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Monday, October 10, 2005
Kolzig criticizes new NHL rules news services

Washington Capitals: Goaltender Olaf Kolzig, 35, is dealing with an inexperienced defense that already has allowed 15 goals to the Thrashers in two of the Capitals' three regular-season games, both losses. Could the new rules implemented this season, with regard to smaller pads and limiting goaltenders' ability to play the puck, have something to do with it? Or how about the aggressive play of opponents in the crease? Are goaltenders being singled out?

"I just wish they'd watch out for goaltenders a little more," Kolzig told The Washington Post. "It's tough enough trying to stop the puck without having guys falling on you and saying it was accidental.

"With the [defensive] systems teams played up until this year, goal scoring was down and save percentage was up. They want to get it back to old style hockey, the 7-6 and 6-5 games. By taking some of the goalies' advantages away they've achieved that. The easiest way to increase goal scoring is to target the goaltender."

After Saturday's 8-1 loss to the Thrashers, Kolzig's goals-against average has ballooned to 5.03.

New Jersey Devils: Martin Brodeur is far from pleased about his union's leadership under Ted Saskin, the New York Post reported on Monday.

"He didn't accomplish a miracle. He just put the pieces back together," Brodeur said of Saskin, who already is under fire after succeeding Bob Goodenow as executive diretor of the NHL Players Association.

The Devils' goaltender reportedly lost $7 million during the lockout that canceled the 2004-05 season. Brodeur met with Saskin last week, the Post reported, but admits Saskin's predecessor had the players' interests at heart.

"I was never a big NHLPA guy, but I gained a lot of respect for Bob Goodenow," Brodeur said. "I never thought they did much, but look what they accomplished over 10 years of my career.

"He wanted us to have the best system we could, and I think he never really approved of what we took."

Chicago Blackhawks: The Chicago Blackhawks on Monday placed forward Eric Daze on injured reserve and recalled forward Jason Morgan from Norfolk of the American Hockey League.

Daze missed his second game this season on Sunday after tweaking his back in the warmup before Friday's game against the San Jose Sharks. Daze has had surgery to repair herniated discs in his back three times in five years.

Morgan was acquired by the Blackhawks last year from the Calgary Flames in exchange for Ville Nieminen. He has played in 33 NHL games and has one goal while adding four assists.

Morgan was sent to Norfolk before the start of the season, where he appeared in two games with the Admirals and had one assist.

Detroit Red Wings: Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall underwent successful surgery on his left ACL on Monday and is expected to miss four to six months.

In other team news, Detroit coach Mike Babcock said center Steve Yzerman would play Thursday night in Los Angeles after missing the first four games with a groin injury.

Phoenix Coyotes: The Phoenix Coyotes recalled goaltender Steve Passmore from San Antonio of the AHL on Monday with Curtis Joseph sidelined with a mild groin injury.

The team said Joseph was injured during Saturday night's 2-1 victory over Minnesota in Phoenix's home opener.

Another Coyotes goalie -- Brian Boucher -- has not played since straining his right groin in the Sept. 16 preseason opener, although he resumed skating Sunday.

Joseph sat out Sunday's practice and skated with the team Monday, after which a decision was made to recall Passmore, who has a 1-1 record with San Antonio this season.

Coyotes officials said Joseph won't be placed on injured reserve, but rookie goalie David LeNeveu will start Tuesday night's game at Dallas.

LeNeveu made 25 saves in his first NHL start last Thursday night in a 3-2 loss at Los Angeles.

Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.