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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Playing physical, dishing out hits and absorbing them, is a big part of Andreas Lilja’s game.
He is determined to make sure that doesn’t change, after returning to the lineup for the Detroit Red Wings on Monday, one year and one day removed from his last NHL game, when he suffered a concussion.
“I just have to go out and play my regular game, and if it doesn’t hold up, it doesn’t hold up,’’ Lilja said before playing the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. “I will have to deal with that then.
“If I stay away from playing physical I might as well start playing bandy (a form of ball hockey). It’s part of the game. Everybody plays physical. That’s what I have to do.’’
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
When we last left the Rangers, Drury was bouncing from one line to another, one position to another, sometimes on the fourth line, sometimes on the first or second. The fourth line isn’t going to cut it the rest of the way for the rejuvenated Big Moment Kid (if that title’s not reserved for Sidney Crosby).
Tortorella needs to construct three units that he believes in and will use. The Rangers aren’t going to make it from here to there if the coach insists on doubling down on his first two lines the way he has all season.
And they’re not going to make it without production from Drury, whose success in the Olympics may not presage success down the stretch, but sure presents a more encouraging platform than the alternative.
from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,
José Theodore had managed to keep his personal tragedy as far from the ice as possible. The Washington Capitals goalie didn’t want to make his teammates uncomfortable, and the rink was a place where, for three hours a day, he could go to escape.
But last week, Theodore sat on the bench at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, took a deep breath and, through tears, gave the first interview about his 2-month-old son Chace, who died August from respiratory complications related to a premature birth.
“Obviously, it’s a tough story for anybody,” he said. “It’s not something people are comfortable talking about. People say to me, ‘I can’t imagine.’ To be honest, they can’t imagine. They can try to imagine. But until you are there, you can’t put yourself in those people’s shoes.”
via Chris Vivlamore tweet,
Thrashers acquire Evgeny Artyukhin from Anaheim for Nathan Oystrick and conditional pick in 2011.
added 9:09pm, Ben Wright of Blueland Blog reacts to the trade.
After guiding Team Canada to the gold medal on Sunday, Mike Babcock switched hats to coach the Detroit Red Wings on Monday, and he said he just wants one thing for his defending Western Conference champs: an opportunity.
“We’re in a battle for our life,” Babcock said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “We’re a big believer that if we get in, we’re going to get an opportunity.
“But our top guys have to elevate their game, and we have to be better and more consistent. We need to get on a good run here.”
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils left wing Ilya Kovalchuk said he had not seen the comments from Kontinental Hockey League president Alexander Medvedev that SKA St. Petersburg will top any offer he will receive from an NHL team this summer.
“They’re just rumors,” Kovalchuk told me. “I’m trying to not think about it. This is my time in New Jersey and I have to focus on that because there’s it’s too much going on it my life in the last couple of weeks: the Olympics, the trade, my wife is pregnant. But now everything is settled down and I’m really focused on Jersey. We’ve got a great team and a great opportunity.”...
After playing with Jaromir Jagr on the Czech Republic’s Olympic team, Devils forward Patrik Elias believes Jagr wants to play in the NHL again.
“I think he’d love to,” Elias said. “He certainly showed and proved that he still has it and he can be an effective player, no question about it.”
Elias was understandably not happy with the Czech team losing, 2-0, to Finland in the quarterfinals.
“If something gets close, Dean (Lombardi) will bring me into it and talk about it and ask my opinion. That has not happened. I love our team right now. I love our chemistry, and that is so important in this game today. The locker room is very tight and cohesive. They play hard for each other. We’ve gotten to a point right now in our season, and it has come through team play….”
-LA King Coach Terry Murray when asked about any trades that are brewing. More from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
...Nabokov, as usual, wasn’t ducking questions. He took responsibility — but didn’t want to let himself be defined by one game and at one point noted he was in the nets when Russia won the 2008 World Championships.
Here’s the transcript of our one-on-one conversation:
Q: Do you feel added pressure to show people that’s not who you are as a goalie?
“I don’t think one game makes you this or that – whatever it is, a loss or a win. Your whole career makes you who you are. You always want to prove that you’re playing well, but games like that happen. What is different this game from what happened to us against Chicago, you know what I mean?
The dismantling of the disappointing Edmonton Oilers looks to be underway.
The club has dealt defenceman Denis Grebeshkov to the Nashville Predators for a second round draft pick in 2010.
from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,
Raffi Torres and Milan Jurcina, a pair of UFAs, continue to attract serious interest. In the case of Torres, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Boston are three of the teams we keep hearing.
The Bruins have three second-round picks in the upcoming draft so they shouldn’t have trouble meeting the Jackets’ believed asking price. It’s thought that the Bruins also have interest in Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne, another UFA, among others. Torres played for Boston coach Claude Julien in the AHL with Hamilton in the 2002-03 season.
Pittsburgh is said to still have interest despite dealing their second-round pick to Florida for Jordan Leopold. They are looking for a rugged winger with a scorer’s touch to put on a line with Evgeni Malkin. Would the Penguins be willing to part with offensive defenseman Alex Goligoski if the Jackets sweetened the pot?
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