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The race is on for the playoffs, and most games will be very intense.
Sit back and enjoy the action as the boys battle for the playoff spots.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
One well-placed punch could have shattered Emery’s orbital bone. It could have concussed him. It could have done all sorts of damage….
No, someone should have jumped on Peters. Didn’t have to be a fighter, either. There were none wearing Senators jerseys on the ice. Wouldn’t have even had to be in an honourable manner. Was Peters honourable? Or is seeking out a first-time NHL fighter who is wearing neither a mask nor helmet but plenty of restrictive goalie equipment .... and then not even taking off your own helmet ... is that borderline gutless?
from the Charlottetown Guardian,
Between now and Tuesday, the retired Canadian Forces soldier doesn’t plan on getting much sleep as he monitors each and every National Hockey League trade rumour.
Rumours pretty much consume his everyday life now. He operates the Spectorshockey.net website, a site that gets hundreds of thousands of hits every day around the world. A large portion of the site is devoted to trade rumours and his analysis of what is reported.
He gets up every morning around 7 o’clock, puts the coffee on and hunkers down in his Kensington Road basement for the better part of the day.
read on... Nice to see Lyle’s hometown paper recognizing one of their own.
There are prices we won’t pay,” Holland said before the Red Wings hosted the Edmonton Oilers at Joe Louis Arena.
“We’ll just sit on the sidelines and do nothing. I’m hearing that Monday or Tuesday as we get closer to the deadline and teams are sitting with players, prices will come down. If the prices don’t come down, we’re just going to sit on the sidelines and go into the playoffs with this team. It’s ridiculous right now.”
from the St. Petersburg Times,
Forward Andre Roy was suspended three games for misconduct after leaving the penalty box following the Lightning’s 6-2 loss to the Bruins on Friday, raising the ire of coach John Tortorella.
Roy violated Rule 41.4, Section 3 of the NHL rule book, which says a player who “physically demeans an official” will serve a three-game suspension. Roy had received a roughing penalty with 22 seconds left.
“I think if a little common sense comes into play and egos stay out of it, the ref would just leave it alone,” Tortorella said. “It’s the end of the game, and it’s a frustrating loss for athletes who play hard, so I guess egos get in the way, so they have to back a big deal about nothing.”
from Pat Hickey at the Montreal Gazette,
While it’s still too early to tell, I’m beginning to think I was right when I said Forsberg wasn’t the answer to anyone’s problem. He continues to feel uncomfortable with his surgically repaired right foot, and it has eroded his confidence.
Nashville paid a huge price for Forsberg, giving up two regulars, and first- and third-round draft picks, and so far the returns have been negligible. While Forsberg appears to be responsible for a sharp rise in attendance, he has been a bust on the ice. He has gone three games without a point. More importantly, the Predators have only one win in three games since Forsberg came aboard.
more on the NHL…
from the Swing State Project,
According to Nathan Gonzales of the Rothenberg Political Report, Connecticut Democrats are weighing the possibility of running former NHL superstar Mike Richter against the last Republican House member left standing in New England: the battle-hardened Chris Shays.
thanks toa KK reader for the tip…
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
The Blues exchanged contract numbers with defenseman Eric Brewer and goaltender Manny Legace on Friday and could have deals completed with the two players as soon as today.
The offer to Brewer, 27, is believed to be a multiyear contract worth between $4 million and $5 million a season.
“It’s getting close,” Blues President John Davidson said. “When you get close, though, it’s like when you’re buying a house ... you can get close and then something happens.”
Tkachuk and Guerin aren’t so lucky:
Davidson also said the Blues were not close on deals for Bill Guerin and Keith Tkachuk, who will be unrestricted free agents this summer. The NHL trade deadline is Tuesday.
“We had conversations again (Friday), and again there’s nothing there yet that’s finalized by any means,” Davidson said. “When I say finalized, I mean we may trade, we may not trade. That’s not been totally decided yet.”
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette:
Since his release from prison, having been disbarred, stripped of his Order of Canada and having withdrawn from the Hockey Hall of Fame before he was to be expelled, Eagleson, 73, has kept a mostly low profile.
Until today, when 98 lots of his hockey memorabilia go on the auction block with Montreal-based Classic Collectibles.
The month-long Internet sale at http://www.classicauctions.net will open wounds and again divide Eagleson’s loyal hockey friends, many of whom he made wealthy, and his seething enemies, who bitterly charge he gutted their retirement savings.
“I’m sure it will create ...” Eagleson said during a telephone interview this week, laughing as he left his thought incomplete.
from On The Islanders Beat Blog at Newsday,
Assuming the Isles don’t believe they’re close enough to a Cup to pay the high price required to land Guerin or Tkachuk, I expect they’ll leave the major moves until the summer and try to do something on a smaller scale to boost the offense now.
more on the Islanders…
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