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from John Buccigross of ESPN,
To me, Staal is now at the top of the Rookie of the Year class. He has produced offense despite playing minimal minutes, averaging six fewer minutes per game than the Kings’ Anze Kopitar and five fewer than Malkin. Malkin and Kopitar have had ample power-play time compared to Staal, boosting their overall points totals. However, Staal’s meaningful minutes, defensive acumen, offensive production and shot-blocking grit make him the rookie with the largest impact.
much more from John, a huge mailbag…
from the newest blog of Stan Fischler,
Not that I’m into bragging or anything like that, but, remember, it was The Maven who reassured all you Rangers fans that the Blueshirts still had a heartbeat.
And let’s not forget that these reassurances were issues while virtually every other media type – especially the print guys – were jumping OFF the New York bandwagon faster than a Jagr wrist shot….
As I told you before the other blokes got around to it, the Sean Avery acquisition is the STEAL of steals and would be the catalyst for a revival.
NEW YORK—Detroit Red Wing left wing Henrik Zetterberg, Chicago Blackhawks right wing Martin Havlat and Dallas Stars goaltender Mike Smith have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Feb. 11.
Each Monday, the NHL will recognize three players who delivered the League’s top performances over the past week.
from the Capitals Insider,
Goaltender Olie Kolzig went down with what appeared to be a groin injury during today’s practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. The extent of the injury was not immediately known. But I can safely say that it didn’t look good.
update 2:52pm, reports are he will miss at least three weeks with a knee injury.
from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
So much for the concern that there would be next to little action before the Feb. 27 NHL trade deadline.
So much for the concern the salary cap would be too much of an impediment to activity, and that there wouldn’t be enough obvious sellers because of the closeness of the conference races.
So much for the worry that moving the trade deadline back to late February would suffocate the market.
The National Hockey League has suspended goaltender Ray Emery for three games after his slash on Canadiens forward Maxim Lapierre on Saturday.
TORONTO (Feb. 12, 2007) – Ottawa Senators goaltender Ray Emery has been suspended for three games, without pay, as a result of a slashing incident during NHL game #835 against the Montreal Canadiens on February 10.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Emery will forfeit $14,839.56. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Emery was assessed a minor penalty for slashing Canadiens player Maxim Lapierre at 7:52 of the second period.
Emery will miss Senators’ games Feb. 14 against Florida, Feb. 17 against Atlanta and Feb. 20 against Edmonton. He will be eligible to return Feb. 22 at Buffalo.
via the Washington Capitals,
The Washington Capitals have re-signed left wing Donald Brashear to a one-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
With an eye towards building their franchise for the future, the Phoenix Coyotes got into the increasingly busy trade market Monday morning when they traded leading scorer Ladislav Nagy to Dallas for Mathias Tjarnqvist and the Stars’ first-round pick in this summer’s draft.
update 11:29, the link has been pulled, but trade is still on…
update 11:42am, link now up at NHL.com...
from E.J. Hradek at ESPN,
The NFL isn’t the only North American pro sports league that will play a regular-season game in London during the 2007-08 season. The buzz around the rinks is the NHL is preparing to do the same.
According to multiple sources, the Los Angeles Kings will open next season with a pair of games at The O2 in London. The O2 is a state-of-the-art arena scheduled to open with a series of Justin Timberlake concerts in early July. It is operated by Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), which also owns the Kings.
L.A. will open its London swing with an exhibition contest before the two regular-season games. The Ducks and Canucks are two teams believed to be in the running to accompany the Kings to Great Britain.
from the Tennessean,
Martin Erat won’t say how much he paid for his dog, Max, but suffice to say, it’s best to avoid getting into a bidding war with the Preds winger — especially when there is a puppy and a charity auction involved.
It was three years ago at the Predators’ annual fundraising gala that Erat and his girlfriend fell in love with the black lab up for auction. He’d wanted a dog a long time, and this one had him hooked.
more on the Preds and their dogs…
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