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from Lynn Zinser of the New York Times,
The Rangers treasure that contract because Washington still pays half of Jagr’s $8.36 million salary based on the conditions of the 2004 trade that sent him to New York. And after 17 seasons in the N.H.L., Jagr will not make that kind of money in a new deal.
This has led to rumors that the Rangers will deal Jagr before the trading deadline Feb. 26, although that seems unlikely with a playoff run still in reach.
Jagr said he did not want to play anywhere else. He has relished his role in the Rangers’ return to respectability the past three seasons. He wants to be the player who leads a team to a Stanley Cup, he said, to play the role that Mario Lemieux did for Pittsburgh in 1991 and ’92. Jagr was part of those Penguins teams, winning Cups in his first two N.H.L. seasons.
Just breaking news from the Panthers/Sabres game, Richard Zednik just took a skate to the neck from Olli Jokinen.
Zednik was raced to the lockerroom… no update yet…
The arena is silent…
8:17pm, screencap added.
8:19pm, Sabres broadcast crew reporting Zednik is in stable condition and being transported to hospital.
8:23pm, After about a 15 minute delay, the game continues. They had to bring out the Zamboni to clean up the ice, there was a large amount of blood on the ice.
8:36pm, TSN link describing what happened…
8:46pm, Jaques Martin in his post game presser stated Zednik was conscious while being transported to the hospital. Florida trainer went to the hospital with him and Martin is just waiting for an update.
9:05pm, video added…
9:16pm, MSG reporting Zednik in surgery.
10:43pm, Numerous reports are Zednik is out of surgery and resting.
12:23am, Should the game have continued?
11:21am, An interview with Denis Potvin this morning, who called the game last night for FSN Florida.
via Sports Ticker,
Philadelphia Flyers left wing Simon Gagne missed the final two periods of Sunday’s 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins with a mild concussion.
“After further consultation, Simon Gagne’s injury will be listed as a mild concussion,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. “Simon will be re-evaluated [Monday] morning.”
from Sports Ticker via the National Post,
Malkin scored a goal and registered three assists Sunday, recording his fifth consecutive multi-point game to lead the Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Last season’s Calder Trophy winner, Malkin has led Pittsburgh to a 6-2-2 record since January 18, when Crosby was hurt in a 3-0 loss to Tampa Bay.
“We’ve all seen him in practice everyday,” Penguins linemate Ryan Malone said. “We know what type of player he is. He will make all of those amazing plays you see. He’s a top-notch player.”
Malkin has eight goals and 13 assists in his last 10 games, while the Penguins (31-19-5) have catapulted into first place in the Atlantic for the first time this season.
more on the Pens win today against the Flyers…
from Robin Short at the Hockey News,
Every now and again, seven years after that horrible September day, Rob Cimetta closes his eyes and sees the silhouettes of heroes. The grizzled faces of New York’s bravest, climbing into their rescue gear, about to walk through death’s doorway.
“We’re running out and they’re coming in,” recalled the former NHLer of a meeting cut short by the World Trade Center alarm bells on Sept. 11, 2001. “I remember seeing a jet engine in the middle of the street, like a 100 yards from the building and we finally figure out what happened.”
Spector breaks down the latest trade talk and rumors.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
His last words on the subject of a potential trade had Sundin remaining loyal to the end, not wanting out of Dodge. But he’s not talking about it anymore. Ditto for Fletcher. But two GMs, unwilling to speak for the record, in recent days said they believe Sundin has given his blessing to go - provided it is to the “right” team.
In this case, “right” is likely code for Detroit, a club that could win it without Sundin, and one that becomes a prohibitive favorite if he has the Winged Wheel on his chest
much more NHL talk…
from Pat Caputo of the Oakland Press,
There is a lot to hate about the Ducks. It starts with defenseman Chris Pronger, who has gotten the best of the Red Wings in their last two playoff departures—last season with the Ducks and during 2006 with the Edmonton Oilers.
This is a turn of events. The Red Wings controlled Pronger when he played for the St. Louis Blues. At 6-foot-6, Pronger is Brian Urlacher on skates. Yet, the Red Wings always took care of him, especially Steve Yzerman’s legendary answer to when Pronger tried to rip off his head with a check—The Captain low-bridged him out of self-defense and tore up Pronger’s knee….
he Red Wings are an Original Six team. The Ducks were founded to promote Disney.
The Red Wings are miles ahead of the Ducks in the current NHL standings, but we learned long ago what that means come playoff time—nothing.
more and some Foppa tossed in too…
from the News & Observer,
Create an award that goes to the league’s best defensive defenseman, the Rod Langway Trophy. (The naming rights for this one are up for debate—Stevens would be another prime candidate—but the need for it is not.)
Langway, who won the Norris in 1983 and 1984 despite putting up only 65 points combined in those two seasons, was so good defensively that his candidacy surmounted his paltry offensive numbers. His 32 points in 1983 were the fewest since Bobby Orr had 31 in a half-season in 1968 and Jacques Laperriere had 31 in 1966.
from the Buffalo News,
Kevin Quick merely needed to keep his head on straight and enjoy the ride, which wasn’t asking too much. He had been selected in the third round of the NHL draft. He had a scholarship to the University of Michigan. He was a freshman getting a regular shift on the second-ranked hockey team in the nation. Now?
The 19-year-old is home in Tonawanda, trying to put his career back together after getting kicked off the Michigan team for what coach Red Berenson called “a total violation of our team trust and rules.” Sources said the defenseman stole a credit card, used it as a personal piggy bank and spent thousands of dollars….
Tampa Bay selected Quick with the 78th pick overall in the 2006 draft. He signed a professional tryout contract with the Lightning’s AHL affiliate in Norfolk on Saturday. He’ll start his professional career at a fraction of what he could have pocketed in a couple years with far more experience and leverage.
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