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from Alan Adams at AOL Canada,
If it were left to me, I would deal Sundin by the Feb. 26 NHL trade deadline, and send him to Anaheim as a matter of fact. Then I wouldn’t bring Sundin back in the fold this summer when the big Swede is an unrestricted free agent.
This is the ONLY course the Leafs should plot regarding Sundin if, as ownership says, it is serious about making things right with the storied Toronto franchise.
Think of it this way: You have to get bad, and bad for a couple of years, before you can get good. And Sundin is the ticket to both destinations.
from the Chicago Tribune,
Created by a mixture of passion, anger and frustration over a close defeat, the phrase “Commit to the Indian” wasn’t something Blackhawks coach Denis Savard planned on becoming the team’s official slogan.
And it won’t be.
Club President John McDonough said Tuesday the organization won’t pursue using the phrase Savard uttered during a postgame rant Thursday night after the Hawks’ 1-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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from the Calgary Herald,
Iginla popped in a puck Jan. 5 at Los Angeles—part of a three-point night, not to mention his fifth tally in three outings—but zilch since.
This “little bit of a down cycle”—as coach Mike Keenan refers to it—marks his longest dry spell since November/December 2005 when Iginla went nine games before hanging a two-spot on the New Jersey Devils.
But it hasn’t been for a lack of trigger-pulling.
In these seven performances, he’s cranked 28 pucks on enemy goalkeepers.
“No, no, this is just a little tight patch,” says Iginla. “It feels good. I’ve had some chances. I’ve probably got to get to the net a little bit more. But it’s important not to think about it when the game comes….”
from the Ottawa Citizen,
If Senators general manager Bryan Murray has had his fill of Emery and is already making inquiries about a trade for another goalie, he should zero in on the Atlanta Thrashers and offer general manager and interim coach Don Waddell a package, which would include Emery, to primarily secure the guy who was sent to Atlanta 21/2 years ago for Dany Heatley: Marian Hossa.
Sure, this might be the biggest fantasy or pie-in-the-sky scenario of the year. Yet speculation is rife about a Hossa trade because talks to get the player, who becomes an unrestricted free agent come June, re-signed to a multi-year contract aren’t going smoothly. Hossa, one of the best two-way players in the game, was a favourite in Ottawa before former general manager John Muckler pulled the rug from under him.
from the Edmonton Journal,
MacTavish dubbed Tuesday night’s fiasco “a humbling, humbling effort,” which was an accurate, but not quite adequate descriptor for the dreadful occasion.
And, with the Oilers seven points out of a playoff spot and the Feb. 26 trade deadline just 27 days away, don’t expect GM Kevin Lowe to go all Plan B on the faithful and jeopardize the future. But that sort of resolve will be tested by games like this one.
“I like our team overall, and we’re not trading any of our good players,” Lowe had said, earlier Tuesday. “I’m not going to do a deal for next year.
“If there’s something that can help us for this year, I’m not going to mortgage any of the young guys or any of that stuff.”
more on the Oilers…
from the Courier Post,
As a player, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren made a living out of checking opponents into the third row.
So he chose his words carefully Tuesday when asked about Colin Campbell’s decision to let Georges Laraque’s hit from behind on Steve Downie last week go unpunished.
“The fact that Steve was able to come back, does that mean there shouldn’t be a suspension?” Holmgren asked rhetorically. “I’m sure there’s something to that.”
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
Don’t be fooled by that little charade this past weekend — the one in which National Hockey League Players’ Association head Paul Kelly chastised NHL commissioner Gary Bettman for scheduling a game in Europe next season.
It’s all part of the game as Kelly tried to find his footing in his new job.
The source of Kelly’s difficulties is the fact that he represents a diverse group. He’s got some of the bend-over-and-take-it variety. They were the ones who led the revolt against one of Kelly’s predecessors, Bob Goodenow.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The schedule commands the Rangers New York Rangers to go to Philadelphia for their next game tomorrow night, but it sure seems as if the Blueshirts are going nowhere on the road to the oblivion….
But in addition to all their other issues, the Rangers have become a dreadful road team. They’re 0-4-2 in their last six away from the Garden, 1-5-4 in their last 10, 7-11-6 overall.
Know this: 17 of the ninth-place team’s final 30 will be played on the road, including tomorrow night’s match, Friday night’s game in New Jersey and Sunday afternoon’s contest in Montreal.
Road to oblivion, indeed.
via the Columbus Blue Jackets,
The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired a sixth round pick in the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for left wing Jody Shelley, club General Manager Scott Howson announced tonight.
added 10:07pm, via the San Jose Sharks,
“Jody Shelley is an aggressive, physical player who adds a distinct element of toughness to our team,” said (Doug) Wilson. “With the loss of players like Ryane Clowe and Brad Norton due to injury, this is something we have been trying to address and we like the capabilities that Jody brings to our mix of players. He has tremendous character, has always been a team player and has the ability to make the opposition uncomfortable on the ice.”
from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Samuel Pahlsson is tentatively scheduled to see a specialist this week to try and alleviate a perplexingly stubborn abdominal strain, Coach Randy Carlyle said Tuesday.
Pahlsson will make the upcoming eight-game, 15-day road trip and consult with a specialist on Friday. Carlyle said it is the same specialist who helped Minnesota star forward Marian Gaborik recover from a similarly-nagging groin injury last year, and Pahlsson apparently has positive history with him.
“This doctor has got some technique that made him feel really good,” Carlyle said.
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