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from the Minnesota Wild website- by Chris Simon as told to Chris Snow,
I want to leave the game as a respected player. I think I am that, to coaches who coached me, and managers who managed me, and players who played with me. But I know that’s going to take time to build back with the fans. And I know now, this is it. Anything else happens, I’m done. I know that.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Teams make hard financial decisions all the time. I would never begrudge Howson the right to do that here. If the Jackets don’t want Foote at $4 million a year on a two-year deal, so be it.
Everyone moves on and they all live happily ever after.
But to pick up a newspaper or watch Hockey Night in Canada and read and hear an implication that Foote is a fraud who deviously orchestrated his own exit from Columbus, that he never had any intention of re-signing in Columbus, well, that is, at the very least, offside.
At worst, it’s character assassination.
added 7:37pm, from Rob Oller at the Columbus Dispatch,
Just be thankful Foote’s departure didn’t destroy the team’s playoff chances. Honestly, trading him to the Avalanche actually could help the CBJ’s cause.
If true that Foote threatened to quit on his teammates if the franchise didn’t move him before last Tuesday’s trade deadline, then better to be rid of him than risk poisoning the dressing room with his pessimism. Especially during this period of unparalleled optimism.
more on the Blue Jackets…
The Top 10 goals of the week, all in six minutes.
The Colorado Avalanche took a dual hit on the injury front Monday.
The team learned that forward Ryan Smyth suffered a concussion after his collision with the padded partition near the Avalanche bench. He will not be able to exercise or return to the ice until he is symptom free. He also suffered a minor shoulder separation remains sidelined for an indefinite period of time.
The news got worse for Colorado as Marek Svatos was diagnosed with a torn ACL that will require surgery and sideline the forward for the remainder of the season.
from Stan Fischler at MSG Network,
The “issue” of Jaromir Jagr’s return to the Rangers next season appears to us to be a non-issue. Our prediction is this: The Blueshirts’ captain will be back because, A. He wants to remain a Ranger; B. Management wants him on Seventh Avenue and, C. JJ still is effective in his senior citizen role.
more from the Maven…
AO celebrates his 50th goal after scoring early in the first period against Boston. AO scores again, even before I can post this…
added 7:39pm, How about three for Alex, with more than 5 minutes to go in the first. Caps up 5-0.
video added 3/4/08...
The NHL provided a media conference call with Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin today. To interpret for Evgeni, Sergei Gonchar joined in on the call.
Earlier today, Evgeni was named First Star for the month of February after leading the league in scoring with 9 goals and 17 assists for 26 points in 14 games. He currently sits first in overall NHL scoring with 88 points on 37 goals and 51 assists. The Penguins are tied atop the Eastern Conference standings with Montréal, each with 81 points.
Q. Evgeni, can you tell me if you’re seeing different players checking you than before when Sidney Crosby was playing in terms of like different defensemen against you and different centers playing against you?
The Boston Bruins’ own Milan Lucic in The Hockey News,
My place is just outside the city in Charlestown – or ‘Chucktown’ as it is called here. I live close to three of my teammates; Marc Savard, Jeremy Reich and Mark Stuart. Because of our close proximity, we always carpool to practice in the morning (our practice rink is about 25 minutes north of Boston).
Every morning we’ll discuss what’s going on around the league, who won games the night before and what our schedule looks like coming up.
more… on being in Boston and hanging with the ‘Chucktown Crew’
From Arthur Staple at Newsday,
Sean Avery broke his three-week media blackout Monday, long enough to tell reporters after Rangers practice that he had broken off contract talks with the Rangers and that he seemed resigned to the fact that he’ll be playing elsewhere next season.
“I don’t think the value of what I’m worth has changed from the start of the season to right now,” Avery said. “I certainly love playing for the Rangers, no question about it. I’d say that window (of signing a long-term deal with the team) is probably not as open as it has been in the past.”
Avery, who is believed to be seeking a multi-year deal worth more than $2.5-million a season, said he’s been playing his best hockey “probably since I’ve been in the league” over the last 11 games, during which time he has seven goals and three assists.
Update 5:44pm ET: Some analysis on the Avery situation from Steve Zipay, also at Newsday
from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,
So, right now in Pittsburgh there is satisfaction in the season thus far, and rightly so. But that mood pales in comparison to the anticipation of what might yet be. Everyone wants to see what this team looks like fully assembled. Shero smiled broadly when I put that premise to him and he offered a sly, “We’ll see.”
Penguins’ fans who have been waiting patiently will see all the pieces in place during the first week of March. No doubt, the organization envisions this group together during the first week of June, perhaps with the Stanley Cup in hand.
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