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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun (Sunday edition),
• Source say the Flyers are looking for help in the net because they’re not convinced that G Ray Emery is the answer. Canadiens GM Bob Gainey asked for C Jeff Carter in return for G Jaroslav Halak before the Christmas break, but Gainey’s demands are expected to change so a deal can get done
• There has been talk the Rangers are going to placed D Wade Redden on waivers and then send him to the their AHL affiliate in Hartford. There is nothing to stop the Rangers from doing that because Redden has a limited no-trade clause, but he doesn’t have a restrictive no-movement clause.
many more league wide rumors…
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Ilya Kovalchuk’s agent, Jay Grossman is in Atlanta this weekend and the expectation is ongoing negotiations with the Thrashers will resume early next week.
While both sides say they remain committed to getting a deal done, sources say Thrashers general manager, Don Waddell has started to feel out teams who may have interest in a trade, if an agreement in Atlanta can’t be reached.
When asked, via text message if Atlanta has alerted teams of its intent to trade Kovalchuk, Waddell replied, “not yet.”
from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
“No question there are going to be a lot of costs involved,” Lamoriello confirmed before Saturday night’s game in Montreal. “The circus was moving in tomorrow because the circus plays Tuesday. They had to change the ice. We had to make sure it was OK to hold up what had to be done with the ice to get the game played.”
There is also the likelihood that the Devils will have to pay expenses for the Lightning to return to the Prudential Center. That could mean hotel and travel costs.
“That’s something we’ll certainly ask questions about,” Lamoriello said. “At this moment that has not been a question that has surfaced. I’m sure it will surface at the appropriate time, but it will be costly to us no matter which way you look at it.”
from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
There might be “lies, damn lies and statistics,” but sometimes the numbers don’t lie. After Ryan Smyth suffered his upper-body injury, the Kings went 6-for-49 on the power play in their 15 games without Smyth. In the seven games since Smyth’s return, the Kings are 8-for-26 on the power play, and Smyth has four of those goals.
So while Terry Murray has said, of late, that he doesn’t attribute too much of the power-play success to any one person, it’s clear that Smyth’s impact is huge, particularly with the way Smyth parks himself in front of the net for tip-ins and rebounds. Here’s what Murray said today about Smyth’s impact on the power play, followed by Smyth’s thoughts…
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
All these years later, the Devils are still a Mickey Mouse organization.
The Devils long ago put their on-ice reputation as a team in disarray—and Wayne Gretzky’s 1983 Disney-based characterization—behind them, but the organization’s non-hockey-related operations still reek of amateurism 26 years later.
The latest example of this came Friday night. It was not that the game was postponed because of the lights malfunctioned. It’s not that the repeated efforts by Prudential Center and PSE&G electricians to fix the problem didn’t work or that the Devils, Lightning and the NHL didn’t do everything possible to try to get the game restarted Friday.
It was the way the team treated its fans by giving them no information about what was going on.
added 3:52pm, The game will resume Sunday at 6:00pm in New Jersey.
via John Bishop of BostonBruins.com,
Bruins center Marc Savard will miss 3-4 weeks with a Grade 2 partial MCL tear in his right knee. He will not require surgery.
Bruins and Rangers kick-off the action today beginning at 1:00pm ET today.
Then 12 games with start times between 7:00pm - 10:30pm.
Enjoy the games and stay warm!
Today’s NHL schedule is listed below…
Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun discuss what it will take to make the playoffs in each conference.
from John Down of the Calgary Herald,
Coach Brent Sutter took his players to task after they’d committed too many turnovers, played too soft in their own zone and got off just 10 shots on goal during the final 40 minutes against a team they probably should have run out of the Pengrowth Saddledome.
Instead, they suffered their second straight defeat while seeing a three-game winning string on home ice snapped by a club that won its second in a row in as many nights after going winless in its previous 13 on the road.
“There’s a certain way this hockey team has to play and until we can do it on a consistent basis and there’s a sense of urgency, how important every game is, you’re going to still have inconsistency and that’s the thing that really pisses me off, to be quite honest,” said a clearly irritated Sutter.
“This team shouldn’t be that way, but that’s the way we’ve been. Win two, three, lose two. You keep getting the same line, ‘Well, it’s not good enough.’ If it’s not good enough, then respond.”
from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal via the National Post,
Roads are bad. Weather stinks. And so does the team. They are all factors in the rise in empty seats and the fall in resale prices. Have a look at Kijiji, the online classified ads site. Club seats that retail for $235 are available, in abundance, for as little as $100 apiece. The $50 ducats can be had for $20. It’s a scalper’s nightmare, a spendthrift’s dream, as long as you don’t mind actually having to watch the games.
I have heard, admittedly secondhand, of some Edmonton-area businesses that maintain season tickets and regularly give them away to clients but are now having a hard time finding takers. People trying to sell off season tickets, even at reduced rates, can’t connect with buyers. Laforge counters that they have a list of 1,800 people waiting to buy season tickets but only 300 become available each year. Clearly, these people need to communicate with one another.
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