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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
About a month ago, Bruins center Patrice Bergeron took his first steps toward getting back on the ice, reporting to Wilmington for light stretching and a few minutes on the exercise bike.
His progress slow, Bergeron, at the suggestion of general manager Peter Chiarelli, recently headed off on an island vacation. Time for some warm weather and sandy beaches, which also could mean the sun officially is about to set on his 2007-08 season.
“I don’t think he will be back this season,” Chiarelli said Thursday, emphasizing a position he took in the days soon after Bergeron was drilled into the Garden’s rear boards Oct. 27 by Flyers defenseman Randy Jones.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Melnyk is more than happy to have locked up Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza and Mike Fisher for the foreseeable future, but without having to hand out the excessively long contracts that Mike Richards (12 years, $69 million) inked with the Flyers or Alex Ovechkin (13 years, $124 million) signed with the Capitals.
“We are very different team than any of the other teams that are making these kinds of deals,” said Melnyk. “There’s a culture that has been really growing that we’re tougher, grittier and that it truly is a team game. That not only applies on the ice, but it also applies off the ice to demands in salary as well.
“If you are strictly out there for the money, people will pay you that. It’s not a bad if they’re going to overpay single players, they’ve got very smart agents and they get to play two months less a year and get paid a lot of money.
“Those teams are not building a core group.
from the Mercury News,
Sharks Coach Ron Wilson waited about 20 minutes into Friday’s practice to deliver his message.
He gathered players around him on the ice, then began talking in a forceful, but measured tone about their inability to beat the Western Conference’s top teams. He cited the little things that cost them in the previous night’s loss to Dallas. Then he shifted the focus to tonight.
Repeat that kind of performance, he said, and the Detroit Red Wings leave with the two points. The players heard him loud and clear.
“We’ve done well against all the teams that we should beat and the top teams have kind of taken it to us,” rookie center Torrey Mitchell said. “We’ve got to find a way to do better against those guys.”
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from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,
Just five weeks remain in the NHL trading window and the chatter is about to head into overdrive—if it has not done so already.
Among the rumours floating around the league:
- The Montreal Canadiens continue to have more than a passing interest in Calgary Flames winger Alex Tanguay….
- Los Angeles Kings defenceman Rob Blake has picked up his game considerably and might be on the move before the Feb. 26 deadline. And despite his club’s strong record, San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson would love to get his hands on a defenceman.
- The Pittsburgh Penguins might be willing to move centre Erik Christensen for help on the blue line. The Columbus Blue Jackets covet Christensen and would part with defenceman Duvie Westcott. New York Rangers assistant GM Jim Schoenfeld has been watching Columbus closely, but it’s thought the Jackets are not ready to deal defenceman Adam Foote.
more and anyone who want Westcott can have him since he was placed on waivers yesterday…
from the Edmonton Journal,
There is no proof to back up NHL star Chris Pronger’s claim that someone in Edmonton burned his furniture, including his child’s crib, after he was traded from the Oilers in July 2006, says a spokesman for the hockey team.
“I think it’s horrible. . . . He offers no proof,” said Allan Watt, the Edmonton Oilers’ vice-president of communications.
The team’s security people, who are trained police officers, checked out the allegation, Watt said Friday.
via the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby suffered a high ankle sprain during the first period of tonight’s game vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning and will not return. Crosby will be re-evaluated tomorrow by team doctors
Sorry for the delay, I thought Friday evening would be a good time to defrag…
added 8:51pm, via TSN,
Crosby and Ranger became tangled near the right circle in the Lightning end, with Crosby swiping at the puck as he fell on his behind.
He hit the boards with his right leg and his left leg raised and immediately held his right leg in pain. Crosby had to be helped to the runway by a team trainer.
added 9:46pm, TSN has updated their story, mentioning Penguins analyst Bob Errey stated Crosby out four weeks.
added 8:57am on 1/19/08, Watch the video…
As of noon today, Blue Jackets defenseman Duvie Westcott is on waivers. All 29 other NHL clubs can claim Westcott—starting from last place Los Angeles all the way to Detroit—for no compensation.
I don’t see Westcott getting claimed. He’s making $1.1M this year and $1.85M the next two seasons. That’s a lot of money for a player who has a reputation for getting injured.
This is a tough move. Westcott was a really solid player for the Blue Jackets during seasons when there weren’t too many solid players on the club. He’s a class act, too.
more on the Blue Jackets…
from philadelphia will do,
The 76ers are so hard up for publicity this year—the Phillies are currently on the front of Philly.com—they’ve resorted to latching on to the Flyers, who at least have a winning record. And what’s the newest publicity scheme?
Why, 76ers center Samuel Dalembert will attend his first NHL game!...
Dalembert was born in Haiti, but he grew up in Montreal and recently became a Canadian citizen. How “Have you ever attended an NHL game?” is not the first question on the Canadian citizenship test I will never understand.
USA Pond Hockey’s tournament is just getting underway. Running from January 18th to 20th, there are 225 teams composed of 1,400 men and women playing 4-on-4 hockey—“the way nature intended.”
Developed by a group of passionate pond hockey enthusiasts from Minnesota with a sincere appreciation and respect for the purity of the game, the USPHC seeks to draw attention to the traditions of outdoor hockey while giving back to the community. A percentage of proceeds will benefit the Herb Brooks Foundation, DinoMights Inner City Youth Hockey League and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.
“It’s hockey as nature intended: on the pond, outside in the elements and during the absolute coldest time of year,” said Fred Haberman, co-founder of the tournament and president of Haberman & Associates public relations. “The U.S. Pond Hockey Championships provides the community a weekend to pay tribute to an important tradition, while bringing national attention to the purity that still exists in sport.”
*Photos, highlights, history and more info about the tournament can be read here. Video below.
From Mark Herrmann at On the Islanders Beat,
The next Yao? You never know, Charles Wang said today during the English language portion of his international news conference for Project Hope. One of those kids from China wearing a jersey with an Islanders logo could grow up to be the Yao Mingh of hockey.
That isn’t the intent of the initiative, organized by Wang four years ago to promote hockey in China. The real reason is just to do something for the part of the world in which he was born and to generally spread good will. But if one of the thousands of kids who are playing hockey now in Islanders-sponsored rinks makes it big, so be it. Wang would be gratified if some day one of the children from China who played on Coliseum ice this morning becomes president of China and says he recalls his first trip to the U.S. with warm feelings.
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