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from John Grigg of the Hockey News,
In this week’s THN.com Top 10 we’re adding some international flavor by counting down the Czech Republic NHLers we’d most like to have on our roster right now.
Two factors were taken into account: current performance and career projection.
10. Michael Frolik, Center, Florida
If this list was made two months ago Frolik wouldn’t have made it. But an 11-point splurge in December moved him into the top 15 amongst Czech scorers and included flashes of brilliance, showing why the Panthers chose him 10th overall in 2006.
from Elliotte Friedman of Blogs and Colums at CBC,
Considering my recent history with Red Wing fans, allow me to begin this blog with the following disclaimer: I have not spoken to anyone in the Detroit organization about this. It is purely guesswork on my part.
Now, let’s go to the thesis: Ken Holland’s next big negotiation will not be Marian Hossa, Johan Franzen, Jiri Hudler or Mikael Samuelsson.
It will be Nicklas Lidstrom.
from Empty Netters,
Obviously the Penguins have not lived up to this season’s lofty hopes and are struggling to stay in the Eastern Conference’s top eight. Things like that will suck the fun out of any locker room.
But regardless of the differences between that squad and the current crop of Penguins, there seems to a general lack of fun or joy on this team. At least on the ice. We don’t know how they get it back. Winning games like last night’s blow out of the Rangers is a good start. When you’re having fun, winning games just seems to be an easier task.
from Keith Loria at NHL.com,
If you take a gander at the NHL annals from about 25-30 years ago, you might notice that none of the teams had a full-time goalie coach at their disposal. But just as the sport has evolved over time, so has the need for the coaching position to keep an organization’s goalies in top form.
“Look what coaching has done for every other part of the game, and a goalie is such an important position, you couldn’t just ignore it,” said Reggie Lemelin, currently in his 14th season as goalie coach for the Philadelphia Flyers.
from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
The Ducks have better personnel than their standing suggests. We wonder whether Randy Carlyle is extracting the best from his roster.
We also wonder about Chris Pronger’s future. The big guy remains one of the prime cheap-shot artists. He escaped punishment after a classic, unwarranted, last-second, blindside forearm/elbow to Zach Parise’s head in a game already won at Anaheim. One writer described it as “disgraceful.”
Meanwhile Pronger has a year left on a deal that nets him $6.25 million a season. He could be expendable for younger studs before the deadline.
more hockey talk…
via the Grand Rapids Press,
Grand Rapids Griffins forwards Ville Leino and Aaron Downey were recalled by the parent club Detroit Red Wings on Thursday morning.
The Red Wings were able to create salary cap space by placing defenseman Brad Stuart (ribs) on long-term injured reserve.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
That 12-year contract extension that Detroit gave Henrik Zetterbeg today isn’t the kind of job security that Joe Thornton lusts after. In fact, when it comes to term of contract, Thornton said he sees one year or three years as the ideal length. Thornton has another season after this one on his current three-year deal, and if he decides he wants to finish his career in San Jose, he said he’d want it to be in a series of three-year deals, not one gigantic extension.
“Three years is a long time when you think about it,” Thornton said. “A lot can change in three years so why put yourself in for such a long term when three is enough for me.”
Still, Thornton liked the 12-year, $72 million deal.
more on the Sharks including the Boyle injury…
from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
Maybe, just maybe, Martin Havlat is playing himself back into the Blackhawks’ future.
Havlat, who was the Hawks’ best forward heading into the all-star break, will be an unrestricted free agent after the season and all along it was believed there was no interest on the part of the organization in bringing him back.
The Hawks now are at least considering trying to re-sign Havlat when the time comes, but not at the $6 million he presently earns.
“It would have to be at the right price,” a Hawks official said. “But, yeah, why not consider it?”
conitnued and more Blackhawks talk…
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
After the Flyers’ 3-2 loss to Florida Tuesday, captain Mike Richards implied that the huge penalty discrepancy his club has this season was due, in part, to the franchise’s bad-boy reputation that goes back more than three decades.
In other words, the Broad Street Bullies are haunting the current Flyers.
For the season, the Flyers have had 174 power plays and have been shorthanded 238 times.
That minus-64 discrepancy is the highest in the NHL. By far
Red Wings GM Ken Holland joined Scott Laughlin of Hockey This Morning on NHL Home Ice XM 204/Sirius 208 and spoke about signing Henrik Zetterberg to a 12-year contract and the controversy of Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom missing All-Star weekend.
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