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from the Detroit Free Press (Sunday edition) via the Mercury News,
“We’re looking for forwards,” Holland said. “I like our skill and our depth on defense; I like our skill and depth in goal. I’d like to be a little deeper up front. We would like a little more physical presence in the lineup. I’m hoping at the deadline to add a player or two to get more depth.”
Unless the Wings experience significant injuries over the coming month, which would affect the $44-million cap, they will be able to take on nearly $8 million in face-value contracts. That means there’d be room for Forsberg’s pro-rated $5.75-million contract, plus an additional player.
“A lot of teams would be happy to get him and we’re one of them,” Lidstrom said. “We all know what kind of player he is so he would add a lot to our lineup.”
It doesn’t appear that today’s game between the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche will be a clash between Peter Forsberg’s former and future clubs.
Unless someone can convince the Red Wings that Forsberg’s surgically repaired right ankle can improve significantly over the next 30 days and he’ll be able to slip on his skate with no discomfort.
added 1/28/07 at 9:24am, from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
It would be right up there with seeing Baltimore Colts great Johnny Unitas in a San Diego Chargers jersey, or famed Bruins legend Bobby Orr in a Chicago Blackhawks uniform. Peter Forsberg in a Detroit Red Wings sweater would look odd, all right. To Avalanche fans, it would be downright ugly, probably unbearable.
But there are some in NHL insider circles who believe it might just happen.
“I think Detroit is the front-runner to get Forsberg,” said NBC and TSN of Canada hockey analyst Pierre Mc- Guire. “I think (Detroit general manager) Kenny Holland is going to offer a player and a first-round pick for him.”
from Jeff Z. Klein and Karl-Eric Reif of the New York Times,
His performance also revived the discussions usually heard around playoff time: that Brodeur is the best goalie of this era. It is hard to argue with the evidence: three Cups; game-in, game-out consistency through 13 seasons; exemplary conduct on and off the ice. But is he really the best?
His main rivals for those laurels would have to be Patrick Roy and Dominik Hasek. Roy had four Stanley Cup championships to his credit by the time he retired in 2003, two with Montreal and two with Colorado — one more than Brodeur.
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from the Edmonton Sun:
No luggage, no problem for Kerry Fraser.
Although he arrived for last night’s Edmonton Oilers game without a single piece of equipment - including his skates and jock strap - the veteran referee made it to centre ice for the opening face-off thanks to an incredible effort behind the scenes.
“The (Oiler staff) was phenomenal. They bent over backwards,” said Fraser in his dressing room after the tilt.
from Ansar Khan at Mlive,
Wings goalie Chris Osgood has a broken finger on his right hand. Coach Mike Babcock said it’s not a serious injury—it’s not displaced—but it’s not a day-to-day thing, either. It happened in the warm-ups prior to Friday’s game in St. Louis and he played through it.
Dominik Hasek and Joey MacDonald are battling the flu, but both practiced Saturday and should be able to dress today against Colorado (who’s left?).
Kris Draper, Robert Lang and Valtteri Filppula—all battling the flu—practiced and will play Sunday.
from the Boston Herald,
Less than a month later, he was back playing NHL hockey. Let the critics chew on that, Kessel must have thought.
“I feel like I’ve answered them,” said Kessel while watching the All-Stars practice. “What I had to deal with and what I’ve gone through, I think it shows I’m pretty mature for a young kid, and hopefully they’ll look at me like that and not some young punk.”
With the team sputtering, coach Dave Lewis moved him up from the fourth line to play with Patrice Bergeron and Marco Sturm, with an occasional shot to play on the first line with Marc Savard and Glen Murray.
“It’s been good,” said Kessel of his time with Bergeron. “Obviously, he’s a great young player also, he has a lot of skill and he wants to win. He goes out there and he tries his hardest every night, and you can tell how bad he wants to win each game.”
Mark Recchi gets goals 499 & 500 (watch) last night.
pic via the AP
20 teams in action today. Action begins at 1pm ET.
from the Tampa Tribune,
“This coach, here, I think the game’s going in the wrong direction,” Tortorella said. “I think we’ve done some great things as far as some of the rules changes, in allowing our best players to be our best players. But I think what we’ve done is we’ve gone across and gone down the wrong road and taken the physicality out of the game, taking the jam out of the game. And I think we get so hyped up about trying to bring new fans in, we forget about the old-schoolers that are going to be there, thick or thin. And I think we’re losing them, because it’s a ballet.”
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star:
The last time the Windsor Spitfires visited Saginaw, Steagle Colbeagle was born.
Thanks to satirical television talk-show host Stephen Colbert, when the Spitfires return to Saginaw’s Dow Enter Center tonight, they will discover that since then, he’s grown into an international phenomenon.
Colbert, who has donned a Spirits jersey during his show, features OHL updates during his Sport Report segment.
The latest one aired Thursday and concluded with Colbert accepting a bet from Oshawa mayor John Gray.
If Oshawa were to win Friday in Saginaw, Colbert must wear a Generals sweater through an entire episode of his show.
If the Spirit were triumphant, Gray would decree Colbert’s birthday as Stephen Colbert Day in Oshawa.
update from the Toronto Star:
With their 5-4 win over the Generals last night, the Spirit have ensured the American host will have his party in Oshawa.
“I’m always disappointed when the Gens lose,” said Gray last night from a fan bus heading home. The mayor said he hoped to talk with Colbert’s people on Monday to honour the bargain.
“We’ll give him an open invitation,” Gray added.
from the Patriot Ledger,
Can this group be saved? Chiarelli has to figure that out - fast.
Unrestricted free agency beckons for Stuart, who despite a recent slump to minus-12 remains No. 2 on the defense depth chart. Chiarelli faces a tough call if Stuart remains unsigned near the deadline, and the Bruins are still in the playoff race: Can he swap Stuart for a defenseman of equal stature?...
Left wing Marco Sturm presents a similar quandary - although not quite as urgent as Stuart’s. Sturm can almost count on being traded at the deadline if he doesn’t pick up his production (12 goals in 42 games), and some think Boyes (26 goals as a rookie last year; 8 so far this season), his status threatened by rookie Phil Kessel and several prospects in Providence (American Hockey League) might not survive the deadline, either.
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