Author: Jason Brough

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Quick thinks Whitmore needs help to enforce goalie equipment rules

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Jonathan Quick doesn’t deny that goalie gear could be a little smaller. But to make sure any new restrictions are enforced, the Kings’ netminder believes the NHL needs to hire some helpers for the guy — former NHL goalie Kay Whitmore — who’s in charge of monitoring the equipment.

“Kay [has] to be able to try to make his rounds and he has to be at the offices, approving the gear that’s getting shipped out,” Quick told the L.A. Times. “There’s some guys that get new gear once a month. You’ve got a lot of gear coming through his office that he has to try to approve and make sure it meets regulations.”

While Quick didn’t want to accuse any of his fellow netminders of “cheating,” he did say some have tried to “supplement their gear a little bit.”

It’s a sensitive subject with goalies. Yesterday, Canucks netminder Ryan Miller and TSN analyst Ray Ferraro engaged in a touchy back-and-forth on the subject. Miller insisted his pads adhered to league rules. Ferraro replied, “I don’t know how anyone can look at a goalie today and think their equipment is for protection. It absolutely isn’t…it’s about their goals-against average.”

Related: Crosby thinks goalie gear needs to be reduced

Report: Burrows to meet with NHL officials about Tootoo exchange

Jordin Tootoo, Alexandre Burrows, Derek Dorsett
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The Vancouver Canucks are in Toronto this weekend to play the Maple Leafs.

While they’re in the neighborhood, forward Alex Burrows will have a little chat with league officials about what happened between him and New Jersey forward Jordin Tootoo, according to Sportsnet’s John Shannon.

On Sunday, Tootoo accused Burrows of making disparaging remarks about Tootoo’s “personal life and family” during the Canucks-Devils game on Newark.

Burrows denied that he “crossed the line,” and was adamant that nothing was said about Tootoo’s Inuit heritage or history of substance abuse.

No word if Burrows could face supplemental discipline in the form of a fine or suspension.

If he is fined, it wouldn’t be the first time.

Marleau won’t say he wants to remain a Shark

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Patrick Marleau was given the opportunity to say he wanted to stay in San Jose.

Per CSN Bay Area, he said this instead:

“I’ve been here forever and it’s been a great place to play. I’m not going to get into specifics or anything like that. There’s always been rumors in my career. I don’t really want to feed into it anymore or comment on it. I don’t want it to become a distraction or anything.”

Marleau also refused to confirm or deny a report that he’d accept a trade to the Ducks, Kings, or Rangers.

CSN’s Kevin Kurz has more on the Marleau situation, so click here for that.

The key takeaway from today is that Marleau was asked if he wanted to remain a Shark, and he punted on the question.

Remind you of anything?

The Jets are still taking a lot of penalties

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The Winnipeg Jets have been shorthanded 63 times this season, the most times in the league.

They’ve spent 33:04 more time shorthanded than they’ve spent on the power play, also the most in the league.

While that lack of discipline hasn’t been fatal, thanks in large part to the ninth-ranked penalty kill (84.1%), it has cost them on occasion. Like Saturday at home to Philadelphia, when the Flyers scored twice on the power play and the Jets lost, 3-0.

Last night in Minnesota, the Jets were shorthanded six times in a 5-3 loss. And though most of their penalties came after the Wild had taken a 5-1 lead, if there was any chance of a comeback, the penalties negated it.

We mostly mention this because discipline was an issue last season for the Jets — an issue that carried through into the playoffs, where the Ducks went 3-for-11 on the power play on their way to a four-game sweep. Anaheim might have lost Game 1 of that series, if not for a bad penalty by Mark Scheifele.

Jets coach Paul Maurice has spoken about the need to be smarter. After a loss to the Islanders on Oct. 12 — one in which the Jets took four penalties in the first period — he said: “You can be excited about your penalty kill I guess, but that’s not helping you win games.”

The Jets are in Dallas for a game tomorrow. The Stars have the No. 2 power play in the league.

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Goalie nods: Nilsson starts over Talbot, who hasn’t been the answer for the Oilers

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Cam Talbot was hoping to “rebound” Sunday in Chicago.

Instead, he allowed four goals on 28 shots, the Oilers lost, 4-2, and his record fell to 3-7-0.

As such, Anders Nilsson will be between the pipes for Edmonton tonight in Anaheim.

Touted as a potential fix after being acquired in a trade this summer, Talbot hasn’t been able to match the impressive save rates he managed in two seasons with the Rangers. In 11 appearances for the Oilers, his save percentage is just .893, well below his career rate of .925.

Perhaps Talbot’s struggles were to be expected after moving from one team that’s known for playing well defensively to another team that sure isn’t. It’s also still early. Maybe he’ll find his groove as the season progresses.

But at the very least, the situation lends itself to further debate, regarding how much the players in front of a goalie can impact save percentage.

For NHL GMs, that’s a debate worth having, because there are other backups playing very well this season, ones that may be targeted to become starters, a la Talbot by the Oilers.

That includes Henrik Lundqvist‘s new backup, Antti Raanta.

Frederik Andersen will start for the Ducks.

Elsewhere…

Mike Condon for the Canadiens. Marc-Andre Fleury for the Penguins.

Related: Talbot knows he has a ‘great opportunity’ with Oilers