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from Philly Burbs,
Don’t show me the money. At least not yet. That’s the vibe Jeff Carter gives off when questioned about the possibility of beginning contract talks now, rather than wait for his three-year deal to expire in June….
He’s a restricted free agent, so there’s really no urgency to begin negotiations. Like Mike Richards and R.J. Umberger, whose contracts also run out in June, there’s no need for Carter to think about money now.
“There’s nothing I can do about it, just go out and play,” Carter said at Friday morning’s skate. “It doesn’t really matter to me.”
from the Buffalo News,
The Sabres’ reputation the past few seasons has been that of a smaller team built for speed.
But the game is tilting back toward bigger bodies and tighter checking, and the Sabres need to show they can adapt.
“It’s just an attitude more than anything,” goaltender Ryan Miller said. “Now we have to decide if we’re going to do it or not.
“We’ve got big enough guys in here. We’ve got a lot of guys that are 190, 200 pounds. You don’t have to be 6-[foot]-5 to make a play. If you’re going to stick around and battle, if you’re going to stay in your position, you’re going to be supported by the other players.”
from the Boston Globe,
Tuukka Rask learned Lesson 1 about NHL goaltending twice in less than 24 hours this week. Gotta be sharp at the drop of the puck, no matter when, no matter where.
“You learn when you play, and that’s what I’m learning now,” the Bruins’ sudden starter said after practice yesterday, as his travel-weary teammates packed their bags for three more road games in five days, beginning with the red-hot Maple Leafs tonight.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
MacTavish said he didn’t make the moves to take Torres and Stoll out of the lineup to achieve some sort of ripple effect on the team.
“I didn’t give it too much thought when the game was starting,” was how he put it.
MacTavish made Torres a healthy scratch for his well documented inconsistencies. He said way back in training camp that Torres was going to be on a short leash this season. And he gave that leash a good strong tug by pulling him out of the lineup after playing 215 consecutive games.
Stoll was provided a seat in the press box to deliver the message that he’s had 30 games to come anywhere near his form prior to missing all those games at the end of last season with a concussion and hasn’t come close.
Garry Bettman answered some fan email with Stan Fischler and Al Trautwig last night.
This was a 2-part Q & A and the first part can be viewed here...
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Preparation begins on Sunday, the day after the Saturday night show.
“I start thinking about what I’m going to wear the next morning,” Cherry said. “I get the suit or jacket that I’m going to wear and I hang it up in my bedroom.
“Before I go to bed, I put different ties with it. So, I’m thinking about that suit all week. If I have a real good fitting suit, if I feel really good, I feel Coach’s Corner is better. I felt that way when I coached, too.”
Cherry watches NHL games almost every night of the week and he takes notes. But he doesn’t flip around the dial. He stays with one game from beginning to end.
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
Sweden’s hockey federation voted last night to formally sever ties to the IIHF agreement. Finnish Ice Hockey Federation managing director Heikki Hietanen says a similar discussion will take place Wednesday in Helsinki. Hietanen says Finnish teams are similarly vexed over losing young players to North American junior teams. He says Finnish teams also aren’t pleased the agreement sees them receive U.S. dollars as compensation. Euros would be a more appropriate currency, Hietanen says.
It’s troubling news for the NHL because free agency in countries like Russia, particularly, could prove elusive.
“I wouldn’t be surprised to see every young NHL-calibre player basically forced to sign a long-term contract and never win the right to free agency,” says one NHL player agent with several Russian clients.
via the CP,
The Calgary Flames received some much-needed good news Friday as defenceman Robyn Regehr’s foot injury was not as serious as originally thought.
After Regehr was examined Friday, a Flames spokesman said the diagnosis was a bone bruise and tissue damage in his left foot, which he sustained taking a shot off that foot in the second period of Thursday’s 3-2 shootout loss to Pittsburgh.
The team said following the game that Regehr had suffered a fracture.
Regehr is listed as day-to-day.
From the Nashville Predators,
Predators Holdings LLC announced today that the group’s purchase of the Nashville Predators and Powers Management (the company that operates the Sommet Center) for $193 million from Craig Leipold has completed, and the local ownership group will immediately take over the day-to-day operation of the National Hockey League team and the Sommet Center.
“On behalf of the ownership group, we are thrilled to complete the sale,” said David Freeman, chairman of Predators Holdings LLC. “We look forward to contributing to the Predators’ success on and off the ice and solidifying the franchise’s future in Nashville.”
via the Pittsburgh Penguins,
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled goaltender Ty Conklin from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL) on an emergency basis, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
added 7:59pm, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Penguins coach Michel Therrien today characterized starting goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury’s injury as a mild ankle sprain.
He is listed as day to day because the injury is not severe enough to warrant placing him on injured reserve.
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