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from the Buffalo News,
The Sabres will again be without Jaroslav Spacek (back), Maxim Afinogenov (groin), Tim Connolly (groin) and Derek Roy (shoulder) tonight. Ruff said Spacek will probably take today’s morning skate in New York and could play Friday against Atlanta.
Afinogenov regressed during Tuesday’s practice.
“Max doesn’t seem to be getting any better,” Ruff said. “He’s gotten to a point where he’s frustrated. We thought today would be a better day for him. It wasn’t. It turned out we got him off the ice early.”
more on the Sabres…
addede 8:26am, from Bob DiCesare of the Buffalo News,
Brian Campbell’s latest stance on his contract talks — Don’t call me, I’ll call you — is just what the Buffalo Sabres deserve given their infuriating dysfunction.
They’ve bungled negotiations with another marquee player. They’ve further angered their fan base. And they’ve re-established their ignorance on the issue of team chemistry. There you have it. The season’s first hat trick.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor did it crumble in a day. But apparently that’s only because Tom Golisano wasn’t around to undermine the empire.
from Larry Brooks at the NY Post,
Tom Renney talked yesterday about the need for the Rangers to be personally accountable to themselves and their teammates, and so too did Sean Avery, who’s likely to return from his third stay on IR for tonight’s Garden match against the Sabres.
That’s all well and good, but the responsibility to both demand and then enforce accountability begins with the head coach.
And for reasons known only to himself, Renney has spent the first 46 games of this disappointing season coddling and cajoling his players rather than disciplining them for repeated mental errors.
from the Tennessean,
Predators forward Steve Sullivan, barring a medical miracle, will miss the remainder of this season as he continues to rehabilitate from a pair of offseason back surgeries.
Sullivan recently returned from visiting a Seattle specialist, who told him that further rest and rehabilitation was the only cure for the fragmented disc in his back.
The doctor told Sullivan it normally takes six months to a year to recover from the operations, which means Sullivan most likely has several months before he would regain his health.
From Dave Caldwell at the New York Times,
Through Monday’s games, eight N.H.L. goaltenders had played more than 2,200 minutes, including all three of the New York-area goalies: the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist (2,384) was third, the Devils’ Martin Brodeur fifth (2,342) and the Islanders’ Rick DiPietro seventh (2,264).
At a similar point last season, five goaltenders (including Brodeur, but not Lundqvist or DiPietro) had played in 2,200 minutes, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. At the same point in the 2005-6 season, only three goalies had played 2,200 minutes.
“Maybe 10 years ago, that may have been a problem,” said Garth Snow, a former N.H.L. goaltender who is now the Islanders’ general manager, “but goaltenders are some of the best-conditioned athletes on the team. Athletes, in general, are taking care of themselves 12 months a year, and the old way of thinking was, a fat goalie is a happy goalie.”
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
The Leafs could even do worse than consider former NHL Players Association head Bob Goodenow, who would probably make an excellent GM. He knows the ins and outs of the collective bargaining agreement, having helped write it. He’s a Harvard-educated lawyer and he understands hockey. He has successfully run a billion-dollar organization and spent a good portion of his life in Toronto.
more suggestions for the Leafs…
Monday night on The NHL on TSN, two of the network’s hockey experts discussed the trade landscape around the league. Host James Duthie threw out names, some big names, and hockey insiders Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger discussed each player’s short-term future as the trade deadline looms.
First up was Sabres defenceman Brian Campbell, who has 11 goals and 25 assists for Buffalo, but just announced that he would not negotiate anymore until the end of the season.
From CBS Sports wire,
Karalahti is one of 19 suspects in a widespread case of alleged smuggling and distribution of amphetamines in Finland, officials said. He will face trial in the Vantaa prison court near Helsinki on Jan. 29, the Espoo Regional Court said without announcing the exact charges.
Local media have reported that the 32-year-old Karalahti was linked to a drug smuggling network that imported and distributed drugs in Finland in July. Karalahti was taken off the ice for police questioning during a practice session last month with his Karpat team.
Karalahti left the NHL before the beginning of the 2002-03 season after being suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Today, the NHL and the Philadelphia Flyers made Mike Richards available for a media teleconference. Below is the text of that Q&A session.
Q. Does it get any better than finalizing a 12-year contract extension and being named an All-Star in the span of two months?
MIKE RICHARDS: I don’t know, it’s been a pretty big season getting the privilege to play in an All-Star Game, it’s pretty exciting.
from Empty Netters,
During the intermission, Alexander Ovechkin’s contract is discussed and we wonder who has a worse haircut; Ovechkin or Brian Engblom?
make sure to read their minute by minute breakdown of the Pens game last night!
From John Glennon at The Tennessean,
While most of us would worry about squeezing into our pants the next day, Predators goalie Dan Ellis has just the opposite problem. He’ll still have to worry about slipping out of his pads.
Ellis has the perfect metabolism for a supermodel. He can eat almost anything without gaining weight. Unfortunately for Ellis, his job description involves putting on about 40 pounds worth of equipment and skates, then sweating through 60 minutes of competition on a regular basis.
It’s no wonder that keeping up his weight — and his hydration level — proves such a challenge. The 6-foot, 185-pounder figured he loses about 10 pounds per game.
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