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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
At this point, Lundqvist, Washington winger Alex Ovechkin and Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf are the three select Group IIs yet unsigned to extensions. The Rangers cannot formally begin talks with Lundqvist until the calendar turns to 2008, and when it does, they will. And when they do, they will have no choice but to accede to their 25-year-old franchise goaltender’s demands. They won’t even be able to protect Lundqvist from receiving an offer sheet by filing against him for arbitration, because they did that last summer, even though they didn’t go through with the process.
What is Lundqvist, who can become an unrestricted free agent after next season, worth to the Rangers? He’s worth pretty much any dollar amount he and agent Don Meehan request.
via the AP,
With the Islanders pressing for the tying goal, forward Chris Simon took a match penalty for trying to stomp on Jarkko Ruutu’s foot with just under six minutes left. New York had a few short-handed chances, including Mike Sillinger’s breakaway with 3:18 left, but the veteran forward missed put the puck over the net.
“It was a bad time for a penalty,” Nolan said. “To tell you the truth, I didn’t have the time to look at it and see the severity of it. We’ll look at it and probably make a comment on it (Sunday).”
from the CP via TSN,
But worse news for Toronto was that workhorse defenceman Bryan McCabe will likely be lost for at least six weeks after breaking three bones in his left hand midway through the third period after falling awkwardly into the boards after a check from Andrei Kostitsyn.
Toronto coach Paul Maurice was livid, saying Kostitsyn horse-collared McCabe and threw him into the boards.
“He’s too good a player to miss that much time after a (expletive) play like that,” he said.
from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The McDonald addition was enormous. It was just the latest in a series of strong moves, which included the acquisitions of forward Brad Boyes and goaltender Hannu Toivonen from the Bruins and the signing of collegiate free agent defenseman Steve Wagner.
These moves accomplished Davidson’s goals of getting younger while pushing into playoff contention. Meeting these goals simultaneously is tough, but this regime is making it happen.
Davidson and Pleau are positioned to make another move, too, since the Blues have top defensive prospects Wagner and Roman Polak at Peoria and seven healthy veterans on the St. Louis roster.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Besides trapping in the neutral zone, the latest craze is packing five players around the net. “Everybody wants to play 0-0, 1-1 hockey,” the Wild’s Pavol Demitra said.
Wild veteran Brian Rolston was shocked against San Jose when he skated to the top of the Sharks’ zone and San Jose wingers didn’t even consider coming at him.
“I’ve noticed the same thing,” Ducks checker Rob Niedermayer said. “You’re in their end cycling the puck and everything’s condensed. Then you get to the point and you’ve got to shoot through that mess.”
This is the byproduct of the obstruction crackdown, Wilson said.
more defensive talk…
from the New York Times (Sunday edition),
...“In a way, I want to make our sport cooler,” Mr. Avery said of his high-profile exploits.
The fans at Madison Square Garden don’t need to be sold. Earlier that Monday, the muscular Mr. Avery, dressed in a black V-neck while recovering from wrist surgery, had made a surprise appearance in the raucous upper ring of the arena known as the “blue seats” during a game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
“Do I really need two security guards?” he asked the Rangers publicist leading the expedition.
“Hey, you’re a rock star,” the publicist said. Minutes later, a sea of fans in blue jerseys had swallowed Mr. Avery, chanting his name.
Not only could the Montreal Canadiens play on the ice, they also could act… well, the acting could be questioned.
Watch the videos…
from the Winnipeg Free Press,
We put five quick questions to the Barry Trotz:
* What’s the best thing about the NHL?
Trotz: The best thing is the skill level. The speed and skill right now is amazing.
* Worst thing about the NHL?
Trotz: The officiating.
* Best team in the NHL?
Trotz: Detroit Red Wings
* Best player in the NHL?
Trotz: Pavel Datsyuk.
more on Barry Trotz…
from the Columbus Dispatch,
She has never been in a physical confrontation, she says, unless you count the time irony smacked her between the eyes. That was the day, five years ago, when she met her future husband, Blue Jackets enforcer Jody Shelley.
“My friends from back home couldn’t believe we were dating,” Mandy said. “They reminded me I was the student who always ran to the nearest teacher when I saw a fight.”
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
They’re back, so once again you can expect to hear about the Canadiens-Maple Leafs “rivalry.” The Rocket and everyone wearing a Leafs sweater. Eddie Shack and any Canadien who was within a stick-length of him. Dickie Moore and Frank Mahovlich.
“Hey, remember the time Dickie led a charge off the Canadiens bench after the Big M intentiallly shot the puck into Henri Richard’s face?” That was then and this is now - so what rivalry? The rivalry as we knew it was at its height in the six-team league and continued after the NHL’s first expansion and into the 1970s. Since then, it has gone the way of the grus Americana.
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