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from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
...Nabokov, as usual, wasn’t ducking questions. He took responsibility — but didn’t want to let himself be defined by one game and at one point noted he was in the nets when Russia won the 2008 World Championships.
Here’s the transcript of our one-on-one conversation:
Q: Do you feel added pressure to show people that’s not who you are as a goalie?
“I don’t think one game makes you this or that – whatever it is, a loss or a win. Your whole career makes you who you are. You always want to prove that you’re playing well, but games like that happen. What is different this game from what happened to us against Chicago, you know what I mean?
The dismantling of the disappointing Edmonton Oilers looks to be underway.
The club has dealt defenceman Denis Grebeshkov to the Nashville Predators for a second round draft pick in 2010.
from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,
Raffi Torres and Milan Jurcina, a pair of UFAs, continue to attract serious interest. In the case of Torres, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Boston are three of the teams we keep hearing.
The Bruins have three second-round picks in the upcoming draft so they shouldn’t have trouble meeting the Jackets’ believed asking price. It’s thought that the Bruins also have interest in Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne, another UFA, among others. Torres played for Boston coach Claude Julien in the AHL with Hamilton in the 2002-03 season.
Pittsburgh is said to still have interest despite dealing their second-round pick to Florida for Jordan Leopold. They are looking for a rugged winger with a scorer’s touch to put on a line with Evgeni Malkin. Would the Penguins be willing to part with offensive defenseman Alex Goligoski if the Jackets sweetened the pot?
from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
Q. Is your phone ringing? Or are you making phone calls?
A. It’s a combination.
Q. Is a deal likely?
A. I can’t say that. There are so many teams that are still in [the playoff race]. So the amount of players being shopped is pretty limited. It works kind of the opposite way. When you have limited players, the values go up quite high. Right now, I can’t say whether we will do something or not. Certainly we will pursue every angle and see if there is something out there. Remember we made trades prior to every one else (Ilya Kovalchuk, Kari Lehtonen). The changes that we’ve made, I think, have been very positive for our hockey team. You want to make sure you don’t mess up the chemistry of your team either.
Q. Would you categorize yourself as a buyer or a seller?
A. More a buyer than a seller.
from the CP at the Globe and Mail,
They’re at the bottom of the NHL standings despite having one of the league’s higher payrolls. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini will be trying to wheel and deal before the league’s trade deadline Wednesday.
That inevitability isn’t lost on such veterans as captain Ethan Moreau, the club’s longest-serving player (having arrived in ‘99), who has been mentioned repeatedly in trade speculation leading up to the 3 p.m. ET deadline.
Likewise for defenceman Steve Staios and forward Fernando Pisani, neither of whom would be surprised to see their lengthy tenures in Edmonton end with a change of address.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has acquired goaltender Joe Fallon from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Hannu Toivonen and Danny Richmond.
With the 2010 Winter Olympics a happy memory for some and a disappointment for others, there is little, if any, time to dwell on what happened in Vancouver, unless you are the Canucks, contemplating a trip home after being on the road to accommodate the games at what now can once again be called GM Place.
Just about everyone in the NHL remains in it, but to win it the remainder of the regular season takes on even more importance than the normal regular-season stretch drive.
The majority of players got a mid-season break and should be rarin’ to go.
Here is a look at how the schedule breaks down for each NHL team.
Forward Matt Stajan has agreed to terms with Calgary Flames on four-year contract extension worth about $3.5 million per year.
He was scheduled to be unrestricted free agent on July 1.
via Katie Strang tweet,
Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro out indefinitely with swelling in his right knee
from Ken Whitehouse of the Nashville Post,
David Freeman, chairman of the Nashville Predators Hockey Club, has informed the city of Nashville and the Sports Authority that he is stepping away from the helm of the organization, according to a letter to the city sent by Freeman’s attorney.
Tom Cigarran, chairman of the Franklin-based wellness firm Healthways, has been unanimously appointed by the ownership group to become the third person to represent the team on the NHL Board of Governors.
Freeman has been under fire by the Sports Authority in recent months as a result of his contest with the IRS over a portion of his 2007 tax returns. In the letter to the city,
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