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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Who’s going to be the Ranger willing to go an eye-for-an-eye and take his shot at Ryan Smyth the moment the Islanders muscle up on Jagr in tonight’s Garden showdown that will precede Thursday’s rematch at the Coliseum?
Make no mistake. The story of the Islanders’ sweep of the first four games of this season’s Battle of New York is written in their overall physical dominance of the series and their ability to abuse the Rangers’ most important player, and it’s written in bold.
from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,
We’re just guessing here, gigs & bytes, but it might not be a good idea to invite Brian Burke and Bob Gainey to the same party any time soon.
Gainey has been getting torched in the French-language press for comments by Anaheim general manager Burke when he made his trade log public in USA Today. There it is, blow-by-blow, all the events leading up to the trading deadline, the players whose names were being batted back and forth, the GMs who were involved in the wheeling and dealing.
from the Toronto Star,
Toronto police are investigating complaints that executives at the NHL Players Association accessed and in some cases blocked the email accounts of players who have challenged the hiring of the union’s executive director.
For the past two weeks, police have been looking into whether Saskin and Ken Kim, the union’s senior director of business, ordered technical support staff at the union to access player email accounts hosted by the union, and whether such an action would be illegal, four sources familiar with the investigation told the Star.
Toronto police have now presented their findings to a Crown counsel, who will decide whether there is enough evidence to lay criminal charges
Martin Gerber skates over to the bench and gives Phillips a little tap on the glove.
Phillips didn’t appreciate it.
from NBC Sports,
Q: You’ve been able to skate with so many different players. Who have you had the most fun and chemistry with, be it Avalanche or national teams?
A: Gosh, there’s been so many great players that have come through here. I think on our team, Peter Forsberg would have to be a the top of the list. He’s the best there is when he’s going, and we had a lot of fun when we played together. On the Canadian Olympic team, I always have had a great chemistry with Jarome Iginla. He’s real easy to play with.
Let’s go way back…
from the Sun-Sentinel,
The Panthers had their first opportunity to test the NHL’s new Reebok uniforms during Friday’s practice. They drew mixed reviews….
Some players, like forward Ville Peltonen, did not notice a difference. Others complained that the jerseys limited their range of motion.
But defenseman Steve Montador pointed out a lesser-known feature of the new uniforms.
“I think initially there could be some different types of fights because there is less to grab on to,” said Montador, who has been in eight fights this season. “It could cause a little bit of a learning curve to grab onto and prevent a knockout punch from coming your way.”
more on the Panthers, inlcuding attendance talk…
fro the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,
As for salary cap space, projections are that the cap for 2007-08 will rise from $44 million to anywhere from $47.8 million to as much as $50.27 million, depending on final league revenues. Assuming the number ends up somewhere in the middle — around $49 million — that means the Bruins might be able to spend as much as $7 million above their current payroll on new players, if they so desire.
Whether or not they will depends on many factors. Owner Jeremy Jacobs almost certainly will first consider what mileage he got out of a roster that was right up against the cap lid this season before he decides to do it again next winter, at an even higher cost. Attendance hasn’t been great, with only four sellouts, although the crowds haven’t been exactly embarrassing, averaging close to 15,000 in the 17,565-capacity TD Banknorth Garden.
from the OC Register,
There must still be bad blood between the Nashville Predators and Ducks, who would be the top two seeds in the Western Conference if the Stanley Cup playoffs began today.
No, not because Nashville coach Barry Trotz accused the Ducks of taking “cheap shots” in the closing minutes of the Predators’ 3-0 victory on Feb. 3 in Nashville and promised his players would have “long memories.”
fromJim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Calgary GM Darryl Sutter didn’t have to agonize over signing Jarome Iginla before Tuesday’s deadline, like the Oilers did over Ryan Smyth here, but he knows the day of reckoning isn’t that far off. Jarome
Iginla has one year at $7 million US left. He has virtually no chance of getting that same number over five years in a new deal before he’s an unrestricted free agent. Three years, maybe.
read on for more NHL talk…
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