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Backstrom, Savard and Richards Named NHL Three Stars Of The Week
FIRST STAR—NIKLAS BACKSTROM, G, MINNESOTA WILD
Backstrom posted a 3-0-0 record, 1.62 goals-against average and .933 save percentage as the Wild (35-23-5, 75 points) moved within two points of the Northwest Division-leading Vancouver Canucks. Making his ninth consecutive appearance in February after starting goaltender Manny Fernandez suffered a sprained knee Jan. 30, Backstrom made 23 saves as the Wild recorded a 2-1 shootout victory over the Dallas Stars Feb. 20. He made 28 saves in a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche Feb. 22 and finished the week by stopping 19 of 20 shots in a 4-1 decision over the Edmonton Oilers Feb. 25. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota last June and making his NHL debut in 2006-07, the 29-year-old Helsinki, Finland native improved his season record to 13-7-4 and ranks third among NHL goaltenders in goal-against average (2.23) and save percentage (.923).
NHL.com has confirmed they will be streaming the Trade Deadline broadcast online from the NHL Network on Tuesday from 10am-6pm ET.
The broadcast will feature the feed originating from TSN in Canada and will provide in-depth coverage of all the trades and analysis.
Update: 2:00 pm ET
Official Press Release:
LIVE NHL.COM STREAMING FOR NHL TRADE DEADLINE
For the first time ever, NHL.com will stream NHL Network’s coverage of the 2007 Trade Deadline live from 10 am to 6 pm. The broadcast will be available in the United States. Canadian users are requested to tune into NHL Network on digital cable and satellite. For more information on how to subscribe: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl_network/
Update: 10:00am ET Feb 27
The NHL’s online stream is now available. See the previous link and see the options to choose the 56k or 300k streams. Click them and enjoy the NHL Network’s trade deadline show! (Direct stream link here.)
from the AFP via Yahoo,
Latvian international ice hockey goaltender Arturs Irbe on Monday quit Slovak first division side Nitra after conceding 22 goals in six matches.
“It’s clearly disappointing because he cost us a lot of money. I don’t understand how he is able to risk his reputation in this way,” club trainer Jan Plandora complained. “We can’t sacrifice the rest of the season to allow him to recapture his form.”
TSN reporting Modin signs with Columbus.
from the Columbus Dispatch,
Blue Jackets forward Dan Fritsche will miss at least three weeks after suffering a severe cut to his right wrist during Sunday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Nashville Predators.
“He’s got artery and tendon issues that need time to heal,” coach Ken Hitchcock said this morning. “He’ll be skating in the not-too-distant future, but we’re not going to evaluate him for three weeks.”
Sources tell TSN the Florida Panthers have agreed to a trade involving Gary Roberts and have asked him to waive his no trade clause.
But sources say the deal is not with Toronto or Ottawa, the only two teams Roberts has said he will go to. So at this point, the ball is in Roberts’ court, but there is no guarantee he will waive the clause.
Piitsburgh is believed to be the team with the most interest in Roberts.
added 12:46pm, Bill Watters on Leafs Lunch said it is an Eastern Conference team.
added 12:59pm, Watters said he just talked with the “Roberts Camp” and they have heard nothing about this deal.
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
Here’s a scary thought: How would you like to be seen as Nicklas Lidstrom’s eventual replacement?
Fortunately for one possible Detroit Red Wings heir apparent, he knows there’s no replacing the four-time Norris Trophy winner.
Brett Lebda, 25, is being groomed in the offensive-defenseman role with the Red Wings while learning from Detroit veterans Lidstrom, Mathieu Schneider, Chris Chelios and Danny Markov.
from the Capitals Insider,
If you read my game story in this morning’s Post, you already know that the leading candidates to be dealt are pending unrestricted free agents Dainius Zubrus, Richard Zednik and Jamie Heward. Zubrus and Zednik have discussed signing extensions with the Caps, but as of late yesterday, neither was close to doing so, fueling speculation that both may have played their final game in Washington. In fact, I was told that the Caps haven’t even spoken to Zubrus’s agent for “a few days.”
That leaves precious little time to hammer out a deal to keep Zubrus. Even Zubrus said “it’s a good possibility” that yesterday’s 3-2 loss to the Devils was his last game as a member of the Caps
Bob McKenzie was just on NHL Live and mentioned Detroit, Atlanta and Ottawa, along with the Sharks being in the running for Guerin. He would not be surprised to see a deal done today.
TSN reports Ryan Smyth’s agent will be meeting with the Oilers today to discuss his contract.
Are teams holding off on trades to see where these negotiations go?
I would say yes they are but I can’t see the Oilers losing the face of their organization, just like Doan with the Yotes…
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