gilbert Brule (6th overall)2006 - Derick Brassard (6th overall)2007 - Jakub Voracek (7th overall)2008 - Nikita Filatov (6th overall) Brule, Brassard and Filatov stand out as some that had some rough times under Hitchcock and while its easy to say that they havent amounted to much since, that cant tell the whole story. We cant possibly know what those players could have become if they had been in different circumstances in those crucial first years of their professional development. There are myriad reasons why prospects dont turn into stars, so it can hardly be pinned solely on the coach when they dont develop into productive NHLers. Players have the greatest amount of responsibility with how their careers turn out, but there is some track record of a veteran coach that doesnt have a lot of patience for the defensive mistakes that are more common with younger, skilled forwards. Taking over in St. Louis, Hitchcock joins a team that has seemingly been on the verge for a couple of years, but hasnt been able to build on their playoff appearance in 2008-2009, going through injuries and the inconsistency that comes as young players develop. Perhaps the fortunate piece of timing, as it relates to Hitchcock joining the Blues at this point, is that St. Louis forward core now has more players in and approaching their mid-20s, as opposed to where the roster was three years ago. Those that remain that are still under 25 include Evgeny Grachev (21), Patrik Berglund (23), Chris Stewart (24) and injured winger David Perron (23), so they might be the ones to keep the closest eye on, to see how (or if) their ice time is affected by the new guy behind the bench. Long-term, it will be fascinating to see how Vladimir Tarasenko, the Blues top prospect that is currently tearing up the KHL with 21 points in 20 games, fits into the plans, presumably beginning next season when he is expected to play in St. Louis. Upon further review, I stand by my expectation that Hitchcock will likely improve the Blues defensive record, even if it comes as a result of Halak simply getting better, but it will also remain interesting to see how the Blues young forwards adjust under Hitchcock. With the first coaching change done, the season just got a little more interesting. THANKS COACH!Capitals rookie LW Cody Eakin put up a couple of points Friday night (after I touted him in Fridays Fantasy Hockey Update!), while playing just 8:45 at Carolina, and was a healthy scratch for Saturday nights loss to the Islanders. Sure, the Capitals have a numbers issue up front, particularly with Eakin on the roster, but its not exactly common for a player to find himself as a healthy scratch following a two-point night. See what the Capitals do to get rid of the logjam. BACK IN THE GAMEFor all the talk of Capitals LW Alexander Ovechkins slow start to the season, its worth noting that C Nicklas Backstrom leads the league with 13 assists in 12 games. Backstrom had a career-low 65 points last season, but seems to be back on track this year with 18 points in the first 12 games. BIG OPPORTUNITYSkating with Backstrom and Ovechkin, Troy Brouwer is getting a good chance to produce offensively and its starting to come around, with six points and a plus-3 rating in the last seven games. FREE MASONBlue Jackets G Steve Mason got lit up for seven of Philadelphias nine goals Saturday night, the seventh time in 13 games this season that hes allowed at least four goals. With a 3.70 goals against average and .869 save percentage, its clear that the Blue Jackets need someone else between the pipes if they are going to change their fortunes, but injuries have hit their depth at the position, with both Mark Dekanich and Curtis Sanford getting hurt. 22-year-old Allen York has appeared in four games for the Blue Jackets, but he has a grand total of six AHL games to his credit since leaving RPI. Dekanich, a 25-year-old who has been impressive in the AHL, could be due for a good long look between the pipes in Columbus soon, as hes nearly recovered from a high ankle sprain and is scheduled to make some minor league starts to get back in game condition. SABRE DANCEStill looking for a good place to put free agent signee Ville Leino, the Sabres have moved Leino to the wing with Derek Roy and Drew Stafford and the last three games have been Leinos highest ice time for the season. ENROTHThe Buffalo Sabres raised a few eyebrows by giving Jhonas Enroth back-to-back