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TORONTO (Jan. 9, 2008) - The remainder of the Western Conference All-Star Team will be announced on Thursday, January 10 and the Eastern Conference All-Stars on Friday, January 11—at 12 noon ET on both days.
The 56th NHL All-Star Game will be played on Sunday, Jan. 27 at Philips Arena in Atlanta (6 p.m., ET, VERSUS, CBC, RDS, NHL Radio).
from the AP via the Florida Times-Union,
A loss Tuesday at home against Pittsburgh was the Panthers’ fifth in sixth games. They’ve lost four in a row at home. They look - and sound - like a team headed in the wrong direction.
“I don’t think there’s any spark around here right now,” said captain Olli Jokinen, the Panthers’ all-time scoring leader. “I’m running out of answers. Maybe you should go ask somebody you haven’t asked yet, because I don’t know what to say, seriously. It’s embarrassing.”
from Ryan Dixon of the Hockey News,
The combination of league parity and the NHL’s current playoff seeding system could lead to a nightmare scenario for the league – and one really angry team.
Through Jan. 8, the Carolina Hurricanes held down third spot in the East by virtue of leading the Southeast Division with 48 points. The New York Rangers, having played two less games than the Canes, occupied the ninth position (which comes with no playoff privileges) with 45 points. Not exactly an insurmountable deficit.
I understand the NHL wants to reward division winners with a high seed, but how could the league stand by and do nothing if a team that didn’t make the playoffs had more points than a squad that did?
Wild day at the rink, even beyond the wardrobe racks full of `Dancing With The Stars’ attire for tonight’s show. (Seriously, those fit on people?)
—C Kris Beech is on waivers. The Blue Jackets will find out tomorrow if he’s cleared and on his way to Syracuse. Stay tuned.
more on Columbus…
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The price on Keith Tkachuk was a first, a second and a third round pick. On Ryan Smyth, it was two prospects - Robert Nilsson and Ryan O’Marra - and a first rounder. Heck, an injured Todd Bertuzzi got Florida a good prospect in Shawn Matthias and a second round pick.
Sundin, if he were made available, would blow all of those right out of the water. If the Leafs didn’t get two or three credible players or prospects and the same number of significant draft choices, John Ferguson would be accused of not doing his job.
Which, funny enough, is what some people will say if the Leafs don’t try to make a Sundin trade happen before the deadline.
More fuel was thrown on the fire regarding Steve Downie’s sucker punch on Wednesday, with Philadelphia Flyers Senior Vice President Bob Clarke holding the gas can.
Clarke, who selected Downie 29th overall in the 2005 Entry Draft, told TSN’s Off The Record that he enjoyed watching the rookie forward go after Toronto Maple Leafs winger Jason Blake.
“When he went after Blake, I loved it,” Clarke told TSN.
note: GM Paul Holmgren was a bit less understanding the other day.
Update 4:30pm ET: From the Globe & Mail,
After the Leafs’ morning skate Wednesday morning, Blake said brushed aside Clarke’s comments and repeated what he said about Downie a day earlier. “I don’t care who it is, but in the over-all picture, there’s no place for [those hits],” he said. “You don’t want injuries that will keep you out for the whole season. I’m just thankful there was no structural damage.” Leafs head coach Paul Maurice put Clarke’s comments down to sticking up for one of his players. “That’s what it’s all about,” Maurice said. “Whether you’re a player or in the office, you take care of your own.”
From Mike Chen at Fox Sports,
There are a few teams we’ll know for certain to be buyers, though. Let’s look at the cap space situation for the league’s top eight teams. If you’re wondering where the East Coast love is, don’t blame me. Other than the Sens, no Eastern team has cracked 50 points.
1. Detroit: With a cap space of $5.4 million, the Wings have enough room to make probably one major move for a UFA (paying a portion of his salary for this year). However, between their big-name players, much of their cap is tied up for next year, so don’t anticipate the Wings getting someone who may have a year or two left on his contract. Besides, one glance at Detroit on the ice and the only thing they may actually need is a cup of coffee to make sure they keep running at this pace.
From Michael Russo at the Star-Tribune,
“If somebody’s going to sign Butch to an offer sheet, I doubt it would be for 5 percent more than [his $2.6 million salary],” Lynn said. “In fact, that might be a favor for us. So let’s assume it would be a huge bonus to what he’s making this year. The field narrows pretty quickly, and then of those few, they’d have to be willing and able to do so.”
Of course, if Bouchard is in the Wild’s long-term plans, the team will eventually have to pony up anyway. After all, Bouchard can become an unrestricted free agent in July 2009. So why not pay now?
“If oil’s $100 a barrel, would you rush out now and buy as much as you can if you know there’s a good chance it won’t get worse?” Lynn said. “Or, would you wait and see if it goes down to $70 or $80 a barrel? You could always spend $100 a barrel three months from now.”
via Bruins Blog,
“Even though it was a 1-0 game, in my mind, it wasn’t really a 1-0 game,” Julien said. “Carolina was by far the better team tonight. Sometimes you have to get embarrassed to react. Tonight is hopefully one of those nights we got embarrassed enough to react.”
Julien sent a message today, a 30 minute bag skate. Not a puck to be seen on the ice.
From Mike Heika at The Dallas Morning News,
The face of the franchise has led the team since the Minnesota North Stars drafted him first overall in 1988. But with Ribeiro, 27, signed up at $5 million a year, the career of Modano, 37, appears in flux.
“To tell you the truth, I’m not really sure what my role on the team is,” Modano said Tuesday before the Stars left town for tonight’s game in Chicago. “I think it’s changing.”
The Stars have pondered Modano’s transition for a few seasons. He could follow the pattern of Joe Niuewendyk and spend the last two years of his contract as the No. 2 center – complete with a gold watch and Conn Smythe Trophy.
But there’s a problem with that scenario.
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