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from the Detroit Free Press,
As an Eastern time zone team placed in the NHL’s Western Conference, the Wings fly a great deal. The past three days, for example, saw them head to Dallas and to Denver, and on Thursday, they’re scheduled to fly to Calgary, where they begin a three-game trip that also stops in Vancouver and Edmonton. That many airborne hours can’t be killed off solely by snoozing, so players find alternatives.
“Me and Malts talk,” Chris Osgood said of Kirk Maltby, his neighbor on the team’s Red Bird II airplane. “We’re intellectuals, so we have conversations. We talk about love.”
from the Vancouver Province,
The NHL has changed its tune with regard to Roberto Luongo’s pads, singling out the Canucks’ star netminder by asking him to chop off his controversial flaps even though other goalies in the league still wear them.
Just two months after Marty Turco and Mike Smith created the so-called “pad flap,” the NHL seems to have reversed its opinion. In response to Turco’s mock protest in December, Kay Whitmore, one of the NHL “goalie police,” said there was nothing wrong with Luongo’s knee flaps, two pieces of equipment that jet out from his leg pads.
Before the Feb. 5 game in Dallas, Luongo was asked by Whitmore to cut them off and he did.
Update 6:00pm ET: From Scott Morrison at CBC,
There has been a flap over the flaps on Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo’s pads. It was first reported that the NHL told him to remove the flaps. Actually, he was told to properly fasten them down, the way they were intended to be worn.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Lightning GM Jay Feaster is trying to move C Brad Richards, who has a no-trade clause. Feaster would like to keep potential UFA D Dan Boyle, but can’t unless he deals Richards, who is making $7.8 million US a season. Boyle could be headed to the Sharks, Rangers or Senators
Devils D Karel Rachunek is about to be dealt. He was a healthy scratch yesterday vs. the Hurricanes. The chatter is he could be sent to Chicago for C Robert Lang.
read on for more, but it is the same names, just a different day…
from Bill Lankhof of the Toronto Sun,
Vesa Toskala says he’s “comfortable” playing the rest of the season. Of course, when he was losing 7-1 to Washington and platooning with Andrew Raycroft he said he was “comfortable” too. He leaves the impression someone could put him on a bed of nails and, if there was a reporter around, he’d give him a bemused grin and insist that he was, indeed, “comfortable.”
So, we’ll bite: Just how does a team keep its comfort zone when it can win three like Toronto did in January and move all the way up to 13th. Or beat Detroit, Montreal and Ottawa, and not gain an inch?
from Rob Oller of the Columbus Dispatch,
With the NHL trade deadline a week away, the decision whether to buy or sell rests not only in the mind of Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson, but in the mail of season ticket-holders.
The 2008-09 ticket renewal packages arrived at homes and businesses the past few days. It will be interesting to see if they are immediately returned with a renewal check, are held for a few weeks to see whether the Jackets strengthen the roster through trades—either to add talent now in hopes of making the playoffs or to slash payroll so they can afford to bring in better players in the offseason—or are burned in protest.
from Slap Shot at the NY Times,
What’s the lead item on the agenda this year from the same men who brought you penalty-shot contests, the trapezoid, and the guaranteed point?
Why, the one-minute penalty!
Three guesses as to who cooked that one up — ah, but you’ve guessed already. Of course you’re right, it’s Brian Burke, GM of the Anaheim Ducks. His take on the proposed rule: “One-minute penalties in overtime just makes so much sense.” Vintage Burke.
Nick Lidstrom was hit by Ian Laperriere around the five minute mark in the first period. Versus is reporting a knee injury, no report from Detroit radio.
He was groggy when he left the ice and was escorted to the lockerroom.
This is a pretty hot topic in the KK chatroom right now.
added 9:07pm, According to Wings radio, slight knee injury to Lidstrom.
added 9:33pm, as updates come in, they’ll be added on this post at A2Y
From the CP via TSN,
One-minute penalties for overtime during the regular season?
That was one of the many issues discussed Monday as the NHL’s 30 GMs broke out into four different groups to tackle a number of subjects.
Anaheim Ducks GM Brian Burke is keen on the idea of one-minute penalties in overtime instead of two. The thinking is that 4-on-3 power plays in overtime take up 40 per cent of the entire five-minute period and more than often end the game.
“One-minute penalties in overtime just makes so much sense,” Burke said Monday after the first day of meetings.
continued… with a list of other subjects discussed today as well
From Mark Whicker at the OC Register,
[Ryan] Carter joins Dustin Penner, Andy McDonald, Chris Kunitz and Ryan Shannon among non-drafted college players that [assistant GM David] McNab spotted and signed.
“We were motivated because we were afraid he would explode the next season and be one of the very best players in college hockey,” McNab said.
“It’s something we used to have success with, before the salary cap came, because you could spend a million or a couple of million on a guy that you really liked. Not every team believed in that sort of investment. But now, with the cap being tighter, the salaries for those players have gone down and more teams are getting involved. So it’s harder now.”
more… primarily looking at the rise of Ryan Carter
from Scott Morrison of CBC,
Here is the latest trade scuttlebutt:
Marion Hossa: Thrashers general manager Don Waddell admits he has three options with Hossa, a pending unrestricted free agent.
1. Sign him. “The odds of that are getting slimmer,” said Waddell.
2. Trade him. “We’re not interested in draft picks, that can be part of the puzzle, but our future is now and we think we can win our division,” continued Waddell.
3. Keep him. “We could keep him and take a run at the playoffs, but the odds of dealing him before July 1 aren’t good,” said Waddell. “We could possibly sign him later if we had success, that might change things because with him it’s all about whether we are winning.”
Conclusion. Waddell will trade him and several teams are lining up. Montreal is interested and Christopher Higgins name has been mentioned. San Jose has inquired, but the asking price included Jonathan Cheechoo. Detroit is very hot on Hossa. Anaheim and Dallas are also in the hunt.
added 5:16pm, from the CP,
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