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from Michael Russo of the Star Tibune,
Gaborik, out since Jan. 5 following hip surgery, headed to Vail on Wednesday night to be examined by surgeon Marc Philippon.
Lemaire said, “He asked me to skate with us [this] morning.”
However, when told Gaborik said to a reporter he didn’t know if he would skate tonight, Lemaire said: “See, that’s why we can’t make a comment because we don’t know what’s going on. I guess if he feels like skating [today], if he wakes up and he feels like he can go and skate with us, he will. And if he wakes up and doesn’t feel that skating will be part of his day, he won’t.”
read on for more on Pierre-Marc Bouchard
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,
What everyone expects to happen then is that many teams will spend below the cap next season, so when they are negotiating contracts this summer, they will be negotiating deals based on internal budgets and not on the cap (which could be at $56 million.
It will be very interesting to see what happens.
I believe players should get whatever they can, and that owners shouldn’t spend money they don’t have. I also believe that NHL players will be plenty happy with reduced salaries when those salaries are still in the millions of dollars.
The key to all of this is the NHL teams have to lower ticket prices to get fans back in the building. If they do that, then I honestly believe everything will work out fine for owners, players and fans.
from Dave Tomasino of the NY Post,
The Devils are knocking on the door of history. That door could open tonight versus the Coyotes, when the Devils seek to win their ninth straight home game for the first time in club history.
Should they do so with Martin Brodeur in goal, the goalie will pull to within one victory of Patrick Roy’s all-time record of 551 and have a chance to tie the mark Saturday in Montreal, which is Brodeur’s hometown and the city in which Roy built his legacy.
Brodeur also is closing in on Terry Sawchuk’s record of 103 career shutouts. Brodeur has 100, including two in six starts since returning from elbow surgery. The Devils have won five of those starts.
via Dickie Dunn at SanJoseSharks.com,
As for the breakdown between San Jose and Detroit, there is one difference in how they’ve reached their 96 points. The Sharks have reached the total in two more games. What does that mean? Let’s say San Jose finds three of four points in those two extra games and goes 10-5-0 the rest of the way. That would mean the boys from Hockeytown would have to win at a 12-3-0 pace to surpass the Sharks. In addition to the one point lead both have on Boston, Detroit has one game in hand and San Jose has three.
When looking at their respective schedules, it would appear San Jose could have the upper hand. In their 15 remaining contests, Detroit has nine games left against playoff squads and six against those currently on the outside looking in. San Jose’s 17 games contain only five against current playoff teams and 12 against teams who wouldn’t make it if the season ended today.
from David Staples at the Cult of Hockey,
As I’ve suggested, the news of Pocklington’s arrest will come as no surprise to people in Edmonton, as Pocklington’s reputation was, shall we say, not the best in these parts. He was known to be a hard man to get to pay his bills, and that’s putting it kindly.
If I’m being a bit careful here in my description of Pockington, well, Canada has strict libel laws and, to be fair, in regards to these new U.S. charges, he’s innocent until proven guilty.
But in regards to Pocklington’s destruction of the Edmonton Oilers, there’s no doubt in my mind, the man is guilty. He ruined the best hockey team in the world. He traded Wayne Gretzky away like a piece of meat, as Paul Coffey so aptly put it back then. Then he “traded” away Mark Messier (I’ve always wondered if Pocklington got money in that Messier deal, too. I wonder if we’ll ever find out. I don’t know).
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
Agent Jay Grossman said Wednesday he doesn’t see it happening.
“There’s really nothing to report as far as a return at this point in time,’’ Grossman said. “I don’t think we’d be talking about it in days or weeks here.
“While we’ve talked to some guys (with the Predators) that clearly feel he could help them and what have you, it’s not in the cards for him to come back now.’’
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Judging by comments made at Wednesday’s annual general managers’ meetings, there’s no question that there is a new world economic order coming to the NHL.
I don’t want to say that they’ve been in a Fool’s Paradise for the last three or four years in this new salary cap world, but in some ways that’s what it has been. The cap has gone from $39 million to almost $57 million. Whatever difficulties teams have had in terms of navigating around the cap have been negligible compared to what they’re going to face going forward….
A team like the Detroit Red Wings knows that they can’t sign Marian Hossa, Johan Franzen, Mikael Samuelsson and Jiri Hudler, so they’re going to have to make hard decisions and say goodbye to some of these players. There’s going to be some real pain and suffering for NHL teams as they try to build their clubs going forward.
from John Grigg of The Hockey News,
In our ongoing quest to name the top-10 current NHL players from each European hockey power – we began with the Czechs and the Swedes – this week we’re running down the best Finns still active.
10. Tuomo Ruutu, Right Wing, Carolina
The 26-year-old is having the best year of his career, mainly because he’s managed to stay healthy for the first time since his 2003-04 rookie season. Good health means Ruutu-the-younger is now more valuable than older brother Jarkko. He’s logging 18-plus minutes of ice time per night and, with 20 goals and 45 points, is on pace to smash his career bests.
from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
Six months after a dinner summit meeting when each side pledged its devotion to the other, Daniel and Henrik Sedin and the Vancouver Canucks seem no closer to agreeing on contract extensions as negotiations are about to be adjourned.
The National Hockey League franchise and its top scorers — or at least their representatives — appear to be inhabiting different worlds economically, and player agent J.P. Barry said Tuesday he’ll soon shut down talks so neither the players nor their team are distracted during the stretch drive and playoffs.
If this happens,the Canucks will have only weeks after the end of the season to re-sign the Sedins or risk losing their best forwards to unrestricted free agency on July 1.
from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,
If you’re an Eastern Conference team and you’ve seen the Pittsburgh Penguins lately, fear may be a survival instinct. Simply put, the Pens are hot right now – seven wins in a row hot. And for opponents, it’s that clicking-on-all-cylinders mojo that makes the Penguins a dangerous post-season foe.
Momentum is everything in the NHL, but timing is a close second. Don’t forget, at different points in the season the New York Rangers were an elite squad, the Dallas Stars were a dangerous playoff team and the Los Angeles Kings were challenging for a post-season berth.
For most of the year, the Penguins were kneecapped by key injuries (Sergei Gonchar and the now-departed Ryan Whitney the most crucial early on), but things really seem to be coming together now.
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