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from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,
...But if the NHL doesn’t want to become about as relevant as Australian rules football, it could at least try not to appear so darned clueless and aloof. The elimination of its mysterious “war room” in Toronto would be a good place to start.
Having a play in Columbus “go to Toronto” for review creates the image of league officials who take themselves too seriously. Their intentions are good — they probably have more high-def TVs than Circuit City in the NHL offices — but fans in the stands and at home only see a ref on a 1960sstyle telephone waiting for orders from a secretive tribunal.
from the Arizona Republic:
With the Coyotes fading from playoff contention, other teams keep calling regarding possible trades.
Many calls are inquiries about players with significant playoff experience.
Roenick said he hasn’t given up on the Coyotes making the playoffs this season, but if it becomes clear they won’t make it and another team in better playoff position comes calling for him, he’d be OK with a trade.
“Absolutely, 100 percent,” Roenick said. “I’m on a one-year deal, anyway. . . . I’d definitely be up for a (Stanley) Cup run.”
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
In the wake of the Peter Forsberg trade, there will be a rush to judgment.
Some will proclaim the Predators just dealt their way to the Stanley Cup.
Others will say the Flyers parlayed a rental player into a bountiful harvest of picks and prospects.
We are likely to get the early returns on Nashville’s half of the equation before Philadelphia’s, but it is fair to say both scenarios are fraught with peril.
added 9:41pm, from TBM at NBC Sports,
That’s it? That’s all Philadelphia gets for Peter Forsberg?
E-mail the Bellowing Moose
The Moose told you on Wednesday that Nashville was the front runner in the Forsberg derby, but what he didn’t know was how little the Predators would be giving up to land the player who may very well deliver them to the Stanley Cup Finals this June.
added 10:29pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
A long playoff could help solidify their fan base, in the same way that both the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Carolina Hurricanes became far more viable franchises after they won Stanley Cup championships in 2004 and 2006 respectively.
A lot needs to go right for the Predators to join those teams in the winning circle — minimal injuries, ensuring that Forsberg contributes to team chemistry. Still, on paper, they now have as close to a Murderer’s Row lineup as a team can ice in the new collective bargaining agreement, with three lines all able to score, skill on the blueline and depth in goal in case of injury.
Forsberg’s addition could be the final piece of the puzzle that turns Music City into Hockeytown - and not at some indeterminate time in the future either.
added 10:36pm, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Never mind winning the Stanley Cup. Nashville Predators GM David Poile may well have saved his entire franchise Thursday evening.
With ruthless efficiency that belies his understated demeanor, Poile has established himself as one of the gutsiest, most assertive GMs in the business with his coup de grace acquisition of Philadelphia center Peter Forsberg.
According to Bob McKenzie on TSN, he may be headed to Nashville.
added 7:03pm, TSN link now available
added 7:17pm, via TSN,
Sources tell TSN the Nashville Predators have agreed to trade Scottie Upshall, Ryan Parent, a first round pick and a third round pick to the Philadelphia Flyers for Peter Forsbeg.
The deal will not be official until the completion of a trade call with the NHL.
Leaders are urging fans to be patient about a power play to keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl indicated Thursday that a deal is more likely than not.
Ravenstahl said there are no details outstanding that are insurmountable.
Ed Rendell said Thursday that progress is made each time officials meet.
Rendell did not get into specifics and did not say when a deal might be announced.
from the blog of Stan Fischler,
When Montreal scored first last night at the Meadowlands, I figured this would be another occasion when the Devils would just fold up before a flub team.
But Claude Julien’s lads somehow got their act together and Marty Brodeur does what’s become a habit with him; beat the Habs.
more on the Devils…
from the Thrashers Blog at the AJC,
Hartley also said that there was a good team meeting before practice, maybe a wakeup call. And his comments after practice were pretty pointed, stuff like: “This is time to declare war. You go to war with warriors, you don’t go with water pistols.”
more on the Thrashers
The reeling Montreal Canadiens, losers of five straight games, but more bad news on Thursday. According to RDS, Montreal forward Alexei Kovalev will miss three weeks with an elbow injury.
from D.C. Sports Bog,
As I listened to school closures on the radio and dutifully shoveled about an inch of snow off my front steps this morning, it occurred to me that this massive winter weather onslaught was, perhaps, a topic worthy of Capital discussion. After all, the current roster has more than a dozen native Canadians, not including Donald Brashear (who was raised in Canada), plus two Russians and a Lithuanian. Surely, they had never seen anything like the one-inch blizzard of ‘07, I attempted to say with a straight face.
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
Pronger maintained the season “can be easily turned around.” The issue, of course, is whether this is an aberrational period, a somewhat inevitable slump involving injuries and a loss of focus (as evidenced by too-many-men minors) rather than an indication that this is the real Anaheim.
The Ducks are going to be fine. Thanks to the soft Central Division, both the Predators and Wings have passed them in the conference, and, yes, they have looked shaky of late. Pronger and Scott Niedermayer at times seem as if they’re not 100 percent, but they’ll get back to it.
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