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from the CP via TSN,
(Aaron) Ward was not bleeding when he left the ice and did not leave on a stretcher, but coach Claude Julien said following Boston’s 2-1 win that Ward coughed up some blood before leaving the ice.
The 35-year-old Ward was skating toward Penguins defenceman Sergei Gonchar near the end boards when Gonchar got either his forearm or his stick up and accidentally struck Ward in the neck.
‘‘I got there and he was making a choking sound, holding his throat and gasping for air,’’ teammate Zdeno Chara said.
Watch a video of the incident…
John Ferguson Jr. was on TSN tonight during the 2nd intermission of the Leafs/Sabres game. James Duthie asked him what Leafs players had drawn the most interest from other teams before he was relieved of his duties.
1. Mats Sundin
2. Tomas Kaberle
3. Darcy Tucker
McCabe and a group of a few “others” were mentioned by JFJ too. He also said if Sundin wants to be moved, he would draw the same type of trade that Forsberg did when the Flyers sent him to Nashville.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Atlanta GM Don Waddell has to deal with the Marian Hossa situation.
Buffalo GM Darcy Regier has to deal with the Bryan Campbell situation.
And the situations are close to identical.
Both GMs are holding out hope, albeit faint, of signing those players before the trade deadline on Feb. 26 or even the July 1 date when they both are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents.
But, while neither can or will say this publicly, the sense in Atlanta and Buffalo is both players are not going to sign before the trade deadline.
from the Tampa Bay Lightning,
AUBURN HILLS, MICHIGAN and LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, February 13, 2008 –
Palace Sports & Entertainment and OK Hockey LLC, an entity controlled by Oren Koules, announced today that they have entered into a definitive purchase agreement whereby OK Hockey LLC would acquire the Tampa Bay Lightning, the leasehold rights to the St. Pete Times Forum and approximately 5.5 acres of land in Tampa’s Channelside District from Palace Sports & Entertainment. Completion of the transaction, which is expected to close within the next 105 days, is contingent on customary closing conditions and final approval from the National Hockey League.
added 6:28pm, Lightning Strikes asks the key question…
The next question will be who makes the final calls as the trade deadline approaches.
from Damien Cox at ESPN,
The man who runs the Leafs, in other words, is surrounded by second guessers, many with inside ties to the organization and an ability to get information that often embarrasses management.
“Nobody needs that kind of pressure,” said one NHL general manager.
So is it a dream post or someone’s worst nightmare? Is it hockey heaven or shinny hell on earth?
Whoever takes over the job—Burke, Holland, NHL vice president Colin Campbell and Carolina GM Jim Rutherford are seen as the front runners—will need a thick skin to deal with the daily scrutiny and a total free hand to rebuild without interference, something the Leafs organization says it will allow but has been historically reluctant to grant.
from the AP via the Ledger-Enquirer,
Atlanta began the day third in the division, one point behind second-place Washington and two points behind Carolina.
Waddell said his options include re-signing Hossa, keeping the veteran on the team even if he remains unsigned, or trading Hossa for players who could help Atlanta this season and in the future. He said he hasn’t decided when he would end attempts to re-sign Hossa.
“We haven’t tied ourselves to a date,” Waddell said. “Our No. 1 goal is to try to sign this player. In the meantime, we’re in a big race here. He’s one of our most important players. We’re utilizing our players as much as we can to try to make sure we stay in contention. If you end up trading the player for a lesser player right now, it makes more sense to keep your player for as long as you can to try to establish yourself within your division.”
I have received numerous emails today asking me about the return of Forsberg to the NHL.
Time to ease up folks, when he decides what he is going to do, you will know, but the latest is he is still unsure if his foot/ankle will hold up.
End of story and no, we will not be posting every rumor about him.
From Ted Montgomery at USA Today,
As we draw nearer to the NHL trade deadline (Feb. 26), let’s take a few moments to look back at some of the dumbest, most ill-advised trades ever consummated between two NHL teams. These aren’t the only bad trades ever made, but they are certainly among the worst.
To borrow an adage from another sport, any free-swinging baseball slugger will tell you that two extreme outcomes can happen when you take that big swing at a pitch: You can hit a home run, or you can look silly corkscrewing yourself into the ground after completely whiffing. That’s what happened in the following big NHL trades. (Keep in mind, however, that every foolhardy trade on this list made the opposite team’s brass look absolutely brilliant.)
From Len Ziehm at the Chicago Sun-Times,
‘‘Things came pretty easy at the start,’’ Savard said Tuesday. ‘‘Now teams are fighting to make the playoffs, and the games are getting tougher to play in—but he’s capable of doing that.’‘
Kane’s smallish 170-pound frame may be wearing down, and the absence of center Jonathan Toews for 16 games didn’t help. They had been jelling as linemates.
‘‘With Toews not being around, that made things a little tougher for him,’’ Savard said. ‘‘It takes a [good] centerman to make a line, and not having Toews makes a difference. But they’ll get back to it.
‘’[Kane] has to come with a good work ethic in practice and get in the gym a little more to get stronger.’‘
Simon will be eligible to return to the Islanders’ line-up against the Tampa Bay Lightning next Thursday. He has been serving a 30-game suspension for stomping on the leg of Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jarkko Ruutu.
“What I love most is playing hockey and when it gets taken away I realize how much I love it. Ted has always been a great help and a great supporter. My teammates were amazing. The whole organization kept checking in on me and seeing how I was doing and what I was up to. I really appreciated that,” Simon said after practice.
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