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from the Daily Herald,
Those fans expecting the Hawks to sign a top unrestricted free-agent center such as Scott Gomez, Daniel Briere or Chris Drury might be disappointed to learn that Handzus is the guy Savard and general manager Dale Tallon envision skating with Havlat come training camp.
The Hawks have offered Handzus a contract that the injured center is in no hurry to sign. Tallon said he has been promised an answer one way or another by Handzus and his agent by the end of April.
There has been speculation that Handzus wants a salary of $4 million a year, which is almost double what he made while missing most of this season with a torn ACL in his knee.
from the Detroit News,
Henrik Zetterberg expects to be ready for the playoffs—but he’s realistic.
With any back injury, it’s a bit of a guessing game.
“If it’s the same progress as it’s been the last week, I’ll be playing,” Zetterberg said. “But you never know with the back. A little tweak, or something, and you’re right back at the beginning.”
24 teams in action today- too bad we don’t have a game at 4:30pm EDT, it would have made a great 11 1/2 hours of non-stop hockey action.
from the Dallas Morning News,
Stephane Robidas’ recovery from a concussion he suffered last week has been slowed, and he did not skate Thursday or Friday.
“He feels all right, but he’s just tired,” Stars coach Dave Tippett said. “There’s no headache, but he’s just sleeping a lot, and that’s part of a by-product of the healing….”
“You don’t want to take any chances with your head, because I am going to get hit again,” Robidas said. “I may not get hit in the face in a fight, but the way I play, I will either hit someone or take a big hit. That’s just the way it is. And when I do that, I want to make sure I don’t have another relapse. They say the next concussion will come much easier, so you have to be careful. You have to make sure you are healthy.”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Dany Heatley would love to complete another 50-goal season.
But he’s not making any guarantees….
To repeat the nifty 50 feat, Heatley will have to go on a goal-a-game pace in the club’s final seven regular-season outings, starting tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the St. Petes Times-Forum.
“It’s going to be tough,” Heatley said yesterday. “I try not to think about it too much. I’ll just try to shoot as often as I can. Usually when I shoot a lot, I score some goals.”
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
First came March 16, just eight days ago, and an embarrassing 5-1 loss in Washington to a dreadful Capitals team that was riding a terrible losing streak.
Then came last night.
At one moment, the Leafs were ahead 4-1, with pucks bouncing off referees to assist on goals and the hometown Buffalo Sabres seemingly rattled by the manner in which they were being manhandled by their division rivals.
Crammed with delirious Leaf fans, the HSBC Center rocked with chants of “Miller, Miller” aimed at the Sabres’ all-star puckstopper, Ryan Miller.
Then, as if accompanied by a clap of thunder, it all changed.
read on... Truly a classic game last night. Leafs need to recover quickly for tonight’s rematch, points are at a premium this time of year.
from the Vancouver Courier,
Hockey is a game that defines the nation, or so they say.
Then why do Canadian hockey fans allow the American-based National Hockey League to define the sport domestically and globally?...
The New NHL was supposed to herald an era of breathtaking skill and finesse. Great goals and great saves? Good golly, we’ve got gargantuan goonery instead!...
It shocks American TV viewers and pleasures knuckledraggers on this side of the 49th parallel. Thanks to YouTube, this idiocy has found a new on-demand home on the Internet.
Non-hockey fans use this to justify why they don’t follow the sport. Promoters of this behaviour say too much is never enough and don’t care that it overshadows the emerging greatness of Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin.
NEW YORK (March 23, 2007)—
The National Hockey League Draft Drawing, a weighted lottery system to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2007 Entry Draft, will take place Tuesday, April 10, at 12 p.m., ET, at the NHL’s New York office.
The result of the Draft Drawing, and the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2007 Entry Draft, will be announced immediately after the drawing.
Clubs that did not qualify for this season’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, or clubs that acquired the first-round picks of those non-playoff clubs, will participate in the Draft Drawing.
The club selected in the Draft Drawing may not move up more than four positions in the draft order. Thus the only clubs with the opportunity to receive the first overall selection are the five clubs with the lowest regular-season point totals, or those that acquired an eligible club’s first-round draft picks. No club can move down more than one position as a result of the Draft Drawing.
from the CP via TSN,
The NHL should take a page from the UFC when it comes to fighting, says in-the-spotlight Flyers enforcer Todd Fedoruk.
Fedoruk, who spent the night in hospital earlier this week after being at the wrong end of a nasty knockout, says maybe NHL tough guys should wear padding on their hands under their gloves.
“You look at extreme fighting, they’ve got those four-ounce gloves on,” Fedoruk said.
Such padding would lessen the blows, he argued.
Another fighting story from the CP, again via TSN,
Burke, whose Ducks lead the NHL with 65 fighting majors this season, said there should be no debate.
“Fighting has been systematically reduced in the NHL,” said Burke, who had Fedoruk in Anaheim and phone him this week to make sure he was OK. “You are more likely now to not see a fight than you are to see one, through instigator penalties, suspensions and fines for fights in the last three minutes of a game. It’s been reduced to, in my mind, its proper place. It’s no longer utilized as a tactic.
“But the notion that we ever get rid of the players’ ability to regulate what happens, is silly to me.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
“It’s hard to jump into a team midway through the season,” said Forsberg, in an interview. “It’s never happened to me before because I’ve always been on a team that made the playoffs. I don’t think I’ve played as good as I want to, but it’s starting to get better. I’m starting to get used to my teammates and line-mates, so it should go uphill from here.”
The problem, from Nashville’s perspective, is that they haven’t had a chance to get their full team together since making the Forsberg trade. They currently have three top-nine forwards (Steve Sullivan, Martin Erat and Scott Hartnell) out of their line-up, with relatively serious injuries. Nashville’s strength is its balanced three-line attack. Forsberg is one point shy of 50 for the season; when he reaches that mark, he will be the eighth Predators’ forward to do so this season.
murch more on the Preds plus some NHL & PA talk…
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