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Philadelphia - Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren released the following injury update regarding 6’3”, 198-pound defenseman Ryan Parent:
“Ryan Parent will have surgery on Monday, January 25th to remove a disc fragment from his lumbar spine. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Scott Rushton at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, PA. After running the gamut with Ryan in terms of different things we have tried to relieve the discomfort he was having, we felt this was the way to go for Ryan’s overall health. The surgery is minimally invasive and will keep Ryan out for approximately six weeks.”
from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,
Also, have you noticed that the league is going to a trend of “team toughness” as opposed to a single enforcer in the lineup? See Montreal’s moves this week. See the New Yorker Rangers and note that their star player got into it with a Flyer player and the enforcer of the Rangers wasn’t even in the lineup let alone on the ice.
The new NHL trend is to be able to dress and ice four lines that can play and can score. See our lineup with multiple players that light the lamp. Ten players have 10 goals or more and we have three players with 20 goals or more right now.
This trend I believe was invented by Detroit. Ice a team with skill; roll four lines that can score; have a great power play; win where it matters most - on the scoreboard; and have a big, tough, strong team across the lineup.
read on for some Capitals talk…..
from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,
It’s obvious the Canucks still remember what happened in the playoffs last spring when the Blackhawks knocked them out of the second round of the playoffs in six games.
Either that or they’re sick and tired of hearing everyone in the hockey world praise the Hawks up and down as one of the best teams in the NHL along with San Jose.
“I feel we’re up there with these teams,” Canucks center Ryan Kesler said. “Chicago is obviously a good hockey club, but we’re a good hockey club, too. I don’t think we get enough respect around the league. So this is going to be a good statement game for us.”
Added Canucks tough guy Darcy Hordichuk: “We want to send a message to them that we’re a different team this year.”
from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
Thrashers veteran Slava Kozlov will be scratched from tonight’s game at Tampa Bay. He hold the franchise record for consecutive games played at 251, which will end tonight.
“I hate to be the grim reaper,” Thrashers coach John Anderson said. “I have to do what I think is best for the team at the time. Nothing is set in stone. Sometimes it helps players, it helps them get a little more motivated. Certainly I don’t like to do it, but I have to do what I think is best for the hockey team at that certain time.”
via the Twitter of Jonas Siegel,
Nathan Horton out four weeks with a broken leg according to Pete Deboer.
Two early games today and then some great action again tonight.
See the complete schedule below…
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi said Friday his harsh evaluation of Jack Johnson’s old flaws in an interview on the blog frozenroyalty.net was intended to lend perspective to the defenseman’s progress, not to disparage Johnson or the University of Michigan.
In the interview, conducted by Gann Matsuda and published as part of a series, Lombardi said Johnson “never had any coaching” at Michigan and was “awful as a hockey player” before he joined the Kings and refined his game enough to be chosen for the U.S. Olympic team at the Vancouver Games….
Lombardi said he meant to give Matsuda background information on Johnson’s evolution and didn’t expect those comments to be published. “The whole article was completely out of context,” Lombardi said.
Matsuda said Lombardi never designated that part of the conversation as off the record. Lombardi did not dispute that.
note 01/25/10, I received a note from the folks at Hockeytalk.biz and they wanted to point out Gann Matsuda works for them and not Frozen Royalty.
(Slava) Kozlov has 8 goals, 15 assists and is a –14 in 50 games played. His current salary pays him $3.67 million.
After this season, I believe the next time we’ll see Slava Kozlov on the ice for the Thrashers is when he watches his #13 jersey raised to the rafters.
Bill Tiller at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Bill looks at the pending UFAs the Thrashers have to make decisions on.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Despite Calgary general manager Darryl Sutter’s adamant denial that Dion Phaneuf is on the trade market, another NHL GM yesterday told The Post that the Flames are “desperate” to move the defenseman and the annual $6.5 million cap hit he will carry through 2013-14.
Which leads us to the Rangers, a team in desperate need of size and toughness that just happened to be scouted by Daryl Sutter and pro scout Ron Sutter during the Blueshirts’ 2-0 surrender in Philadelphia on Thursday….
The only reasonable target would be Brandon Dubinsky—reasonable, that is, for the Flames, but entirely unreasonable for the Rangers, who are essentially bereft down the middle behind No. 17.
If Phaneuf, 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, were playing up to the reputation he established his first couple of years in the league as a Barry Beck-type multi-dimensional specimen, perhaps GM Glen Sather could justify moving one young piece for another to fill one hole even while creating another. Perhaps.
But Phaneuf isn’t . . . and hasn’t for a long time. Plus, adding that contract would tie up $34.425 million for the next two years in five players—Phaneuf, Redden, Marian Gaborik, Chris Drury and Henrik Lundqvist.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
With the March 3 trading deadline less than six weeks away, 30 NHL clubs are starting to look at moves they would like to make. Burke’s annual frustration is that swaps that will be made in the final hours before the deadline could be made now, but aren’t.
“It’s a bizarre psychology,” he said. “On February 3rd, general manager `A’ will not give me a second-round pick for John Doe, but on March 3rd, he will give me a second-rounder when he could have had that player for a month already helping his team make the playoffs.
“Why not pay deadline prices on February 3rd instead? But everybody waits until five minutes before the store closes.”
more on the Leafs…
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