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VERSUS, the exclusive cable television home of the National Hockey League, will put a microphone on NHL legend and head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, Wayne Gretzky, during the network’s February 11 telecast of the Phoenix Coyotes/Dallas Stars match-up from the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The game will air on VERSUS at 7 p.m. ET and in HD where available.
“Throughout the season, we always try new production enhancements and are constantly adding elements to our telecasts to get fans more engaged in the game,” said Mike Baker, Coordinating Producer for the NHL on VERSUS. “We are thrilled to be able to offer our viewers an insider’s look at the sport with on-the-bench commentary from the greatest NHL talent as he interacts with his players and coaches throughout the game.”
Also, the Ducks/Wings game yesterday on NBC drew a 0.9 overnight rating.
Earlier today Jason Spezza was named “First Star” for the week, after recording 11 points in three games, including a career-high six points against Montreal this past Saturday night. Jason is second on the Senators and fifth in overall National Hockey League scoring with 71 points on 23 goals and 48 assists.
Q. Jason, you guys, you and Alfredsson and Heatley back together again, obviously in that 6-1 win over Montreal, what was the feel that you three had? There was talk of possible rust. What was the feel that you guys had right away in that game?
JASON SPEZZA: Yeah, we had pretty good chemistry together, and we practiced the day before and practiced that morning together. You know, it’s a pretty natural fit for us. We’ve played together now for a couple years, so there’s not too much getting used to each other again. You put us in with same line mates, we read off each other pretty good. I think more than anything I was fired up because it was a big game, Alfie was fired up because he was coming back, and Heater was pretty excited because he just came back the night before, so it was pretty good circumstances for us to play well.
from the Florida Panthers,
Richard Zednik continued to recover Monday afternoon at Buffalo General Hospital after undergoing surgery for a neck laceration suffered during Sunday’s game against the Sabres.
During a press conference Monday afternoon at Buffalo General, doctors said Zednik was alert, was able to speak, and didn’t appear to have any longterm injuries from the incident.
“He actually asked me when he could go back to training,” said Sonya Noor, M.D., the attending surgeon for Zednik.
Zednik was expected to remain in the intensive care unit through this evening as he continues recovering from carotid artery that Noor described as “hanging like a thread” when he arrived at Buffalo General.
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added 6:59pm, from the Buffalo News,
The Clint Malarchuk comparisons can stop. Richard Zednik’s injury was much more life- threatening.
The four doctors who treated Zednik used words today such as “profusely,” “devastating,” “hanging by a thread” and “lucky” to describe the sliced carotid artery injury suffered by Zednik on Sunday.
from the AP via NHL.com,
Colorado’s top three forwards - captain Joe Sakic, Ryan Smyth and Paul Stastny - are back on the ice.
Sakic went through a light skate before practice Monday. He’s recovering from hernia surgery.
Smyth is coming back from an ankle injury and Stastny from an appendectomy. Both participated in practice and took contact. For Smyth, it was his first ice time since he was injured on New Year’s Eve.
Stastny, the team’s leading scorer with 49 points, has been practicing and could return soon. He’s listed as questionable for Tuesday night when the Avs play Anaheim at the Pepsi Center.
Coach Joel Quenneville said Smyth could return to action this week.
From the CP via the Globe & Mail,
“It’s nice to come to the rink and see the guys joking around with each other a little bit,” head coach Paul Maurice said after the team’s annual outdoor practice Monday.
It was, brrrrr, minus-10 as the players scrimmaged on a sheet of gleaming ice just east of downtown to promote the club’s participation with The Home Depot in refurbishing outdoor rinks in the city. Bundled-up school children sprung from classes so they could get a close-up look at their hockey heros waved Leafs flags and cheered every pass and shot on goal.
“It was a good time,” said Matt Stajan. “Our toes and fingers were a little cold but it’s great for the kids and it brings back memories.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The race for the Southeast Division crown may be like watching sea slugs perform Swan Lake. But whatever this competition lacks in artistic beauty is more than made up for in pure drama.
As of Monday morning, all five Southeast Division teams have at least a modicum of optimism regarding their chances for being the only team left standing when the dust clears on April 6.
For a young player, the appeal for composite sticks, and frankly any piece of equipment, has a great deal to do with what their professional idols are using. Kids see the league’s most valuable player, Sidney Crosby, score his way in to the record books using a certain type of hockey stick and they want what he’s using.
The question is: Is a composite stick necessary for every player, or simply a fancy frill for those who can afford it?
The term itself might be somewhat deceiving for a first-time buyer. Composite is not in reference to the combination of the blade and shaft of the stick, which is a common misconception.
It’s actually in reference to the what he stick is made of in terms of materials.
From the Philadelphia Flyers,
Q: Is this a new concussion or an extension of the old concussions?
SG: “That’s a good question. The only thing I can say right now is that I don’t think it is that bad. I know the symptoms were definitely worse the last time. Hopefully I will feel better very soon. The doctor said I could feel very good in the next couple of days. I just have to take it one day at a time and see what happens.”
Q: What is the outlook?
SG: “Like I said, right now it is one day at a time. It could be a couple of days, it could be a week or it could be longer. There is no timeframe on what is going on right now.”
The Ottawa Senators have shuffled the deck in a big way by completing a four-player transaction with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Sources say the Senators have acquired defenceman Mike Commodore and forward Cory Stillman in exchange for defenceman Joe Corvo and forward Patrick Eaves.
added 2:45pm, from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford says Stillman waived a no-trade clause to complete the deal.
added 2:58pm, via the Carolina Hurricanes,
“We’re pleased to acquire a very good, young player in Patrick, and address a need for a mobile defenseman who can move the puck on the power play like Joe,” said Rutherford. “We are very thankful to Cory and Mike as two great contributors to the Hurricanes, including during our Stanley Cup run of 2006.”
from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,
Scouts are in agreement that next June’s entry draft is the deepest in years. Throwing around first-rounders like candy won’t be as fashionable.
You may also remember which team got roasted last year at the trade deadline for doing very little. That would be the Anaheim Ducks. GM Brian Burke tried his best but couldn’t pull the trigger other than adding rugged veteran Brad May.
In an interview with me about two hours after the trade deadline last February, Burke explained that he refused to give up his prime young assets for rental players.
“I’m not a big trade deadline guy, you look at my history, my splashes are in the off-season,” Burke said. “I don’t believe in giving a ton for rental players.
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