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Goaltender Curtis Sanford cleared waivers on Thursday and has been sent to Manitoba of the AHL
from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,
The Islanders have reached an agreement with former goaltender Wade Dubielewicz on a contract for the rest of the season for the pro-rated portion of a $500,000 annual salary, according to an NHL source. The club has indicated plans to provide an update later today on the condition of starter Rick DiPietro, but the signing of Dubielewicz is a strong indicator that DiPietro might be done for the season because of continued swelling in his surgically repaired knee.
From Slava Malamud, contributing at Tarik El-Bashir’s blog in the Washington Post:
And here is what we could learn about the assorted feuds of the Alexes, the Kid and Malkin. You can believe me when I say that Russian journalists would much rather write about goals and wins, but since this story is apparently a gift that keeps on giving, we deemed appropriate to get further into it.
For one, Alex Ovechkin apparently speaks to Sidney Crosby. Loud and clear at that, to the point where all the teammates of both players and a couple of officials would like to gather around and partake in the exchange. And here is another thing: Alexander Semin also speaks to Crosby. At least, according to Evgeni Malkin, and that is a bit of a surprise, to say the least. And here is the third thing: Ovechkin and Malkin - nope, still not talking to each other, presumably, because both are so busy talking to Crosby.
Sheesh. This story is turning into some sort of odd Russian love triangle/feud, with a stray Canadian tossed into the mix. Read on for quotes after last night’s Pens-Caps game.
“The politically correct thing that most coaches would say is that it’s just like any other game. But it’s absolutely not. It’s absolutely personal. You get fired, you want to see that team lose every game for the next ten years.”
from Jean Jacques-Taylor of the Dallas Morning News,
You can’t win in professional sports when your highest-paid players don’t play to their contracts.
No exceptions. No excuses.
You want to know why the Stars have struggled all season, just follow the money.
Brad Richards earns $7.8 million. Marty Turco earns $5.7 million. Mike Ribeiro earns $5 million.
None of them has played to his immense ability this season.
Look at the numbers. They don’t lie.
from Elliotte Friedman of Blogs and Colums at CBC,
Ask yourself the following questions:
1) How many teams in the NHL can actually afford Lecavalier’s 11-year, $85 million contract?
2) How many of those teams historically would be willing to have anyone on their roster making anywhere near that kind of cash?
3) How many of those teams have the kind of cap flexibility to add him?
The last question is crucial, because this is not a situation where the Lightning want to take another team’s big contract in return. So, if, for argument’s sake, the Flyers were interested, it’s impossible to believe that Tampa would take Daniel Briere in exchange, because both deals are similarly front-loaded. (Please understand: I have no reason to believe this has been discussed. It’s just an example.)
So, how many teams are really in this race?
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
The Islanders have agreed in principle with the Los Angeles Kings to play an exhibition game in Kansas City in September.
This may not seem like that big of a deal in light of the fact other NHL teams have used Kansas City in recent years as a neutral cite for preseason games.
However, according to league sources this game could be perceived as a veiled threat of potential relocation if plans for a new arena on Long Island aren’t soon finalized.
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
Demitra scored once, fired three shots and finished with a plus-1 effort in the 5-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. He did it with a bruised ego and an effort that has often gone missing with just three goals and six points in his last 14 outings. That’s not what the Canucks coughed up $8 million US for in a two-year deal for the unrestricted free agent. Thats why he started on the fourth line with Darcy Hordichuk and Ryan Johnson against the Devils. And maybe that was the big wake-up call Demitra has needed—even though he was peeved at the process.
“Obviously, I wasn’t happy about it,” said Demitra. “But you have to get focus, get mad and be ready to play. Mats was the reason I came here, because of the rumours during the summer that he was going to be here. All my life, I was playing with one guy all year, and Mats is going to make hockey so easy.
“He has shown for many years that he’s a top player in the league because he’s got that big body and he’s tough to get a puck from. He has great vision and can find you—so it’s going to be nice to play with a guy like that. And you just need to get chemistry going….”
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Florida GM Jacques Martin was on hand for Wednesday’s game between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
His presence was notable in that there was a prospects all-star game in Canada on Wednesday night, which suggests he wanted to get a firsthand look at someone taking part in the game in snowy Pittsburgh….
Martin, of course, has to decide what to do with blue-chip defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, who can become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He’d like to re-sign him, but that looks to be a tough sell, so Martin might be more inclined to move Bouwmeester before the March 4 trade deadline.
There are a couple of possibilities.
The Capitals, already blessed with fleet-footed defenseman Mike Green, would look pretty formidable with Bouwmeester along the blue line. It likely would cost them sniper Alexander Semin, but given the Caps’ offensive depth, it would be doable.
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