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The Ottawa Senators should get some much needed help up front on Thursday, as winger Dany Heatley is expected to return to the lineup against the Florida Panthers after spending four weeks on the injured list with a separated shoulder.
“I feel pretty good,” Heatley said after skating Wednesday. “We’ll see how it is when I wake up tomorrow. It’s been feeling really good all along, so we’ll see tomorrow.”
Coach John Paddock was optimistic that Heatley would be ready for Thursday.
“I’d say he’s probable,” Paddock said. “I don’t think he’s going to be at 100 percent until tomorrow, but he’s feeling comfortable, so probable to likely is the impression he gave me.”
via the Calgary Flames,
Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of Dion Phaneuf to a six-year contract extension. As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“It remains very important for us to lock up our key young players,” said Sutter. “Our goal with Dion was to provide an arrangement that will allow him to take his game to the next level.”
“I’m excited about the prospect of playing another six years in Calgary,” said Phaneuf. “In fact, I never thought I would be playing anywhere else. I am proud to be a member of this organization and will continue to concentrate on the job at hand - making and advancing in the playoffs this year and for years to come.”
added 2:44pm, Sources tell TSN that the deal is worth $6.5 million a season.
From The Rangers Report,
If I hadn’t seen Sean Avery and Marek Malik throwing punches at one another during practice today, I wouldn’t have believed it.
But what had been a mere one-on-one battle during drills today quickly escalated into shoves and then an all-out fight between the 6-foot-6 Malik and the 5-10 Avery, lasting maybe 30 seconds before it eventually ended. For those scoring at home, we’ll call it Malik by TKO.
Words were exchanged after that. At one point, Avery could be heard saying, “What are you,a tough guy? Why don’t you play like that in a game?”
*hat-tip to HockeyFights.com for the link
Formerly a pro hockey player overseas, Kerry “Gouche” Goulet writes a short series on his tour of Moscow:
You would think Day two could not exceed day one, but it just got better! Yes it did. After enjoying a typical Russian breakfast we were whisked off to the Kremlin by limousines, where the Professor (Igor Larionov) had organized a personal tour of the Kremlin and the Russian Palace (a separate story to follow). Outstanding! It’s a tour only for dignitaries and Capazoo and the Gouche were there.
Now, the real big deal. Hockey equipment packed up and placed on the bus. The final destination, Red Square. You got it, the Red Square; Cold War, espionage, tanks, missiles etc. But we were only armed with Canadian and American hockey players, hockey equipment and hockey sticks battling only Russian hockey players and of course the cold on an outdoor rink!
The NHL Network across the U.S. and Canada will be simulcasting the press conference covered by FSN Arizona at 3:00pm ET today.
A great interview this morning with Darren McCarty, now playing with the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Our thanks to Hockey This Morning on NHL Home Ice XM 204 for the providing the audio for KK readers.
from the Columbus Blue Jackets,
The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed left wing Jason Chimera to a four-year contract extension through the 2011-12 season, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Chimera, 28, is the Blue Jackets’ fifth-leading scorer with 23 points on nine goals and 14 assists to go along with 49 penalty minutes in 55 games. He also currently owns the longest games played streak in franchise history as last night’s game vs. the Washington Capitals was his 217th consecutive game dating back to Oct. 9, 2005
from John Buccigross of ESPN,
Hey, NFL fans, what’s up? Great Super Bowl, huh? Tough for Patriots fans and players. That is a loss that will hurt forever. There are high school games that still hurt when I think about them. I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw the same two teams in the Super Bowl next season, but that’s a topic for John Clayton.
Now that football season is over, we hope you turn some of your focus to the NHL.
We’ve been operating for four months now and have five more to go until we award the greatest trophy in team sports. We hockey fans chuckle at how other sports try to prop their trophies up as a holy grail like the NFL has attempted to do, but it just doesn’t stack up to the Stanley Cup.
from the Chicago Tribune,
Tallon added he’s still working the phones to improve the club before the trade deadline.
“Until Feb. 26 we’re going to put our nose to the grindstone every day to improve,” he said. “If it makes us better, we’ll do it. If it doesn’t, then we’ll move on and let our kids develop.”
Tallon said trade talks “are starting to pick up. There’s a lot more conversation.” But he acknowledged it’s difficult to make trades in the NHL and that teams are asking for some of the Hawks’ top prospects.
“With the [salary] cap, terms, lengths of contracts and all that stuff it is difficult,” he said. “We have to find a way around it….
more on Chicago…
from the News & Observer,
Unfortunately, during the third line’s first shift, LaRose lost his footing and crashed into the boards, breaking his left leg.
While LaRose has just 17 points this season, he’s on the penalty kill unit and he’s a guy the Canes depend on.
“It’s a big deal,” Laviolette said. “He’s got a broken leg, and he’s going to be out for a while. He’s an energy guy and a heart and soul guy on this team. And he’ll be missed.”
more on the Canes loss to the Predators…
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