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from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,
Do you see what goalie Roberto Luongo has been doing lately and feel cheated? You should. If it makes you angry to read those sentences, it’s because you hate being reminded of what can’t be forgotten — that the Panthers gave away Luongo to Vancouver in June 2006.
Regardless of whether you agree with the trade, they should have received more in return. What they now have instead of Luongo are defenseman Bryan Allen and AHL center Shawn Matthias, a prospect they got when they traded their key acquisition in the Luongo deal, Todd Bertuzzi, to Detroit.
from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,
I’ve only seen the Los Angeles Kings play a couple of games this season, but I’ve already penciled in the name Drew Doughty next to Calder Trophy on my virtual NHL awards ballot.
This 18-year-old man-child is the real deal. On a young Kings lineup, Doughty plays the seasoned vet. He logs the second most minutes on the team, quarterbacks the power play and is the steadiest defenseman on the Kings in 5-on-5 situations.
from Jim Baumbach of Newsday,
In order for the Islanders to get a new home, for the Islanders to remain on Long Island and not wind up as a relocated franchise to Kansas City or Seattle or some other city, Wang needs to do what Bettman did last week. He needs to speak honestly about how grave this situation is.
People close to him say he doesn’t want to play the game of making threats, but it’s not a threat if it’s real. Fans, take off your Islanders-colored glasses and look around the Coliseum. This place stinks. And no one is coming. And Wang admittedly is losing money, as much as $20 million a year, he says.
Entering last night’s game, the Islanders were last in the league in attendance, averaging 13,233 fans. But no way does that number truly reflect the amount of actual live bodies who have passed through this place this year. It’s inflated, just like some people’s evaluations of the youth on this team.
from Darryl Maxie of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
Q. But you do go all Sheila E. with your hands on the lower backs of Thrashers?
A. If you want to say that. I’m like a drummer beating the drums at a fast pace. I incorporate that into the massage.
Q. You’ve also used your tongue, I hear. Maybe I should clarify. You’ve helped translate for Ilya Kovalchuk , who’s from Russia, correct?
A. I don’t want to say I was his interpreter, but I’ve helped translate what he said. Now he doesn’t need me for that anymore. They all speak pretty good English, but they don’t all have all the American skills. Like how to use checking and debit cards. Basic survival skills..
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Getting Franzen locked up will not be easy. The Red Wings went through a difficult negotiation process with him and his agent in the summer of 2006, when he was a third-line, checking forward with seemingly modest offensive potential. Franzen could cost the club between $4- and $5 million a year, and he surely would get more on the open market.
Re-signing Hossa would require a series of events. The Red Wings would have to deem Franzen’s asking price more than they want to pay. Hossa would have to give them a discount in the neighborhood of his current $7.45 million salary. And even then they would need to shed some salary to make room for Hossa, whom the club cannot begin contract talks with until after Jan. 1, since he’s on a one-year deal.
Whom do they choose? The decision probably will be made for them, once they learn each player’s asking price and determine who is a better value for the money.
Now, your the Wings GM, which one player do you sign? Vote below…
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
I know the Senators are more inclined to deal winger Antoine Vemette before anybody else for a puck-moving D-man, but how is that going to shake things up in Ottawa? Believe me, the earthquake will only happen when they move centre Jason Spezza. I think the Oilers would be interested
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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Sources familiar with the negotiations say the Blackhawks turned down a deal last week that would have had ex-Bruin Michael Nylander, now with the Capitals, wearing the Indian Head by this weekend. Someone in that Hawks’ lineup would have to be going back to D.C. to even out some of the $8.5 million Nylander is due over the two seasons after this one. The likeliest candidates: Dustin Byfuglien (two more years at $3 million per) or Brent Sopel (two more years at $2.5 million per).
If the Bruins keep the juices flowing, and the Panthers continue to struggle, UFA-to-be Jay Bouwmeester, 25, would be a dream addition to the Boston back line.
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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
So now the Devils, who also must contend with a woefully underachieving Gionta (a franchise record 48-goal 2005-06, followed by 25-, 22- and now two-goal outputs) have Elias, who had his captaincy stripped last season by coach Brent Sutter, was denigrated at times last year by Sutter, was moved from the wing into the middle and back, with four more years on this killer deal and with no way out.
No way out, that is, unless Elias agrees to go, and without any of the coercive and degrading tactics used by the amateur- hour bunch in Tampa that ultimately convinced Dan Boyle to pack up and leave for San Jose.
According to RDS, the Dallas Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins have swapped veteran defencemen with the Stars dealing Philippe Boucher to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Darryl Sydor.
In the final year of a contract that pays him $2.5-million this season, Boucher is a 35-year-old who has three points and a minus-4 rating in 16 games with the Stars this season. He has 91 goals and 294 points in 723 career games.
from Randy Youngman of the OC Register,
Our whole mentality has to change,” a frowning Selanne said, standing in the middle of an otherwise empty locker room. “We’re thinking too much about scoring right now. We have to get back to our old mindset.”
And that is?
“The last three years, the success we’ve had here . . . our main focus was to shut down goals-against,” said Selanne, who has produced 18 points in 18 games. “We could always find a way to score three or four goals, and sometimes two was enough. But right now it’s more like, let’s score more than them, and the whole mentality has changed.
“We can’t expect to win games 5 to 4. This team has never been like that. Some nights – here and there, maybe – but not on a regular basis. We need to start thinking differently.”
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