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from the St. Petersburg Times,
With the Lightning carrying three goaltenders on its roster, and the league’s holiday roster freeze having expired Thursday at midnight, something has to budge. Marc Denis, a healthy scratch for the fourth straight game Thursday, would be the most likely one to be placed on waivers, and that could happen as early as today.
more on Tampa Bay…
added 1:01pm, Denis has been placed on waivers.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
After swinging his goalie stick and sending some Gatorade bottles on the club’s bench flying, Emery tossed his stick into the stands before heading to the dressing room.
Alfredsson said last night if Emery wants to get back in net he has to work harder in practice and earn a start from coach John Paddock because the current situation is frustrating for everyone involved.
“To get considered for a start, (the coaching staff) is looking for (Emery) to show that he wants to be in there,” said Alfredsson, who didn’t see the incident. “You have to work hard in practice to show that you want to play. That’s what most players do when they’re not playing and the goalies are no different.”
added 12:42pm, via the Globe and Mail,
The Ottawa Senators held an open practice on Friday morning in Ottawa with only one goaltender on the ice.
Ray Emery, who ended Thursday morning’s skate with an on-ice tantrum, was nowhere to be seen a day later. He was sent home by team officials after showing up at the rink.
added 12:50pm, from the Ottawa Sun,
“I told him to go home because he wasn’t feeling good,” said Senators coach John Paddock after practice. Paddock added he expects Emery to be back at practice on Saturday.
via Rangers Report,
“I never enjoy playing in Toronto really. Why? I don’t enjoy hockey-obsessed Canadians. The exchange rate is not very good right now. And it’s going to cost me a lot of money for tickets for people I don’t even like. How’s that for a list?”
from the Washington Post,
Ovechkin left the game early in the third period after being cut on the leg by a skate. The Capitals’ leading scorer (he tallied his 26th goal in the second period) required “a few” stitches to close the cut, but he will play on Saturday in Ottawa, General Manager George McPhee said. Ovechkin declined to talk to reporters as he limped to the team bus, saying only that he was “okay.”
The prognosis was not so good for Johnson, who will miss the next two to four weeks with a sprained left knee.
more (reg. req.) on the Caps loss to Pittsburgh…
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Brian Campbell hasn’t issued a deadline for a contract extension with the Buffalo Sabres, at least not yet. His desire is to stay with the organization that drafted and developed him, a wish he has practically screamed from the mountaintops. Let’s face it, he has an ideal situation in Buffalo.
Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier insisted Thursday that he wants to keep Campbell, but the defenseman wasn’t about to play games with these guys. He can simply finish the final 47 games of his contract, shop his services in the open market and make a pile of dough elsewhere.
via the Colorado Avalanche,
Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that Joe Sakic will undergo hernia surgery. He will be sidelined approximately eight to 12 weeks.
“Joe’s rehabilitation has not progressed as anticipated and upon further evaluation the decision has been made to perform surgery in order for him to fully recover,” said Avalanche Team Physician Andy Parker.
“After consulting with the doctors we believe this procedure will enable me to return to the lineup,” added the Avalanche captain.
added 8:38pm, link now available at the Avs website…
from Jeff Gordon at Fox Sports,
But there is a fair amount of intrigue surrounding potential UFAs. General managers have three choices: Sign them to an extension (ala Lidstrom), trade them (ala Doug Weight) or play them out and reevaluate come summer time.
Here are 10 potential unrestricted free agents that franchises need to keep:
Marian Hossa, W, Thrashers: He won’t re-up unless he is convinced Don Waddell has this franchise rolling in the right direction.
read on for the rest, including ten UFA’s that should be moved…
from the New York Islanders,
The Islanders announced today that goaltender Rick DiPietro and defenseman Radek Martinek are out day-to-day with injuries.
DiPietro is out with a knee sprain suffered last night in warmups before the Islanders’ 4-3 overtime victory over Toronto. DiPietro played the first period before leaving the game. DiPietro could return when the Islanders host the New Jersey Devils on Saturday…
from Crain’s Detroit,
Auburn Hills-based Palace Sports & Entertainment has set a deadline of the third week of January for a Hollywood producer to arrange financing to buy the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League.
Oren Koules, the Los Angeles-based producer of the CBS comedy “Two and A Half Men” and the “Saw” horror films, has emerged as the front man for what’s estimated to be a $206 million bid for the team operated by Palace Sports. According to published reports, he’s being joined by movie producer Mark Burg and California financier Russell Belinsky in the effort.
If Koules’ group arranges the financing, the deal should be done in February, said Tom Wilson, president of Palace Sports.
from Ross McKeon at Yahoo,
With that in mind, here are some New Year’s resolutions for those who chase vulcanized rubber on a frozen pond.
Gary Bettman: I resolve to get on my soap box and … well … stand six inches taller.
Scott Niedermayer: I resolve to play at least through the All-Star break before thinking about retiring again.
Teemu Selanne: I resolve to keep the promise I made to my wife and retire once I won the Stanley Cup.
Brian Burke: I resolve to never speak to Kevin Lowe again. Oh, wait, I already said that last summer.
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