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from Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider on AO contract talks…
Nothing has changed, he said, since the last time I asked him about this on Oct. 29 in Toronto, adding that serious talks still have not started and that he’s not sure when they might.
I asked him if that lack of an offer is bothering him. At first he said, “No.” Then he paused for a moment before saying, “Of course I think about my contract. It would be stupid to answer that I don’t think about my contract. Of course I think about it. But we don’t start talking. We just wait. We still have time.”
This earlier today from Marty York at Metro News,
Two young NHL stars, defenceman Dion Phaneuf and forward Alexander Ovechkin, have rejected contract-extension proposals from the Calgary Flames and Washington Capitals, respectively.
The Caps offered Ovechkin a five-year pact similar to the deal the Pittsburgh Penguins gave Sidney Crosby ($8.7 million a season), but the sniper is demanding more — between $9- and $10-million a year.
From Erik Boland at Newsday,
The quarterback for a power play that Islanders coach Ted Nolan said lacked power in Monday’s loss to Philadelphia expects to be back on the ice tomorrow night in Pittsburgh.
Defenseman Bryan Berard took the point position on the power play during practice yesterday and said the injured groin that has kept him sidelined six straight games felt “100 percent.”
Berard has not played since leaving the Oct. 20 game against the Devils. “Today was probably the first day I felt 100 percent,” he said. “It’s been a little longer than I would have liked but I kind of got lucky enough where with our schedule, I haven’t missed that many games.”
from the St. Peterburg Times,
Here in the prime of Vincent Lecavalier, let it be agreed there is more to the man than any one of us had reason to suspect.
He is bigger than he has ever been. He is better. There is more strength to him than before, more character, more impact. He has blossomed into a man of a substance. He has developed into something special.
It is true of Lecavalier, player.
It is also true of Lecavalier, person.
from Game On,
Alive and well. Patrik Elias and Scott Gomez.
By a remarkable scheduling coincidence, they meet on Wednesday night at The Rock for the Rangers’ first trip to Newark’s fabulous Prudential Center.
In a sense, it’s a meeting of The Comeback Kids: both player-wise and team-wise.
from Blueland Blog,
Getting Ilya to talk about himself right now is like pulling teeth. When he was asked about his OT goal last night the first thing he said was that it was all about Todd White’s hard work. He’s deflecting attention from himself and heaping praise on his teammates at every opportunity. I’m convinced that if a reporter offered him $1,000 in cash to take credit for a goal he’d pass it up right now.
from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,
If I am Brett Hull, I call Bob Gainey and ask him about patience as a GM. How developing and sticking with a game plan is better than always being on the lookout for a one-timer.
If I am Brett Hull, I call Ken Hitchcock and get him to thoroughly explain to me the value of teamwork, preparation and defensive play.
If I am Brett Hull, I call Lombardi and ask him how to build and guide a scouting staff.
from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
...So, no, Murray doesn’t sound eager to return Perron to junior hockey for the rest of the season.
“We don’t want to say anything until his nine-game trial is up,” Murray said. “We want to keep him on edge.”
To evolve into a Stanley Cup contender, the Blues must integrate fresh talent into their mix during the next few seasons. They must benefit from added skill, fresher legs and increased competition at all their positions.
from the Tennessean,
Mayor Karl Dean and the investors who hope to buy the Nashville Predators are planning to announce a deal to change the pro hockey team’s arena lease this afternoon, two sources said….
The deal Dean’s administration has negotiated will still have to be approved by the Metro Sports Authority and Metro Council.
update 2:00pm, A KK member just posted in the comments that the meeting has been called-off.
from Icing at the Chicago Tribune,
Judging by the amount of e-mails I received today, it seems many Blackhawks fans are upset with the team’s apparent decision to phase out long-time organist Frank Pelico.
Pelico has long been a fixture in front of the big pipe organ pounding away at the keys and leading Hawks fans in “Let’s Go Hawks!” chants.
The Hawks were off today so I didn’t get a chance to ask anyone in the organization what the deal is, but it appears from reports that Pelico has been replaced with recorded “popular” music.
continued & a suggestion for the Blackhawks, you should survey Wings fans about popular recorded music!
from On Frozen Blog,
Something very cool is happening at the Honda Center in Aneheim. The FSN West feed on NHL Center Ice is showing the LA Kings / Anaheim Ducks game. That’s normal. What isn’t is that there are no FSN Westannouncers. Just the sounds of the game and the crowd. Oh, and all the camera angles are from ice level with what they call “Rinkside View.”
I happened to catch the first period and really enjoyed the look. First off, game in HD, lots of shots from behind the net and in the corners. Crowd noise was picked-up very well and you had the feeling you were at the game.
I would like to see more teams try this and see what the reaction would be from fans…
Update 12:45pm ET: More on the Freeway Face-Off and the broadcast in this post and its comments
added 12:52pm, John Shannon was just on Hockey Central and said he thought it was fascinating. Produced by Fox Sports and John mentioned you could have received the regular broadcast of the game on another Fox Sports West channel.
John said it worked well, good production people and the low angle view was great, especially in HD.
John said it would work great in Canada too, but you need a station with multiple channels to broadcast on.
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