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from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
Is Lightning star Steven Stamkos targeting a Feb. 6 return from the broken right tibia he sustained Nov. 11 at Boston? That was the report this week from Darren Dreger of Canada's TSN.
Asked if he is targeting a specific date for a return, Stamkos on Wednesday would not say but offered this: "It’s impossible to tell, really. I mentioned in my press conference I’d love to come back and play a couple games and be able to play in the Olympics. That’s my goal. You have to have a goal and you work towards your goal."
If Stamkos does return by Feb. 6, he could play two games for the Lightning before the Olympic break. On playing for Canada at the Sochi Olympics, he said it won't happen "unless I am 100 percent."
Watch how Bobrovsky was injured here.
via George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
The Panthers had their smallest announced attendance in six seasons on Tuesday against Ottawa.
An estimated 500 fans were in the building for warmups. Approximately 8,000 watched the game in an arena that holds close to 20,000.
Florida's official announced attendance of 10,074 was just a handful more than reported for a Halloween game in 2008 against Carolina.
"In Florida, if you have a good team, people will come,'' defenseman Mike Weaver said.
"We're not winning at home right now. Now is the time to move forward.''
During the recent Rangers/Canucks game, both Tortorella and Vigneault were mic'd up.
Boy, when AV gets loud, his voice gets higher...
via the Detroit Free Press, Pavel Datsyuk talks about his health...
Datsyuk may just become the star of 24/7...
from Craig Custance of EPN,
WHAT WOULD NHL LOOK LIKE IF FIGHTING DISAPPEARED?
I'm not sure I can even envision the premise. I'm not sure, regardless of what rule changes may over time be made, I'm not sure if fighting is ever eliminated from the game. I think fighting will continue to be part of the game regardless of what your rules are and it is parts of other games as well.
I really can't envision it from that perspective but I'm also not in a position [to] really hypothesize it. It's something that's been part of the game for a long time. Regardless of what our rules are, it's going to remain part of the game in some form or fashion. It's not a question that's easy to answer.
HOW WOULD FANS RESPOND? DO YOU POLL?
CROSBY LEADS COMEBACK OVER ISLANDERS
Sidney Crosby scored the tying goal midway through the third period and then netted the game-winner on a spectacular individual effort in overtime to lead the Penguins to a come-from-behind victory over the Islanders. With the win, the Penguins (19-9-1, 39 points) overtook the idle Bruins (18-7-2, 38 points) for first place in the Eastern Conference.
* Crosby’s overtime winner marked the sixth of his NHL career and first since Nov. 23, 2009.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it also marked the first time that Crosby has tied and then won a game in the third period or later.
added 11:20am, Larry Brooks on the contract extension.
added 12:41pm, Official release of the signing is below...
Yesterday I was under the weather and missed posting this in a timely manner, today I am feeling much better...
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
Last summer, NHL general managers wanted to eliminate the spin-o-rama from shootouts. But the NHLPA blocked it. If you can't get agreement on that, you certainly aren't going to get agreement on Pavelski's move. So we get mass confusion and a prominent player ripping the game.
How, exactly, does the sport benefit from that?
The NHL and NHLPA fought over goaltending equipment. The union was annoyed that several GMs thought the league could unilaterally change the playoff system at a November meeting (they were reminded there is a three-year commitment to the setup). The NHL was furious at the players for waiting until the last possible minute to approve hybrid icing.
I get that there's a lot of mistrust between the two sides. It's deep-rooted and it's not going away any time soon. But the owners, league office, franchises and players will never have an opportunity to make more money for themselves than they will in the next decade.
Last summer, they worked together to clarify Rule 48, a smart move that ended confusion. But too often, it becomes, "If we do this, what will you give us?"
If the NHL and NHLPA maximize the on-ice product, they will maximize wallet fatness.
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