starts on Friday and Saturday, but Enroth rewarded the confidence with back-to-back wins. Hes now 4-0 with a 1.41 goals against average and .952 save percentage in five appearances this season. STREAKING STAMKOSAfter a hat trick at Chicago on Friday and two more points on Sunday against Florida, Lightning C Steven Stamkos now leads the league with 10 goals in 14 games. ABOUT TIMEAfter limiting Matt Duchenes ice time early in the season, the Avalanche put him on left wing on a line with Paul Stastny and Milan Hejduk and were immediately rewarded, as Duchene scored his first career hat trick with an assist on Friday and added another assist on Sunday. Duchenes highest ice time of the season (average 20:22) has been in the last two games. RUNNING WITH THE DEVILWith injuries to Travis Zajac and Jacob Josefson, New Jersey gave C Adam Henrique a chance, centering Zach Parises line and Henrique responded with two goals Saturday, following up his two-point night on Thursday. FOWL PLAYAnaheim D Cam Fowler took a minus-4 at Detroit on Saturday, primarily facing Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen and Valtteri Filppula (per www.timeonice.com). Fowlers getting monster ice time (25:36) this season, but is minus-6 in 14 games after going minus-25 as a rookie last year.  SMASH AND GRABAfter his spectacular rookie season, Michael Grabner had been getting more ice time with the Islanders, but hasnt been productive, managing three goals and just 17 shots in 11 games. The lack of production may be starting to catch up with Grabner too. Hes played under 14:30 in each of the last two games, his lowest single-game ice time totals this season. SHORT AND SWEETBoston RW Tyler Seguin tallied a hat trick in Toronto Saturday, and did it in just 13:29 of ice time. Since the start of last season, there have been eight players with hat tricks in games in which they played less than Seguin and two of them are Bruins (Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron). PRETTY FLYFlyers rookie D Erik Gustafsson played a season-high 23:00 against Columbus on Saturday, registering a plus-6 rating while paired with Matt Carle. WELCOME BACK, SORT OFRangers LW Sean Avery cleared re-entry waivers and played a couple of games for the Rangers, but saw a grand total of 10:07 of ice time in those two games. Hes back in the NHL, but hardly noticeable at this point and as long as the Rangers keep winning, there wont be a lot of motivation to increase Averys role. Right now, hes just behind journeyman Andre Deveaux when it comes to ice time. MCBAINVictimized the most by the Capitals on Friday night was Carolina D Jamie McBain, who took a minus-4 for the evening despite being kept away from Washingtons top line (according to www.timeonice.com). THE HARD WAYMinnesota G Josh Harding missed all of last season with a knee injury and has bounced back in fine form this year, allowing a total of six goals against in five games. Its too soon to suggest that Harding has taken over from starter Niklas Backstrom, but the gap between starter and backup gets tighter when the backup has been exceptionally strong. LIGHT MY WAYGenerally a spare part getting third pair minutes in Tampa Bay this season, Matt Gilroy has been paired with Eric Brewer and logged a career-high 25:05 against Florida on Sunday. Veterans Brett Clark and Pavel Kubina, on the other hand, both played fewer than 16 minutes. Victor Hedman, who is Tampa Bays minute-eater on defence, also missed Sundays game with an upper body injury. KULIKOVWhen he was drafted, Panthers D Dmitry Kulikov was considered an offensive defenceman, but its taken some time for that production to manifest itself in the NHL. With seven points in his last seven games, giving him nine points in 13 games, Kulikov appears to be breaking through in his third NHL season. With the Panthers not presenting a significant plus-minus risk thus far, Kulikovs potential makes him plenty appealing. Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. 