On how injuries have affected the team:
How it affects your team is we’ve had to move guys around so much – partners, lines, and obviously goaltending. It’s just basically every game you change something up. Hopefully we’re passed that.
On Anaheim’s style of play under Randy Carlyle:
They have a lot of the same personnel. Other than Vermette coming in, it’s pretty close to the same personnel team. I just think that their structure is a little bit different than what we’ve seen in the past few years. There are situations that they play different now.
On playing against Randy Carlyle:
I remember him in Pittsburgh and Winnipeg. It goes a long ways. I think it was before helmets. I remember him on the power play in Pittsburgh. It was really good with [Paul] Gardner and Randy and Rick Kehoe and Pat Boutette. That was a long time ago.
On whether he watched the Edmonton-Winnipeg alumni game:
I’d just seen the first period because I was scouting Billy in case we needed him. [Reporter: Ranford the next guy signed to a tryout?] He was close. If he’d have been here, he would’ve been instead at the outdoor game. [Reporter: So him and Imoo’s father, you’d get a senior league going and take the goalies.] That just tells you the karma that’s going on with our team. We get two Imoos playing, and the better one pulled his groin.
On whether the raised goal scoring across the league has evened out:
I think the first couple weeks, and even coming in today, I’m not sure if it checked after the weekend, save percentages by goaltending is way down. .910 is what you need as a bottom-line standard now, and there’s a lot of teams that were .900 or less. Doesn’t cut it. It’s 30 shots, you’re going to score three and a half goals. Goaltending gets a little better. It should as a season goes along. You look at last year, for example, a team like ours, Jonathan was lights out after the first couple games, and it reflected in our record. For sure, save percentage. Say anything else you want, nothing else is relative. It’s the most important position on the ice. It’s why they paint the blue there.
On the Martinez-Doughty pairing, having watched the duo in practice and against Chicago:
It’s what we come up with a lot of guys hurt. [Reporter; Both guys are versatile guys, can play in a lot of situations. Because both guys are able to play and bring the puck deep-] Drew’s always played in the top pair, and Marty’s evolved from a seventh guy to a third-pair guy to a second-pair guy, and because of injuries, he’s playing with Drew. That’s it.