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from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,
If you find it hard to imagine Tomas Holmstrom wearing anything but the winged wheel on his sweater, so does he.
“Detroit has been so good to me over the years,” said Holmstrom, who will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. “I have been fortunate to be part of four Stanley Cup teams here. I want to stay here and finish my career here.”
General manager Ken Holland feels the same way. He’s already had one brief conversation with Holmstrom’s agent, Howard Gourwitz. Holmstrom said he would consider anything from a one-year to a three-year deal.
There was so many Stanley Cups in both those dressing rooms now looking back and there was just genuine, genuine hatred. There were no guys meeting up for a beer the night before or winking hello to a guy during warmup.
“There were players on the Colorado team I had played with before and I just grew to hate them and they felt the same way, I’m sure.”
-Brendan Shanahan talking about 3/26/97. More from Shanahan by Ryan Dixon of The Hockey News.
via the Vancouver Canucks Twitter,
Mikael (Samuelsson) will likely be out 2-3 weeks with an ‘upper body’ injury.
from Bob Condor of NHL.com,
The NHL is looking to establish a new rule against blind-side hits to the head as soon as possible, but any change for the rest of the regular season or playoffs would involve possible supplemental discipline but would not involve on-ice officials calling a minor or major penalty.
“A penalty call on the ice [based on any new rule] would be a difficult thing to consistently administer at this time,” said Colin Campbell, the NHL’s Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations, during an appearance on NHL Live! radio.
The alternative measure would be for any potential violation to be reviewed by Campbell and his Hockey Operations staff. Any questionable play would involve “a lateral, back pressure or blind-side hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the principal point of contact is not permitted.”
via Fluto Shinzawa of the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Bill McCreary and Stephen Walkom will be the referees for tomorrow’s Bruins-Penguins rematch. Brian Murphy and Tony Sericolo will be the linesmen.
Entering 2009-10, McCreary had been a referee for 1,597 games, second-most on the active list behind Kerry Fraser (1,828). Walkom was the NHL’s director of officiating for four seasons before returning to the ice this year.
Before this season, Murphy had 1,207 NHL games on his resume, sixth-most among active linesmen. Sericolo had worked in 664 games entering this year.
With these assignments, the NHL is sending a message that players will be under close watch tomorrow.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
The previously unscheduled practice after last night’s 8-2 drubbing in Dallas was about getting better, the coach said, not about punishment.
At one point McLellan did talk to the players about what went wrong on Brendan Morrow’s first goal, but the general idea was to look ahead to Vancouver rather than re-live the mistakes against the Stars.
So does McLellan think last night’s game was as low as it can go?
“You know, you’d like to think it is, but we have to work ourselves out of this and the key in that is working,” he said. “It’s something that we’d gone through earlier in the year, that we’ve gone through in the past, so there’s no reason we can’t right now.
“As long as we learn from it collectively, we’ll be better,” he added. “But if we don’t work our way out, if we try to short-cut our way out, we’ll stay in it a lot longer than we should.”
from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
A few NHLers I spoke with this week about Ovechkin were upset at his actions and offered up comments such as, “He’ll get his,” and, “His day is coming.”
Ovechkin is one of the most skilled players to ever play in the NHL. Let’s hope this is the last time he does anything that might make voters want to knock him off his perch and from here on in, we only talk about his amazing ability to lift people out of their seats with breath-taking plays.
Let’s hope he has finally learned his lesson.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils defenseman Paul Martin will make his return from a fractured left forearm tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
It will be Martin’s first game since he was injured when he was hit by a Bill Guerin shot on Oct. 24 in Pittsburgh.
Mark Fraser and Anssi Salmela will be the healthy scratches on defense for the Devils tonight.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said Martin, who missed 49 games. “It’s just exciting to be around the guys and get back in there and play a game. I’m trying not to get too excited, but I think it will be fun.”
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
It almost defies logic, but somehow the Pittsburgh Penguins are first in the Atlantic Division, two points ahead of New Jersey, despite losing all five games to the Devils this season.
The teams’ season series finale is tonight in Newark, and this is a game that has all kinds of meaning for both teams.
The Devils, with a game in hand, can tie the Pens for the division lead and head into the playoffs with the confidence of a 6-0-0 sweep of the reigning Cup champs. (Put that card in the deck and pull it out later in the spring, if you know what I mean.)
The Pens need a win to put a little space between first and second place in the Atlantic, and, perhaps more importantly, know they can finally beat Martin Brodeur and his team this season.
What games do you play? Fifa and Madden
Bucket list: I’d like to go to the World Cup, not in South Africa, but some day. And I’d like to go to the Superbowl, too, but it’ll have to wait until I’m done playing hockey.
All-time hero: Steve Yzerman and Mario Lemieux are the guys I always looked up to. Mario, I wanted to try to play like him, and Yzerman, just the way he is off the ice and how professional he is.
An NHL player you admire: There’s lots of guys. Someone like Jarome Iginla. He leads by example and plays consistently and has for a really long time.
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