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from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,
His contract expires at the end of this season and if he wants to continue playing next season, it’ll likely be in his Russian homeland.
Where did it all go wrong for Samsonov, the NHL’s rookie of the year in 1997-98? It’s hard to believe there was actually a time when people thought the Bruins lucked out at getting him eighth overall in 1997 at a time when first overall pick Thornton was stumbling out of the gate.
Samsonov outpointed Thornton 47 to seven that first season and 143 to 108 their first three seasons. It wasn’t until their sixth year in the league that Thornton passed the injured Samsonov in points.
Samsonov went scoreless in 23 games with Chicago this season.
from the Toronto Sun,
“It’s more than just the power plays (not producing),” said Sundin, after the Leafs scored on one of six.
“It’s a fine line in this league between winning and losing and we’re consistently shooting ourselves in the foot. The good hockey teams in this league aren’t that much better than us. The difference is that we have to be smarter.”...
“Tonight?” Sundin said. “It has been a bad theme we keep repeating. We played a good game. We put ourselves in a position to win and looking back there are 10, 15 games where we’ve played well ... or come back ... but in the end we don’t know how to win.”
more on Sundin and the Leafs…
Steve Downie with a cheapshot on Jason Blake.
Make sure to watch the complete video, comments from Don Cherry and Paul Maurice at the end.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
We are now halfway through the 2007-08 NHL regular season, and as of this morning, it’s fairly easy to identify, oh, about two dozen clubs that could use significant roster help.
These are clubs that require more than an extra defenseman or a faceoff specialist. Check the standings. Bottom-feeders like Washington and Tampa in the East, and Edmonton and Los Angeles in the West, are in need of major talent infusions, and have had three months to address their needs. But they’ve done next to nothing….
It has now become painfully evident that one of the major consequences - or casualties - of the New NHL is that it is nearly impossible to fix rosters on the fly. The team that comes out of training camp is pretty much the team that will take the ice for the next six-plus months, save for a few dramatic moves around the trade deadline (Feb. 26 this season) that now is mostly an exercise in also-rans harvesting draft picks for players destined to become unrestricted free agents.
much more and other NHL bits too…
Great between-the-legs move by Lecavalier last night.
Watch the goal…
from the Columbus Dispatch,
With the trade deadline a little more than seven weeks away—3 p.m. Feb. 26—let’s take a look at what each team faces. Teams are ordered according to the standings before yesterday’s play:
Detroit: What do you buy for the person who has everything? Still, if the Blue Jackets fall out of contention, Sergei Fedorov could head north.
San Jose: Jonathan Cheechoo’s drop-off will have them looking for a big-time winger to play on Joe Thornton’s line.
from Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
But before general manager Don Waddell drops to his knees, opens the checkbook and implores Hossa to stay, he needs to realize something: The Thrashers are a .500 team partly because of Marian Hossa….
And how is it one of the NHL’s best two-way forwards is a minus-10 — worst among the team’s forwards?
What the Thrashers have right now is not Hossa-like. What the Thrashers have is Hossa Lite.
Hossa acknowledges his production is down. But he says he feels fine physically. He denies feeling any pressure from the contract status.
“I have a contract to play now, so there’s no reason to feel pressure,” he said Saturday.
He might want to start.
via Fire & Ice,
NHL Executive VP Colin Campbell confirmed that Derian Hatcher will not be suspended or fined for alleagedly biting Travis Zajac’s left middle finger. Campbell said via e-mail that there was insufficient video evidence of the incident.
thanks to a KK member for the heads-up…
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
He’s not hale and hearty because his club has only won seven of the last 21, but the pieces are there. Frankly, he looked older than his years a few seasons back with an old, overpaid, under-achieving bunch. Now, it’s not a chore going to work, and he has no interest in stepping aside. He’s on a year-to-year contract now, after his five-year package ran out. He’s in no hurry to quit.
“Where else can you have this much fun? I’m still young. Fifty-three is young,” said Sather, playfully knocking 11 years off his real birth certificate, just a few minutes before a youngster at the rink asks for an autograph in Total Hockey.
“The whole book, or just this page,” kidded Sather, as he scrawls his signature on his playing stats, which aren’t quite as glittering as his coaching numbers.
from the NY Daily News,
Sather and Pat Morris, Avery’s agent, have yet to discuss an extension for The Grate One. And while Avery remains unabashed in his affection for New York, he is hardly pulling a Messier or a Leetch by instructing Morris to make his best deal with the Rangers and forget about the possibility of hitting the open market as an unrestricted free agent come July 1.
“I don’t think anyone would dispute how much I love the Rangers and what I would do for the team,” Avery told the Daily News after the Rangers’ practice here Friday. “But that doesn’t always come into play when you’re in negotiations. So whatever, I’m not losing any sleep over it at this point.
“I know everyone thinks that I would never leave New York or that I couldn’t play anywhere else. It’s certainly not something I would like to do right now because I love putting on a Ranger jersey.
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