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from the Calgary Herald,
Kiprusoff’s leash has lost about five links based on Joseph’s efficient play and Kipper’s alleged sloth of late. For both Kiprusoff and goalie coach David Marcoux, this is uncharted territory. How quickly will coach Mike Keenan now pull back on the chain? How much more ice will Cujo see? And how will it play between Kiprusoff’s ears? You’ve just crossed over into the Goalie Controversy.
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The video tells story in last night’s Flames/Coyotes game.
from the Calgary Herald,
As was the norm in those days, the clunkiest skater on the squad was handed lumpy leather pads, a battered blocker and a tattered trapper, and pointed toward the net.
“I had a passion to score goals,” said Joseph, “but I wanted to be on the team also. So there was a little give and take there.”
Give and take as in Joseph gave up on his dream of being a scorer and took the opening given him. Progress was slow for the neophyte netminder.
With 24 hours to go until the NHL’s trade deadline, the Calgary Flames don’t appear willing to deal away winger Alex Tanguay.
General Manager Darryl Sutter told reporters on Monday afternoon that he is not trading Tanguay and he likes the make up of his team.
Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne, Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff and New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending February 24.
via Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
If indeed the Flames are to be active at this year’s trade deadline, the name Flames fans should hope is in play is that of Kristian Huselius….
Truth is the team has been doing just fine without him for the last month when the one-dimensional dispsy-doodler has chipped in with just one goal in his last 20 outings. It confirms what GM Darryl Sutter has been saying about him all along—he’s not a first-line winger.
He’s rendered useless when the going gets tough, he can’t contribute physically or defensively and he has no future here.
Scott Morrison of HNIC did a nice feature yesterday on Darren McCarty. To view it, click here, then go to CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, then scroll down to Darren McCarty.
Every hockey fan should enjoy the video!
Also, the Wings have offered Mac a contract and Holland is waiting to hear back from his agent.
Red Wings play-by-play man Ken Daniels felt Dion Phaneuf could have let-up on a hit on the Wings Tomas Kopecky last night. Your thoughts?
from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
When it comes to Sutter’s Flames on deadline day, that warning label should read: ‘Prepare to be disappointed.’
Although the Flames likely will be working the phones and kicking tires right until the clock strikes 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, history has shown Sutter refuses to overpay for the impact players most readily available at the deadline.
The biggest name brought aboard in the second half of a Sutter season here was Chris Simon in 2004, a few days before the actual closing date.
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald via Faceoff.com,
GM 1: “Do me a favour, will ya’? Don’t make any trades.”
GM 2: “Why not?”
GM 1: “Because if you make one, then my owner’s going to expect me to make one. And that never works.”
GM 2: “Good point.”
This hypothetical conversation pretty much sums up the bluffer’s poker that’s going on in the NHL’s dormant trade market….
Which is not to say the trade stalemate is a bad thing. Stupid deals are stupid deals no matter when they’re made, and if the GMs are having sober second thoughts about mortgaging the future for six weeks on a guy with a bad knee and a worse attitude, then good for them.
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