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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Agent Allan Walsh continues to call out the Wild via his Twitter account.
Less than a week after tweeting that coach Todd Richards is “treating [Petr] Sykora with less respect than a rookie,” Walsh sent out a string of Sykora tweets from http://www.twitter.com/walsha Friday reciting statistics, such as 302 career goals, 677 career points, 10 consecutive 20-plus goal seasons ... “leader, winner, intense competitor.”
Although this wasn’t a direct attack, make no mistake: Walsh is taking aim at Richards. Sykora has been scratched five games in a row, most recently Thursday in St. Louis when Richards dressed James Sheppard, a scratch the previous four games.
from Curtis Zupke of the OC Register,
The Ducks have lost a star Finnish player to injury for the second time in as many days.
Center Saku Koivu suffered a sprained knee Thursday night, the team said late Friday. A timetable for his return was not immediately known, but recovery from a sprained knee can typically take 2-6 weeks, depending on the severity….
A suspension appears unlikely for Bobby Ryan for his hit on Kings forward Oscar Moller late in Thursday’s game.
Ryan did not have a disciplinary hearing with NHL officials Friday morning. Such hearings usually take place if a player is going to be suspended, but the league is not believed to be reviewing the play.
more on the Ducks…
update 10:42pm, I just received an update on Koivu from the Ducks which states he will be out approximately 1-2 weeks.
“We have put offers on the table that make sense for our team going forward and that we think are fair with the reality that Kovy is one of the great, great players in the game.”
-Atlanta Thrashers Owner Bruce Levenson. More on this topic from Craig Custance of the Sporting News.
The team is sitting in last place in the Western Conference with a record of 16-25-5 and just 37 points. They’ve lost three in a row, they’re eight points below the next-lowest team in the Blue Jackets, and their playoff prospects are impossibly bleak.
Normally, a team mired in that bad of a situation can at least look forward to a brighter future - the idea being that they can really only go up. But when it comes to the Oilers, could things be looking equally shaky for the long term?
“I get the idea that they want to peddle hope - and they should - and there’s a major rebuild that’s going to go on here,” says TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie. “But this is a last-place hockey team with a first-place payroll, and they’ve got some serious financial issues they have to address.”
Those financial issues are going to provide a major obstacle for a team whose immediate priority is simply to climb out of the NHL’s basement. The first step?
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Matt Bradley is being hailed around the capital as a hero for cutting in on an impending knuckle-duster between Steve Downie and national treasure Alexander Ovechkin.
He shouldn’t be.
If anything, the fourth-line banger’s impetuous intervention embarrassed the team’s newly-minted captain and set him up for a potentially more dangerous confrontation down the road.
continued with more hockey notes…
Watch the hit and reaction to the hit from both sides.
Want more background, check out the KK post from this morning.
from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen,
Judging from the way he looked when he spoke to reporters in Montreal Friday morning, Ottawa Senators goalie Pascal Leclaire is going to be out for some time with what looks like a serious concussion.
During a two-on-one drill during Thursday’s morning skate, Leclaire took a shot from Mike Fisher square on the forehead.
Leclaire said it temporarily knocked him out. When he recovered he quickly left the ice.
a bit more
from Roger Phillips at NHL.com,
After the Olympics, the next big event on the hockey calendar will is the March 3 trade deadline. It’s a time that will have ramifications for teams hoping to improve themselves before the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as well as for those beginning the process of preparing for next season.
Right now, it looks possible every team in the Northwest Division will be a buyer leading into the deadline. Every team, that is, except the Oilers, who have fallen to the bottom of the Western Conference standings and would need a miraculous run just to draw within sniffing distance of a playoff berth.
continue for more Northwest Division talk…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
I’ve always felt a propriety interest in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin – and it all stems back to a book project I did during the 2006-07 season with Dave King, a Phoenix Coyotes’ assistant coach, who was behind the bench of three Canadian men’s Olympic hockey teams. That year, King took his vast international resume to Russia, where he became the first Canadian to coach in what was then known as the Super League.
Malkin’s peer, Alex Ovechkin, had left for the NHL already, but he stayed behind to play one more season, which permitted King’s Magnitogorsk team to fashion an extraordinary regular season, much of thanks to the play of his teenage star.
King and I spoke almost every week and almost every week he had another anecdote relating to Malkin’s rapid-fire development. In fact, about the only criticism that King ever levelled towards him was that when things went sour – in the way they inevitably do, even for the most talented and precocious players – Malkin would revert to individual play and go all lone wolf, trying to do everything by himself. Sometimes, it even worked. Mostly it did not.
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from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,
The NHL may take a further look at a hit Ducks winger Bobby Ryan made on Kings forward Oscar Moller in the late stages of the Kings’ 4-0 win Thursday and determine whether Ryan be disciplined.
Ryan could face a suspension for taking a run at Moller and ramming him into the glass behind the Ducks’ net with 7.1 seconds left in the game. He was given a minor penalty for roughing, a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct.
After the game, Ryan said he expects the league will look at the hit but doesn’t believe he will be disciplined.
“I’d be very surprised,” Ryan said. ”I coasted for 10 feet before I hit him. I did definitely take some strides in that direction. But I came in and watched what I did right away. Everything was down, my hands. It was a clean hit. He had his head down. It’s part of the game.”
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