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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
• Really, really curious to watch Ryan Miller. Aside from last year, his late-season numbers aren’t great. Is he starting to burn out from carrying the Sabres on his back, again?
• Thought Marc Crawford made a really interesting point about the team with the most fluid skaters being in best position to win. His theory: as the players get exhausted in the later rounds, those who expend less energy while striding will have an advantage. He pointed out two Canadians in particular: Scott Niedermayer and Patrice Bergeron.
from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
The Canuck coach pointed to fatigue and a less than sterling performance from his big guns as the main contributors to an ugly 6-2 loss to the Wild….
“Today was our third game in three-and-a-half days with a lot of travelling, so I think it’s safe to say there was some fatigue in our game,” Vigneault said. “And we’re like a lot of teams, you need your best players to be at their best and we had quite a few of our guys—a lot of those are our Olympians—who didn’t have a very good game.”
Asked specifically about the play of the Sedin twins, Vigneault said: “I’ll just shrug my shoulders.”
from Darren Pang of HockeyChats,
I say no.
Semyon Varlomov will return from injury, while Jose Theodore has played well. He is a good presence in the room, works hard and can be part of a platoon type system.
I like Varlomov and he showed last year he has composure under fire, not to mention, ability.
Why go out and trade for a goalie that hasn’t proven to be a difference maker? There are no Hasek’s, Belfour’s, or Roys hanging around out there, waiting to get picked up for one last chance at glory…
more plus some Montreal goalie talk…
from Scott Cullen of TSN,
Just because a player is listed as being of interest, it doesn’t mean he will be traded or should be traded. Some may just be of interest for teams looking to hit a home run when trying to swing a deal or they are players that may be considered to be underachieving for the money they are due over the rest of their contract.
Generally, then, here’s a rough guide for which players each Western Conference team might have at their disposal in order to make a trade leading up to the deadline.
UFA in 2010: Saku Koivu, Teemu Selanne, Evgeny Artyukhin, Scott Niedermayer, Nick Boynton, Vesa Toskala.
RFA in 2010: Bobby Ryan, Kyle Chipchura, James Wisniewski.
read on and some great information, like top prospects for every team and what players have a NTC…
added 7:21pm, The Eastern Conference can be found here....
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Tomas Holmstrom’s ailing left knee has forced him to withdraw from the Swedish Olympic team, enabling Detroit Red Wings teammate Johan Franzen to take his place, according to Sweden’s Expressen.
Franzen has played only three games since returning from knee surgery, which idled him for four months. But he is skating well and said he feels good. It will be his first Olympic appearance.
added 5:00pm, via Kevin Allen tweet,
It’s official: Red Wings Johan Franzen replaces Red Wing Tomas Holmstrom on the Swedish Olympic hockey team.
from Laura Berman of the Detroit News,
Now the University of Toledo has hatched an insidiously clever scheme to lure Michigan’s dwindling population of promising young people. Their target: college-potential kids with B averages and enough vitality to find a ride over the border.
To get them, the school enlisted the aid of the Detroit Red Wings to announce Friday that eighth-graders who sign up can earn a $10,000 scholarship. That’s $2,000 a year from eighth grade through 12th for teens who maintain a 3.0 grade point average while checking their UT “savings account” online….
Even Al Hermsen, Wayne State’s director of financial aid, was caught by surprise. “Why would the Red Wings do that?” he asked.
from Donna Spencer of the CP at CTVOlympics,
Sidney Crosby and company are moving into the athletes village, and Canada’s Olympians can’t wait for their new neighbours to arrive.
“I’ll walk up to Crosby and say ‘Hey man, you’re awesome.’ And he’ll be like ‘Who are you?” said Calgary luger Jeff Christie….
“I just would like to know how he deals with certain situations, like the Stanley Cup,” said Toronto figure skater Patrick Chan, a medal contender in his own right. “That’s probably the equivalent of the Olympics. I think he’s really wise and he’s young like I am, so he’s kind of in the same situation.”
Calgary curler Cheryl Bernard said she and her teammates anticipate sitting across the table from them in the dining hall.
“I’m a little concerned that our team is going to get a reputation for being stalkers of the men’s hockey team,” she said.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
Take a look at the Olympic rosters of all teams competing in the men’s tournament and then tell me the KHL hasn’t hurt the NHL.
No way you can say that. While many thought the KHL would be able to lure away many of the top-level players, so far that hasn’t happened—unless Ilya Kovalchuk has a genuine surprise for everyone at the end of the season.
But that’s not likely to happen either because, while he might get a long-term offer from a Russianleague team, he’d be nuts to take it—contracts in Russian not having quite the same meaning, if you get the drift here.
Action starts at 1:00pm ET today, then we turn our attention to Vancouver for the next two weeks.
Almost a dangle-dangle between-the-legs goal for Datsyuk.
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