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from the Miami Herald,
With his team reeling, Panthers coach Jacques Martin indicated Friday he wants leading scorer Olli Jokinen to raise his game.
‘‘We need more out of people like Olli,’’ Martin said. ``We need more away from the puck. Other people have been contributing.’‘...
‘‘If it were your skate, you can imagine what you would go through,’’ he said. ``It has definitely been tough. Maybe I haven’t gotten enough rest….”
more on the Panthers…
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
Rumor is, Tampa Bay Lightning center Brad Richards is available and the Blue Jackets are making a pitch. This is juicy.
The rumor first floated on TSN, the Canadian sports-television network, on Wednesday. TSN suggested that the Jackets were “front-runners” in the bidding. Dispatch reporter Aaron Portzline confirmed as much, and reported that the Jackets had two scouts, including Don Boyd, director of player personnel, scouting the Lightning-Islanders game Thursday night in Uniondale, N.Y.
Oh, man, if the Jackets can get their hands on this guy . . . he’s perfect for them.
from Ansar Khan at Mlive,
There is apparently an Internet rumor floating around that claims Nicklas Lidstrom’s injury is more serious than the Red Wings are letting on. It states Lidstrom will miss two months because of a sprained MCL and a concussion.
Here’s what Wings coach Mike Babcock said about it after Friday’s game: “We think he’s two weeks (away), max. He’s feeling way better already, so that’s a positive thing for us.’‘
more on the Wings…
That is not even a rumor Ansar, but considering where it came from, well, let’s just say, you should question everything that comes from that website.
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
Lou Lamoriello, who rarely is wrong when it comes to Hockey 101, put it best when asked whether there would be a flood of blockbuster deals before the NHL trade deadline on Tuesday.
With typical aplomb, the Devils’ boss opined, “I didn’t get a sense that there’s going to be an active market at the trade deadline.”
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette via the National Post,
How would Gainey, the general manager, describe Gainey, the player?
“I was strong-willed,” he said. “I was extremely difficult to play against. Determined to carry my part of the team’s game to improve our chances to win the game. I enjoyed the harder parts of the games and the harder parts of the season.”
What he didn’t say was that no player before him, or since, delivered those qualities game in, game out for the length of his 16 seasons with the team, which included 1,160 regular-season games - eight as captain - and 182 playoff games, which brought home five Stanley Cups and the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1979.
Trent Hunter signs a five year contract with the Islanders and here is something new, watch the video release…
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
Gainey is also believed not to be adverse to trading team captain Saku Koivu, who has only 12 goals this season, is a minus player and could probably use a change of scenery. But Koivu is four years older than Jokinen and far less productive, so Gainey would have to enhance the offer.
Perhaps a package of Koivu, Jaroslav Halak, a first-round pick and a prospect would be enough. Gainey could also include Alexander Perezhogin, who is having a fine season in Russia this year, but whose contract rights are still owned by the Canadiens.
more and some Richards talk too…
from the Vancouver Province,
Markus Naslund has a groin injury and is doubtful for Saturday’s game against Detroit.
Naslund missed Friday’s practice after tweaking his groin in Thursday’s win against Nashville. If he can’t play, Taylor Pyatt will move up to the top line.
“I think he’s been getting treatments for it but it got progressively tighter here,” Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault said.
28 years ago..
Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland says he’s prepared to make a big deal, but the price will have to be right.
“Would we like to do a big move? Sure, I think everybody would like to do a big move,” Holland told TSN. “But at what cost?”
Holland said it’s a matter of risk and reward.
“Last year we brought in Todd Bertuzzi and paid a fairly significant price in Shawn Matthias, a real good prospect,” Holland said. “I don’t know if we are prepared to do that every year.
“We might do that this year, we might not. We’ll see in the next four days.”
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