The hockey news cycle is all Olympic-talk, all the time right now and Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News caught up with one of the Dallas Stars' very few representatives at upcoming national camps in Lindy Ruff, who muses on his time as an assistant with Canada previously, as well as on his recent "time off"...
"It's funny, when you have time to think about your career and things you've done like I have had, you do wonder about changes. I look back and think that I do need to be more hands on as a head coach. I think it's important that you spread your voice around a little, and that you also get direct feedback from the players. That's something I intend to do more (with the Stars)."
It's natural for a coach to delegate, certainly after 15 years in one place. If the Stars are going to get a more hands-on approach from one as experienced as Lindy Ruff that can only be a good thing.
Read the whole thing, including a discussion of defense and pairings at Mike's blog @ The Dallas Morning News.
*The Globe says Jamie Benn, Patrick Marleau, Jarome Iginla, Brad Richards and Jason Spezza are among the players "overlooked" for Team Canada on the preliminary camp rosters (not Tyler Seguin) and cautions that the final list could still change. [The Globe and Mail]
*Lindy Ruff, in good position to know, says Benn's name was "in all the talks" where Team Canada was concerned. Should that be a motivating factor for Benn this season? Does he need another after finishing the season poorly last year due to a wrist injury and not yet appearing in an NHL playoff game? Every little bit helps, one supposes. [Stars Inside Edge]
*Mile High Hockey has a cool feature on the history of hockey. [MHH]
*Good discussion here about shot quantity (Corsi) and shot quality. The never ending battle between the quantitative and the qualitative rages in the off-season, particularly about last year's Toronto Maple Leaf team. [The Score]
*Mike Valley says Jack Campbell is "controlling himself more emotionally," which has always been a big (supposed) requisite for his development into an NHL player, potentially. Mark has more at StarsInsideEdge.