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from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
That 12-year contract extension that Detroit gave Henrik Zetterbeg today isn’t the kind of job security that Joe Thornton lusts after. In fact, when it comes to term of contract, Thornton said he sees one year or three years as the ideal length. Thornton has another season after this one on his current three-year deal, and if he decides he wants to finish his career in San Jose, he said he’d want it to be in a series of three-year deals, not one gigantic extension.
“Three years is a long time when you think about it,” Thornton said. “A lot can change in three years so why put yourself in for such a long term when three is enough for me.”
Still, Thornton liked the 12-year, $72 million deal.
more on the Sharks including the Boyle injury…
from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
Maybe, just maybe, Martin Havlat is playing himself back into the Blackhawks’ future.
Havlat, who was the Hawks’ best forward heading into the all-star break, will be an unrestricted free agent after the season and all along it was believed there was no interest on the part of the organization in bringing him back.
The Hawks now are at least considering trying to re-sign Havlat when the time comes, but not at the $6 million he presently earns.
“It would have to be at the right price,” a Hawks official said. “But, yeah, why not consider it?”
conitnued and more Blackhawks talk…
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
After the Flyers’ 3-2 loss to Florida Tuesday, captain Mike Richards implied that the huge penalty discrepancy his club has this season was due, in part, to the franchise’s bad-boy reputation that goes back more than three decades.
In other words, the Broad Street Bullies are haunting the current Flyers.
For the season, the Flyers have had 174 power plays and have been shorthanded 238 times.
That minus-64 discrepancy is the highest in the NHL. By far
Red Wings GM Ken Holland joined Scott Laughlin of Hockey This Morning on NHL Home Ice XM 204/Sirius 208 and spoke about signing Henrik Zetterberg to a 12-year contract and the controversy of Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom missing All-Star weekend.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
Holland knows he’ll be unable to sign both Hossa and Johan Franzen. If he chooses Hossa, Holland may opt to move Franzen before the trade deadline in order to avoid losing him to unrestricted free agency in the summer. Or he might decide Franzen, who is second on the Red Wings in goals with 21, is too important for this year’s playoffs to trade and will keep him in hopes of ending his Red Wing career with a Stanley Cup parade.
There are other players who probably shouldn’t feel too secure in Hockeytown these days. Valtteri Filppula comes in at a very reasonable $3 million for the next four seasons after this one. Tomas Holmstrom has one more year left on his deal at $2.25 million and Dan Cleary is on the books for $2.8 million for the next four seasons.
from Mark Everson of the NY Post,
It’s the elephant in the room, the unspoken question that hangs over the Devils’ season.
What do they do when Martin Brodeur comes back? Will he, essentially, have to win his job back?
General manager Lou Lamoriello, who has instituted another cone of silence around Brodeur, brushed off the question. But he can’t laugh it off. Coach Brent Sutter said Brodeur will have to win games right away.
from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
What do you do, Jacques? What in the world do you do?
You trade him. That’s what you do. You cannot watch Bouwmeester walk away for nothing. A couple of (possible) home playoff dates aren’t worth it.
And I believe that Martin will do just that, unless the trade offers are laughably bad, which they shouldn’t be. As trade deadline approaches, they will get better and better. Someone will put together an attractive package that works; perhaps a solid NHL player, a top prospect, and a first round pick. And Jacques will take it.
from David Staples at The Cult of Hockey,
Hitting and blocked shots are extremely useful things in the defensive zone. A well-timed blocked shot can win a game. A defenceman who consistently hits hard can intimidate all but the toughest of attackers. A defenceman like Jason Smith who can do these things and do them well will tend to keep his job in the NHL, even if his puck skills are lacking.
So here are the 2008-09 league leaders among defencemen in defensive points (with a note of caution, that you’re a better hockey fan than me if you can figure out what constitutes a ‘hit’ in an NHL game; often I see players play a hard, physical game and not get more than one hit to their name; and I’m told that what is a hit in one city isn’t a hit in another, so be careful about the weight you put on that stat):
1. Brooks Orpik, PITT
2. Matt Greene, LA
“No one in that dressing room is taking this lightly. We understand everyone’s frustration and disappointment, but we are going to stick together to get back on right track. Our guys are not indifferent, and they are taking this personally. They want to succeed, and sometimes wanting too much can hurt you as much as not wanting it enough.”
-Canucks coach Alain Vigneault after Vancouver lost their 8 straight home game last night. More on the game at VancouverCanucks.com.
Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings did a fan Q & A…
Question: The Kings have 17 games left until the trading deadline and 12 of those games are on the road. How many games into this little stretch before Dean decides whether the Kings are buyers or sellers on March 4th? And just for fun, how many points would it take for you personally to make that decision, Rich, if you were in Dean’s position.
Answer: I can’t speak to what Lombardi is thinking in terms of the deadline, but logic dictates that these next six games will be huge. After Thursday’s home game, the Kings play five on the road, including tough games at Montreal, New Jersey and Washington. The Kings are only six points out of a playoff spot, but there are also four teams between them and the playoffs. My tendency is to think that it’s not a matter of being a ``buyer’’ or ``seller.’’ It’s more about long-term help for the team. It’s not going to be about bringinng in a rent-a-player for a playoff push. They’ll look at trades that help in the long term and short term.
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