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via the Detroit Free Press,
Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom missed practice today because of a sore knee, and said he doesn’t think he’ll be able to play tomorrow when the Wings host the Oilers.
Mike Babcock said Mark Hartigan would be called up from Grand Rapids. Babcock didn’t know what line combinations he would use, but Mikael Samuelsson skated with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg today.
from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,
And with each passing day it becomes more evident GM Jay Feaster is going to have to trade one of the Big Three…
All three are decorated. St-Louis led the NHL in scoring and was named most valuable player in 2004; Richards won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP the same season and, a few months later, Lecavalier was the MVP of the World Cup. He won the Rocket Richard Trophy for leading the NHL in goals last season.
Making the prospect of a deal more complicated is the fact that of the three, only Lecavalier does not have a no-trade clause in his contract. For Feaster to trade Richards or St-Louis, he would need their permission.
Richards might be inclined to move to a team where he can play on the top line, but it’s hard to imagine St-Louis wanting to leave Lecavalier’s side – unless, of course, his new team was interested in signing him to a contract extension.
National Hockey League games are among the first programming to be offered through Apple’s iTunes video download service to launch Wednesday, Apple Canada has announced.
Apple began offering videos for download in the U.S. in September 2006, but the service has not been available in Canada until this week.
The top NHL games for the 2007-2008 season, a selection of Stanley Cup classics and a five-game bundle of great Stanley Cup final games is to be made available, Apple said in a statement.
from BenWright of Blueland Blog,
I’m not one to ask you to do something I wouldn’t do myself, so here’s what I’ll do. If you guys can get Kovy voted into the starting lineup of the NHL All-Star Game I’ll let someone shave my head at a game or practice (logistics to be determined later). Seriously. I’ll bring the clippers and pick a fan or reader (or maybe even a player if I can pull some strings) and let them buzz off all of the hair on my scalp. Do we have a deal?
from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,
And as much fun as it may be to speculate about trades that would bring Vincent Lecavalier to Montreal, the simple truth is that Lecavalier doesn’t want to play here. Pity, because he is a fair modern imitation of Jean Béliveau. The goal he scored on a knuckler last night was his 20th of the season to go with 26 assists.
Forget that fellow Sidney What’s-his-name: If we’re choosing sides for a little shinny, Vinny is our first pick. Any game that includes Lecavalier, Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis should have more sizzle than last night’s rather humdrum affair.
more on the Canadiens…
from the Ottawa Citizen,
When Ray Emery unveiled his new helmet yesterday, the Ottawa Senators organization held its collective breath.
Memories are still fresh of the firestorm Emery ignited two seasons ago, when he briefly donned a helmet carrying images of convicted rapist Mike Tyson.
So a great sense of relief washed over everyone when Emery’s new helmet was revealed to be carrying two images of The Greatest, Muhammad Ali, who was everything to boxing (and humanity) that Tyson wasn’t.
continued... with picture.
from The Good, The Bad and The Duthie,
Usually by now, the NHL trade total is well into double-digits (we were already at 11 last year, and even that was low). But now that we are into the 3rd year of the cap, and parity has settled in, The Art of the Deal is dying. It’s tough to make trades work financially, and the panic moves we used to see from teams who start slowly have disappeared. Everyone is still in the hunt, so everyone is willing to wait.
For guys like me, who depend on trade-talk to liven up panel discussions, this is not good news. If you see me doing a 8-minute retrospective on the “Sutherby Blockbuster” on Trade Deadline Day, you have permission to shoot me.
from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Crosby is a terrific player. He is also capable of some hit-and-run behavior of his own. He tripped up Flyers goaltender Martin Biron from behind in the third period, then hid behind teammate Georges Laraque, who took a dive into Biron’s legs a few minutes later.
When things really got out of hand, Crosby was on the bench.
There’s no way to defend all the fighting and foolishness to a non-hockey fan. The NHL has worked hard to steer the game away from the professional wrestling atmosphere and emphasize the skill and the speed that really make the sport fun to watch.
But a night like this has a certain, hard-to-justify appeal to those of us who grew up watching Bobby Clarke and Dave Schultz and Bob Kelly throw their bodies around and their gloves on the ice.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
The trick, then, is to change the philosophy, and that’s not as complicated as it sounds.
Instead of another reinterpretation of the rulebook, it is now incumbent on the NHL’s stewards to look beyond their narrow self-interests and embrace a new model for the game.
Owners have to hire GMs who favour an attacking style of hockey. GMs have to hire coaches who’ll play that game. Organizations then have to commit to this new brand.
from the Toronto Star,
“I always thought Nik Antropov was a great hockey player from the first year I saw him,” Sundin said, referring to the fact Antropov has gained votes, among the media at least, as the Leafs’ best player so far.
“I saw that he was big and strong, that he had a reach and a great shot. I thought he had all the tools to be a great player.”
Antropov is now within four goals of eclipsing his previous career high of 18. He is also on pace for 40 goals, 42 assists and 82 points – all of which would smash his previous bests.
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