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Here is the suspension video...
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson will have a phone hearing Tuesday with the NHL Department of Player Safety for a third-period slash on New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen on Saturday night.
Nielsen was skating for a loose puck in the Avalanche's zone when Johnson slashed him on the wrists with 7:54 left in the third period. Johnson was given a two-minute penalty on the play.
added 11:55am, Watch the slash below...
from Pat Pickens of the New York Times,
It was 12:30 p.m. last Thursday, and the Wells Fargo Center’s janitorial staff was mopping the concourses and seating areas before that night’s game between the Flyers and the Colorado Avalanche. A few of the workers noticed a pickup game on the arena’s ice.
Although many team officials would have been using that time to prepare for the game, the Avalanche’s Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic were immersed in a game of shinny with some members of the training staff. Roy, the coach, and Sakic, the executive vice president for hockey operations, could stuff a trophy case with mementos from their Hall of Fame playing careers, yet their competitive spirit and good nature prompted this light moment.
“Joe is on the road trip, so we took advantage of him,” Roy said of the impromptu game. “It is fun. It is also is good to lose a bit of weight and get in better shape.”
Colorado Avalanche press release is below...
“Any time a top-six guy on a team is out of the lineup (rumors) are going to go around. It’s part of the game, but it’s not fun with family and stuff like that. It’s Montreal, too, and everyone was calling me. But I’m trying to block that out and wait for my turn. The team is winning, playing really well and Patty likes his top-six right now. I’ll be patient. I know I belong on the top-six, big-time, I proved it in the past, but sometimes things change in this league pretty quick. We’ll see where this goes.”
-P.A. Parenteau of the Colorado Avalanche on trade rumors between the Avalanche and Canadiens. More from Mike Chambers of All Things Avs.
And I’ll predict that the game will be against the Detroit Red Wings. I mean, the alumni game alone would be an automatic sellout. You want to see Peter Forsberg and Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic suit up against Darren McCarty and Mike Vernon and Kris Draper and all the other hated Wings one last time? Of course you do, and you will buy a ticket to see them one more time, even if some don’t show up. An Avs-Wings alumni game would be just so much fun – and I bet it would be a verycontentious game, which would make it that much more fun.
-Adrian Dater of All Things Avs where the headline reads "Denver a slam dunk to get NHL outdoor Winter Classic game next year". Dater also refers to the "Outdoor Winter Classic Series" in the story so somewhere along the line there is confusion since I thought Washington was awarded the Winter Classic game for next season.
from Adrain Dater of All Things Avs,
Here’s the deal with O’Reilly and the Avs: no, they don’t have agreement on a long-term deal right now. The parties, in fact, haven’t talked since the summer when they tried to work something out but couldn’t. But they will talk again after the season is over, and things actually are good right now between the Avs and O’Reilly. There is reasonable optimism he’ll get a new deal this summer and continue his career with the Avs.
Sometimes I have to keep reminding myself that this is the new Avs, not the old Avs. Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy do do things differently than the old regime, but sometimes I’m still caught up in the past.
Is there a chance things still don’t work out with O’Reilly and somehow he’s gone this summer? I guess, but after talking with people tonight, I don’t think so.
"I think Jiggy should have played better tonight. We're not going to look at our team. We might not have had the jump we should have, but Jiggy needs to be better. He hasn't played well in the last four or five games. He should stand up and say, 'I'm not playing up to what I should.' And he did not. He needs to be better, and we need him playing better. Period."
-Patrick Roy, head coach of the Colorado Avalanche after losing to Calgary 4-3 Monday night. More from Mike Chanbers of the Denver Post.
Craig Berube disagrees...
from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,
The spirited Avalanche practice Saturday was overdue. Colorado hadn't practiced since Monday's morning skate at San Jose and didn't touch the ice for three days after that shootout loss to the Sharks.
Which helps explains why the Avs came off the NHL's mandatory Christmas break and laid an egg Friday at Chicago, losing to the defending Stanley Cup champion 7-2. The Blackhawks had a morning skate and sweated out the holiday cheer at the United Center as the Avs were traveling and guzzling coffee....
"I'm not going to use that as a reason why we lost," Roy said about the Avs not having a morning skate in Chicago. "(But) it's unacceptable that we have to lose an hour to go to Chicago. ... How can you give a good show? No matter what, we were in a bad spot. We've done it in the past, but why (didn't) Chicago come here?
"I don't know who's working for the league for the schedule, but they need to understand that (when) Denver goes to Chicago, you're losing an hour (and) if you want to play at night you have to be up at 4 or 5 in the morning to get to the airport ... to have a good morning skate. It's nonsense."
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