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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
I asked him about the situation, and he said he has talked to Joe Nieuwendyk and understands what is going on. He said he wants to continue to play well and help the Stars win games.
“I don’t have any qualms or problems. You put yourself in Joe’s shoes, and that’s it. Then you just focus on your job and that’s all you can do.’‘
When asked if he knew of any trade talk, he said he did not, and that he was moving forward as if he would not be traded.
“A lot of people know how I feel and where my heart is, and if I keep playing like I’m playing now, then I’ll be OK and I’ll look back at everything and have a great big smile on my face…And I still look forward to having a smile on my face by winning a Stanley Cup here in Dallas (this year).”
from Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas,
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has talked to a potential investor about becoming a minority owner in the Dallas Stars, Cuban said Wednesday on ESPN 103.3 FM’s Galloway & Company.
“I’m not looking to outright buy the team,” Cuban said. “I have talked to somebody who is interested in buying the team and I told them I would try to help them get a deal done. From my end, I like hockey, I’m a fan, but I’m not a hockey guy. l’m not going to lie and pretend I can come in and bring the energy that I try to bring to the Mavs.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Tim Thomas’ family has heard all of the trade rumors, and – worst of all – his family has heard the painfully fanciful whispers that he might be headed to the Chicago Blackhawks in some kind of hare-brained, pre-deadline deal.
Never mind the fact that Thomas has a full no-trade clause for the first three years of his four-year deal, or that the Blackhawks have no interest in making such a trade with the Bruins. Once the whisper campaign begins it can turn concrete enough that no amount of facts can get in the way of juicy rumor.
What Thomas would tell CSNNE.com is that he “won’t respond to something that’s completely fictitious” in potentially speaking about trade rumors
from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,
Lindy Ruff said after today’s practice that he has no intention of benching Craig Rivet. Ruff sat Rivet for a large stretch of Tuesday night’s shootout loss to the Bruins at HSBC Arena. Rivet played just 4:03 after the first period against Boston. This hardly comes as a surprise. Ruff is understandably sensitive about sitting out his captain. He was benched as captain of the Sabres by Ted Sator.
But if Rivet didn’t have the “C” on his jersey, he probably would have watched a game from the press box by now.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Defenseman Niklas Kronwall (knee) will not play Thursday against San Jose. Forward Tomas Holmstrom (bone bruise in left knee) skated for about 40 minutes before leaving. He said he felt better than the day before, but still not that good. He will see how he feels after Thursday’s morning skate before determining whether he can play. But it appears doubtful.
Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN talk some veteran goaltenders,
Burnside: When you throw Martin Biron into the mix (he is making $1.4 million this season), I wonder if moving Turco is going to be a difficult issue for Nieuwendyk. Assuming Lehtonen passes his physical in Dallas, what does he do with his three goaltenders? Alex Auld has a connection to coach Marc Crawford, and it costs the Stars less to have Turco around, that’s for sure. But if he can’t move him, will Nieuwendyk waive Turco? Send him to the minors?
Things could get ugly in Dallas in a hurry if there isn’t a taker for Turco. You wonder if they’ll send Turco down to the minors and hope someone claims him on re-entry waivers, which would mean the Stars would still be on the hook for half Turco’s salary. I know I’ve said this before, but I still wonder if Los Angeles GM Dean Lombardi will jump in at the last minute on one of these veteran guys to provide a bit of a safety net for Jonathan Quick as the Kings are a virtual lock for the playoffs.
from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,
When Scotty Bowman speaks, people tend to listen.
The gentleman is a legend — still relevant, still plugged into National Hockey League goings-on.
So when Bowman declares that Mark Giordano is the most improved defenceman — if not the most improved player — in the entire league, well, that must mean something. Peter Maher, play-by-play man for The FAN 960, passed on the tidbit to the Calgary Flames defenceman Monday afternoon.
“Wow, that’s pretty cool,” says Giordano, blushing through his beard after the team’s workout at Scotiabank Place. “He’s been around for a long time and he’s won a lot of Stanley Cups. Definitely a guy who’s one of the most respected in the league. So it’s pretty cool to hear compliments from him.
“But you know what? I just want to keep getting better.”
from Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Province,
Lies, damned lies and statistics: Mark Twain made the remark popular as a list of the three kinds of falsehoods there are.
The Vancouver Canucks are starting to think the same as Twain as the numbers pile up.
Outscored 10-1 in the first period so far after five games of an eight-game road trip. No lead to brag about except for the final 2:04 of the opening road game at Toronto 11 days ago. Seven straight games in which the other team scored first and 12 of the past 14.
“You can’t think in your mind what the stats are,” Roberto Luongo said after the Canucks fell 3-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. “Thursday’s game [against the Florida Panthers in Sunrise, Fla.] has nothing to do with the last 12 of 14.”
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The potential for looking stupid in this business is huge.
And lately, it seems, I’ve been exercising my right to it in this world of limitless opportunity.
Anytime anyone asks me about the possibility of the Montreal Canadiens trading one of their goaltenders - Jaroslav Halak or Carey Price - before the March 3 deadline, I respond immediately and forcefully.
Not going to happen.
Makes no sense.
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
Flyers goaltender Ray Emery deferred all questions about his ailing left hip Tuesday to general manager Paul Holmgren.
Holmgren then deferred all answers on his goaltender’s future until a later date.
In a brief statement forwarded from Holmgren’s cell phone to reporters Tuesday night, Holmgren said, “The MRI study and X-rays on Ray’s hip are still being looked at. We hope to have more information in a day or two.”
The Flyers appear to be indecisive over whether Emery should have surgery to repair what is believed to be a torn labrum in his left hip or to rest the injury through the NHL’s upcoming Olympic break and see how Emery responds when the club returns to action March 2.
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