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Darren McCarty has signed with the IHL’s Flint Generals. The IHL consulted with the NHL before approving the deal.
The Generals play the Muskegon Fury tomorrow night. McCarty is expected to be in the lineup.
*More at Our Sports Central
added 9:02pm, from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
According to a league source, McCarty met recently with the Red Wings’ brass and a plan was outlined to see if he could fast track his way back to the big leagues.
It’s a no-risk proposition for the Wings, who recognize that if McCarty, an unrestricted free agent, still has what it takes to play in the league, he gives them a physical presence and would make Detroit a much unfriendlier opponent.
The scenario is very familiar to the winter of 1996, when the Wings rescued Joe Kocur from the beer leagues of Michigan and installed him on a very effective checking line with Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby during Detroit’s Stanley Cup wins of 1996-97 and 1997-98.
Of course, if you read Abel to Yzerman, you knew this about 4 days ago…
from Mike at Dump and Chase,
The line between rumors and lies is becoming blurred in rapid fashion. Not sure whether the bigger wingnut is the one making the stuff up or the ones who regularly visit to read it.
Make sure to check out Mike’s profile if you don’t know who he is.
from On the Rangers Beat,
The Rangers’ injury list mounted today as Sean Avery, whose right wrist was injured by a slash and swelled up after the Montreal game on Dec. 30, was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Saturday. “It’s been bothering him a lot,” said coach Tom Renney. Avery had surgery on the other wrist at the end of November.
So, Rangers fans who’ve been clamoring for youth will have their pleas answered tonight, with Nigel Dawes, Greg Moore and probably Pierre Parenteau—-summoned from Hartford to practice—-dressing to face the Lightning.
The Ottawa Senators’ Daniel Alfredsson gave a long interview to NHL Live on XM Radio today. With thanks to XM radio (which streams live from this link M-F from 12-2pm ET) here is the audio of that conversation.
From the CP,
ART ROSS: When Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby picked up his first Art Ross Trophy last season it was widely believed that it would be the first of many consecutive NHL scoring championships for the 20-year-old superstar. And that’s not to say he won’t end up winning it again this season, because he wasn’t that far away when the league hit its official halfway point over the weekend.
But kudos to Tampa Bay Lightning centre Vincent Lecavalier, who led the league in points for much of the first half. He’s en route to a career season and has sparked some healthy debate about whether he, not Crosby, is the top player in the game right now.
more… including storylines to watch for in the 2nd half of the season
From Jim Kelley at Sportsnet.ca,
Best Team - Detroit Red Wings: There is no second place; only a three-way* tie between Ottawa in the East and San Jose in the West.
The Red Wings are just a joy to watch and at the half have 67 points, and just eight losses. Heck, the Senators, a good team, earlier this season nearly lost that many in a row. Give the Sharks some credit here, almost from the moment certain media types wrote them off as frauds, they’ve started tearing it up and are starting to show that they have grit as well as some talent.
more “bests” and a couple “worsts”
*presumably, that’s meant to read “two-way tie”
From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News,
With the signing of Mike Ribeiro by the Dallas Stars, you can scratch another name off the list of impact forwards who will be available July 1. That list is growing smaller and less impressive by the day, which means the ones who will be available will get better deals because of the laws of supply and demand.
Here are the top forwards who will be available July 1, provided they don’t sign with their teams before then.
Kristian Huselius, Calgary: The hottest player in the NHL since early December, Huselius is incredibly talented with the puck. Jarome Iginla deserves some of the credit here, but Huselius has been outstanding on his own.
plus lots more to pick from…
From Ted Leonsis of the Washington Capitals,
No mention of our team can pass, it seems, without noting Alex Ovechkin’s contract status, and I can tell from postings in the blogosphere and message boards that this has a lot of fans worried. I respect Alex and George McPhee’s commitment to keep the negotiations out of the media and frankly have wondered who is making up some of the things I have read. As I have stated on numerous occasions, we couldn’t be more impressed with Alex as a player and a person and we expect him to be in D.C. for a long, long time.
I don’t have much to add, but want to say this: We love Alex Ovechkin.
lots more… on the Caps, from prospects to television revenues to logos
Update 4pm ET: Yesterday, Leonsis discussed this same issue on XM Radio. Interview mp3 can be downloaded here.
From the Toronto Star,
An Edmonton Oilers fan says a police officer drew blood when he hit her during hockey playoff celebrations on a popular city street in 2006.
Kristin Wilson is testifying at a hearing into what happened as hundreds of people celebrated on Whyte Avenue in Edmonton on June 17, 2006, after the Oilers won the sixth game of the Stanley Cup final.
Ah, memories of Whyte Ave. I’m surprised someone hasn’t written a book.
*photo property of this Flickr user, taken May, 2006
From the CP via TSN,
Veteran defenceman Patrice Brisebois is expected to return to the Montreal Canadiens lineup after missing 11 games with a shoulder injury.
Mark Streit will play forward against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night to make room for Brisebois on defence.
“I practised so hard the last two weeks in the gym and on the ice, so it’s fun to be back,” said Brisebois, who has one goal and six assists in 26 games this season. “I’ll just try to make the easy plays, take short shifts and try to be in the right position.”
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