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from Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News,
Clearly, Buffalo would demand silver and gold for Myers. It would gravely pain Bob Murray, the general manager, to give up Vatanen and Nick Ritchie, the power forward who was last year’s No. 1 draft choice. Centers Rickard Rakell and William Karlsson would be candidates too, as would incipient free agent Matt Beleskey.
But there comes a time to stop postponing the future. Especially when Myers would still be part of that future.
The Ducks won the Cup in 2007 They have won two playoff series since. Their two essential players, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, are right in the sweet spot, both turning 30 in May.///
So Lombardi would be wildly disinclined to trade Justin Williams, the Conn Smythe winner. But Williams becomes a free agent this summer, as does Jarret Stoll. Given that Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson are tomorrow’s offense, and that everyone else either makes too much money or isn’t that trade-valuable, what else do you do?
The other scenario, hatched in Toronto, has the Kings getting Maple Leafs’ captain Dion Phaneuf for Richards in a big salary swap. Phaneuf played for Darryl Sutter in Calgary. Nothing else about it makes sense.
Give the Kings a week of wins and you can see another Stanley Cup coming to shore. But you’d rather be the team that trades because it wants to, not because it must.
The goal stands...
via the CP at TSN,
Canucks forward Derek Dorsett left the game a few minutes earlier with an upper-body injury after taking a hit from Ryan Kesler and did not return. Replays appeared to show that Kesler, who was dealt from Vancouver to Anaheim in the off-season, made contact with Dorsett's head on the play.
"I haven't seen it yet. All I know is I was going for the puck and I felt him hit," said Kesler. "I hope he's all right, it's unfortunate, it's a fast game out there. I was just going for the puck, trying to make a hockey play."
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province who refers to Kesler as "The Tool"...
... the tool got one over on the Canucks Tuesday and did it on a couple of fronts.
With a clear headshot, complete with an elbow follow-through, Kesler knocked Derek Dorsett out of the game. The Canucks lost their scrappy, energizing bulldog who on many nights has been their only physical, impact player.
more on Kesler...
Watch the hit below...
If you missed the hit it can be viewed here.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
They could be without Booth, who departed in the third after skating into a stiff elbow from Sami Vatanen....
Horachek did say a Marlie call-up was likely with Booth possibly concussed.
more on the Leafs' 4-0 loss to the Ducks...
Here is the hit and no penalty on the play and the CP at TSN on the elbow
David Booth went to the Leafs' dressing room in the third period after checking Sami Vatanen and getting hit in the head by an inadvertent elbow.
Here is the Teemu Selanne tribute video the Anaheim Ducks put together which includes narration by George Parros.
Below are two more videos... The first is Teemu Selanne's speech and the second is the raising of #8 to the rafters.
Additonal videos can be found at the website of the Anaheim Ducks, just click the dropdown and find the Teemu Selanne channel.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Sunday's ceremony also will honor the deep relationship he built with fans, especially here. Often when he was late for the bus or dinner, it was because he felt compelled to sign every piece of paper a fan thrust at him and pose with everyone who wanted a photo. He couldn't disappoint anyone. Fans knew how much he loved the game and loved him for it, some to the extremes of requesting his chewed-up chicken bones in a Winnipeg restaurant or tattooing his likeness on their bodies.
"He's a pretty special player and person. I've played with a lot of guys, not a lot who have the connection to the fans that he has," said Scott Niedermayer, his teammate on the Ducks' 2007 Cup championship team and now a Ducks assistant coach. "That's one of the great things about him, beyond the stats."
Selanne still lives in Orange County and envisions staying here indefinitely. "I call it my Happy Place," he said. "The Ducks organization has been so important for me. That relationship we have had is something really special. I'm very thankful I was able to play for a long time, and I had my best years here. The people, the fans, they have treated me so well here."
from Katie Strang of ESPN,
I'm a bit confounded by the news of several teams challenging the no-practice, no-travel mandate over the NHL's holiday break. As governed by article 16.5 of the collective bargaining agreement, Dec. 24-26 are supposed to be mandatory days off for players, during which they cannot be asked to practice or travel for any reason, yet we've seen several reports lately of teams potentially violating this rule.
Most recently, the Philadelphia Flyers were hit with a fine after it was revealed they traveled to Nashville on Dec. 26. First of all, where are the NHLPA representatives from each team on this? Seems that they should be raising a hand to prevent clubs from infringing upon their right to have time off, as spelled out explicitly by the CBA.
Secondly, if clubs are going to spurn the mandate anyway, holding "optional" practices -- ones that surely feel anything but optional -- then what was the point of including that in the CBA in the first place? It seems that both the NHL and the NHLPA need to take a hard look at why it's there and how enforcement can be improved.
more topics from the ESPN hockey writers including Custance on Connor McDavid and LeBrun on the Ducks...
“The moment I thought the referees were off the ice, I was taking out my own frustration. I’m an adult. It shouldn’t be at that point. We shouldn’t be sitting here talking about the referees after two great teams played hockey. But we are.
“I felt like the game just – it got out of hand. … I accept full responsibility for my stupidity and my role in that. That was my fault. That won’t happen again from my teammates and me.”
-Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks talking post-game about his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. More on the Ducks 3-0 loss to the San Jose Shark by Eric Stephens of the OC Register.
Watch the game recap below....
from Lance Pugmire of the LA Times,
Ryan Getzlaf said he was not encouraged by a Ducks official to stage the team practice he arranged Friday during the NHL’s mandatory holiday dead period.
The NHL is investigating the practice because it happened during a time that was negotiated through the collective-bargaining agreement as a mandatory three-day break.
A league spokesman said the NHL wants to know whether Getzlaf acted on his own or was urged by anyone in the organization to gather the players.
Getzlaf, the Ducks’ captain who ranks second in the NHL with 30 assists, said Tuesday that he informed Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau about the Friday practice before it happened.
“He [Getzlaf] said that’s what he wanted to do, and I said, ‘OK, fine,’ ” Boudreau said. “To this day, I don’t know what time they skated, don’t know how many guys were there. I’m glad they did, but it was all Ryan’s idea.”
Getzlaf said he rented ice for teammates “because I felt I needed to skate. We had [children] on the ice, very informal, we kind of putted around for 20 minutes.”
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