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from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Will he retire?
It’s possible, however what’s more likely is the 37-year-old will move at his own pace, so we shouldn’t be surprised if he steals a page from the playbook Anaheim’s Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne used last season.
Sundin will sit comfortably on his dock in Sweden, wait for the flurry of offers to rush in, shelve them for a couple of more months before seriously considering his future.
added 11:53pm, from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
For now, let’s leave it at this: if Sundin chooses not to retire from the NHL this summer, it’s fair to assume he’ll only want to return to the Maple Leafs organization he obviously loves so dearly.
Should that turn out to be the case, and I’m the lucky so-and-so who replaces Cliff Fletcher as Toronto’s GM, my first contract offer to the captain comes in no higher than $1.7 million, the same amount Sundin’s dressing room neighbor Alex Steen just signed for.
The injury list continues to mount for the Edmonton Oilers, as the team learned on Monday that captain Ethan Moreau is out for the rest of the season with a broken ankle.
from Bolts Report,
Things are so tense right now, it wouldn’t shock me whatsoever if John Tortorella is not behind the bench the next time the Lightning take the ice Wednesday against Minnesota.
There is word running through the grapevine that Koules and his partners want to pare back payroll to the floor, which this year is around $38 million. Can you imagine what this team will look like with a payroll under $42 million next season? You might want to get used to it.
from On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,
A deal sending McCabe to the Islanders remains a longshot at this point, but if Fletcher yields his first-round pick, it could become a real possibility.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
The player who has made a career out of scoring goals says it’s time the Canadiens started winning a few 1-0 games.
“We know we can score,” Canadiens sniper Alex Kovalev said Saturday, if not speaking specifically of his team’s punchless 3-0 Bell Centre loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
“We just have to focus on playing defence more. Lately, we’ve been giving up too many goals. The last three games, we made a couple of bad mistakes and they cost us. It’s important for us to go back to basics….”
via Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
If indeed the Flames are to be active at this year’s trade deadline, the name Flames fans should hope is in play is that of Kristian Huselius….
Truth is the team has been doing just fine without him for the last month when the one-dimensional dispsy-doodler has chipped in with just one goal in his last 20 outings. It confirms what GM Darryl Sutter has been saying about him all along—he’s not a first-line winger.
He’s rendered useless when the going gets tough, he can’t contribute physically or defensively and he has no future here.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Before we launch into today’s topic, here’s a trivia question: What do the following players have in common? Rick Ley, Al Hamilton, Ken Daneyko, Yvon Labre, Barclay Plager, Johnny McKenzie, Bob Nystrom and Dale Hunter. And you can’t give the Cliff Clavin answer from Jeopardy, “Who are eight people who’ve never been in my kitchen?”
OK, time’s up.
If you guessed they’re nine average to above-average NHLers, you’d be right. But the more interesting distinction shared by these players is this: They’ve all had their numbers retired.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Sources have told The Post that the Rangers’ interest in Boyle goes far deeper than merely acquiring the defenseman as a rental. Indeed, it is believed that GM Glen Sather would ask for permission to negotiate a long-term contract with Boyle, among the most feared power play quarterbacks in the NHL, prior to pulling the trigger on a trade.
The Boyle situation is complicated by incoming ownership’s strong preference that Brad Richards, whose contract runs for three more seasons at $7.8M, be moved as a pre-condition to keeping the defenseman
more on the Rangers…
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
The NHL last season mandated that its 30 teams begin using a new computer program created by Toronto’s Sutton Medical Technologies Ltd. to digitize the medical files of the league’s 700-odd players, and those playing in the minors.
A year on, league and medical-industry executives say Sutton’s program has been embraced by team officials and has added a new and unlikely wrinkle to player signings and trades. The NHL is the first North American pro league to use the technology. Unlike other leagues like the NBA that insist players pass a physical exam before being traded, the NHL has no such rule. In past seasons, that left some teams agreeing to acquire players without insisting they first pass a physical. And in many cases, a player’s complete medical file wouldn’t be forwarded to his new club until weeks after he joined the team.
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