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from the Chicago Tribune,
Martin Lapointe went to the center of the circle and unleashed a tirade directed at his teammates about their lot in NHL life after 32 games. He asked them if this is how they wanted to practice every day and challenged them to change the pattern that has developed in the first three months of the season. "The coach has to do his job and the GM has to do his job and the players have to do their jobs, and I don't think the players are doing their jobs right now," Lapointe said afterward. "We're not showing up." This was a team many expected to be entrenched in a playoff spot in the Western Conference, perhaps even contending for the Central Division title. Instead, as Christmas approaches, it's having trouble putting together consistent 60-minute efforts, let alone a two- or three-week run.continued
from the Asbury Park Press,
In the latest maneuver in the Vladimir Malakhov saga, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello officially suspended the defenseman, temporarily freeing New Jersey from having to pay his $3.6 million salary. "He has been suspended and is off the roster," Lamoriello said after Tuesday's morning skate at Codey Arena. Lamoriello said he put a call in to Malakhov and Malakhov's agent, Paul Theofanous, but had not heard back from either.more
from the Detroit Free Press,
"Homer's from the North Pole," Draper said, laughing. "The North Pole, and he has seal skin." Technically, nationally and legally, though, Holmstrom is Swedish, which does absolutely nothing to set him apart on the Wings this season. Seemingly seeking to set a record for most Swedes employed by a company not actually in Sweden, the Wings have seven on their roster this season. How did this happen? The phenomenon began 16 years ago, when the Wings selected Nicklas Lidstrom in the third round of the 1989 NHL draft.more
Jeremy Roenick's disappointing season has taken another bad turn. Roenick told TSN on Tuesday that he broke a finger while blocking a shot last night against Vancouver and he expects to miss four to six weeks of action.
from the Columbus Blue Jackets,
The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated defenseman Rostislav Klesla off Injured Reserve, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today. The Blue Jackets have also recalled defenseman Andy Delmore on an emergency basis from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.
Do you realize we have been looking at this for over four months now!
THE NEW COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE HERE IN THE NEAR FUTURE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.Are things so bad with the NHLPA site that you can't keep the fans a little more informed?
Watching the Wings over the years I have learned indidual statistics don't mean much as long as the team is winning and playing together. A perfect example this year are the Sabres, not one player in the top 70 for total points yet the team is 2nd in the NHL in points. Let me make a point out something from Kevin Gibson of 640am in Toronto,
Chris Chelios made the team? The same Chelios that is tied for 171st in defensemen scoring this season. I know there is always second guessing when you choose teams such as Olympic squads, but Chelios at the age of 44 skating after the young guns on the big ice? I don't think so. Brian Leetch or Ken Klee would have been better. I guess Chelios isI wonder if Kevin will say the same about Draper if he is selected to Team Canada? Draper has 1 goal and 6 points this year and is a -5.
theirthere for his leadership.
How easy is it for you to root for the players on Team USA or for that matter the players on any national team after you despise and can't stand the way they play when they take on your NHL team? For example, will it be difficult to cheer on Chelios during the Olympics if you are a Nashville fan?
from the LA Daily News,
"I don't need to prove myself to anybody," said Roenick, who wasn't among the 23 players named to the U.S. squad before the game started. "There's nobody on that Olympic team that has scored more points than I have, who has had a career like I have in terms of physicality and putting points on the board and being a leader." "I think they were blackballing me from the beginning," said Roenick, who represented the U.S. at the 1998 and 2002 Olympics. "I m one of the guys who has gotten USA to where it is today and to not have the opportunity to go back and try to win a gold one more time, to me it's just disrespectful. They can beat me down and say I'm over the hill or say that I don't have it anymore, but to me I know that I do."
from North Jersey,
Although Lamoriello said Monday that Malakhov informed him Saturday night that he was going to retire, the 37-year-old defenseman's agent said otherwise. "He's definitely not retired," said John Kotler, the assistant for Malakhov's agent, Paul Theofanous. "He has requested a leave of absence to deal with some internal, personal and medical issues.'' Lamoriello said he was unaware of any medical issues that were bothering Malkahov and that he rejected Theofanous' request for a leave of absence.more
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