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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
There’s no question Gustavsson is agile and quick and aggressive. But a No. 1 goalie? That’s unclear, and there’s just no way the Leafs can go into next season just wishing they have quality netminding.
They hoped Vesa Toskala would bounce back strongly from off-season surgery, and Burke was as wrong on that as John Ferguson was on banking that Andrew Raycroft could replace Ed Belfour.
They can’t just hope Gustavsson can do it next fall. They have to know. That means the final 36 games have to include at least 25 Gustavsson starts, assuming he’s healthy enough, and then a cold, realistic assessment has to be done over whether he’s ready.
from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,
It doesn’t matter that he plays a hard, clean game, more than willing to stick up for himself and teammates without going out of his way to instigate trouble. He’s not a Lady Byng candidate by any stretch, but he’s far from a goon.
Yet, in the eyes and minds of some people in the game, it’s still 2004 and he’s still the thug that blindsided Moore. And by some people in the game, I am referring to the referees.
Bertuzzi is officiated differently, in my judgment, than other players. He is watched more closely, like he’s the neighborhood bully or something. If somebody falls near him, he’s the first guy the referees see.
via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, Curtis Joseph, fourth all-time in wins by a goaltender, will announce his retirement at a news conference Tuesday at the Air Canada Center in Toronto, a source told ESPN.com on Saturday.
The 42-year-old Joseph last played last season with the Toronto Maple Leafs, backing up Vesa Toskala.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun (Sunday edition),
• Source say the Flyers are looking for help in the net because they’re not convinced that G Ray Emery is the answer. Canadiens GM Bob Gainey asked for C Jeff Carter in return for G Jaroslav Halak before the Christmas break, but Gainey’s demands are expected to change so a deal can get done
• There has been talk the Rangers are going to placed D Wade Redden on waivers and then send him to the their AHL affiliate in Hartford. There is nothing to stop the Rangers from doing that because Redden has a limited no-trade clause, but he doesn’t have a restrictive no-movement clause.
many more league wide rumors…
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Ilya Kovalchuk’s agent, Jay Grossman is in Atlanta this weekend and the expectation is ongoing negotiations with the Thrashers will resume early next week.
While both sides say they remain committed to getting a deal done, sources say Thrashers general manager, Don Waddell has started to feel out teams who may have interest in a trade, if an agreement in Atlanta can’t be reached.
When asked, via text message if Atlanta has alerted teams of its intent to trade Kovalchuk, Waddell replied, “not yet.”
from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
“No question there are going to be a lot of costs involved,” Lamoriello confirmed before Saturday night’s game in Montreal. “The circus was moving in tomorrow because the circus plays Tuesday. They had to change the ice. We had to make sure it was OK to hold up what had to be done with the ice to get the game played.”
There is also the likelihood that the Devils will have to pay expenses for the Lightning to return to the Prudential Center. That could mean hotel and travel costs.
“That’s something we’ll certainly ask questions about,” Lamoriello said. “At this moment that has not been a question that has surfaced. I’m sure it will surface at the appropriate time, but it will be costly to us no matter which way you look at it.”
from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
There might be “lies, damn lies and statistics,” but sometimes the numbers don’t lie. After Ryan Smyth suffered his upper-body injury, the Kings went 6-for-49 on the power play in their 15 games without Smyth. In the seven games since Smyth’s return, the Kings are 8-for-26 on the power play, and Smyth has four of those goals.
So while Terry Murray has said, of late, that he doesn’t attribute too much of the power-play success to any one person, it’s clear that Smyth’s impact is huge, particularly with the way Smyth parks himself in front of the net for tip-ins and rebounds. Here’s what Murray said today about Smyth’s impact on the power play, followed by Smyth’s thoughts…
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
All these years later, the Devils are still a Mickey Mouse organization.
The Devils long ago put their on-ice reputation as a team in disarray—and Wayne Gretzky’s 1983 Disney-based characterization—behind them, but the organization’s non-hockey-related operations still reek of amateurism 26 years later.
The latest example of this came Friday night. It was not that the game was postponed because of the lights malfunctioned. It’s not that the repeated efforts by Prudential Center and PSE&G electricians to fix the problem didn’t work or that the Devils, Lightning and the NHL didn’t do everything possible to try to get the game restarted Friday.
It was the way the team treated its fans by giving them no information about what was going on.
added 3:52pm, The game will resume Sunday at 6:00pm in New Jersey.
via John Bishop of BostonBruins.com,
Bruins center Marc Savard will miss 3-4 weeks with a Grade 2 partial MCL tear in his right knee. He will not require surgery.
Bruins and Rangers kick-off the action today beginning at 1:00pm ET today.
Then 12 games with start times between 7:00pm - 10:30pm.
Enjoy the games and stay warm!
Today’s NHL schedule is listed below…
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