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Mobile Unit Heads To Wrigley

The NHL’s mobile cooling unit departs Mobile, Alabama enroute to Wrigley Field, the home of the 2009 Winter Classic.

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  Tags: winter+classic

No Trade Talk Regarding Kovalchuk

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Kovalchuk, who can become a free agent in 2010, is the subject of numerous trade rumors. The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch reported that Waddell has held serious discussions with several teams about trading Kovalchuk.

“I can tell you 100 percent on my grave, whose ever grave you want, I’ve never spoken to one team about trading Ilya Kovalchuk,” Waddell told SportingNews.com.

Seems clear enough, but sometimes hockey executives like to play semantics. So when he says he hasn’t talked to a team, maybe he really means he’s been e-mailing the entire league about Kovalchuk’s availability.

Or text messaging. Or sending assistant GM Larry Simmons out to do the dirty work.

Waddell laughed at those suggestions, but continued to eliminate options just to be clear.

more

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuck

Talking Stamkos

from TSN,

Each week, the NHL on TSN panel voices their opinions on the hot topics of the day in the Wednesday Night Hockey Quiz.

Question No. 3: Former Lightning head coach Barry Melrose says Steven Stamkos is not ready to play in the National Hockey League this season. Do you agree?

Bob Clarke: What’s the matter with Melrose saying something that dumb? This is a great young player who needed good coaching that he obviously didn’t get. But he’s going to be a great player in this league.

Bob McKenzie: I will say absolutely. He can play in this league and we saw an example of it on Wednesday night against Buffalo when he assisted on a goal by Martin St. Louis….

John Tortorella: Yes - there was no structure and coaching going on for those first 16 games…

more questions and answers…

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  Tags: steven+stamkos

Avery Update

via Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars blog,

Co-GM Brett Hull said:

“We’re doing everything we can to help Sean and look at our options, but the rules make this something that needs to be done inside the team. Because he is suspended and because he’s in the PA’s treatment program, we are not going to be commenting on what he is doing.”

I kind of thought that’s what might happen.

As for rumors that Hicks is going to re-assign Hull, the owner said:

“I’ve heard that and it’s wrong. I have no plans to change the management team.”

 

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  Tags: sean+avery

Wranglers Will Wear Prison Sweaters

from Steve Silver of the Las Vegas Sun,

The publicity machine at the Las Vegas Wranglers has done it again.

The ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Calgary Flames will don prison-style uniforms to pay tribute to recently disgraced Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on Jan. 30 against the Victoria Salmon Kings.

The Wranglers’ uniforms will feature broad, horizontal black and white stripes with mock prison numbers on the back of each jersey that begin with “ILLGOV” followed by the players’ actual number.

Following the game, the Las Vegas players will autograph their uniforms and auction them to the public to support the team’s various charities.

continued

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  Tags: las+vegas+wranglers

Lightning Recall Zenon Konopka

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled center Zenon Konopka from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League on emergency basis, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced.

Konopka, 6-foot-1, 213-pounds, has played in 27 games with Norfolk this season, recording seven goals and 21 points.  He is tied for third on the team in points and is fifth in goals.  His three game-winning goals lead the team.

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Winning But Still Losing

via Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Take,

...we have grown our payroll and related expenses faster than we have grown our revenues so we will LOSE more money this season than we did last season. And that loss will be way more than $5 million for the year.

But there is good news. We can’t grow our payroll anymore. We are at the cap max basically so any additional revenue growth cuts into the losses. The business model is not fixed but it has improved dramatically with the new CBA for us in DC. Thanks to our fans but we have miles to go before we sleep. I would be celebrating if we lost $5 million this year on our hockey team. That would mean we would have won a Stanley Cup in four 7 game series. grin Even then, I bet our loss would be more than $5 million.

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  Tags: ted+leonsis

Stamkos Not Bothered By Melrose Comments

from Lightning Strikes,

In a nutshell, Melrose said he believes Stamkos is not ready for the NHL.

“That’s his opinion,” Stamkos said. “My job is to help this team win and do everything possible. You can’t let stuff like that bother you. It’s his opinion, he said what he said. If anything, this team can use it as motivation.”

“We talked,” Tocchet said. “He’s a great kid. It’s a process, and he’s going to be a great player for this franchise. I think sometimes he puts too much pressure on himself. ... He told me he laughed about it, which was nice to hear.”

“You just don’t pay attention to it,” Stamkos said. “You keep working hard. This team is working hard. ... That’s the only thing we’re focused on, not comments from anyone.”

more on the Lightning…

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  Tags: steven+stamkos

Classic Babcock

from Fan590,

The bench boss of the Red Wings joined Hockeycentral to discuss his team’s season thus far and to analyse their chief rivals for the Western Conference lead - the San Jose Sharks.

continue to listen…

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  Tags: mike+babcock

Ruff Says The Right Words

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said today he was surprised when Ryan Miller told him that referee Tim Peel swore at the Buffalo goaltender during Monday night’s game in Pittsburgh.

“That would be unusual,” Ruff said following today’s morning skate. “The referees 99 percent of the time show a lot of class and they’re under a lot of duress. They take a lot of abuse, even to a point where they give players a lot of room.

“If this is just that rare occasion, it’s a rare occasion that happened. For the most part, they keep a great handle on it because they take the majority of abuse in the games.”

Calls for comment to Stephen Walkom, the NHL’s officiating supervisor, have not been returned.

“There is no Ryan Miller situation,” Frank Brown, the NHL’s vice president of communications, said in an e-mail to The Buffalo News today.

continued

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  Tags: ryan+miller

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