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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
Rene Bourque’s dream season won’t likely include a 30-goal milestone.
Right now, the Flames forward is just hoping to be back in action sooner than later.
Bourque scored his 21st goal of the season last night in the club’s 3-2 overtime win, but was knocked from the game in the second period with an ankle injury, assessed to be a high-ankle sprain….
Head coach Mike Keenan said Fritsche slew-footed Bourque on the play.
“Not only didn’t he get a call on it, he got a shorthanded goal,” Keenan said. “It was a disappointment, in terms of the officials just didn’t see it. We watched it on tape, which is always easier than live action.
“He’s got a very damaged ankle now. He’s going to be gone for a long time.”
more and the video below is not the best, but it does show Fritsche and Bourque colliding.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
The Avalanche will take some shots tonight at its former goalie, Jose Theodore. A day before their game with the Washington Capitals, Theodore took a few preemptive verbal shots at the Avs.
After Thursday’s Capitals practice, Theodore was asked if he misses playing for the Avalanche.
“Look at the position I’m in now and where my game has been for the past two months. I think that pretty much speaks for itself,” Theodore said.
from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,
The Canadiens took one of a possible 12 points on their road trip.
They are clinging to a playoff spot, and the future of their most talented player is uncertain.
Things couldn’t possibly get worse, right?
La Presse columnist Richard Labbé is on 110% (TV show) promising a blockbuster story in Friday’s edition of the paper.
It pertains to the suggestion, by former coach Jean Perron, that some younger Canadiens have been enjoying too much of Montreal’s celebrated nightlife.
Boys will be boys, right? This is a great party town.
Labbé says this is more than a few beers, a few shots and some late-night skirt-chasing. He’s hinting at behaviour that brings criminal charges.
continued & the site is getting hit hard, so it may be slow to open…
added 2/20/09 at 8:55am, Read the La Press (translated) story.
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
The upcoming NHL tradeline of March 4 won’t be about Vinny Lecavalier or Ilya Kovalchuk or Alex Kovalev.
It’s going to be Mark Recchi’s day, and Niclas Havelid’s day and Ian Laperriere’s day. It’s the only day of the NHL season when aging veterans, steady defensemen and gritty third-liners become stars of the show.
My expectation is that there will be plenty of action on trade day, but I believe that the majority of players will be dealt for second-, third- and fourth-round picks.
The top goals of the year through yesterday.
from Steve Zipay of Newsday,
With the NHL trade deadline two weeks away, Western Conference teams are scoping out the Rangers—and vice versa.
But pressed up against the salary cap, the Rangers can probably only tweak their roster, possibly adding the Stars’ Sean Avery if the former Broadway pest is not grabbed on recall waivers on a team below them in the standings. They also could sign a low-rent defenseman, especially with Paul Mara’s injured shoulder expected to keep him out or performing well under 100 percent until past the deadline….
Among the defensemen who might fit and reportedly are available: Kyle McLaren (San Jose), David Hale and Derek Morris (Phoenix), Sean O’ Donnell (Los Angeles), Adrian Aucoin (Calgary), Daryl Sydor (Dallas), Ville Koistinen and Greg Zanon (Nashville) and Jordan Leopold (Colorado). In the East, there’s Niklas Havelid (Atlanta) and Ryan Whitney and Rob Scuderi (Pittsburgh).
read on for more on the Rangers…
“I hope I don’t see him fight again. You don’t want those hands fighting.”
-Ken Holland talking about the fight Marian Hossa had last night. Check out a story from Craig Custance of the Sporting News for more from Holland regarding Hossa and playing in Sweden next season.
via Tim Sassone of Between the Circles at the Daily Herald,
Maybe this latest injury has the Hawks thinking hard again about trading Khabibulin before the deadline and going with Cristobal Huet, especially with Khabibulin set to walk in July as a free agent.
While the Hawks are better with Khabibulin in net, what good is he if he’s not on the ice?
Who needs a goalie? Philadelphia, for one. The Flyers are talking with Atlanta about Kari Lehtonen, but wouldn’t they rather have the playoff-tested Khabibulin?
Washington is looking for a goalie. So is Detroit, but the Hawks couldn’t do that. Could they?
Does Anaheim need a goalie? Just asking. The Ducks need some jolt.
Are the Canadiens happy with Carey Price?
I am really not sure where some of these “Detroit needs a goalie” rumors are coming from. Sort of makes you wonder how ‘connected’ writers are.
from Canucks Nation at the Vancouver Province,
Alain Vigneault told the rest of the world how he felt about Kyle Wellwood after Tuesday’s game.
So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that he let Wellwood in on this Thursday morning at practice — he’s not happy.
“I’m not here to be liked. I’m here to get the most out of him,and that’s what I’m trying to do.” Vigneault said. “As a coach you have to push the right buttons. Some guys need to be pushed a little harder, some guys need to be handled differently. Kyle needs to be pushed and that’s what I’m doing.”
from Jack McCaffery of the Delco Times,
Without substantial new investment, Stevens has aligned his seven defensemen so snugly that should the March 4 trade deadline pass without Paul Holmgren adding one more big body to the group, the Flyers will be no less likely to make a serious postseason push….
Holmgren still could add a defenseman at the deadline. Injuries happen, and the Flyers’ defense was fractured during the last postseason. Derian Hatcher is still threatening to make a return. Luca Sbisa likely will rejoin the team for the playoffs. Lasse Kukkonen remains with the Phantoms, providing depth.
But for now, the Flyers’ defense is set, complementary and effective, with just enough youth, just enough experience, just enough offense, defense and skill to work.
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