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From Tom Gulliti at Fire & Ice,
There appears to be a slim chance it will happen before tonight’s game against Boston or it might not be until later this week, but the Devils are about to name Jamie Langenbrunner as their captain.
The usually-talkative Langenbrunner became extremely tight-lipped when asked this morning if he had been given the captaincy.
“Something will happen soon,” he said. “Let’s just leave it at that.”
What would it mean to Langenbrunner if he were named captain?
Update 6:37pm ET: Langenbrunner is now officially the captain, it appears. Gulliti updates that he was wearing the “C” in warmups. (*thanks to a KK reader for pointing it out…)
from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,
The NHL - always craving for attention - should create a similar event to baseball’s winter meetings where front-office staff and media converge to create an amazing buzz for fans.
Here’s my proposal: use the February NHL GM meetings as the basis for a trade deadline bonanza.
For example, this year’s meetings run Feb. 18-20 in Naples, Fla., with the trade deadline a week later on Feb. 26. There likely won’t be any deals at this year’s meetings, just like there weren’t last year even though the GM meetings were also just a week before the trade deadline. Sure ‘‘the foundation’’ for deals were laid (if I hear that one more time I’m going to vomit) but the real moves didn’t happen until the 48-hour period leading up the actual deadline.
From the CP,
“When Wade Belak gets a point, we win,” Belak said. “It’s been proven.
“You look back at all my goals and see if we won or not. Usually it’s a bad night for the other team.”
He was asked if the stick he used in practice was the same one with which he’d scored his rare goal.
“No, no. That’s in the Hockey Hall of Fame now,” he replied.
more… *an entertaining read as Belak gets on a roll with the one-liners. As the writer notes, “That’s Wade Belak: often lost near the net but never lost for words.”
from Lightning Strikes,
The interview finally wound around to how Lightning players were quite down on themselves after the game; glad for the victory but upset that they let the third period get away from them by allowing two goals in 36 seconds with under two minutes remaining.
Said Tortorella: “The team has always been that way,’’ meaning good at self-assessment. “Some of the (media) clowns around here don’t understand it. Not you two,’’ he said of me and Erik.
Tortorella didn’t say at whom he was upset. But something certainly got under his skin somewhere between the morning skate and the end of the game.
read on... you will find out who are not the clowns…
From the CP via TSN,
The Colorado Avalanche activated forward Ian Laperriere from the injured reserve list Wednesday. He missed nine games after suffering a knee injury during a game on Nov. 11 against Minnesota.
*numerous other Avalanche players are still having injury/illness issues however, including Joe Sakic
from Ian Winwood at the Guardian,
It’s my belief that no set of fans care more about the health of their game than those attracted to hockey. This is why the mood that surrounds the game is one of despondency and fear. Your team may be doing well, but the league in which it plays is not. It’s not in spite of Bettman’s actions that the NHL is in a worse place now than it was 15 years ago, but because of them….
I suppose this is the point where I’m supposed to call for the Bettman’s head - that’s how these things normally end. But to be honest, I’m not sure how this column should conclude. So I’m going to hand it over to you. What should be done?
One third of the way into the season, trade rumors and other forms of player movement seem to be picking up. Blue Jackets fans—a few of them, anyway—are clamoring for GM Scott Howson to make a move.
Our opinion: Read the play and show a little patience, as the best deals may be a couple of weeks (or months) away.
continued... Lecavlier, Jokinen and Stoll talk plus a little Recchi…
via the Dallas Stars,
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has placed defenseman Philippe Boucher on the injured reserve list and have recalled right wing Junior Lessard from the Iowa Stars, Dallas’ primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League.
Boucher, 34, is set to have shoulder surgery today and will be re-evaluated in four weeks
from E.J. Hradek at ESPN,
The National Hockey League is very good at letting people know about its latest deal with any of the seemingly thousands of new media companies or any minor percentage jump in attendance or its D-list celebrity blogs.
However, when it comes to getting the word out about a special hockey night in a particular city, the league isn’t quite as adept.
That’s why most fans probably had no idea the Canadiens were having a very unique ceremony prior to Tuesday’s game against the Red Wings.
continued... E.J., you should have made a stop at KK yesterday, you would have known about it!
from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
The Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday recalled minor-league forward Steve Downie.
Today, they’ll call up Andre “Moose” Dupont, Bob “Mad Dog” Kelly and Dave “The Hammer” Schultz.
more on the Flyers…
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