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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Ultimately, I expect any initial round of boos Sundin will hear Saturday night quickly will be drowned out by cheers of fans who are well within their right to appreciate the 13 years of loyal, classy service he provided to the team.
But I don’t fault any Leafs fan for tossing raspberries and profanity-riddled verbal bon mots Sundin’s way. They’ve got the right to do anything they want to do, just as Sundin, the great libertarian, did less than a year ago.
And if they choose to jeer him, they’ll be looking out for their own interests first – precisely what Sundin’s last lesson taught them.
from Mark Everson of the NY Post,
Figuring out what Lou Lamoriello is going to do at the trade deadline is a fool’s errand, so here goes. Dig we must.
Surely, the Devils’ general manager is in it if there’s any chance of prying Scott Niedermayer or Chris Pronger from the Ducks, but failing there, sources have touted Coyotes Derek Morris and Ed Jovanovski as his likely quarries.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Playoff races aside, there will be trades on Mar. 4 and based on the discussions taking place now we’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 most interesting trade possibilities….
No. 1 - Ryan Smyth. Colorada needs to cut payroll and Francois Giguere is talking to teams about Smyth. The Avs won’t ask Smyth to waive his no-trade unless there’s a decent deal tabled. Teams are working on their offers now.
New York/Toronto/Stockholm/Helsinki (February 19, 2008) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), in cooperation with Live Nation Sweden, IMG Sweden and Harry Harkimo/Jokerit HC Oy in Finland, announced today that the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers will open the 2009-2010 NHL regular season in Europe. The Blackhawks and Panthers will play home-and-home games Friday, Oct. 2, and Saturday, Oct. 3, in Helsinki, Finland, at Hartwall Areena. On those same dates, the Red Wings and Blues will play a home-and-home series at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. Finland and Sweden are the top ranked countries in terms of overseas visitors to NHL.com.
from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
Watching Todd Bertuzzi get mugged by Alexandre Burrows Tuesday night, you couldn’t help but feel bad for the Calgary Flames winger.
Pushed, whacked and prodded by the Vancouver Canucks’ agitator into the bench, Bertuzzi tried to be the better man and get back into the play.
Jabbed some more, he looked pleadingly for a man in stripes who would see the abuse and make a call.
None came, and Bertuzzi finally had enough. He poked back and took a coincidental roughing minor with Burrows….
“Well, you know what, he’s a big brute,” said Flames defenceman Adrian Aucoin.
“He’s obviously a marked man.
“I’m not complaining about the officiating, but he’s got a reputation and obviously he’s got to be careful out there. It’s got to be an obvious penalty to go the other way on him.”
read on and watch the incident below…
“I don’t want Justin Pogge to be what Carey Price is today, a shell of himself…”
-Leafs coach Ron Wilson this morning. Wilson did go on to say Price will get out of his slump. You can listen to the whole Wilson interview at Fan590 in Toronto. The Pogge talk starts around the 2:30 mark.
The latest on Jay Bouwmeester and the Sedins, a look at the Rangers, Oilers and Devils, a Predators defenseman seeks a trade and plenty of scouts are being seen in certain NHL arenas.
from Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News,
The Stars have three games in five days at home against one team that’s likely to make the Western Conference playoffs and two that are virtually guaranteed of it. Edmonton, trailing the Stars by a point, is followed by Chicago, a team that has had its way with the Stars lately, and the conference-leading San Jose Sharks.
The Stars not only need to collect their share of points in those games, they need to do it with someone other than Turco leaving the ice as the No. 1 star.
Not having Richards makes it harder, but it has to be done. Winning games the way they beat Columbus on Monday almost isn’t worth it.
If Turco is going to have to be that good – 41 saves, 3-for-3 on shootout stops – while playing every game for more than two months, then I’m sorry, he’s not going to have left what it takes to make a significant playoff run.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Even though the Kings were 4-3 winners over the Ducks on Wednesday at a far-from-sold out Honda Center, showing pluck and patience after they squandered a 2-0 lead, they have too many shootout losses and not enough wins to think they can leap several spots in the tight West playoff scramble.
The Kings likely will finish a few points out of the top eight and that’s not a bad fate. They’re playing pressure games for the first time as a team—many players for the first time in their NHL careers—and they can only get better for it.
“It was probably one of the more important games in our franchise history the last five, six years,” said Patrick O’Sullivan, who gave the Kings a 2-0 lead at 9 minutes 18 seconds of the first period.
These teams have passed while moving in opposite directions, the Ducks disintegrating more quickly than the Kings are maturing.
from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,
The Rangers can’t afford to open it up more with defensemen who have minimal offensive ability. They cannot pretend that Markus Naslund is any longer the player he was in Vancouver, nor can they expect that veteran B or B-plus players will morph into team-carrying players this late in their careers.
Sather, responsible for this big miscalculation, can keep Zherdev, an upcoming restricted free agent, or save that cap room for somebody more often going to show up.
But unless the Rangers swallow Redden’s cap-choking contract for five long years, there will be little maneuverability to sign the level of scorer the team badly needs.
And making a coaching change isn’t going to bring him.
more about the Rangers…
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