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The international cycling federation said Wednesday that traces of the stimulant Heptaminol were found in a urine sample from Georges after Fridays seventh stage. Nike Air Max 2010 Schuhe Herren Braun Schwarz Weiß. -- Dion Waiters scored 18 points while Anderson Varejao added eight points and nine rebounds to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Chicago Bulls 86-83 in an exhibition game at the Assembly Hall on Friday night.MINNEAPOLIS -- Chris Sale produced his usual strong pitching performance to help the Chicago White Sox win their fifth straight series against the Minnesota Twins. There were bonuses for the White Sox on this steamy afternoon, too. Sale didnt have to work very hard, never facing more than four batters in any inning, and the lagging lineup snapped to life with a season-high 21 hits. Sales seven smooth innings were supported by Adam Dunns three-run homer, and the White Sox beat the Twins 12-5 Wednesday. "Any time you go out there and get that kind of run support it kind of calms you down a little bit," said Sale, the American Leagues earned run average leader. The White Sox matched their season high with a 2 1/2 game lead in the AL Central, ahead of Cleveland. Sale (9-2) struck out five and walked one with six hits and two runs allowed. The Twins talked before the game about trying to disrupt his rhythm and make him sweat on a day when the temperature moved toward the 90s, but they were unsuccessful. "Its hard to keep saying the same things over and over again, but hes just a mature kid," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. Dunn had three hits and four RBIs, including his 24th home run of the season, and recently-acquired Kevin Youkilis went 3 for 4 and drove in two runs. Alex Rios also had three hits and a homer. "Hes going to help us in so many ways," Rios said of Youkilis, who fouled off three pitches before his single right before Dunn went deep. The third, fourth and fifth hitters were 10 for 15 with eight RBIs, mostly against Twins starter Nick Blackburn (4-5). The right-hander watched his ERA balloon to 7.74 after five rough innings for the Twins, giving up nine hits and six runs. "We havent been swinging the bats well the last couple weeks so hopefully today it gets everybodys confidence back up and we start rolling again," Dunn said. Ventura gave regulars Paul Konerko, Gordon Beckham and Dayan Viciedo a rest, but an offence that managed only 13 runs over the previous five games finally had a breakout game. Dunn ended a 0-for-24 skid with his homer, and the White Sox posted a double-digit sccore for the first time in 16 games. Nike Air Max 2009 Schuhe Herren Schwarz Grau Weiß. Sale pitched that one, too, June 9 against Houston. "He goes straight to what he has to do, and does it with power. Hes unbelievable," Rios said. Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, now 7 for 73 against left-handers this season with 22 strikeouts, talked his way into the lineup by telling manager Ron Gardenhire before the game he wanted "a piece of this kid," but a seventh-inning single was the only dent he put on yet another stellar performance by the lanky left-hander Sale with the whipsaw, sidearm delivery. "Hes got some funk to it, and his breaking ball, for it to be a strike it pretty much has to start behind you," Morneau said. "I think hes got a pretty good feel for that also. When he needs to get a strike with it, he can. When hes ahead in the count and he feels like he needs you to chase, hes also good at that one." Brian Dozier homered and Ben Revere tacked on a sacrifice fly, but that was the only damage done against the 23-year-old 2010 first-round draft pick. In seven starts on the road this season, Sale is 5-0 with a 2.91 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 46 1-3 innings. Those sure look like All-Star statistics. The teams are revealed Sunday. "Its something that you think about, but you try not to pay attention to it. My focus is on this team and what Im doing here. Im just trying to keep the same approach Ive had all year," Sale said. NOTES: Damon Mastroianni hit his first career home run, a two-run shot against Will Ohman in the eighth, for the Twins. Ohman was designated for assignment after the game. He hit two batters in the ninth and gave up another run. ... The Twins have lost eight of their last 10 games against the White Sox at home. ... The White Sox start a four-game series in New York on Thursday, with RHP Dylan Axelrod (0-1, 5.54 ERA) making his third start this season against Yankees RHP Ivan Nova (9-2, 4.25). ... The Twins are off on Thursday before four games in three days here against Kansas City. LHP Brian Duensing (1-3, 3.82) pitches on Friday, with RHP Luis Mendoza (2-4, 4.95) taking the mound for the Royals. ' ' '
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