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from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Reveiw,
Craig Patrick should do the right thing and resign as Penguins general manager the instant the season ends. This franchise desperately needs new blood. Patrick, in the final year of his contract, isn't solely to blame for all the losing the past four years. Remember, the Penguins' wisely opted to strip down and begin rebuilding in anticipation of an NHL work stoppage.continued
from the Falls Church News-Press,
It’s all falling into place now. It’s starting to pay off. Gone are the blasé attitudes that made the Caps perennial underachievers pre-lockout. Taking their place, and their contracts, are fresh faces with young legs and a determination to achieve all they can while playing the game they love. That combination, coupled with team unity, is what Leonsis and the Caps are striving for as the franchise moves forward. Leonsis says the team is now pursuing “players that over-index on coachability and team togetherness [rather] than sheer raw talent.read on
from the Sun-Sentinel via the Mercury News,
While center Olli Jokinen was allowed to miss Wednesday's practice so he could rest, his agent and the Panthers worked for the first time in more than two weeks on resolving his contract situation. General Manager Mike Keenan said he and Jokinen's agent, Mark Gandler, spoke about the matter, but Keenan wouldn't discuss details. Gandler didn't return messages.continued
from Tuesday's (I believe) Edmonton Sun via Slam,
Matt Greene is fine, but the SUV that clipped the Edmonton Oilers rookie on Calgary Trail Saturday when its driver lost control didn't fair nearly as well. It's a writeoff. Greene, 22, was on his way home and talking with friends outside of a nightclub at about 12:30 a.m. when the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck Greene, who saw the SUV coming at him and was able to brace for the impact.more Thanks to a reader of KK for the heads up.
from Gary Thorne of USA TODAY,
"What percentage of NHL players use steroids?" 343 players responded — about half the league — and 37% said none, 34% said one percent of players use them, 11% said two percent, 14% said three to nine percent and 4% said 10% or more. My sense is that in a secret ballot, as this was, the players are petty honest about the numbers. If that is true, there should be concern. But it could have been a lot worse.more discussed, including the best player in the league...
Christy at Behind the Jersey featured some guy named Paul this week. Christy is one busy blogger; not sure how she finds the time to do all that she does. In my opinion, Christy has a great future ahead of her.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
It's a shade over a week until the NHL trade deadline, so here are 10 things you should know about what's happening behind the scenes: For all the talk we have heard of Buffalo's Marty Biron being traded, we shouldn't be surprised if the Sabres move Mika Noronen, not Biron.read on for the rest...
All five Swedes in the lineup tonight, all equipment accounted for and they all skated this morning. Sitting out is Woolley, Mowers, Rivers,and Kopecky sent back to GR. Osgood in goal, Babcock said this was a planned start, he didn't want Legace to play back to back after a two week layoff. But he also mentioned he was not happy with the goaltending play last night or the play of the whole team. He expects them to come out and play well, but not like a machine just yet, some players are still not energized 100%.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The first NHL trade, post-Olympics, didn't get much notice Tuesday — and why would it? The Calgary Flames picked up Cale Hulse, a 33-year-old journeyman from the Columbus Blue Jackets... In the larger picture, it is also indicative of the type of transaction that we'll see between now and next Thursday's NHL trading deadline. There is no Jaromir Jagr sweepstakes to liven up the proceedings this time around, no Brian Leetch or Sergei Gonchar or Robert Lang, moving on to the highest bidder. The biggest name, Doug Weight, has already moved on...more
via Doug Ward of NHL.com,
Kings' center Sean Avery, the NHL's leader in penalty minutes with 203, is rumored to be on the block, with Washington as a possible destination.
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