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From John Vogl at The Buffalo News,
Teppo Numminen made a rare appearance at HSBC Arena today, fueling speculation the defenseman could return to the Buffalo Sabres before the season ends.
The 39-year-old Numminen had stayed away from the arena since having a bursa sac procedure on his ankle early last month. He arrived at the rink with his equipment and was scheduled to skate this afternoon.
“I hadn’t seen him at the rink for quite some time,” coach Lindy Ruff said. “He had the procedure on his ankle, and that looks a lot better.”
*Also, more on the Sabres with a look at three up and coming college prospects
Update 2:42pm ET: More on Numminen’s health and history from the AP via the Globe& Mail
From Tim Wharnsby at the Globe & Mail,
Along the hallway to the New York Islanders dressing room, there are nine plaques commemorating key people from the franchise’s Stanley Cup seasons. From left to right, the wall of fame reads: Bill Torrey, Al Arbour, Denis Potvin, Mike Bossy, Billy Smith, Bob Nystrom, Clark Gillies, Bryan Trottier and Bob Bourne — and this morning Jason Blake.
Somebody placed a 10th tribute this morning, a picture of Blake , the former Islander and current Toronto Maple Leafs forward. Under the picture, it read “40-goal scorer.”
“Yeah, I have my sources as to who did it, but I’m not going to say,” said Blake…
From Tarik El-Bashir at the Washington Post,
Trading for “Huet was the easiest decision because he played really well for a few years,” McPhee said. “It’s worked out the way we had hoped. He’s playing well and Olie is better rested and playing really well, too.
“We couldn’t be more impressed with how [Fedorov has] handled this situation,” he added. “How great he’s been with our young players, and how well he’s played. And Cooke is playing better than he played in Vancouver.”
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Glen Metropolit has scored over 100 points in six seasons in the National Hockey League but no amount of success will erase the memories of the gangs, pimps and crackheads of his youth.
Raised in poverty by a single mother and shuffled in and out of foster homes, hockey became an escape for Metropolit and a way out of one of Canada’s most violent and drug-ridden inner city slums.
From Chris Zelkovich at the Toronto Star,
The National Hockey League says it has no concerns that team broadcasters might be hiding incriminating video evidence. But Mike Murphy, the league’s senior vice-president of hockey operations, says the NHL is looking at ways of ensuring such a thing doesn’t happen.
The issue of accountability was raised following a game in Anaheim last Wednesday that saw Ducks defenceman Chris Pronger stomp on Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler’s leg. The original game broadcasts from Vancouver and Anaheim, watched in the NHL’s Toronto war room, failed to produce proof of the attack.
But Vancouver broadcasters discovered video proof the next day on a tape machine in the production unit used by Anaheim television.
From Erik Erlendsson at the Tampa Tribune,
Roy, however, remains on thin ice following a blow-up during the third period of a game at Philadelphia on March 6 that led to a 10-day exile from the team. He returned to practice Monday at the Ice Sports Forum - word is his teammates stepped up to defend Roy - but whether he gets into any of the remaining 10 games or how the situation affects his possible return next season remains unclear.
“Don’t ask me any questions about Andre,” said Lightning coach John Tortorella, refusing to address the subject.
Roy didn’t want to talk about the team’s actions Monday, but he did discuss the actions that led to his banishment.
At the top, there are four teams sitting within three points of first place - the New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators. And picking a team to take that coveted top seed - let alone even emerge out of the conference - is like throwing darts while blindfolded.
“You could pick the New Jersey Devils, but then think, ‘No, they got shut out 4-0 by Montreal last week,’” explains TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie. “You then say Montreal is the best team, but then think, ‘They got blanked 3-0 by the Senators last week. How about Ottawa? They’re back, and they’re going to be good. No, they got beat by Carolina. What about Carolina?...”
From John Glennon at The Tennessean,
The Predators will reach the paid attendance average necessary to qualify for the National Hockey League’s full revenue-sharing plan this year, team officials said Monday.
That means the Predators will receive in the neighborhood of $12 million, money that will help them re-sign their own players and free agents as well.
continued… *the NHL minimum paid attendance average for revenue sharing is 13,125; the Predators have averaged 13,145 through this season’s home games, with just 5 remaining
Update 8:56pm ET: More from David Naylor in Tuesday’s Globe & Mail.
From the Sports Network via WJAC,
Struggling to get into the postseason, the Philadelphia Flyers learned on Monday that defenseman Derian Hatcher will be out for the season with a fractured right tibia and forward R.J. Umberger will miss the next two weeks with a sprained MCL.
Hatcher was hurt with 12:07 left in the first period of Saturday’s 3-2 overtime loss to Boston while blocking a slap shot by Bruins forward Andrew Ference. Hatcher was helped off the ice and did not return. The right leg was broken just above the ankle and was placed in a cast on Saturday. It is possible he might return to play if the Flyers make the postseason.
From the AP via the Santa Barbara News-Press,
After the longest winning streak in franchise history, Roenick’s only remaining question is whether the Sharks can ride this wave all the way into June.
San Jose’s club-record 11-game roll ended Sunday night, but the 2-1 shootout loss to Edmonton still produced the Sharks’ 23rd point in 12 games. Led by a rejuvenated captain, a new defenseman and a tireless goalie, San Jose has replied to the doubters who saw the preseason Stanley Cup favorites’ first 60 games as a disappointment - particularly the five before their winning run.
‘‘We had that five-game losing streak, and when you’re in a playoff race and you get scared of actually missing the playoffs, it gets your attention,’’ said Roenick, recalling a miserable trip from New Jersey to Philadelphia right before the streak began.
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