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Tocchet Talks Melrose

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Tocchet was so upset with Melrose’s characterization, he felt like he had to sound off.

On Melrose continuing to bash the Lightning: “Yeah, I’m disappointed. I’m not a fan of people who go to the mike all the time to air their dirty laundry. You have a problem, it should have been done before.”

On Melrose saying Tocchet is being directed by ownership: “I take it personally, to be honest with you. I’m not a puppet. Ownership doesn’t tell me who to play. They are very supportive of me. I have a great coaching staff that helps me make decisions. Like I said, this is our training camp now. We’re starting to put a system in place, which I think we’re getting better at. We now have a system….”

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In case you missed the earlier comments from Melrose this morning, start here.

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  Tags: rick+tocchet

Start The New Year Now

from Mike Ulmer of TorontoMapleLeafs.com,

If I’m Vesa Toskala I’m making a New Year’s resolution.

I will not give up a goal on the first shot.

Toskala has been beaten by the first shot in four of the last five games which, you know, is probably at least one too many.

I know it’s too early for New Year’s resolutions. But if you decide you are going to start doing the right thing, why continue to do the wrong thing until your deadline?...

Luke Schenn: I will remember to buy a tux because I will need something sharp for my moment on camera when they announce the rookie of the year winner.

more and that first goal on the first shot hits a little close to home for me…

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Gaborik Not Ready To Play

from Russo’s Rants,

Gaborik was clearly happy to be on the ice with his teammates. The last time was Oct. 30, but that was just an optional morning skate and he sustained a setback. He was chirping some of his teammates this morning and was smiling a lot.

Lemaire was less excited. He was in kind of an abrasive mood. He said Gaborik was a long way of playing, said he was rusty and almost had an “I’ll believe it when I see it” attitude. After all, Gaborik’s sustained setbacks before.

Lemaire even sarcastically said, “If we’re not too strict with his defense, we’ll be fine. He’ll be able to get some goals.”

more and a video from practice with a short interview with Gaborik…

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  Tags: marian+gaborik

Versteeg Knows Not To Talk Bad About Gretzky

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

If anyone was waiting to hear Kris Versteeg fire back at Phoenix Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky in response to the Great One’s comments following Sunday’s game at the United Center, it’s not going to happen.

For one thing, Versteeg said, it’s Wayne Gretzky.

And two, the Blackhawks rookie winger would never hear the end of it from his father.

“My dad’s got this big wall full of Wayne Gretzky stuff,” Versteeg said Tuesday. “So if I ever wanted to say something bad about Wayne Gretzky, he’d be the first guy here to give me a slap upside the head.

continued

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  Tags: kris+versteeg, wayne+gretzky

Where Will St. Louis End Up?

From James Murphy at Inside Hockey:

According to one source close to some Tampa players, things have gotten to the point where this team may just be completely revamped again and that mainstay forward Marty St. Louis may very well be open to waiving his no-trade clause if team management approached him on the subject.

“Marty and the guys that have been here are not happy anymore,” said the source.

“There’s going to be a lot of movement there and I wouldn’t be surprised if Marty agreed to be moved out of there or even approached them soon. It’s just a real bad atmosphere and not something the veterans there have been used to. He would give them a list of teams and yeah he could be moved before the season’s over.”

more on Tampa

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  Tags: marty+st.+louis

Atlanta Legal Battles Update

From Kristi Swartz at the AJC.com,

A jury ruled Tuesday that Turner Broadcasting System owes Texas businessman David McDavid $316 million for a breach of contract when it negotiated with — and eventually sold — the Hawks, Thrashers and Philips Arena operating rights to another bidder.

The decision does not mean McDavid now owns the teams. They remain in the hands of the Atlanta Spirit, an eight-member group of investors. An appeal by Turner Broadcasting is possible.

McDavid signed a letter of intent with Turner to buy the teams and arena rights in April 2003. The letter, granting exclusive negotiations, expired 45 days later, but the parties continued to talk. Turner announced in September of that year it was selling the teams to the Spirit.

continued…

*Thanks to a KK reader for the link

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Hey Ref, Watch The Language

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

At the end of a 5-1/2-minute session with reporters today in the Amherst Pepsi Center, Miller was asked about an end-of-practice chat with coach Lindy Ruff. The Buffalo goaltender revealed he was telling his coach that one of the officials swore at him during a stoppage in play a couple of minutes before the Sabres received a bench minor for arguing an interference call on Thomas Vanek.

“It was just about the referee last night, a brief conversation I had with the ref that was a little surprising to me,” Miller said. “He told me to “go [bleep] myself’ because I was just asking a question. I was just kind of joking around [to Ruff], saying, “Maybe that kind of started what got the bench minor going.’

“To be honest, I was respectful. I asked him a question and he told me maybe I should “go [bleep] myself.”

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  Tags: ryan+miller

Afternoon Line

“The NHL will be fine.  We may have to focus on the way we are operating into the future, in terms of the value proposition for fans and cost controls and the like, but none of our clubs are in jeopardy. The games will be played and we are doing OK this season. Revenues will be up and there will be real growth. But, like everyone else, we need to be observant, flexible and proactive to deal with the uncertainties the future will bring.”

-Gary Bettman at the BOG Meetings.  More from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com…

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These Teams Need A Deep Playoff Run

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Multiple NHL sources told The Hockey News Monday that seven U.S.-based teams – the Phoenix Coyotes, Atlanta Thrashers, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes – each will lose at least $5 million this season, barring lengthy and lucrative playoff runs.

“And that’s before the bad (economic) news really hits the fan,” one league executive (who requested anonymity) told THN…

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Random Musings on the NHL

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:

* Will we see a substantial trade made before the holiday trade freeze? My heart says yes, we could use something to talk about, but my hockey mind says no.

* Take it to the bank, the Dallas Stars will make the playoffs!

* A challenge to any national anthem singer in the States. When the Montreal Canadiens visit your rink, please sing part of the Canadian National Anthem in French.  A definite YouTube post!

* The Hot Stove segment during the Hockey Night in Canada Saturday night broadcast could work as a weekly, half hour show.  I would tune in every time.

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