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from Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News,
They do not need to trade a spare part on the roster for a different spare part just to get everybody’s attention - because that has already been accomplished with the arrival of new coach Peter Laviolette. They certainly do not need to sacrifice an important player, to cut off a significant appendage, just to wake everybody up.
Everyone knows this is a better team than it has shown in the last month. Now is the time to give the roster a chance to show it. The coach has hinted at a locker room that isn’t tight enough and, well, fine. The truth is that the talent is there - or has everyone forgotten that this team was once 12-5-1?
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Redden, utterly devoid of passion through the first 109 games of his Ranger career, finally showed some emotion upon hearing the news oh boy about the scratch by confronting and shouting at Tortorella in the visiting coach’s office prior to the morning skate.
Later, the defenseman who represented himself as worthy of a $39M investment over six years upon reaching free agency on July 1, 2008, complained to the press that he was being “singled out” and being made an “example.”
How absurd. How outrageous. But how typical. Though, in a sense, Redden was correct. He is an example ... of what happens when players are not held accountable. Management shares the responsibility for Redden’s sense of entitlement.
more on the Rangers
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
A downtown department store in a major Canadian city is bound to be a madhouse during the holiday shopping season.
But it is nothing compared to a public appearance by Alexander Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals superstar and the worldwide face of hockey.
That much was proved yesterday at the Olympic boutique inside The Bay in downtown Vancouver, as roughly 1,000 people formed a circuitous queue 30 minutes before Ovechkin’s late-afternoon arrival. Autograph and picture seekers were forced to buy one of five items – the cheapest costing $89 – yet the line snaked around several displays, and ended outside the boutique, somewhere between clocks and cosmetics.
“Why not?” Ovechkin replied earlier in the day when asked why he would agree to two hours of sign and smile. “It’s good stuff for me. People are going to recognize me and shake my hand. It’s easy.”
Henrik Zeterberg is done for the night with an upper body injury after taking a shoulder check from Mattias Öhlund of the Lightning.
added 9:00pm, Video of the hit…
A pair of National Hockey League disciplinary hearings has resulted in fines, but not suspensions.
David Koci of the Colorado Avalanche has been fined for his hit on Washington Capitals defenceman Mike Green, while Ottawa Senators winger Jarkko Ruutu has been fined for his hit on Buffalo Sabres’ Patrick Kaleta.
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News, .
..That makes eight teams, all with post-season aspirations, that have some degree of goaltending concerns. Now, not all of them will look externally for solutions, but as we get closer to the March 3 trade deadline, there is no doubt at least a few franchises will be hankering for changes to be made.
If his contract demands aren’t especially onerous (and at this stage of the year, he’d be certifiable if they were), Fernandez could be the best option out there. He wouldn’t cost any prospects, draft picks or roster players to acquire, which can’t be said for Biron, Roloson or most other candidates to be dealt.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Talked to David Koci briefly today. He’s sorry for the hit on Washington’s Mike Green. That almost certainly won’t stop a suspension of him from happening by the NHL (they probably won’t hand down a ruling until tomorrow or Saturday), but here’s what he had to say:
continue for the video of Koci saying his “focus was not to hurt someone”...
from the Twitter of Larry Brooks,
Redden Kotalik scratched
added 1:21pm, Tortorella post-game conference after the loss to the Islanders last night.
from James Gordon of Hockey Capital,
With attendance down more than six per cent this season, the Ottawa Senators are turning to price reductions and free parking to try and boost season ticket numbers.
The Senators are averaging 17,871 in attendance after 19 games and the season ticket base is down to 10,000 after peaking at 13,000 two years ago (following the team’s appearance in the Stanley Cup final).
At a press conference at Scotiabank Place Thursday morning, team president Cyril Leeder outlined several new initiatives designed to boost those numbers:
from Chris Kuc at Chicago Breaking Sports News,
There aren’t many Blackhawks who are as picky about their equipment as defenseman Brian Campbell.
So when the veteran received a new batch of sticks Wednesday morning and promptly went out and snapped a 29-game goalless skid a few hours later during the Hawks’ 3-0 victory over the Blues at the United Center, you know he is one happy hockey player.
“I got some new ones in (Wednesday),” Campbell said with a smile about his new sticks. “They came off pretty good.
“They’re a little bit different, a little bit stronger. You’re picky with everything but it’s nice to have some new weapons. The puck was zipping off them pretty good ... so it was nice.”
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