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from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,
Just five weeks remain in the NHL trading window and the chatter is about to head into overdrive—if it has not done so already.
Among the rumours floating around the league:
- The Montreal Canadiens continue to have more than a passing interest in Calgary Flames winger Alex Tanguay….
- Los Angeles Kings defenceman Rob Blake has picked up his game considerably and might be on the move before the Feb. 26 deadline. And despite his club’s strong record, San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson would love to get his hands on a defenceman.
- The Pittsburgh Penguins might be willing to move centre Erik Christensen for help on the blue line. The Columbus Blue Jackets covet Christensen and would part with defenceman Duvie Westcott. New York Rangers assistant GM Jim Schoenfeld has been watching Columbus closely, but it’s thought the Jackets are not ready to deal defenceman Adam Foote.
more and anyone who want Westcott can have him since he was placed on waivers yesterday…
from the Edmonton Journal,
There is no proof to back up NHL star Chris Pronger’s claim that someone in Edmonton burned his furniture, including his child’s crib, after he was traded from the Oilers in July 2006, says a spokesman for the hockey team.
“I think it’s horrible. . . . He offers no proof,” said Allan Watt, the Edmonton Oilers’ vice-president of communications.
The team’s security people, who are trained police officers, checked out the allegation, Watt said Friday.
via the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby suffered a high ankle sprain during the first period of tonight’s game vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning and will not return. Crosby will be re-evaluated tomorrow by team doctors
Sorry for the delay, I thought Friday evening would be a good time to defrag…
added 8:51pm, via TSN,
Crosby and Ranger became tangled near the right circle in the Lightning end, with Crosby swiping at the puck as he fell on his behind.
He hit the boards with his right leg and his left leg raised and immediately held his right leg in pain. Crosby had to be helped to the runway by a team trainer.
added 9:46pm, TSN has updated their story, mentioning Penguins analyst Bob Errey stated Crosby out four weeks.
added 8:57am on 1/19/08, Watch the video…
As of noon today, Blue Jackets defenseman Duvie Westcott is on waivers. All 29 other NHL clubs can claim Westcott—starting from last place Los Angeles all the way to Detroit—for no compensation.
I don’t see Westcott getting claimed. He’s making $1.1M this year and $1.85M the next two seasons. That’s a lot of money for a player who has a reputation for getting injured.
This is a tough move. Westcott was a really solid player for the Blue Jackets during seasons when there weren’t too many solid players on the club. He’s a class act, too.
more on the Blue Jackets…
from philadelphia will do,
The 76ers are so hard up for publicity this year—the Phillies are currently on the front of Philly.com—they’ve resorted to latching on to the Flyers, who at least have a winning record. And what’s the newest publicity scheme?
Why, 76ers center Samuel Dalembert will attend his first NHL game!...
Dalembert was born in Haiti, but he grew up in Montreal and recently became a Canadian citizen. How “Have you ever attended an NHL game?” is not the first question on the Canadian citizenship test I will never understand.
USA Pond Hockey’s tournament is just getting underway. Running from January 18th to 20th, there are 225 teams composed of 1,400 men and women playing 4-on-4 hockey—“the way nature intended.”
Developed by a group of passionate pond hockey enthusiasts from Minnesota with a sincere appreciation and respect for the purity of the game, the USPHC seeks to draw attention to the traditions of outdoor hockey while giving back to the community. A percentage of proceeds will benefit the Herb Brooks Foundation, DinoMights Inner City Youth Hockey League and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.
“It’s hockey as nature intended: on the pond, outside in the elements and during the absolute coldest time of year,” said Fred Haberman, co-founder of the tournament and president of Haberman & Associates public relations. “The U.S. Pond Hockey Championships provides the community a weekend to pay tribute to an important tradition, while bringing national attention to the purity that still exists in sport.”
*Photos, highlights, history and more info about the tournament can be read here. Video below.
From Mark Herrmann at On the Islanders Beat,
The next Yao? You never know, Charles Wang said today during the English language portion of his international news conference for Project Hope. One of those kids from China wearing a jersey with an Islanders logo could grow up to be the Yao Mingh of hockey.
That isn’t the intent of the initiative, organized by Wang four years ago to promote hockey in China. The real reason is just to do something for the part of the world in which he was born and to generally spread good will. But if one of the thousands of kids who are playing hockey now in Islanders-sponsored rinks makes it big, so be it. Wang would be gratified if some day one of the children from China who played on Coliseum ice this morning becomes president of China and says he recalls his first trip to the U.S. with warm feelings.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Trading deadline day is a little over a month away, the time of year when the pace of NHL transactions traditionally moves from glacially slow to hyper-speed in a frantic 72-hour period.
Naturally, that pattern could change in a year of exceptional parity, based on the inability of any team to fall completely out of the playoff race. Even the once left-for-dead Los Angeles Kings are in the midst of a minor revival, with three consecutive wins heading into their Friday date with the Calgary Flames - although one would suspect that the 15-point gap between them and eighth place is probably too much to overcome.
continued and other NHL topics too…
Today, Scott Gomez of the NY Rangers participated in an NHL conference call. He currently leads the Rangers in scoring with 42 points, and will be attending the All Star Game in Atlanta next weekend.
Here is a complete transcript from the Q & A session.
Q. Was there an adjustment for you playing and living in Manhattan, and if so, what was the adjustment and are you past that?
SCOTT GOMEZ: Well, I think, first, I wasn’t in my place. So it was a little—I’m not using it as an excuse, but it was a little different, just kind of being kind of in the hotel or whatever you want to call it.
from ESPN The Magazine,
SportsCenter doesn’t acknowledge the game or Kovalchuk. Its lead puck story? Sidney Crosby’s first fight. Atlanta will host the NHL’s best and brightest during All-Star Weekend, Jan. 26-27, but Atlanta’s best and brightest is a forgotten man having a season for the ages.
Not that it bothers him.
“I’m not that kind of guy who wants to be on front page,” says Kovalchuk, 24, forsaking the occasional definite article as he sits in a café the next day.
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