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from the Sun-Sentinel,
Roberto Luongo said Sunday he's not bothered by trade talk linking him to the Los Angeles Kings, adding that he expects to remain the Panthers' goalie when the trade deadline passes at 3 p.m. Thursday. "I don't want to say anything because I don't know what's going on, but I don't think anything's going to happen," Luongo said. "Given the situation, it's normal.more
via the Mercury News,
We wrote last month that the NHL should instruct its referees to use their microphones to give fans an explanation on video-replay decisions and confusing calls. Turns out NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly agrees. "We'll be evaluating over the summer a system that would be more informative for the fans," Daly said during his visit to the Tank last week.
from the AP via Sports Illustrated,
Carolina left wing Erik Cole returned to Raleigh on Sunday to be examined by team doctors after injuring his neck while being driven headfirst into the boards by Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik during a 7-5 Hurricanes victory Saturday night. Rather than flying Sunday to New York, where the Hurricanes play the Rangers on Monday night, Cole went back to North Carolina to be seen by a neurologist and other physicians.more update 1:15pm, via TSN,
Sources tell TSN that while the Hurricanes are still waiting for the official medical report from a Pittsburgh hospital, where Cole spent Saturday night after being hit from behind by Penguin defenceman Brooks Orpik, the prognosis is not good and that Cole is likely to be sidelined a minimum of two months, perhaps even longer than that. ''It's a pretty serious neck injury, it looks like a fracture,'' a source told TSN. ''He's going to be out for a significant period of time.''update 2:16pm, via the Carolina Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that forward Erik Cole has a compression fracture in a vertebra in his neck and is expected to miss at least the remainder of the regular season. Forward Andrew Ladd will be recalled from Lowell of the American Hockey League tonight and will be available to play Monday night in New York against the Rangers.
from the Buffalo News,
The Sabres know it, which is why they should be shopping Martin Biron when teams inquire about a goalie between now and Thursday. Biron has more value and therefore gives Buffalo a higher return in the trade market. Plus, he's older and more expensive. Better? Yes, but $1.4 million better? No, not when Ryan Miller is going to play 60-plus games. Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier has a history of waiting too long to pull the trigger, and he stayed true to form this season.read on
from Jim Kelley of the Buffalo News,
Betting among athletes isn't a question of the past and present. It's more a tradition that continues. The only difference: Today there are higher bets and lower levels of caution. "In Edmonton there was a policy of bet till it hurts," says a former Sabre who also played for the Oilers in the course of his NHL career. "Those guys would bet on anything. There was a lot of confidence in that room, and they spent lots of time on planes and on the road."read on...very long and paints a picture of todays athlete...
from the LA Times (reg. req.),
The Kings have gone beyond merely inquiring about Florida Panther goaltender Roberto Luongo and are pressing hard to work out a "blockbuster" deal, a league source said. The package would include King goaltender Mathieu Garon and the Panthers' choice of prospects currently at minor league Manchester, the source said. The Panthers are said to be still unsure whether to move Luongo, considered an elite NHL goaltender.
from the St. Petersburg Times,
Questions about the team's goaltending have resurfaced. Questions about the power play continued. And, most disturbing of all, coach John Tortorella accused his team of quitting when the going got tough. "The thing that bothers me the most is I just thought we shut it down," Tortorella said. "Was our goaltending good? No, it wasn't good. But we cannot start looking at the goaltender and (if) he lets a lousy goal go in then shut it down. If we're not getting the saves, we better win the game 6-5 or whatever it has to be. But to shut it down, that's the wrong way to go here. And that's what disturbs me the most."more
from the Courier Post,
Hot start now only a memory. Admit it. You thought this would be the Flyers' season, didn't you? They piqued your interest last summer when they miraculously made Jeremy Roenick's salary disappear while pulling Peter Forsberg out of a hat. But these are the Flyers, remember? They set you up, then they let you down.read on
from the NY Daily News,
So far, Lundqvist has been able to have his New York experience in relative peace and quiet - he's rarely recognized in Manhattan. Back home, though, such anonymity is a thing of the past - especially after winning Olympic gold. "He's very big in Sweden," says Bertil Karlefors, a correspondent for Stockholm's TV4. "Here, you get baseball, basketball, nothing, nothing, nothing and then hockey. "If you go out with (Daniel) Alfredsson in Ottawa or Sundin in Toronto, you'll get the best table and everyone coming up for autographs. Not here."more
Bryan Trottier was, is and always will be an Islander, as far as Islanders fans are concerned. It doesn't matter that he used to coach the you-know-whos. "I'll always call this home," he said before the 1980 team was saluted in a 25th anniversary celebration (delayed a year by the NHL lockout). "This will always be a big part of my life. I was a kid when I got here and I grew up here. My original home is in Saskatchewan and those are my roots. But this is my home."read on
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