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from the CP via TSN,
The instigator penalty was a major focus on the first day of NHL GM meetings.
The league’s 30 GMs broke into smaller groups to discuss different issues Monday but the instigator penalty generated the most buzz, in large part because of the abuse superstar centre Sidney Crosby has taken this season.
from the Philadelphia Flyers,
Flyers right wing Mike Knuble will likely be out for four weeks due to broken bones in his face suffered on Saturday during a game at Madison Square Garden. Knuble collided with the Rangers’ Brendan Shanahan and left the game in the third period.
(from the Flyers trainer) “We anticipate Mike to be back in four weeks after surgery. He’s going to have to wear a full face shield, but he’ll be able to come back and play, for sure.
“He’s going to have some time off right after surgery to let things calm down, then he’s up in the weight room with myself to do conditioning and we’ll get him out on the ice in probably two weeks after that and skating and playing in about four weeks.”
NEW YORK (Feb. 19, 2007)—Detroit Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg, Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne and Colorado Avalanche center Joe Sakic have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Feb. 18.
FIRST STAR—HENRIK ZETTERBERG, LW, DETROIT RED WINGS
Zetterberg tied for the League lead with eight points (four goals, four assists) in three games as the Red Wings (38-16-6, 82 points) moved into first place in the Central Division and Western Conference. Zetterberg had a hand in all eight Red Wings goals, starting with an assist in a 6-1 loss to Philadelphia, Feb. 12. In Dallas, on Feb. 14, he scored the game-winning goal and added two assists in a 3-1 victory over the Stars. He tallied three goals, including the game-winner, and one assist in a 4-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes, Feb. 17. Zetterberg leads the Red Wings in scoring with 64 points (30 goals, 34 assists) in 60 games and ranks second on the club and tied for fifth in the NHL with a plus-minus rating of +25.
Sabre forward Ales Kotalik will miss about four to six weeks with what is being termed as a knee injury. Head Coach Lindy Ruff made the announcement after practice this afternoon. Kotalik will not undergo surgery for the injury at this time.
via Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),
The NHL has gotten involved in a federal investigation into whether the NHL Players’ Association violated a U.S. labor law by refusing to let players in on all of the details of agreements between the league and the union in the labor deal that ended the lockout.
The NHL has asked that the agreements, known as “side letters” because they add to or elaborate on details from the basic collective-bargaining agreement, be kept secret from players. In an e-mail to SportsBusiness Journal, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly wrote, “Our interest in this matter is based exclusively on our desire to protect our agreement with the [players association] to maintain the confidentiality of certain letter agreements entered into as between the parties.”
There are 30 side letters to the NHL labor deal, 21 of which are in the published version of the deal. Ted Saskin, executive director of the union, said in an e-mail that he agreed with the league to keep the other nine letters confidential because they contain “sensitive economic data.”
The story goes into much detail, but to summarize, let’s just say this is going to come to a head, and not soon enough in my opinion.
Reminder, we have an early game today.
President’s Day Holiday in the US so Islanders host the Pens in a matinee game.
from the University Chronicle (St. Cloud State Univ.),
Which reminds me, what other popular sport in America has such an even level of competition? There is no way you can slack during a game if you are an NHL player. You can be out of shape if you play baseball; that’s what first base is for. Offensive linemen in the NFL are powerful, but they’re essentially 320 pound space hogs.
Big louts like Shaq can succeed without being in awesome shape in the NBA. But you can’t be out of shape in the NHL. Defensemen are large, sure, but they’re, agile, fast and powerful. Many players have the same level of athleticism.
Today, the NHL is like the really nice guy who can’t get a girlfriend because he isn’t like every other guy. All he wants is a chance. But we don’t see the NHL for what it is; we see it for what it isn’t.
Please, give the guy a chance.
from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
The Wings want to believe the price for Tkachuk or Guerin will be less than that for Forsberg because the Nashville deal was more than just a hockey deal, but at least partially a move made by the Preds for business reasons.
Phoenix is getting calls on Owen Nolan, who is looking as though he could help somebody if he’s in the mood. The ‘Yotes haven’t yet heard a pitch from anybody on Curtis Joseph - Montreal? - and aren’t expecting any on Jeremy Roenick. Trying to get a contract done with Yanic Perreault is proving tricky - he’s looking to do better financially after a second strong season - and he could move. GM Mike Barnett, contrary to the rumour mill, hasn’t yet had any calls on Kevyn Adams.
from the Buffalo News,
Regier has been forced to at least reconsider his stance on Biron with three days of NHL general manager meetings opening today in Naples, Fla.
The only position the Sabres have depth is goaltender, and their backup is making $2.128 million, a figure that would provide salary cap flexibility if they want to trade for new players.
“We were leaning toward keeping Marty, but things have changed,” Regier said. “What it means is, given the injuries and where we are now, you’re always revisiting things as the season progresses.
“I don’t think that anything has changed substantially, but it is something we will revisit and talk about and get more insight as to what the marketplace looks like at the GM meetings.”
A review of weekend sports from the St. Petersburg Times,
Best broadcast team
What a brilliant idea for NBC to put a third broadcaster in the little area between the two benches for its hockey broadcasts, and it makes you wonder why no one else does this. Pierre McGuire not only gets an ice-level view but can eavesdrop on the benches and do quick interviews. Better still, he doesn’t perform the usual sideline reporter duties - speaking only when it’s thrown to him. He’s a part of the broadcast team, speaking up when he can.
What makes NBC’s lead team of McGuire, analyst Ed Olczyk and announcer Mike Emrick so good is Emrick might be the best play-by-play guy in hockey, and McGuire and Olczyk aren’t interested in playing nice if they disagree with one another. They give you the feel that you’re watching the game in your living room with a couple of buddies.
NBC hockey analyst Pierre McGuire, talking about a heavy check in the Penguins-Capitals game: “He threw him down faster than a free beer at a frat party.”
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