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From John Shipley at the Pioneer Press,
The Wild take a three-game winning streak into Wednesday night’s game against divisional rival Calgary at the Xcel Energy Center, and you can bet Harding will be in the nets. He was the winning goalie in all of those victories, with a 1.54 goals-against average and .959 save percentage.
On the flip side, Backstrom was 2-2 in his previous five starts, with a 3.40 GAA and .868 save percentage. Harding relieved him Thursday in Detroit, after Backstrom gave up leads of 3-1 and 4-2 in what was a 6-5 shootout victory for Minnesota.
After Harding backstopped a 4-1 victory over Phoenix on Sunday, coach Jacques Lemaire was asked who his No. 1 goalie is.
“The one that stops the puck is ahead of the other one,” he said. “The one that stops more pucks is the best one. So you’ve got to figure that one out.”
from the Buffalo News,
Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier admitted today that he’s disappointed with defenseman Brian Campbell’s decision to suspend negotiations on a new contract with the team….
“[A trade is] not the intention and that’s not the focal point,” Regier said. “The focal point is to try to sign him. You never say never about anything but the the thing we’d like to do and hope to do is to sign him.”
from the CP,
Cliff Fletcher was busy returning phone calls Tuesday.
Friends, family and media filled up his voice mail after a report Monday night said the Toronto Maple Leafs had contacted him about taking over the team as an interim GM for the remainder of the season.
“I have no comment whatsoever on it,” Fletcher told The Canadian Press from his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. “They have a management team in place. It would be inappropriate for me to say anything.
“Although I can tell you that (wife) Linda and I tomorrow morning are on our way to Mexico for a week. We’re on the plane to Cancun for sure.”
from the Ottawa Sun,
Ilya Zubov is being set up for success in his NHL debut.
The 20-year-old Senators prospect will start tonight’s game against the Washington Capitals as Dany Heatley’s stand-in; the left winger on the big line with Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson.
ESPN style, the plays of the week.
ESPN is also conducting a Sports Franchise Ratin Survey if you are interested…
I thought I would do something different today with my blog at NHL.com today. I linked to hockey stuff across the web. Geez, maybe I should do more of that!
from Capitals Insider,
Veteran center Michael Nylander is scheduled to have surgery on his torn left rotator cuff and will miss three to six months, I’m told.
NEW YORK (Jan. 15, 2008)— Rookie scoring leader Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and first-year defenseman Tobias Enstrom of the All-Star host Atlanta Thrashers headline the 16 ‘NHL YoungStars’ invited to the 2008 NHL All-Star Weekend, the National Hockey League announced today.
from John Buccigross at ESPN,
Shannon is the NHL’s television repair man. His official title is senior vice president of broadcasting. His job, among other things, is to deal with all of the NHL’s broadcast partners and maximize how the product is presented by local and national outlets.
Q: How happy are you in the way NHL games are being broadcasted by the 30 local networks?
A: I think we are better than we were two years ago. I think camera position and awareness of camera positions is an important thing. I think we are making inroads there and helping them with their commentators to make them more complete broadcasters.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Tattoos cover roughly half of Jose Theodore’s upper body. They are elaborately stenciled works, some in dedication to his wife and daughter. Some seem to just signify rock ‘n’ roll cool associated with his hobby of strumming a guitar away from the hockey rink.
Winning has a funny way of making players seem cool again. Theodore’s locker stall has been bereft of reporters much of the past couple of seasons with the Avalanche, but has become a crowded place again. There is much more notice, therefore, of the intricacies of those tattoos — along with anything else on his body, or mind.
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