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from the Tennessean,
It was pretty obvious to anyone who saw the Predators beat Los Angeles on Saturday that Legwand suffered his injury while blocking a Kings shot.
But Forsberg? He seemed fine in the locker room after Saturday’s contest, patiently answering questions after a three-assist performance.
Things apparently deteriorated after that.
“It felt sore during the game,’’ Predators Coach Barry Trotz said of the upper-body part in question. “(Saturday) night he had more of an indication that he was getting sore and when he woke up this morning, it was real sore.’‘
Trotz said the Predators planned to have Forsberg seek further medical attention.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Carolina has stumbled largely because of goaltending - playoff hero Cam Ward has sat and watched John Grahame play four of the last five games - injuries to players like Cory Stillman and Frantisek Kaberle and surprisingly moderate production from third-year man Eric Staal. Staal does have 26 goals, but he’s not been the force he was a year ago.
Then again, a year ago the Canes had Doug Weight and Mark Recchi around to help the kids, Matt Cullen up front for some speed and Aaron Ward to anchor the defence.
from Spector at his Fox Sports blog,
This season, however, the ‘Canes have crashed hard back to earth.
They’ve struggled throughout this season, and at present find themselves barely clinging to one of the final playoff berths in the East, and are in danger of missing the playoffs.
Should that occur, it’ll be the first time since 1996 that a defending Stanley Cup champion misses the post-season, and only the third time since 1970.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
The shocking case against David Frost is coming apart at the seams.
Tomorrow, many of the charges of sexual exploitation and one charge of assault against the disgraced former agent and coach are expected to be withdrawn in a Napanee court room, police and other sources indicated yesterday.
And while other charges of sexual exploitation remain, there is no indication whether Crown prosecutor Adam Zegouras will proceed with them at this time.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Who’s going to be the Ranger willing to go an eye-for-an-eye and take his shot at Ryan Smyth the moment the Islanders muscle up on Jagr in tonight’s Garden showdown that will precede Thursday’s rematch at the Coliseum?
Make no mistake. The story of the Islanders’ sweep of the first four games of this season’s Battle of New York is written in their overall physical dominance of the series and their ability to abuse the Rangers’ most important player, and it’s written in bold.
from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,
We’re just guessing here, gigs & bytes, but it might not be a good idea to invite Brian Burke and Bob Gainey to the same party any time soon.
Gainey has been getting torched in the French-language press for comments by Anaheim general manager Burke when he made his trade log public in USA Today. There it is, blow-by-blow, all the events leading up to the trading deadline, the players whose names were being batted back and forth, the GMs who were involved in the wheeling and dealing.
from the Toronto Star,
Toronto police are investigating complaints that executives at the NHL Players Association accessed and in some cases blocked the email accounts of players who have challenged the hiring of the union’s executive director.
For the past two weeks, police have been looking into whether Saskin and Ken Kim, the union’s senior director of business, ordered technical support staff at the union to access player email accounts hosted by the union, and whether such an action would be illegal, four sources familiar with the investigation told the Star.
Toronto police have now presented their findings to a Crown counsel, who will decide whether there is enough evidence to lay criminal charges
Martin Gerber skates over to the bench and gives Phillips a little tap on the glove.
Phillips didn’t appreciate it.
from NBC Sports,
Q: You’ve been able to skate with so many different players. Who have you had the most fun and chemistry with, be it Avalanche or national teams?
A: Gosh, there’s been so many great players that have come through here. I think on our team, Peter Forsberg would have to be a the top of the list. He’s the best there is when he’s going, and we had a lot of fun when we played together. On the Canadian Olympic team, I always have had a great chemistry with Jarome Iginla. He’s real easy to play with.
Let’s go way back…
from the Sun-Sentinel,
The Panthers had their first opportunity to test the NHL’s new Reebok uniforms during Friday’s practice. They drew mixed reviews….
Some players, like forward Ville Peltonen, did not notice a difference. Others complained that the jerseys limited their range of motion.
But defenseman Steve Montador pointed out a lesser-known feature of the new uniforms.
“I think initially there could be some different types of fights because there is less to grab on to,” said Montador, who has been in eight fights this season. “It could cause a little bit of a learning curve to grab onto and prevent a knockout punch from coming your way.”
more on the Panthers, inlcuding attendance talk…
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