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Hey, the all count- Mikael Samuelsson with the game winner last night.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
To march with Team USA on Friday in the opening ceremony, Kings defenseman Jack Johnson awoke at 5 a.m. on a day between games, jumped on a charter flight from LAX to Bellingham, Wash., and hired a car and driver for the 50-mile trip to Vancouver.
Johnson wouldn’t say what he paid to charter the six-seat plane for himself, his parents and his little brother. To him, the experience is priceless.
“I had to take extreme measures to get here, but it was worth every bit of it,” said Johnson, the lone NHL player in the procession.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Another player who did not move Friday was Marty Turco. Again, not very surprising. A Stars front-office source told ESPN.com that the team was getting “no traction” on the trade market. That’s because of his $5.4 million salary. The veteran goalie will be UFA July 1, and he showed again Thursday night in Calgary that he remains an elite No. 1 goalie. It also showed he’s letting neither the Kari Lehtonen acquisition nor the trade rumors affect him.
“I’m coping just fine,” Turco told ESPN.com on Friday. “I want to win. Period. So we’ll just see what happens.”
We’ll also see how the Philadelphia Flyers feel about Ray Emery’s rested hip in two weeks’ time and whether they believe they can make a playoff push with Michael Leighton as their possible starter.
Another goalie named Marty stayed put as well. Martin Biron has been looking for a move ever since Rick DiPietro returned to give the Islanders a crowded crease. Biron, UFA July 1 and earning $1.4 million this season, recently went on a conditioning stint in the AHL as he awaited a possible trade. But it’ll have to wait until March 1 at the earliest.
“I have been feeling good after playing a couple of games in Bridgeport,” Biron told ESPN.com. “Got back into action against Nashville [a 4-3 win Tuesday night], and that was good. So I know I can come in and help a team down the stretch.”
from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,
Leafs general manager Brian Burke thanked the thousands of people, some of whom he has never met, for the support they showed for him and his family in the very difficult days following the death of his son, Brendan, in a traffic accident last week.
“The NHL family is at its best in a time of loss, and I’ll be thankful for that forever,” Burke said in St. Louis where the Leafs were playing. He was addressing the media for the first time since his son passed away from injuries suffered when his vehicle went out of control on snowy roads in Wayne County, Indiana.
“What was amazing too was letters, even from people I never met, wishing us well and showing their support.”
via Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog,
Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf skated at Ducks practice Friday but came off the ice after about 25 minutes at Pengrowth Saddledome, Register beat writer Eric Stephens reports.
Getzlaf went through the line rushes but left to get treatment before the team began doing drills.
Chicago GM Stan Bowman discusses the acquisition of Kim Johnsson.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
In order to clear the last $700,000 needed (to activate Lilja), general manager Ken Holland said forward Kirk Maltby might go on long-term injured reserve because of a chronic shoulder injury that will, at some point, require surgery.
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
Sexton says he got some things done and progress is being made toward the real trade deadline on March 3. That’s when teams will be wheeling and dealing….
“I thought today went pretty well. Worked at things, made good progress, just couldn’t get anything completed.
“Today is the first deadline before the next deadline. There’s a lot of time, I’ll just keep working the next few weeks until the early part of March.
“Some teams still have games to play and we’re all under the CBA roster limitations and salary cap floors and ceilings. For some teams, they’re at the roster limit and playing tonight or tomorrow and it’s a challenge to manage things. It’s a point of negotiating. You want the lowest price if you are a buyer, and you want to extract the highest price if you are a seller.
Olympic trade freeze now in place, but NHL games continue through Sunday night.
KK will be around, no vacation plans until late July or August and we will be providing all your hockey talk from both the NHL and the Olympic games in Vancouver.
Many storylines coming out of Vancouver and it should be great entertainment for all of us who follow the game.
Now, time to clean up my computer desk and provide you with all the hockey news.
via Darren Dreger tweet,
Jody Shelley to NYR for a draft
added 3:53pm, via Bob McKenzie tweet,
NYR gave up sixth rounder in 2011 for Shelley. Become a 5th rounder if NYR re-sign Shelley.
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