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Nabokov Suspended By Islanders

via Islanders.com,

The New York Islanders have suspended Evgeni Nabokov for not reporting after being claimed off of waivers on Jan. 22. The 35-year-old goaltender signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings on Jan 20.

added 4:27pm, via Katie Strang tweet,

The Islanders do have the option of “tolling” Nabokov’s contract still, and according to one league source, it appears the Islanders will

Tolling basically pushes the contract to next year if Nabokov does not report this season.  He is scheduled to be UFA July 1st, but this could force him to be property of the Islanders next season.

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Alfresson Has No Intent To Leave Ottawa

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Daniel Alfredsson isn’t ready to jump ship.

The Senators captain told reporters Tuesday morning he’s quite happy to stay in Ottawa and won’t be looking to be dealt to a contender with the club struggling towards the finish line.

Owner Eugene Melnyk and GM Bryan Murray both dismissed the possibility of Alfredsson being dealt to a contender before the Feb. 28th trade deadline…

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This will not turn into a circus atmosphere Toronto had when Sundin wouldn’t move, even if it meant helping the Leafs in the long run.  Bryan Murray knows how to handle a situation like this and will do it with class.

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The 1-3-1

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

The eyeball test tells me the game is now backsliding too much. Five players idling in the neutral zone in a 1-3-1 configuration has become more prevalent than the stretch pass. I even saw up-tempo aficionado Peter Laviolette of the Flyers pull all five of his guys into the neutral zone for long stretches recently. And why not? It conserves energy because less skating is involved. Defensive players are getting away with more while moving their feet less.

I’m not blaming the coaches. If they can gain an advantage, they have to take it. Guy Boucher is bogging down the ice from blueline to blueline, but he has his Tampa Bay Lightning in first place atop the Southeast Division and is challenging Laviolette’s Flyers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Boucher’s team gives up the fewest shots on goal in the NHL. His formula works.

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The Bolts Beat, 1/24/11: State of the Lightning After 50, All-Star Thoughts, Nabokov, NYI and More

***Sorry for the delay, folks. A few technical issues in getting the show uploaded this week. Thanks. - JJ***

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, Jon, Mark and Mike compare the current state of the Tampa Bay Lightning versus where we all thought they might be at the 50-game mark, share our thoughts on the upcoming All-Star game and some possible ways to improve the event, weigh in on the drama surrounding Evgeni Nabokov, the Detroit Red Wings and the New York Islanders, admit some nerves about the upcoming uniform/logo changes for Tampa Bay and much more…

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  Tags: all-star+game, dwayne+roloson, evgeni+nabokov, guy+boucher, steve+yzerman, steven+stamkos

No Pity Party In Ottawa Tonight

The Buffalo Sabres’ lack of sympathy for the misfortunes of the free falling Ottawa Senators should be in full display tonight at Scotiabank Place. 

The streaking Sabres need every point they can get, and if that means figuratively kicking their already wounded division rival in the stomach on their way out the door towards the All-Star break, then so be it.

In their last 12 games, the Sabres are 8-3-1 while the Sens are 1-8-3.  Ottawa will start Brian Elliott, who is winless in his last 10 starts, in goal tonight.

Still, it’s not like the Sabres don’t have issues of their own.  They need to win this one just to get within four points of eighth place.  The defense is still shaky.  To be honest, not a whole lot of fans and media here are taking the streak too seriously.

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, derek+roy, drew+stafford, nathan+gerbe, patrick+kaleta, sabres+injuries, thomas+vanek, tim+connolly

Columbus Optimistic Their Ice Will Be Ready

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

In order to prepare the ice for an NHL game after a five-day run of Disney On Ice, the ice surface needed to be shaved down so the Disney logos could be removed and the hockey markings (lines, hashmarks, dots, etc.) could be re-exposed, along with the neutral zone advertisements.

But a portion of the ice surface melted overnight after a hot-water flush under the rink somehow drained back onto the ice. It wasn’t noticed until workers arrived this morning, and it drew quite a lot of interest.

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The NHL Is Going Soft

So says a fan in an email rant to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Stop protecting the players from headshots. This is a joke, they get paid all this money to play the sport the same way they have been playing it their entire life. The NHL is getting more and more soft with each passing year Bettman remains the head. Stop letting GMs protect their money interests and let the players play the game, the way it was intended to be played.

LeBrun: Marc Savard has another concussion. David Perron hasn’t played since his November hit to the head. Matthew Lombardi has played two games this year, still out with a concussion. The best player on the planet won’t be showcased in the All-Star Game as he continues to recover from a concussion. Yup, you’re right. No issue here whatsoever. All is well. I have no idea why we’re even talking about it.

more rants and answers…

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NHL Business Growth Continues In Up-Swing Mode

NEW YORK (January 25, 2011) – As the National Hockey League reached the halfway point in the season, the League continued the business growth it has seen over the last four years and is on pace to set an all-time revenue record. In the face of an uncertain economy, the NHL expects total revenue growth for the fifth straight year, in the neighborhood of four to five percent to almost $2.9 billion. League generated revenue is anticipated to grow by 14 percent, resulting in an 85 percent increase over the last four years.

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Best Of The Week

Three and a half minutes of the best saves, goals and hits from the past week in the NHL.

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Tough But Fair Coaching Style

from Rob Oiler of the Columbus Dispatch,

The most celebrated coaches ignore the weight of the world. Instead, they use the weight above the world to their advantage. Like air pressure, they press around their players on all sides, demanding the best, settling for nothing less.

Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel sees that pressure utilized by the most successful sports franchises, including his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers, and he is pushing a similar constant and relentless force upon his players. He calls them out publicly and does not shy from labeling them soft when the description fits. Mostly, he is establishing an all-encompassing environment of expectation from which no player can escape. That he does so evenly is to his credit.

Thirty minutes before donning a Steelers hat and walking into the media interview room in Nationwide Arena yesterday, Arniel discussed how his admiration of tough but fair coaches has shaped his strategy.

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  Tags: scott+arniel

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