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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
There is a rumor out there that the Minnesota Wild are on the verge of trading Gaborik. As in any hour or day now, it’s that close.
Under normal circumstances, this wouldn’t be a reach.
Gaborik, after all, is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.
Gaborik, thus far, has rejected all contract offers from the Wild and it doesn’t look like he’s about to put pen to paper in the Twin Cities any time soon.
added 1:36pm, via Russo’s Rants,
Risebrough, by the way according to multiple sources, was at last night’s Ottawa-Rangers game — two teams I said weeks ago made sense for a potential Marian Gaborik trade. Bryan Murray, Ottawa’s GM, loves making blockbusters, and Rangers GM Glen Sather is buddy buddy with Risebrough
Clarification: Doug Risebrough was on the Ottawa-Rangers press box seating chart, but he never made it to the game. He planned to scout the game, but flight problems forced him to detour to Pittsburgh. He was in Pittsburgh by 4:45 yesterday..
added 2:24pm, Mark Hermann of Newsday wonders if the Rangers could fit Gaborik into the lineup…
from Erik Erlendssen of Bolts Report,
I had the opportunity earlier today to submit some questions to Lightning co-owner Oren Koules to get some of his thoughts about the direction of the team since Barry Melrose was let go on Friday….
Q: What can you say to fans who may be soured by the start of the team on the ice and the issues off the ice? Do you still believe you have a good hockey team or do more changes need to be made?
OK: In talking to many players coaches and general managers around the league, most feel we have a very good hockey team. And as I said above, I still very much believe we will make the playoffs. In fact, with 65 games left to play, we are three points out of the playoffs. So I feel pretty good about things the way they are now.
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
Laviolette’s uncertain position ranks among the five most significant coaching crises in the Hurricanes’ time in North Carolina—this week’s Tuesday Top Five.
5. NOVEMBER 2008: After consecutive embarrassing losses, Rutherford on Thursday issued a scathing critique of the team’s work ethic. In the end, that’s an area for which the coach bears final responsibility. Coming off last season, when the Hurricanes missed the playoffs because of poor play this time of year, Rutherford made it clear he would not countenance a repeat performance.
from George James Malik SnapShots,
The Red Wings re-launched their Hockeytown Blog without much fanfare, but this post from DetroitRedWings.com’s Shannon Paul illustrates why Wings fans need to bookmark the blog and check it on a regular basis.
The team is officially reaching out to fans, and they want your input as to how you want them to move forward in connecting you to all things Red Wings-related:
Here is one suggestion- Start acknowledging bloggers instead of not returning emails or treating them like they don’t exist!
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators could be stepping up their pursuit of defenceman Mattias Ohuld (Ohlund).
Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis and assistant Lawrence Gilman were on the list of scouts for last night’s Senators-Rangers game at Madison Square Garden and GM Bryan Murray hasn’t made any secret of the fact he’s looking for a puck-moving defenceman.
While the Gillis’ Canucks were playing across town on Long Island, it’s believed contract talks with Ohlund have been fruitless and if they continue to go nowhere, he might be asked to waive his no-movement clause to accept a deal elsewhere.
read on plus more Ottawa notes…
from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie at the Ottawa Citizen,
...apparently this stuff matters to people, so here’s your unbiased quarter-season Eastern Conference All-Star ballot, based solely on this season’s performance.
G-Tim Thomas—He has the best numbers in the NHL and is the most entertaining hockey player since the monkey in the MVP movies.
D-Zdeno Chara—Still the single most intimidating presence in the NHL. Plus, I like to keep him on my good side.
D-Andrei Markov—Okay, they were probably right on that one, though Washington’s Mike Green, Florida’s Jay Boewmeester and Ottawa’s Filip Kuba all merit consideration.
Minnesota and Pittsburgh face each other tonight and that can mean only one thing- another Derek Boogaard and Eric Godard fight?
Empty Netters has highlights of their previous bouts.
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,
On Sept. 19, 2008, long before all the present bitterness and acrimony, coach Craig MacTavish summed up the giddy mood in Edmonton regarding his Edmonton Oilers, telling reporters it was like the days when Chris Pronger was in town. “This is the best chance we’ve had since then to win the division. I think it’s wide open and we’re going to be right there….
“We have lots of options. We’re in a good space right now. We have the personnel to have a championship-calibre team.”
A championshp-calibre team.
Talk about painting yourself into a corner.
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed 22-year-old center Paul Stastny to a five-year contract extension beginning with the 2009-2010 season.
“Paul has clearly established himself as one of the bright young stars emerging in our game today,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President & General Manager Francois Giguere. “At a young age, he’s demonstrated tremendous skill, vision and composure on the ice and is recognized as one of the most complete players in our league.
“We’re pleased that Paul will remain with the Colorado Avalanche franchise long-term. This is another sign of our ownership’s commitment to winning.”
added 9:07pm, CBC reporting deal is for $33M.
from Sam Weinman of Rangers Report,
...here is what Redden said about facing the Senators tonight. He said he met up with Daniel Alfredsson and Chris Phillips, and only then did the significance of tonight start to hit home.
“I just think it’s the final recognition, going up against the old guys,” Redden said. “I think it’s a good thing. It really hit home just seeing the guys yesterday. It was different. I’m excited about playing them. It’s been a big change this year. I don’t know. I’m just looking forward to getting out there against them and knowing that I am against them. It’s good to finally play them.”
more on the Rangers
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