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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…
from the Press Box,
Some things that have changed over the last generation would undoubtedly benefit the return of hockey to town. There has been NHL hockey in Washington 35 years and although many Baltimoreans wouldn’t chance a look-see to check it out at the old Capital Centre, it has created thousands of fans in the region.
Both high schools and colleges hereabouts maintain programs that are getting better and access to ice is improving all the time. I really wasn’t aware of this until several seasons ago, when a couple of schoolboy teams were playing for a championship after a dull Caps game.
Bill McCreary is one of the better refs in the NHL and things like this do happen at times, but not very often.
from the Boston Herald,
Many players have waited years for the symptoms to go away. But now there is a more aggressive alternative that actually treats post-concussion syndrome, and is or will be employed by injured Bruins [team stats] Andrew Alberts and Patrice Bergeron.
It’s a program designed by researchers at the University of Buffalo, who helped Sabres center Tim Connolly recover from his second major concussion during the 2006 playoffs. The program entails controlled exercise at a level of stress that does not trigger the symptoms. Its effect is to correct imbalances in brain mechanism brought on by the initial blow, which cause the illness and headaches.
from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,
A season can change in a blink of an eye, or in this case, a crash into a goaltender.
A speeding bullet called Quintin Laing rammed defenseman Jan Hejda into Blue Jackets goalie Pascal Leclaire, whose neck hit the goal post the way a runaway car hits a tree. Depending upon how long Leclaire is out, that could have been the most important play of the season.
continued...Plus with Fedorov and Modin still out, the playoff run for Columbus is in serious trouble…
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The Montreal Canadiens do not have permission to talk to the agent of Atlanta winger Marian Hossa about a new long-term contract.
So says Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell, amid reports yesterday that Habs’ GM Bob Gainey had been given permission to explore options with Hossa, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, in advance of a possible trade with the Thrashers.
“There’s no truth to it,” Waddell told TSN. “None at all.”
You will notice KK did not bring this up at all yesterday. Made up talk like this will never become a part of KK, hockey fans deserve better and most readers of KK can sniff-out garbage like this in a minute.
I missed this story from February 1st…
from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
They learned all about death here in Swift Current 21 years ago when the bus carrying the local heroes, the Broncos of the Western Hockey League, caught black ice and whipping wind in the wrong combination coming out of that very first curve, flew off the Trans-Canada and crashed, leaving four young hockey players lifeless.
And they learned it again 21 days ago when, four provinces and two time zones away, a van carrying the Phantoms, a high-school basketball team from Bathurst, N.B., slid in bad weather into a transport trailer, killing seven players and the coach’s wife.
“It hit home, that’s for sure,” says Joe Sakic, the Broncos star who survived that long-ago crash and went on to a spectacular career with the Quebec Nordiques and the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League.
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