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from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
“We could use a tweak or two,” Preds Coach Barry Trotz said. “We’re actually scoring more goals than people thought we’d score, but we’re giving up a little more than what we want … So maybe a veteran penalty-killer or a real good faceoff guy, or maybe a guy that’s produced a little bit more (offensively).”
Who’s out there? Some of the forward names getting tossed around are those from teams that have nearly been eliminated from the playoff chase — Carolina’s Ray Whitney and Matt Cullen, Edmonton’s Fernando Pisani and Ethan Moreau, Toronto’s Alexei Ponika-rovsky, and Columbus’ Raffi Torres and Fredrik Modin.
As to whether the Preds might trade either Hamhuis or one of the goalies, Nashville General Manager David Poile at this point seems more inclined to hold on to those players.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The points-starved Detroit Red Wings aren’t expecting power forward Johan Franzen to be their savior when he returns to the lineup Tuesday in St. Louis after a four-month absence due to a torn knee ligament.
“We’ll give him one game before he can save us,” teammate Kris Draper said with a laugh. “No pressure.”
They joke, but they are excited to welcome back one of the NHL’s top goal-scorers the past couple of seasons. This injury-riddled team that has had trouble generating offense, both even-strength and on the power play, needs Franzen’s finishing touch.
from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,
They have become over-the-hill right before our eyes.
An uncertain moment. A step slow. A terrible mistake. Yet another goal against the Edmonton Oilers.
That’s the story of Shawn Horcoff, Ethan Moreau and Fernando Pisani’s 2009-10 season. All three of them have suffered numerous injuries in recent years, and while not one of them is ancient by NHL standards, they have failed to get the job done for the Edmonton Oilers this year, and one wonders if any of them will recover and be solid players again.
via Robyn Norwood of the LA Times,
The Ducks ended the Kings’ streak, but the two points in the playoff race might have come at a high price.
Ryan Getzlaf, the team’s leading scorer, sprained his left ankle during the second period and left the arena wearing a boot and on crutches. X-rays were negative, but an MRI exam is scheduled for Tuesday.
“That will give us a better indication of the severity of the sprain,” Coach Randy Carlyle said.
“Hopefully, he won’t be out too long,” Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer said. “I don’t have to say what he means to this team, what he does for us. So hopefully it’s not bad.”
Niedermayer, also captain of Team Canada, said he hadn’t considered the potential impact on the Olympic team.
“I know he would love to play and wants to play, and we don’t really know how badly hurt he is right now. Hopefully he’s in our lineup in two nights. That would be good.”
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Oren Koules will be in Toronto Wednesday, overseeing the start of filming of Saw VII, the latest instalment of the immensely successful movie franchise that made him rich enough to be an NHL owner.
But it didn’t make him rich enough to be an NHL owner without partners, which is why his heart will be back in Tampa with the club he had to sell last week to Boston money manager Jeffrey Vinik.
“The part that hurts is when we finally got through the circus and got to concentrate on building, we had a pretty good team,” Koules said yesterday. “Not seeing it to the conclusion is hard. I always dreamed every day of making the playoffs. We have a chance to make the playoffs and that’s our goal.”
from the Star-Ledger,
Devils defenseman Anssi Salmela was taken off the ice on a stretcher in Philadelphia Monday night after getting hit by the Flyers’ Jeff Carter just after scoring a short-handed goal for a 2-0 Devils lead.
update 9:05pm, via Jay Grossman (player agent) Twitter,
Salmela has refractured broken nose and lost several teeth. Will not return tonight, but will be OK.
Let’s forget the goals and saves this week and concentrate on just the hits from the past week in the NHL.
from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Is Ducks general manager Bob Murray going to be a buyer or a seller when March 3 rolls around, or perhaps before that fateful date?
It is one of the questions that’s floating around in hockey circles as the Ducks sit precariously outside the playoff picture entering tonight’s game against the Kings at Honda Center. Make no mistake, there are contending teams who wonder if Scott Niedermayer, Saku Koivu, Teemu Selanne and others will be available when the NHL trade deadline rolls around.
Murray isn’t providing an answer to that question right now but one could reveal itself soon — perhaps this week before the break for the Winter Olympics.
The thing is the Ducks are five points out of eight place, not far enough to throw in the towel and start the rebuilding process and perhaps close enough to believe a move or two might give them a lift in their playoff push.
from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,
Gainey said he had decided to resign as general manager after a “long and difficult period of reflection.” With his contract due to expire in June, Gainey approached Pierre Boivin during the Christmas holiday period, telling the Canadiens’ president he was not interested in staying on “for four, five or rix years.”
“Given the choice between staying too long and leaving early, I prefer to leave a little bit too early,” Gainey said. “I did my best. Now iyt’s time to pass the torch.”
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