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Ritch Winter, Maian Hossa’s agent states Hossa is enjoying his stay in Detroit and both sides are interested in seeing if the relationship can continue past this season.
Read more from Craig Custance of the Sporting News Today.
Along with host Ron MacLean, Al Strachan, Mike Milbury and Pierre LeBrun talked about contraction, the Penguins, Lightning and a few other topics last night.
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,
But most NHL teams are just like the Oilers in this regard, having handed out numerous long-term contracts to players in recent years, perhaps in the mistaken belief that the cap would just keep rising.
In Edmonton, the only way out of this problem would be for the Oilers to dump some long-term contracts and perhaps get in return other players who have expiring contracts.
For instance, Brendan Morrison of Anaheim has an expiring contract at $2.7 million, Maxim Afinogenov and Tim Connolly of Buffalo have an expiring contracts for $3.5 million, Jaroslav Spacek has one for $3.3 million, Adrian Aucoin of Calgary, $4.0 million, Martin Havlat of Chicago, $6 million, Joe Sakic of Colorado, $6 million.
These are just a few examples, but if you were to acquire any of these players at the trade deadline, you would have their cap hit for the rest of the season, but you would have all of that cap space for the next season.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Yeah, the Pens are too loose defensively right now and it’s a major reason why they’ve lost seven out of eight. But, geez, it just leaves you green with envy when they leave town and you know you have to go back to watching the …zzzzzzzzzzzzz…..Minnesota Wild or the ….zzzzzzzzzzzz….Nashville Predators or the ….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….Columbus Blue Jackets 12 more times this year, or whatever it is.
The West might have the better teams as a conference, but let’s face it, the three most exciting players in the NHL play in the East: Crosby, Malkin and Alex Ovechkin. I just wish we could see them more, instead of Jacques Lemaire and his Ambien brand of hockey.
more observations from Dater…
from Bruce Garrioch of he Ottawa Sun,
• While league sources say the Oilers have a mild interest in Ottawa’s top centre (Spezza), the man Edmonton GM Steve Tambellini really wants in the middle is Mike Fisher.
Fisher has been struggling this season with only three goals in 35 games going into last night, after scoring 23 last season.
• A team that would love Spezza is Columbus. The word is Ken Hitchcock believes he can transform the struggling centre into the next Steve Yzerman. Hitchcock worked with Spezza at the world championship in Quebec City last spring.
from James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen,
Option 1 didn’t result in a much-needed victory, though Elliott was good in his debut.
General manager Bryan Murray has found Option 2 impossible to pull off.
How long before team owner Eugene Melnyk goes with Option 3? The rumours certainly won’t be going away any time soon, thanks to another demoralizing defeat.
The disappointment was all over coach Craig Hartsburg’s face as he faced the media afterward.
“I thought it was an even game, we just couldn’t score,” he said. “We had our chances, couldn’t finish … it’s a tough game coming back after a long road trip and I thought our guys, we tried, we executed a lot of things, just maybe didn’t have that extra energy we needed.”
“They (Rangers) went to Europe and he had told me to stay back and keep training and to be ready. I felt that in spite of the fact that I wasn’t signed early on that I was still going to be given an opportunity to stay. I had no desire to leave my team, but it didn’t work out and that’s sometimes the way it goes in the salary cap business. I had a great two years there. I feel really lucky to have played there and I had a great experience there. But I also feel lucky I had a relationship with some other teams in the Northeast. I believe it was right around Nov. 1 when I had said it wasn’t going to work out with the Rangers and I was going to start negotiating with other teams in the Northeast.”
“I had some great offers from some very good organizations and good people out West. I didn’t want to move my family. I have three children, all under six years old and they’re in school and definitely my first choice was to do something close to home—whether I could live at home or be a short commute for my family to come and see me as often as possible. That was my first choice, so I feel really fortunate.”
More on Shanahan from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice.
via the Detroit Free Press,
Defenseman Niklas Kronwall is out with an illness tonight
added 8:56pm, Ah, the flu!
via Marc Ciampa of EdmontonOilers.com,
Saturday was an eventful day at Rexall Place - particularly for an off-day - with several injury updates coming out of the Oilers dressing room.
Sheldon Souray remarked that he tweaked his shoulder on Friday against the Sharks but it was nothing too serious and certainly not related to last season’s shoulder injury. Sam Gagner left practice early with a nagging ankle injury and is questionable for Sunday.
Head coach Craig MacTavish talked about Zack Stortini’s injury as well. He said the Oilers enforcer strained his knee. The injury is not nearly as serious as previously thought but he’ll still be out for some time.
from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
The last ‘Rinkside View’ broadcast of Ducks games was last Sunday.
The Ducks met with FSN and the decision was made to discontinue the controversial telecasts for the rest of the season.
“It’s not something that’s overwhelmingly positive,” said Aaron Teats, Ducks director of broadcasting.
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