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from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,
As low as the Leafs have tumbled in recent weeks, defenceman Tomas Kaberle still has “no interest” in waiving his no-trade clause in order to be moved to a Stanley Cup contender, according to his agent.
Kaberle wants to help rebuild the 28th-overall Leafs, not by allowing himself to be dealt for draft picks or prospects but by staying and continuing to play well.
“As corny as it sounds, he believes he is part of the solution,” Kaberle’s agent, Rick Curran, said Wednesday.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
...For practical purposes, the Canucks may also opt for the path of least resistance. Already now there are fears that Burrows’s public excoriation of a member in good standing of the NHL Officials’ Association will haunt the organization in the weeks and months to come – and is that good for business?
In the end, they may decide that building bridges, rather than burning them, is the way to go. If that turns out to be the case; and if Burrows clams up under orders, then the league will have swept the matter, cleanly and efficiently, under the rug.
Of course, by leaving so many questions frustratingly unanswered, the NHL risks alienating the ticket-buying public, some of whom have wondered – on chat boards all across the Internet these past 48 hours - that the trust they previously held in the game has been replaced by suspicion. That’s the sort of damage that cannot easily be repaired, no matter how bright a spin the NHL puts on the matter. Thank Alex Burrows for that.
Teemu Selanne suffered a fractured jaw in the third period of Anaheim’s 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins at Honda Center, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle told reporters after the game.
Carlyle said Selanne “unavailable for a number of days, weeks here going forward” and that the fracture will be surgically repaired tomorrow. “We’ll have to see what kind of timeframe they are going to give us with it,” he said.
Selanne was hit in the face by the puck with 8:29 left in the game following a shot by teammate Ryan Whitney that deflected off the stick of Boston’s Miroslav Satan and bounced off the ice. He went down to the ice holding his face and was helped to the locker room while holding a towel to his bleeding face. He did not return to the game.
“It’s a tough loss,” Carlyle said. “The puck hit the bottom of somebody’s stick, went and hit the ice and then bounced back up and hit him. It’s one of those things that you’d very rarely would see unfortunately for Teeme and unforunately for us. We finally started to get some bodies back in our lineup and get our lines setted. That is just the way it goes and injuries are a part of it.”
added 1:51pm, Watch the video below of the Selanne injury.
“I’d have been suspended indefinitely. There’s no doubt that all he was trying to do was hurt me.”
-Cal Clutterbuck of the Minnesota Wild on the elbow he took from Sergei Gonchar of the Pittsburgh Penguins. More from Clutterbuck by Michael Russo of the Star Tribune.
The Coyotes will be handing out the Shane Doan Bobblehead on January 16th.
Some of the Coyotes critique the work of art.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail (Thursday edition),
After Monday’s game, in which Burrows was given a questionable penalty that resulted in the game-winning goal for the Nashville Predators, the Canucks’ forward made his accusation to the media.
And that, according to Stewart, violated one of hockey’s unofficial rules.
“It’s like that old expression, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” Stewart said. “You got an issue? Don’t take it to the press.”
Calgary Flames centre Craig Conroy agreed.
“It’s like a tattletale. No one likes a tattletale,” Conroy said of Burrows. “That’s kind of what it looked like to me.”
TORONTO (January 13, 2010) – Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows has been fined $2,500 for conduct deemed detrimental to the National Hockey League and the game of hockey, the NHL announced today.
On separate plays during the third period of a 3-2 Vancouver loss to the Nashville Predators Jan. 10, Referee Stephane Auger assessed Burrows minor penalties for diving, interference and unsportsmanlike conduct.
After the game, Burrows made the following comments to the media: “It was personal. It started in warm up before the anthem. The ref (Auger) came over to me and said I made him look bad in Nashville on the Smithson hit (during a game December 8, 2009). He said he was going to get me back tonight and he did his job in the third . . . “
from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
Kovalchuk isn’t the only player in the sights of the KHL. A source told sportsnet.ca Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin is so upset about having to pay 18 per cent of his salary to escrow he is prepared to pondering leaving the Capitals after this season. Sources say Ovechkin expressed his displeasure with having to pay escrow during an NHLPA conference call meant to talk about the direction of the organization.
more on Kovalchuk…
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via the National Post,
The Edmonton Oilers don’t plan any quick fixes to help their goaltending situation, with Nikolai Khabibulin having surgery Thursday in Los Angeles to repair a herniated disc in his back.
They will ride young netminders Jeff Deslauriers and Devan Dubnyk rather than make a trade for New York Islanders’ goalie Martin Biron, who is No. 3 on their depth chart behind Rick DiPietro, who is back from a knee injury, and ex-Oiler Dwayne Roloson. A trade like that might cost the Oilers a middle-round entry draft pick.
There is also no truth to rumours the Oilers may be interested in acquiring Jaroslav Halak from Montreal, which would cost them infinitely more.
To the KK readers who have emailed me about the made up rumor of Halak to Edmonton, there is your answer…
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
I apologize for being late to the party on the Steve Ott contract talks, but I just kind of knew they weren’t making progress, so I put it on the backburner.
The talks are cordial, Ott wants to stay in Dallas, and both sides say everybody is happy and open to negotiations. But the fly in the ointment is that it’s really tough to define what Steve Ott is right now.
Is he a gritty third line forward who can kill penalties, agitate and help the team win? Is he a top six forward who can score goals and help make a skilled line tougher? Is he the elusive shut-down checking line center who can win faceoffs that this team so desperately needs?
Because that makes a lot of difference in how a player gets paid.
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