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“I know we expect a lot from Toews because he has delivered a lot, but don’t overlook this example of his remarkable maturity. A kid who’s captain of one of the best teams in the NHL, a kid who centers the top line, a kid who leads off almost every shootout—- this kid is doing the scut work for his country, doing all the selfless, thankless stuff, and he’s still managing to stand out. Special kid. Lucky us.”
-Steve Rosenbloom on Jonathan Toews. More on Toews at RosenBlog.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Steve Ott is still trying to recover from appendectomy surgery, and had a small setback last week. However, he skated yesterday, hopes to work slowly into the Stars’ mini-camp that starts Friday, and said he is planning on being on the ice for the March 2 game against the Kings at American Airlines Center.
But there are a couple of things that could get in the way.
One, his conditioning might not be up to the standards he needs by that time, and two he could be traded when the NHL roster freeze comes off at 11 p.m. Feb. 28.
So, has Ott thought that he may have played his last game in a Stars’ uniform?
“That thought has never entered my mind,’’ he said via a phone interview. “Honestly, I’m a pretty simple guy, I work as hard as I can to prepare for the next game and play the next game, and I let the rest take care of itself.’‘
Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of left wing Rene Bourque to a multi year contract.
Bourque, a native of Lac La Biche, AB, is in his second season with the Flames after being acquired on July 1, 2008 from Chicago for a conditional draft choice. The 6’2”, 207lbs winger has recorded 156 points in 280 career NHL games. He has established a career high for points already this season with 41 (18 goals and 23 assists) in 53 games played. During the 2008-09 season, his first with Calgary, he reached a new career high for goals with 21.
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
The Capitals overwhelm opponents with persistent waves of attack. Their retro style is becoming more prevalent - especially in the East, but not exclusively. In the West, the three division leaders - Chicago, Vancouver and San Jose - are not as defensively suffocating as they are offensively potent. Each of these teams has a goal differential between plus-42 and plus-53.
Not a day goes by when Boudreau isn’t asked whether his offensive style can hold up in the cauldron of the playoffs. His response is automatic: We play defense, too.
He also says, “The only way to answer the question is to win the Stanley Cup. And we’re trying really hard.”
If the Capitals manage to hoist the Cup, a process will be validated and more coaches will look to open up the game. That would be an Olympian development, especially in the eyes of the casual fan.
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
The most interesting aspect of the change to the Tampa Bay Lightning coaching staff is not so much that assistant coach Wes Walz was fired after he declined the head coaching job at AHL Norfolk, or that Norfolk coach Jim Johnson has been hired as a Lightning assistant, helping to push out Walz. It is that Lightning coach Rick Tocchet apparently was not consulted by GM Brian Lawton before the change was made.
“None,” Tocchet said Wednesday when asked how much input he had into the changes. I was told at 12 o’clock (Tuesday).”
Lawton, for his part said, “I did discuss it with Rick,” but that, according to Tocchet’s time line, apparently was after the decision was made.
The Lightning is one point out of a playoff spot and has 21 games left. The season resumes March 2.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Detroit Red Wings forward Kirk Maltby said today that he will have shoulder surgery next week, keeping him out for the remainder of the regular season.
Maltby will be placed on long-term injured serve, solving the club’s salary-cap issues. This will enable defenseman Andreas Lilja to be activated. Lilja said he expects to be in the lineup Monday at Colorado, in the frist game following the Olympic break.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
The Stars today placed backup goalie Alex Auld on waivers, which means there is little chance the team will trade Marty Turco before the March 3 trade deadline.
GM Joe Nieuwendyk, who is traveling to Cornell to have his number retired this weekend, confirmed that Turco will likely stick with the team.
“I don’t want to ever say never, but we would have to be blown away with a great offer to deal him now,’’ Nieuwendyk said. “We feel this is the best move for our team going forward, so that’s the plan right now.’‘
via John Glennon of the Tennessean,
The Predators have re-signed goalie Pekka Rinne to a two-year, $6.8 million contract.
The team is expected to officially announce the signing later this afternoon.
Rinne will make $2.8 million during the 2010-11 season and $4.0 million during the 2011-12 season.
from Chip Alexander of Canes Now at the News & Observer,
While saying there is no set timetable for a return, Canes general manager Jim Rutherford said today that goaltender Cam Ward could be back in net this season.
Ward, sidelined since Feb. 3 with a back problem, returned to a back specialist in Charlotte this week. Rutherford said surgery will not be required.
“We’re real encouraged with the progress he’s making,” Rutherford said. “He has been feeling much better in the last week. We’ll see where he is in the next week or two.
Tom Wilson will soon work for llitch Holdings, sources tell Action News. Having resigned last week as president and CEO of the Pistons and their owner, Palace Sports and Entertainment, he now joins the company that owns the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings.
Wilson will be responsible for heading up all the talks surrouding a new stadium for the Detroit Red Wings. The move is right up Wilson’s alley considering he was involved in the building of the Palace in Auburn Hills.
He will report directly to Mike Ilitch. It is not yet known if Ken Holland and Dave Dombrowski will report to Wilson.
A press conference could be held as early as Tuesday.
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