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from Gene Principe of Sportsnet,
“I never thought I’d be waiving it (no trade clause),” Souray said. “I chose Edmonton over other teams because I intended on staying here.”
His future in an Oilers uniform could now be in jeopardy as Souray’s agent and Edmonton general manager Steve Tambellini look at other possible hockey destinations for the defenceman.
“It’s probably best you talk to my agent and Steve (Tambellini),” Souray said. “We are submitting a list of teams that I would consider being moved to and I gave them my opinion on it. In a few more months (July 1), the no-trade clause doesn’t apply so then they can move me anywhere.”...
“It would have to be a good situation and it would have to be a good team. Family is as important to me as the game and that’s why I first signed in Edmonton.”
from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,
The Vancouver Canucks’ feud with the CBC and Hockey Night In Canada host Ron MacLean apparently won’t die of nautural causes.
On Saturday, the Canucks turned down all interview requests on their nationally televised game against the Chicago Blackhawks. No Canuck player appeared pre-game, between periods or post-game despite the fact Vancouver handily beat the Blackhawks 5-1.
The three stars, as chosen by HNIC, were Canucks Roberto Luongo, Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler. It is customary for at least one of the three stars to do a post-game ‘hit’ with host Scott Oake.
The boycott came from the top of the Canuck organization and was in direct retaliaton for MacLean’s one-sided piece a week earlier on the Alex Burrows-Stephane Auger ‘referee-gate’ incident.
from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,
Flyers right wing Arron Asham has accused Penguins forward Matt Cooke of biting him during a third period scrum. Asham told a small group of reporters following the Flyers’ 2-1 loss to the Penguins that while he was pulling Cooke off teammate Scott Hartnell, Cooke bit his finger.
Here is Asham’s account:
There was a scrum, I grabbed him. There were two guys on Harts and my glove got tangled in his mouth and he bit me, so I lost it.
It’s not bad, but he’s a gutless guy. I have no respect for him at all. I lined up against him and asked him to fight and he didn’t want to. If you go and bite someone … I just have no use for him.
from Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,
What he wasn’t happy with were some of the calls that went against his club, including a high-sticking penalty on Simon Gagne, wiping out a Mike Richards goal that would have made it a 2-0 game in the first period.
“Going back and looking at that game, there are just too many penalties that never happened,” said the head coach. “On that play in particular, Simon Gagne didn’t high stick anybody. So, it turns around and goes the other way.
“Scott Hartnell did not, in my opinion, interfere with the goaltender (at 7:44 of the first period). I don’t know if it’s a reputation from the past, but you know we want to play tough, physical…we don’t need to go to the box. But, we’re still going there, and our players aren’t taking penalties.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
• Columbus winger Raffi Torres, on pace for 25 goals, will be an unrestricted free agent July 1. Do the Blue Jackets buck up to keep him or deal him for, say, a second-round draft? Bet on the latter. There would easily be eight to 10 teams willing to give up a No. 2 for Torres, who may be an inconsistent offensive talent but has the ability to turn a game with a hit. Just ask Milan Michalek. who got steamrollered in 2006.
• Nobody—not even the Pittsburgh Penguins, who badly need wingers—bit on Petr Sykora on waivers because of the $750,000 left on his contract, but some team will take him if the Wild takes a warm body back. Best trade options: Calgary, Boston or Anaheim.
• Here’s something to keep in mind: Mario Lemieux, who swings a fair bit of clout in Pittsburgh as the Penguins owner/ icon, likes Carolina Hurricanes free-agent winger Ray Whitney. Lemieux also pushed for Marian Hossa a couple of years ago when they came out of left field to get him from the Atlanta Thrashers.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
In recent games, the Wild has faced off with Pittsburgh, Chicago and Los Angeles—three teams in various stages of development but all stacked with young, star-studded talent.
This is what the Wild wants to become. It’ll be a tedious task, however, because the Wild doesn’t have the luxury—so to speak—of following their blueprint.
“All three of those teams have been built through the draft with some great young talent,” Wild first-year GM Chuck Fletcher said. “The flip side of that: There were some tough years along the way to acquire those top picks.”
It’s too risky to assume already-patient Wild fans are willing to tolerate two or three years of painful losing to get blue-chip draft picks. Plus, the Wild wants to win now.
via Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Red Wings TV analyst Mickey Redmond said during Saturday’s telecast on Fox Sports Net that Lilja could return next week. This was news to Holland, who last spoke to Lilja on Tuesday and was told nothing had changed. Lilja also said Thursday in Minnesota that he was not close to returning.
“Nothing has changed,’’ Holland said. “I’m not aware of that (Redmond’s comment). He (Lilja) has good days and bad days. Nobody has said anything to me that he’s getting close.’‘
Redmond also mentioned Niklas Kronwall could return next week too.
“I don’t think of this as a step back. I made one mistake. You guys (in the media) can jump all over that if you want. I played well the rest of the way, so …”
-Columbus goaltender Steve Mason (via Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers) on the Eric Belanger goal he gave up last night, which could be considered a weak goal.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
• The Phoenix Coyotes are on the lookout for cheap offensive help; they can’t take on too much of a payroll bump. Ideally, they’re looking to make a dollar-for-dollar move. That’s not an easy thing to do in this market right now, although that’s exactly what Minnesota and Montreal pulled off in the Guillaume Latendresse-Benoit Pouliot deal (both players are earning the exact same salary).
• The New York Islanders continue to cast their fishing lines around the league in an attempt to move goalie Martin Biron ($1.4 million salary, UFA July 1). The Isles are pretty open to what they’d want in return: a draft pick, a defenseman or a left winger. Any one of those three apparently will do.
more talk, most of which has been covered on KK in the past few days…
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