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Chicago Blackhawk defenceman James Wisniewski will get his day in court with the NHL.
Wisniewski received a match penalty for cross-checking Detroit’s Mikael Samuelsson in the face on Tuesday night and the match penalty carries with it an indefinite suspension pending a review by the league.
The league has reviewed it and decided to proceed with a supplementary discipline hearing today.
added 2:46pm, from the Dallas Morning News,
Steve Ott was defiant in his defense of his hit on Colorado’s Jordan Leopold, which resulted in a three-game suspension today.
“I finished my hit. My one foot did leave the ice, but that’s because my other foot was planted. My right foot never left the ice,” Ott said. “I hit him shoulder to shoulder.”
from the Dallas Morning News,
Dallas Stars forward Steve Ott will receive a three-game suspension for his hit Sunday on Colorado defenseman Jordan Leopold, Stars co-GM Les Jackson confirmed Tuesday night.
Ott had a phone conference with NHL director of operations Colin Campbell on Tuesday, and Campbell is expected to announce the suspension today.
Watch the incident…
From Jim Souhan at the Star Tribune,
The NHL is about dumping the puck, taking the opponents’ stars out of the game, working a defensive system and waiting for a mistake that will create a scoring chance. If NFL coaches thought like NHL coaches, every team would punt on first down.
Take the Wild—please. They’re not just slumping—they’re boring. Because of the Wild’s style and the NHL’s emphasis on defensive systems, Marian Gaborik spends most of the game looking like a guy waiting for a bus.
Don’t repeat the popular argument that he needs to work harder, needs to be more of a two-way player, blah, blah, blah. Gaborik is a scorer. When he scores, the Wild almost always wins. Ergo: Gaborik should spend his ice time trying to score.
That would be good for the fans, the team, the league. Instead, we get to hear Jacques Lemaire chide him about defensive responsibility.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Neither Zubov nor Boucher has battled an injury this close to the playoffs, so they both are curious to see how they handle the balancing act of getting healthy and ramping up their intensity with the rest of the team.
“I don’t know how many games it will take, because I’ve never done this,” Zubov said. “I guess that’s the tough part.”
Boucher, about two weeks short of his 35th birthday, said he’s encouraged by the recent 38-game rehabilitation period that he used to get his left shoulder healthy. Boucher was out for almost half of the season and returned to play four games before injuring the right shoulder.
from Mark Spector of the National Post,
While the rebuilding pain still lies ahead in Toronto, the medicine has been swallowed and the needle suffered in Edmonton. The biggest ache - a two-year, injury-plagued hiatus from the playoffs - will soon be behind them. It is unlikely the drought will stretch to a third year next season.
“You feel it in the room,” Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish said. “I feel it and sense it, and normally if the coach feels it ... you’re the last guy to feel the optimism of improvement.
“We’re pretty positive about the outlook, with the group that we have here.”
from the Arizona Republic,
A lot of sports fans, especially youngsters who dream of a professional career, tend to identify with the star players or kids with the “can’t-miss” label.
True inspiration, however, can came from a journeyman player or one who has beaten the odds by battling for years at lower levels before making it to the big time.
One player who fits that niche is Craig Weller, the Coyotes’ 27-year-old rookie right wing. He spent seven years in the minors, signing as a free agent before training camp after four seasons in the AHL in the New York Rangers organization.
Adam Foote was able to join the Avalanche again tonight, after missing two games with a hip injury. But he left the game against Atlanta, with an injury to the same hip.
via the AP,
The Detroit Red Wings signed right wing Dan Cleary to a five-year contract on Tuesday, keeping a player who scored 20 goals for a second straight season for them.
update from FSN Detoit, 5 years, $14 million.
added 7:45pm, more from Ansar Khan at Mlive...
added 9:17pm, much more at Red Wings Corner on the signing and it looks like Lilja will have to wait until after the playoffs to talk contract again…
from Ted Montgomery of USA TODAY,
Love affairs. They can be thrilling, and they can be heartbreaking. In the NHL, they are often confusing. For example:...
What is behind this love affair between the Detroit media, brass and fans and Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby? I can’t think of another two players in the league whose skills have eroded so precipitously. Both players made key contributions to the cup-winning teams of 1997, ‘98 and 2002, but both are now just shadows of their former selves. Draper still has significant faceoff talents, but the things that distinguished both players in their primes — blazing speed and the ability to score timely goals — have long since abandoned them.
more and other love affairs too…
from the CP via NHL.com,
It wasn’t so long ago that battling for first place was routine for the Montreal Canadiens.
But sitting near the top of the NHL’s Eastern Conference, as they are heading into the home stretch of the regular season, is an unfamiliar view for the current edition of the 24-time Stanley Cup championship club, which has had to fight tooth and nail just to try to secure a playoff spot every season since its last Cup victory in ‘93.
“Yeah, it’s different, but we’re still battling upwards,” winger Christopher Higgins said Tuesday as the Canadiens prepared to face the New Jersey Devils. “We’re in a race for first with three other teams and we still have that goal in mind if getting first place.
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